The Orphan Thief: A Novel
From the international bestselling author of The Secret Orphan
When all seems lost…
As Hitler’s bombs rain down on a battered and beleaguered Britain, Ruby Shadwell is dealt the most devastating blow – her entire family lost during the Coventry Blitz.
Hope still survives…
Alone and with the city in chaos, Ruby is determined to survive this war and rebuild her life. And a...more
The era of this story is fascinating, set throughout the Second World War, and starting when Coventry was bombed by the German Luftwaffe in 1939. The only survivor of the Shadwell family is sixteen-year-old Ruby who starts to rebuild her life amongst the rubble and war-ravaged lives. The rubble is her salvation as she collects and restores items damaged during the bombing raids. Ruby acquires a business licence to resell the items and so begins a journey of interactions with various ...more
Set early during WWII in Coventry, England this is a story focusing primarily on Ruby. She's sixteen years old when her family home including her family are totally bombed out while she's away from home running an errand for her mother. Same story with her Grandmother and Grandmother's house. So she scrapes up a new family and manages to find another home (coincidentally one owned by her father, but occupied by her father's ...more
Author Glynis Peters is a historical romance author and has previously been shortlisted for the Festival of Romance New Talent Award (UK) in 2014. This story follows the life of teenager Ruby following the loss of her family and home after being battered during WWII by the Luftwaffe in Coventry, England. Young Ruby needs to pick up her life amongst the heartbreak and ...more
Glynis Peters is a new author to me and despite my ever-growing TBR list, I decided to take a chance on her because I'm a sucker for historical fiction. And I wasn't disappointed. THE ORPHAN THIEF was a delight to read from start to finish.
Set in Coventry between Christmas 1938 and May 1945, THE ORPHAN THIEF begins during the Blitz - a terrifying time for England when the Germans attacked large populated cities with constant air raids day and night. Coventry did not escape unscathed. ...more
My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers for my copy. This is my ...more
I must admit that the book had less romance than I expected and I didn't really believe the chemistry between Ruby Shadwell and Jean-Paul Clayton (Canadian soldier). But that said, their stories, especially Ruby's were enough to make the book worth reading.
Set in WW2 the book starts with a shocked teenaged Ruby staring at a crater in the ...more
It follows a young girl who loses her whole family in the attacks, and it is a story of how she rebuilt her life in the wake of such devastation. It is a tale of found family, inter-generational friendships, and first loves.
The main character Ruby is fiercely independent, despite only being 16 at the beginning of the book. ...more
As we join Ruby Shadwell story once again, it's Coventry 1940 and sirens are going off, enemy bombs were destroying the city, Ruby is rushing back to the shop Shadwell Groceries in eagle street after running an errand for her mother. Getting close to Christmas she finds the shop and her home flattened and her family all dead. In deep shock she flees to her grans in Kirby Road that has also been hit and fears at such a young age she will be put into an orphanage. This book is about ...more
The book is set in Coventry, England. Coventry was bombed many times during the Second ...more
The Orphan thief was set in WWII but it was surprisingly different. What a refreshing read.
Ruby, returning home found her home demolished, her parents and siblings dead. At sixteen she was overwhelmed with grief. She ran to her grandmother's house only to find that her home was gone as well. A disaster worker helping the neighbor Fred to the hospital told her to check to see if her grandmother was among the injured. She found her grandmother on the deceased list as well. ...more
The very beginning of the book was very good. I could feel the intense loss that Ruby was feeling when her entire family was killed by a bomb that hit their home. I could feel the shock she felt as she looked into the crater where ...more
The Orphan Thief starts Christmas Day 1938 war is looming. Ruby Shadwell enjoying Christmas with her family in Coventry; Jean-Paul Clayton in Toronto Canada, where he received his gift to fulfill his passion of photography.
Fast forward to Coventry, November 1940.
Ruby suffers a family tragedy. Unaware her family home was bombed; at only 16, left alone to grieve/fend for herself.
Some months later, it is through Jean-Paul's ...more
This book is set during WWII and focusses on Ruby, a strong female protagonist who’s life is completely changed during the horrific bombing and destruction of Coventry, England during air raids from the Germans during WWII. This book spans from 1940-1945.
This book is not just about a “love story” and a “ happy ending”. This story adds obstacles, perseverance, ...more
Ruby is suddenly an orphan when her families home is destroyed by a bomb in England. As a young girl of 15, she slowly picks up the pieces of her life along with a family friend. Together Fred a father figure and Ruby meet others including Tommy a little boy that captures their heart. Tommy seems to be lost in this war and under the care of an uncle that poorly mistreats him. Ruby is encouraged to set up a store of recovered items that Fred fixes and she shelves ...more
This is a wonderful, if predictable read. It is the story of sixteen-year old Ruby Shadwell who while delivering something to a neighbor, her entire family is wiped out by a German bomb in Coventry, England.
As she makes her way in her new world, she learns much and discovers the value of neighbors, friendship and self-reliance. She grows up quickly and becomes somewhat embarrassed by her previous “childish” behavior as she now sees it.
She meets neighbor Fred who is slightly ...more
Set in Coventry, England during World War 2, this new-to-me author set me in the middle of the extreme German bombing of Coventry and captured my attention from start to finish. Families wiped out leaving orphan children who without support of friends can't make it on their own or turn to crime in order to survive. With a touch of mystery, a 16 year old young woman who has ...more
Taking place in the quiet Countryside of Coventry England during WW2, our young heroine, Ms. Ruby Shadwell, finds herself alone and struggling to stay alive after a bombing Blitz ordered by Hitler.
Ruby draws on a strength she didn't know she possessed; fiercely independent and resourceful, she decides to rebuild her life by starting a business in the ruins of her beloved ...more
The story is about Ruby Shadwell who los her family in the bombing. She finds hope as she finds a family who come together and support each other during the war.
The times are tough but love prevails. There is a reason for naming the book- the orphan Thief. Read the book to find out!
I loved how the book is hopeful and positive despite the dreadful times. Ruby's reactions to her ups and downs in her life was realistic. I connected with ruby ...more
This is a story of struggle and hardship in an effort to survive the brutalities of war. It’s the ...more
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One More Chapter / HarperCollins
Author of The Secret Orphan / The Orphan Thief /
USA TODAY bestseller
Globe and Mail bestseller
Toronto Star bestseller
Amazon UK and USA #1 bestseller