Friday, April 6, 2018

Review & Giveaway: The Forgotten Girl by Heather Chapman

Heidi Reads... The Forgotten Girl by Heather Chapman

My rating: 5 stars / It was amazing


It is 1906, and sixteen-year-old Stella's life in Durliosy, Poland, is bleak. Her only hope of surviving is to travel to America, a land of freedom and opportunity, and reunite with her brother in Baltimore. There she'll find new challenges, and perhaps, if she can put her painful past behind her, a new chance for love and lasting happiness.

My Review

I loved the realistic portrayal of a young female immigrant and the harsh struggles she endured as she fought for a new life in America. It really made me appreciate the sacrifices of my ancestors and those who were brave and kept seeking for a better life for themselves and their families. This book is based on the author's own ancestors, which really made the story come to life. Even though Stella faces one one challenge after another, there is an underlying feeling of hope that keeps the book from being depressing. I enjoyed the sweet romance, but the main focus is Stella's journey and how her strength grows through the overcoming and enduring of life's trials. Recommend to fans of historical fiction! 

(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

About the Author

Being the youngest of four sisters (and one very tolerant older brother), Heather grew up on a steady diet of chocolate, Anne of Green Gables, Audrey Hepburn, Jane Austen, and the other staples of female literature and moviedom. These stories inspired Heather to begin writing at an early age. After meeting and marrying her husband Mark, Heather graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University and finally settled down in a small farming community in southeastern Idaho with her husband and four children. In her spare time, Heather enjoys time spent with family, volleyball, piano, the outdoors, and almost anything creative.

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