Orphan Train West Collection Author:Jane Peart In the spring of 1890, three 8-year-old firls leave a bleak Boston orphanage and set out on the "Orphan Train", heading West to the unknown. Along the way, shy Laurel, lively Toddy and kind, scholarly Kit vow to be "forever friends" before separating to live with their adoptive families in the town of Meadowridge. As the years go by, each girl... more » encounters love and struggles to pursue an elusive dream. Here, in one volume, are their stories.
In "Quest for Lasting Love" Laurel is adopted by Dr. and Mrs. Woodward, who still grieve the loss of their daughter two years before. Laurel brings a breath of fresh air---and love---into the Woodwards' troubled marriage. Yet bittersweet memories compel her to confront her past---and to search for her true identity.
"Dream of a Longing Heart" is Kit's story. Adopted by a farm family to assist the work-worn mother of five boys, she rises above her dreary lot by excelling in her studies. But will Kit ever realize her secret longing to be loved?
"Homeward the Seeking Heart" finds vivacious Toddy in the household of wealthy, reserved widow Olivia Hale as companion to her invalid granddaughter, Helene. Toddy brightens their lives with her optimism. Yet the vindictive words of a servant echo in her mind...will Toddy ever find a place where she truly belongs?
You'll never forget these "forever freinds" and their stories of courage and love.« less