The Orphan Thief

The Orphan Thief

by Glynis Peters

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From the international bestselling author of The Secret Orphan

When all seems lost…

As Hitler’s bombs rain down on a battered and beleaguered Britain, Ruby Shadwell is dealt the most devastating blow – her entire family lost during the Coventry Blitz.

Hope still survives…

Alone and with the city in chaos, Ruby is determined to survive this war and rebuild her life. And a chance encounter with street urchin Tommy gives Ruby just the chance she needs…

And love will overcome.

Because Tommy brings with him Canadian Sergeant Jean-Paul Clayton. Jean-Paul is drawn to Ruby and wants to help her, but Ruby cannot bear another loss.
Can love bloom amidst the ruins? Or will the war take Ruby’s last chance at happiness too?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780008374624
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/28/2019
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 2,616
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Glynis Peters lives in the seaside town of Dovercourt~Harwich. In 2014 she was shortlisted for the Festival of Romance New Talent Award.
When Glynis is not writing, she enjoys making greetings cards, Cross Stitch, fishing and looking after her gorgeous grandchildren.
The Secret Orphan is her first WWII historical novel.

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The Orphan Thief 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Highly recommended. A must read.
FHlady 3 months ago
"It's a compliment to those gone before us, that they gave us something to live for - to remind the world they once existed." Set in Coventry, England during World War 2, this new-to-me author set me in the middle of the extreme German bombing of Coventry and captured my attention from start to finish. Families wiped out leaving orphan children who without support of friends can't make it on their own or turn to crime in order to survive. With a touch of mystery, a 16 year old young woman who has strength and determination to make it with the help of family friends, a 7 year old boy who may or may not have family, and a Canadian soldier who comes to care for Ruby, the main female character, the cast of characters makes this story memorable. Now I can't wait to read Peter's debut novel: The Secret Orphan. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Harper Collins through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
LlamaJen 4 months ago
It was OK. I really wanted to like this book as much as I loved "The Secret Orphan," but it just didn't click with me. Yes, it took place during WWII, but it didn't feel like the usual historical fiction books that I read. The book centered more around Ruby as she coped with the loss of her family, surviving on her own and her relationship with Fred and Beatty. The characters were lovely. I loved Fred and Beatty. Instead of constantly asking Tommy about his mom, aunt or home, why didn't Ruby try to find out what was really wrong. She had to think something strange was going on with all the items he brought to sell??? Earl was just screaming- I'm a criminal. How did Ruby not realize what was going on around her? She seemed so smart. I'm not sure how she could be shocked when she learned the truth about Tommy or Earl. It's hard to believe Ruby was only sixteen. I say give the book a try, it just wasn't my cup of tea. I look forward to reading more books by the author. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Harper Impulse and Killer Reads through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
JChris 4 months ago
I had a difficult time getting involved in the story. The dialog seemed bland and stiff to me. I pushed though reading, although the pages went by and the story did not seem to be leading anywhere. It was a depressing account of how life was in Coventry after the Blitz. While my heart did go out to the situation the main character, Ruby, was living with, I was not especially drawn to her from the story. My feeling were more from the history of how awful WWII was on everyone than from this book. I did become more interested about half way in the book and I was happy that I kept reading. I appreciate all the research the author did to write what I imagine is a fiction based on fact novel. I want to thank Harper Impulse and Killer Reads, One More Chapter for allowing me to read the ARC. My review is my own opinion, not influence by receiving the ARC.
dlvandruff 4 months ago
Ruby Shadwell did not expect to see what she saw. After running an errand for her mother she returns home to find a crater where her home stood. Her parents, younger brother and sister had been in that house. They were gone. She rushes to the next street to look for her grandmother. That home is also gone. At the age of sixteen dury Hitler's blitz, alone was not the ideal place to find herself. She knows that her family is gone. But she carries the Shadwell name and will do everything in her power to honor that name. To make the name mean something in her town of Covington. She will not leave her town, she will strengthen it and offer hope for everyone that has had si much loss. A book written about the bravery and determination of a young girl. Heartwarming, well worth reading!
Rachel_Denise01 5 months ago
The Orphan Thief by Glynis Peters is an interesting, enveloping, and enjoyable historical fiction book that makes for a great, fast read. This book is set during WWII and focusses on Ruby, a strong female protagonist who’s life is completely changed during the horrific bombing and destruction of Coventry, England during air raids from the Germans during WWII. This book spans from 1940-1945. This book is not just about a “love story” and a “ happy ending”. This story adds obstacles, perseverance, overcoming odds, as well as loss before arriving to a bittersweet and satisfying ending. I loved Ruby, Beatty, Fred, Tommy, and John. The author made the characters realistic and likable. I also thought the pacing and events were appropriate and created well with a nice flow to what I feel is a great ending. This is the second book that I have read by Ms Peters and I thoroughly enjoyed it just as much as The Secret Orphan. I look forward to further books by this author. 4.5/5 stars.
Svara 5 months ago
A beautiful, moving story set in WWII England showing the strength of love and it's bond. Ruby is such a strong and loving soul., a brilliant girl. Human spirit is so strong and you can love wholeheartedly after loss. A wonderful book that causes you to strongly feel so many emotions!
MatteaLC 5 months ago
This is a very well written historical novel about the the bombing and devastation in Coventry England during WWII. 16 yr old Ruby Shadwell loses her entire family in the first bombings in that city. Her home is destroyed and she is alone. So starts the beginning of her effort to survive in a war torn town, as she struggles to keep moving, to avoid leaving the only place that she has ever known. This is a story of struggle and hardship in an effort to survive the brutalities of war. It’s the unlikely people that Ruby meets along the way that become her new family and support system. They is Glynis Peters’ second novel and it reveals wonderful storytelling, intense research and strong, interesting characters. Looking forward to her next novel, which sounds good also. My thanks to #NetGalley #HarperCollinsPublishers and #GlynisPeters for the ARC. All comments are my own.
Anonymous 5 months ago
In its sophisticated yet understated telling, 'The Orphan Thief' is a poignant tale of humanity at its most powerful. Born from unspeakable tragedies, survivors of war managed to cobble together a family and rebuild their lives. The narrative was rich with detail while spared of emotive superfluity. This style made the text all the more provocative. On the surface, teenager Ruby appeared too good to be true in her courage, generosity, and compassion but through her actions, readers were delighted in the revealing the depths of her character. Admittedly, I got a little nervous at the end...whew! This was a suggested read that I almost passed over. Don't make the same mistake. 'The Orphan Thief' is a wonderfully sublime story that will tug at your heart. Thank you to NetGalley, Harper Impulse and Killer Reads, and Glynis Peters for an ARC of 'The Orphan Thief' in exchange for an honest review.
Texas109 5 months ago
The Orphan Thief is a wonderful, well written story of perseverance during the dark days of WWII. Fourteen year old Ruby, who lost her entire family during German bombing, brings two similar souls together to form a new family group and figure out how to survive and perhaps even thrive. The author has done an amazing job spotlighting the hardships and the small but significant times of joy and satisfaction. As an avid reader of WWII stories this one certainly rings true as the story follows Ruby until she turns 21. Readers are introduced to her parents’ friends Beatty and Fred, who having lost their homes find shelter and purpose with Ruby, and Canadian war photographer John, whose presence conjures more grown up feelings. They also meet street urchin, Tommy and his ‘Uncle’ Earl, a mean, nasty man...and that is the only spoiler I will give. Glynis Peters is a new author for me, but I will be watching for more by her. I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book from NetGalley. Most highly recommend.
Shirleymca 5 months ago
Family is those you love The Orphan thief was set in WWII but it was surprisingly different. What a refreshing read. Ruby, returning home found her home demolished, her parents and siblings dead. At sixteen she was overwhelmed with grief. She ran to her grandmother's house only to find that her home was gone as well. A disaster worker helping the neighbor Fred to the hospital told her to check to see if her grandmother was among the injured. She found her grandmother on the deceased list as well. What to do now? The first night she slept in the park in a den in the ground. The next day she found food in town at a Red Cross truck. She decided to go to Fred's house her grandmother's neighbor, he was gone, but she spent the night there. The next day they started demolishing the houses on the block as they were unsafe. She then went to her family's bookkeeper's office, as she knew no one else. He was deceased in his chair from a heart attack. When the workers came to take him away she let them think he was her Uncle and would watch over his home. She then went to see a friend of her mother's , Helen, that used to buy dresses from her mother, who was a seamstress. She took papers to Helen from the bookkeeper's desk and found out the land and property belonged to her father and was now hers. This is the beginning. How Ruby brings Fred and Beatrice and finally the young boy , Tommy to live with her and how Fred and Beatrice become guardians for both her and Tommy is within the story told in the book. Also her romance with John the Canadian Army photographer. The story of Tommy and the evil Earl and how he came to know Ruby is also in the story told. It tells the story of how Ruby, a young lady transforms into an adult. It also tells the story of a young orphan boy Tommy and his life as a thief. It is a sad story at times with the loss of Ruby's family, but there is so much love from others it is a happy story. Ruby is so resourceful and so grown up at an early age. The story is heartwarming, the characters are so charming and true to life it is like watching it all play out in your head. I sincerely enjoyed this book with a breath of fresh air into the WWII genre. I know that you will enjoy it as well. I highly recommend it. Thanks to Glynis Peters, One More Chapter / HarperCollins, and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of the book.