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Joy for Mourning (Exchange Series #2)

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  51 ratings  ·  4 reviews
In a move that shocks nineteenth-century Philadelphia society, wealthy widow Laina Brighton turns her grand house into an orphanage for homeless children. Staid and stuffy teas quickly give way to peals of happy laughter echoing through the stately halls. With the support of handsome doctor Thaddeous Allen, Laina is determined to give these waifs a better life, despite the ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense
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2.5 stars. Really needed to read the first book in the series. Sweet spiritual historical about a woman who starts an orphanage and falls in love with a Dr.
Lorraine Barton
it was a good story of falling in love and turning back to God. I enjoyed it. had a little trouble starting off because of the dialect but once I got into it it all came together. good read.
This book doesn't address how her actions shock society. What staid and stuffy teas? What malicious gossip?

Some inspirational romances are sweet. They bring religion into the story in a way that works with the historical cultures the authors are writing about. This one? Ugh.

The story would have appealed to me more had there been more of a focus on how the 'heroine' changed and grew as a person, and how she dealt with society's opinions of orphanages, and less of a focus on praying.
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