Book Recommendation – Scattered by Nola Lorraine

Book Description:

To lose her family was unthinkable … 
To find them will take a miracle.

While working in Europe, nineteen-year-old Maggie never dreamed that her family would be ripped apart and scattered across the sea, with her young brother and sister sent to Canada as part of the Home Children Migrant Scheme.

Desperation sends Maggie on a search from England to Canada, with a harrowing shipwreck leaving her stranded on Sable Island. Eventually arriving in Halifax, Maggie is devastated to discover the trail to find her sister and brother has gone cold.

An offer of help from industrialist Thaddeus Tharaday seems like an answer to prayer, but is the wealthy Tharaday her benefactor or nemesis?

With the help of a dashing newspaper reporter, Maggie begins to unravel the web of deceit surrounding her siblings’ disappearance. However, the closer she gets to the truth, the more dangerous her quest becomes.

With lives on the line and the threat of everything she loves being torn away, can Maggie entrust the scattered pieces of her heart to the one who will never leave?

Set in Victorian-era Nova Scotia, Scattered weaves together elements of mystery, adventure, faith, and romance to take readers on a journey of hope and courage that will resonate with their hearts today.

Narelle’s Thoughts:

I enjoyed reading Scattered, the delightful debut novel by Australian author Nola Lorraine. In the opening chapters we meet Maggie, a young English woman who is trying to locate her siblings. Her younger brother, Jack, and sister, Emily, were mistakenly assumed to be orphans with no family and were shipped to Canada in the Home Children Migrant Scheme.

Maggie accepts a job offer as a nanny with the goal of traveling to Halifax, Nova Scotia, on her new employer’s small merchant ship. They encounter rough weather in the waters off Sable Island and Maggie survives the harrowing shipwreck. She recuperates on Sable Island with the lighthouse keeper’s family before continuing her journey to Halifax and her search for her siblings.

Maggie secures lodging and a job in Halifax, but the mystery surrounding the location of Jack and Emily only deepens. Maggie isn’t sure who she can trust, and her heart is drawn to the charming newspaper reporter, Nash, who promises to assist Maggie in her search.

The mystery plot is interesting and complex. Maggie’s life is turned upside down as she overcomes obstacles in her journey to reunite her family. Her faith is challenged by the difficult circumstances she faces in the story. I highly recommend Scattered to readers who like historical Victorian era romantic mysteries set in Canada.

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