I am excited to be introducing to you Journey to Love, Marie’s Story!! Today is the official release date for this book that my dear friend Amanda Tero has worked extremely hard on! Stay tuned because in this post we have lots of great opportunities for you to win Journey to Love and get to know Marie better!
Before I delve into this book, I want you to understand just where Amanda was coming from when she came up with the idea for this book, and it’s eventual series.
About the Series:
Imagine yourself as an orphan, struggling for survival on the filthy New York streets, where disease and crime run rampant. Journey from these wretched streets to a temporary lodging in an overcrowded orphanage and then to the train station. After riding the train for hours, picture yourself lining up with other children, waiting as adults look you over. Would you be chosen—or would you have to hold onto the hope that maybe, at the next station, someone would want to bring you home?
Minister Charles Loring Brace had a vision for New York orphans that brought them through this journey from streets to homes. He began his orphan work in 1853, then in 1854, because of lack of orphanage space, Brace sent the first orphans by train to Dowagiac, Michigan, where the children could be sheltered by local families. The “orphan train” continued until 1929, bringing at least 150,000 children to new homes where they were fostered and, occasionally, adopted.
Brace desired to place children in good, Protestant homes. Many orphans experienced Brace’s desire, but some orphans had different stories: siblings were separated, and some couples took orphans to use for cheap labor. Though many orphans ended up as successful men and women, not all of them turned out to be trustworthy citizens.
Orphan Journeys is a fictional novella series based off of the American Orphan Train saga, following orphans not only as they adjust to a new life, but also as they embark upon a spiritual journey.
In Journey to Love, we’re following Marie as she goes through extreme heartbreak, loss, and is moved across the country in order for her to find a new home. It is a heart wrenching story that captivates you and brings you right into Marie’s head as she tries to figure out how to turn her life around, how to serve a God who must hate her, and how to love again.
I really liked this book and how it brought the reader in to Marie’s world, surrounding you with her cares and concerns. It made me want to reach into the book and hug poor Marie who had been through so much. It was well written, had a good character development and a good story plot.
There were very few things I didn’t like about this story; and they were based on an action of a character, so there is really nothing I can say bad about the book itself or how it was written.
I will say, if there was ever a short story written as an epilogue to JTL I would not complain. 🙂
If you’re wanting to learn more about Journey to Love: Marie’s Story, or you want to read it yourself, enter the giveaway below.
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For those of you who will either win or buy hard copies of Journey to Love, here is a bonus printable for you!! JTL bookmarks!!
Just print out the image above (preferably on card-stock-trust me on this one) and enjoy! Feel free to share with your friends as well!
Don’t miss the rest of the Journey to Love blog tour! You can find it continuing at the following blogs:
March 14, 2016 – Views from the Window Friend
March 14, 2016 – Willowy Whisper
March 15, 2016 – Honey Rock Hills
March 17, 2016 – Faith Blum
March 19, 2016 – Meagan Davenport
March 21, 2016 – His Princess Warrior
March 22, 2016 – Kelsey’s Notebook
March 22, 2016 – In the Bookcase
March 22, 2016 – The Truth in Sea Glass
March 24, 2016 – A Brighter Destiny
March 28, 2016 – Alisha in Progress
March 29, 2016 – Elisha Press
About the Author:
Amanda Tero is a homeschool graduate who desires to provide God-honoring, family-friendly reading material. She has enjoyed writing since before ten years old, but it has only been since 2013 that she began seriously pursuing writing again – starting with some short stories that she wrote for her sisters as a gift. Her mom encouraged her to try selling the stories she published, and since then, she has begun actively writing short stories, novellas, and novels. If something she has written draws an individual into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, it is worth it!
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)
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