The Orphan Girl

A Beautiful World War One Saga of Found Family and Hidden Secrets

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Pub Date 11 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 30 Nov 2021

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Will she discover the secret of her past?

1901, West Yorkshire. When Eli Simmonite takes in a heavily pregnant woman fleeing from peril, he feels sure no good will come of it. After all, settled folk don't need much reason to take against the travellers, so having one seek safety amongst his people is unheard of.

When danger comes knocking they leave devastation and a newborn child in their wake. Eli is left with the baby girl and his orphaned grandson; a reminder of the offer of aid that cost him his family.

With no kin but the adopted family who hold her responsible for their demise, this girl named Rosie Nobody is filled with questions of her past. But with war looming in all of their futures, questions must be put aside: survival is the key.

A compelling and beautifully written historical WWI saga of family secrets and triumph in the face of adversity. Perfect for fans of Dilly Court and AnneMarie Brear.

Readers love The Orphan Girl!

'What a wonderful book ... It is really well written and very enjoyable, keeping the reader engrossed and gripped until the very last page' NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'I could not fault any of this book, as the author brings all the characters to life, its such an interesting story that will engross readers all the way through. Loved it' Booklover Bev, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'Just finished this and read it in one day, it was that good ... Very enchanting storyline and would love another instalment' Slouchie Hats, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'What a brilliant book about the travelling family. If you like family sagas based in wartime you will love this book' Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'Wonderful way of words and brings the story and characters to life. Endearing' NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'Really well written and very enjoyable, keeping the reader engrossed and gripped until the very last page' NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Will she discover the secret of her past?

1901, West Yorkshire. When Eli Simmonite takes in a heavily pregnant woman fleeing from peril, he feels sure no good will come of it. After all, settled folk...


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Featured Reviews

1897 Knaresborough West Yorkshire . Traveller Fennix Simmonite at the horse fair a girl is fleeing from two men saying her husband will kill her helping her flee to safety sleeping in the wagon for the night his father and son Eli and Milo are leaving and heading for Appleby to get her away, Celia Asquith as she is named give birth to a baby girl and Celia is captured and taking away leaving the baby that is named Rosie to stay and be brought up by the Simmonites, but that is not how it plans out, the orphan girl without a last name is Rosie Nobody as we start to read her story of her life to come. will she find happiness as she sets on an emotional journey, I could not fault any of this book, as the author brings all the characters to life, its such an interesting story that will engross readers all the way through. Loved it.

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Wonderful story set in one of my favorite time periods! I love the characters and the intro was very intriguing! I don't often read stories focused in WW1 instead of WW2 so it was a nice change of pace and a great way to illustrate why so many countries didn't want to dive into WW2. Rosie was certainly a resilient character ( as was Milo) and I think the youth of America today could learn something from such strong personalities. No matter how you are wronged, doesn't mean you have to let it dictate your life. I gave 4 stars for a couple of simple reasons. While the intro was excellent, the ending was a bit abrupt for me. I feel like there needed to be more closure on the mother and on Hortense. I really wanted Rosie to enact some revenge on that one haha.

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Just finished this and read it in one day it was that good. Eli comes across a woman one night begging him to help her as her life was in danger. He took her back to his dad who was the leader of a family of gypsies. What he didn't know was that she was pregnant went into labour that same day and gave birth to a baby girl.they called Rosie. The men that were after the woman found her again and snatched her leaving the child. The girl is raised by the old man and his grandson. The story follows the life of Rosie, the hard life she has to live through before she can find her true love. It is a very enchanting storyline and would love another instalment.

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Firstly thank you Netgalley for this ARC. What a brilliant book about the travelling family. If you like family sagas based in wartime you will love this book

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The Orphan Girl by Chrissie Walsh 1901, West Yorkshire. When Eli Simmonite takes in a heavily pregnant woman fleeing from peril, he feels sure no good will come of it. After all, settled folk don't need much reason to take against the travellers, so having one seek safety amongst his people is unheard of. I loved this story about traveller folk set just before WW1 . A new author for me , she has a great imagination and a wonderful way of words and brings the story and characters to life. Endearing.

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1901, West Yorkshire. When Eli Simmontie takes in a heavily pregnant woman fleeing from peril, he feels sure no good will come of it. After all, settled folk don't take much reason to take against travellers, so having one seek safety amongst his people is unheard of. When danger comes knocking, they leave devastation and a new born child in their wake. Eli is left with the baby girl and his orphaned grandson; a reminder of the offer of aid that cost him his family. With no kin but the adopted family who hold her responsible for their demise, this girl called Rosie Nobody is filled with questions of her past. Rosie's mum gives birth to her shortly after being taken in by Eli Simmontie after fleeing from two violent men. Celia (the baby's mother) is caught and taken away leaving Rosie behind to be brought up by the Simmontie's, but unfortunately, that's not what happens. Set around WW1, this is quite an emotional read. What a well written book with some great characters this is. The pace is steady throughout. This is the story of Rosie and how her life shapes after being left with travellers. An intriguing read that held my attention throughout. I would like to thank #NetGalley #AriaAries and the author #ChrissieWalsh for my ARC of #TheOrphanGirl in exchange for an honest review.

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Just look at that stunning cover! It really entices and the story within does as well. Speaking of the story...how breathtaking in its setting, telling, characters and emotion tugging. Set in England starting in 1901, the book is about secrets, inseparable ties, love, loss, courage and hope. A desperate woman seeking help finds herself in an unusual situation. What happens next changes the course of several lives, shattering some, enriching others. The author then leads the reader through the years before the war in the life of sweet Rosie and her haphazard mentally and physically impoverished world. She is haunted by her murky early childhood and needs to make sense of her world. She remembers Milo. Her winsome countenance and personality endear her to unlikely people. Others, meanwhile, are incensed and hatred festers. Juxtaposed emotions cause interesting relationship dynamics. World War I breaks out and Rosie and Milo join the war efforts to do what they can to contribute. I love that the author mentions the realities of war without glossing over them. We read of its horrors, priority shifts and effects. The historical details are clearly well researched and riveting storylines are injected right until the end. My favourite aspects are the fascinating era and unique setting, the resilience of characters and the numerous twists which worked together beautifully. Chrissie Walsh writes with passion and describes characters brilliantly. This book has wide-ranging appeal and is perfect for readers of Historical Fiction, Romance, General Fiction and Women's Fiction. They will discover layers of secrets and deceptions as well as characters to cheer for. My sincere thank you to Aria & Aries and NetGalley for the privilege of reading this wondrous book, particularly fitting for upcoming Remembrance/Armistice/Veteran's Day.

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What a wonderful book. It had some good characters and an emotional story. Set in and around world war 1 in Yorkshire. Rosie's mum is fleeing 2 violent men who she feels will bring her harm. She is taken in by travelers, where she promptly gives birth to little Rosie, surprising everybody. And here the story begins. It is really well written and very enjoyable, keeping the reader engrossed and gripped until the very last page. Thank you, NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this lovely book. xx

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