All the Way My Savior Leads
post written by Esther Filbrun
Title: All the Way My Savior Leads
Author: Faith Blum
Series: Orphans of the West, book 2
Major Themes: Orphans
Synopsis: Henry and Caroline’s happy home life dissolves around them when their parents die and they are sent to an orphan home. Will they ever be able to be together again?
Several months ago, I had the privilege of getting an advanced reader copy (ARC) of All the Way My Savior Leads from the author, as part of a blog tour. I read the book and was delighted to help share the story on my blog. Just recently when I was looking through my reviews, though, I realized I hadn’t reviewed it for the website. Which is a shame, because this is a good book—perhaps not the most gripping I’ve ever read, or the greatest plot, but it’s still very good anyway and there are things I learned from it that I’m sure I won’t be forgetting soon.
Henry’s world is shattered when his parents die and he is left to somehow manage the farm and care for his sister. Although, the farm is quickly deemed not an option by the local officials. Sending Henry and Caroline to an orphanage in a big town, they soon lose all contact with each other. Without their parents and each other, life becomes very hard. As time goes on, he does his best to protect her when he can, but some men are bent on getting their own way. Finally, hope comes in the form of a loving couple who want to see orphan boys find honest work. But what will happen when Henry is taken away and Caroline stays? Who will protect her then? Is there any hope the two will be reunited again?
Although not a fast-paced story, All the Way My Savior Leads has a good amount of depth in it, which I appreciated. Orphan stories seem to have incited the imaginations of many writers over the years, and even though that was a main part of the story, the book didn’t completely revolve around the orphan subject. This was more of a growth-in-progress story. I loved watching the main character mature, and rooted for him with all my might. And although he dealt with some really tough things over the years, I felt like it was well-balanced. In the end, I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading the previous one on the series when I have the chance.
Note: I received this book for free from the author, in exchange for my honest review. Thanks, Faith!
WARNING: In chapter 14, several people are involved in a shoot-out, and one is wounded in the shoulder. In chapter 15, we find out that one person had to kill someone else. Later in the chapter, the story is repeated, and how if one person hadn’t killed him, someone else would have been forced to (details are kept at a minimum). In chapter 16, a man becomes a deputy. There’s a short kiss in chapter 27.
Reading Independently—Ages 12 – 15, 15 and Above
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