“We’re sitting ducks, doesn’t that scare you, Kitty?”Glynis Peters, The Orphan’s Letters
Title: The Orphan’s Letters
Series: The Red Cross Orphans (Book 2)
Author: Glynis Peters
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 326 (Kindle)
Publish Date: November 30th, 2022
My Rating: ★★★
Read: 9/13/2022 – 9/18/2022
Picking up after the events of The Red Cross Orphans, The Orphan’s Letters follows Kitty Pattison and her work with the Red Cross during World War II once again. Much like the first book, the plot largely centers around friendship and love during a turbulent time in the world.
Jumping from assignment to assignment, Kitty relies on letters to keep in touch with her friends and fiancé Michael. There are many familiar faces from the first book, but for the most part, the war has taken everyone away from one another. The most difficult person to be away from is Michael, not able to know exactly where he might be or if he’s been hurt. The war shakes things up for them all in one way or another, but even if it’s from a distance, they get through it together.
Though I felt there was a bit more conflict in this book, I didn’t feel as invested in this one like I was with the first. It wasn’t until the last several chapters that the story began picking up pace. It was intriguing and the ending left me hoping for a third installment, but it was a long time getting there. Still, this is a likable series with equally likable characters. While I would consider this to be a mood read for myself, I can see diehard historical fiction series fans loving every minute.
A huge thanks to HarperCollins/Harper360, One More Chapter, and NetGalley for providing a free ARC to read and review.
Likes & Dislikes:
What I liked:
- The continued growth of Kitty’s friendships.
- The challenges of Michael and Kitty’s long-distance relationship.
What I didn’t like:
- Back-to-back letters. It wasn’t consistent, but it could get confusing.
- The plot dragged. While Kitty went through a number of things, I felt disengaged throughout most of it.
While I have mixed feelings about the books in this series, I’ve enjoyed them a lot more than similar ones I’ve dabbled with. I hope to hear news about a third book soon as we do get a somewhat unresolved ending this time around.