This is a great book that takes place right after World War II. The hero is a Protestant minister who adopts 5 children from war-torn Europe. The nationalities of the kids personify the nations either allied or occupied by Germany. Their physical and emotional wounds reflect the horrors inflicted by the insanity of Hitler and the war. By bringing them to America, the minister hopes to find a congregation that will accept him and his kids with open arms. He is dismayed by the prejudices of small-town USA. He finds support in an unlikely place.This book was a great lesson in human nature. It reminds one to look beyond the first impression of a person to learn the true nature of the person. Though the cover of the book looks like a romance novel, the novel is deeper than that. It explores the challenges of community and familial love. It touches on spiritual topics. It challenges community responsibility for the environmental and emotional welfare of a population. It's a heart-warming story and offers food for thought on many levels.Additionally, families who have ever thought of adopting children, or have thought they'd never want to adopt, should read this book!