The historical adult debut novel by # 1 New York Times bestselling author Lauren Kate, The Orphan's Song is a sweeping love story about family and music--and the secrets each hold--that follows the intertwined fates of two Venetian orphans. "A tangled knot of betrayal and love, lies and redemption. Marvelous." --Fiona Davis, author of The Address A song brought them together. A secret will tear them apart. Venice, 1736. When fate brings Violetta and Mino together on the roof of the Hospital of the Incurables, they form a connection that will change their lives forever. Both are orphans at the Incurables, dreaming of escape. But when the resident Maestro notices Violetta's voice, she is selected for the Incurables' world famous coro, and must sign an oath never to sing beyond its church doors. After a declaration of love ends in heartbreak, Mino flees the Incurables in search of his family. Known as the "city of masks," Venice is full of secrets, and Mino is certain one will lead to his long-lost mother. Without him, the walls close in on Violetta and she begins a dangerous and forbidden nightlife, hoping her voice can secure her freedom. But neither finds what they are looking for, until a haunting memory Violetta has suppressed since childhood leads them to a shocking confrontation. Vibrant with the glamour and beauty of Venice at its zenith, The Orphan's Song takes us on a breathtaking journey of passion, heartbreak, and betrayal before it crescendos to an unforgettable ending, a celebration of the enduring nature and transformative power of love.
The thrilling second novel in the category-defying Silvers trilogy—melding X-Men and the novels of Blake Crouch—about six extraordinary people who become unwitting refugees on an unfamiliar Earth, and their epic quest to find out why. The end of the world was just the beginning for Hannah and Amanda Given. Saved from apocalypse by three mysterious beings, the sisters, along with four other refugees from their world, were each marked with a silver bracelet and transported to an entirely different Earth: a place where restaurants move through the air like flying saucers and the fabric of time is manipulated by common household appliances, as well as by their very own hands—and a place where terrifying new adversaries seem to be around every corner. Now, after six months in this alt-America and a tumultuous cross-country journey that landed them in New York City, the Silvers find themselves in more trouble than ever. Their new world is dying, and a clan of powerful time benders believes that killing them is the only way to stop it. To make matters worse, the U.S. government has sent its most ruthless covert spy agency to track and capture them. But the biggest threat of all comes from the three god-like beings who first saved them. They had a reason for bringing the Givens and their friends to this world. And when the Silvers learn the awful truth, nothing will ever be the same.
Little Jeans life was shattered on Pearl Harbor Day in 1941, when her mother, just 35, died of pneumonia. I didnt even get a chance to kiss her good-bye, Jean recalled. She was just six. Along with her three sisters, she was thrust into the unknown world of life in an orphanage six months later on Memorial Day, when her father said quietly, You be good girls. Ill be back soon.So much for promises. Jean and her sisters struggled through hardships compounded by shortages caused by World War II, yet the resilient orphans continued to see sunshine in a world of much darkness. Worries of separation from siblings and fears about the future turned Jean into a grownup by 10. But Little Jean from New Jersey never lost hope and continued to wish for things other children took for granted. Eventually, her wishes were fulfilled at the end of the war.An Orphans Song takes the reader through Jeans life at the Kinderfreund Childrens Home, setting the stage for an amazing future that has included several careers, such as teaching, volunteering, owning and operating a cooking school and gourmet shop, and promoting tourism. Not to mention a marriage of over 50 years to Joe, plus four extraordinary children and six grandchildren.The people in An Orphans Song are real and come to life in Jeans poignant story. So, too, does Little Jean in a sometimes humorous, and often reflective and griping, memoir.
Gifted siblings Jane and Kenny Palmer yearn for a normal family life when Papa returns from WWI as a maimed hero, but a labor riot and subway shooting change everything. Chapin Hall a Chicago orphanage becomes their new home, where Jane discovers her star quality and passion for singing on the world stage, while Kenny exhibits his math prodigy and physical toughness. This tale of fearsome premonitions, separate adoptions, journey on an orphan train, and Vaudeville venues is set in gangland Chicago and rural Nebraska during the Roaring Twenties ending with the Great Market Crash of 1929.
Join Libby & Josie as they journey on one of the infamous orphan trains in 1896 from New York City to the midwest in search of a forever family. Two girls watch each other across the train car with interest. One holds tight to her little brother and the other clutches a mysterious basket. An unexpected secret will bind the two girls together. Part of the Tales from American HerStory series featuring young female protagonists, this book shares the story of one little girl, who, like a quarter million young American orphans at the end of the 19th century, traveled west in hopes of fi nding a new family.
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