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Watch—Work—Wait Or, The Orphan's Victory   By: (1800-1876)

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In Sarah A. Myers' captivating novel, Watch—Work—Wait Or, The Orphan's Victory, readers are transported to a world filled with heartaches, triumphs, and unexpected turns of fate. Set against the backdrop of a nineteenth-century orphanage, this book delves deep into the lives of the young protagonists, leaving a lasting impact on the readers.

The story follows the life of Amelia, a spirited young girl who finds herself trapped within the walls of Saint Agnes Orphanage after the untimely death of her parents. Myers skillfully depicts the harsh realities faced by orphans during this time, illustrating the struggles and challenges they encounter on a daily basis. From the rigid discipline imposed by the orphanage's matron to the constant yearning for a place to call home, the author captures the essence of the characters' lives with heartfelt precision.

Amelia's journey unfolds through a series of poignant events, each contributing to her growth and resilience. Displaying unwavering determination, she navigates the complexities of life, proving that hope can thrive even in the darkest of circumstances. Myers ensures that the emotions felt by the characters are deeply conveyed to the readers, creating an empathetic connection that draws us further into the narrative.

The author's writing style is both evocative and beautiful, painting vivid imagery with her words. The descriptive prose transports readers to the orphanage's echoing hallways, allowing us to experience the sights, sounds, and even the smells of Amelia's world. Myers' attention to detail is commendable, as she seamlessly weaves historical elements into the story, providing an authentic backdrop for the characters' lives.

A remarkable aspect of this book is the cast of well-developed characters that populate its pages. Each individual, from the enigmatic Matron Clara to the mischievous young Walter, is given an opportunity to shine, contributing to the overall richness of the story. Myers effortlessly captures the complexities of human nature, showcasing both the flaws and the redeeming qualities that make each character relatable and memorable.

Furthermore, Watch—Work—Wait Or, The Orphan's Victory delivers a powerful message about the importance of perseverance, friendship, and the indomitable spirit of the human soul. Amelia's journey serves as an inspiration to readers of all ages, reminding us of the inherent strength we possess even in the face of adversity.

While some parts of the narrative could have been further explored, the novel offers a rich reading experience that will undoubtedly resonate with its audience. Myers has crafted a story that stirs the emotions, prompts reflection, and reminds us of the power of hope.

Overall, Watch—Work—Wait Or, The Orphan's Victory is an exceptional historical fiction novel that will capture the hearts of readers. Myers' exceptional storytelling skills, coupled with her ability to create authentic characters, make this a book worth cherishing. Those who enjoy tales of resilience, determination, and the triumph of the human spirit will find this book to be a delightful addition to their reading list.

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Taking a piece of paper and a pencil from his pocket, he drew a sketch of the little square where his loved ones slept.]





"Blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.... They that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing." PSALM xxxiv.


T. Nelson and Sons, Paternoster Row; Edinburgh; and New York.


This little volume contains a simple record of the trials and temptations which a poor orphan boy passed through a few years since. It teaches that best of lessons, the need of Divine help in the battle of life. It shows that a child may attain a beautiful character amid great trials and great evils.

The author assures us that the incidents in this delightful story are real occurrences. Some of them are "stranger than fiction;" yet they are not fancies, but facts.



In one of the many beautiful spots which the traveller sees in making a voyage up the Hudson, stands the village of M . It attracts the notice of all tourists, for it seems to occupy the very place in which a painter or a lover of the picturesque would have chosen to place it. Its inhabitants love to boast of its antiquity, for it was founded by the original Dutch settlers, and its present settlers are mostly their descendants... Continue reading book >>

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