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Courting Miss Adelaide

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  112 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
19th century American midwest. The "orphan train" seemed like small-town spinster Adelaide Crum's last chance to know the simple joys of family life. So many lost children, every one of them dreaming only of a caring home--the home she longed to offer. And yet the narrow-minded town elders refused to entrust even the most desperate child to a woman alone....

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ebook, 304 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense (first published August 1st 2008)
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Oct 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is wonderful story to read. it make me start wear hats.. I used to wear them. I like this main character Adelaide shows her encouragement and love..
Oct 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked it a lot. It was hard at times because I know child abuse was going on and no one would help. But it all turned out well in the end.
Jan 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun,quick read. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed reading fiction until I picked this book had been so long.
Nov 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite enjoyable, but still hard hitting.
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adelaide Crum and Charles Graves makes an interesting pair in this story. Adelaide is a true lady who owns a hat shop and believes in equality among the sexes in a way that doesn't go against the Bible. She is a single woman at spinster age and wants to adopt a little girl from the orphans coming in on the train. She's turned down because she's a single woman. Charles is a newspaper writer and has lived a bitter life. His late father used to beat him and he stopped believing he had any use for G ...more
This was a very enjoyable story, and very suspenseful in parts. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and reading about an orphan train in the late 1890's that stopped in Noblesville, Indiana was fascinating, especially since I live in that area. I understand the actual train the story is based on was years earlier than the time period the author placed the story in, but it was neat to know that it was partially based on an actual event. Many characters in this novel are dealing with, ...more
May 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YEAH!
GREAT BOOK!!!...Great storyline about women's rights and spousal and abuse. And how these issues were probably dealt with in the late 1800's....LOVED Addie & Charles. Addies longing to adopt a child (a daughter) her difficulty to achieve her dream and all the obstacles....Because she was unmarried (a spinster) at that time period. Addie's adorable relationship with little Emma!!!! Just a GREAT Historical read!!! I'd recommend it even if your not crazy about romance, but you ARE in to Histori ...more
May 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is heart wrenching to know that orphans were taken in just to be farm workers, although I suppose even the farmers own children could be used for working in the same way

Adelaide pushes for rights for women in a time when there weren't many. She wanted to be able to take in one of the orphan's from the train but the men in charge refused to allow a single woman to care for a child.

The book was also on carrying our childhoods with us into adulthood.

A good read.
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my usual read...started off rather slow for me, and I even put it down for a day after the first two chapters because the subject matter of Christianity and adoption turned me off. I felt guilty about putting the book down and am glad I picked it back up. The mystery, romance, love of child, relationships past and present made for an excellent read.
Xondra Day
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Good inspie historical romance!
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Janet Dean grew up in a family who cherished the past and had a strong creative streak. Her father recounted fascinating stories, like his father before him. The tales they told instilled in Janet a love of history and the desire to write.

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