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Trilogy Concludes for Orphan Train Series; Readers Asking for More!   (2009-04-08)


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Secrets: Third of A Trilogy


You won’t want to miss the final book in the orphan train trilogy by Robert Noonan! 

Haunted by the Secrets of their past, Kate, John and Hillary Hanley had joined together as a family and established their home in Newberry, Illinois.  Each of them had secrets from their past that continued to plague them even as their happiness and love grew each day. 

For John who had been accused of a murder he did not commit, he knew the law could arrest him because the victim’s brother was a wealthy influential man. The real murderer had manufactured evidence against him, but revenge could be satisfied whether guilt was real.  John had left Alton, Delaware, to move west and hopefully outrun his accusers. Kate loved him and would follow him anywhere to be his bride.

But Kate had a secret, known only to her, that also caused her to leave Alton.  Having her own revenge against her former boss, who had caused so much pain to her beloved Hillary, she had found Frank Dragus guilty and punishable by death. Would they some day come for her as well as John? 

Hillary had a secret as well. 

These Secrets carried into the final book in Noonan’s trilogy are woven into the lives of other orphans that rode the trains to the west.  And the trains also carried the families for visits from one home to another.  Bridie’s daughter becomes a close friend to Hillary, but Bridie has also found a reason to visit the homestead because Biff, Hillary’s adopted Uncle had caught Birdie’s attention.  But before she could ever consider entering into a loving relationship, she was forced to deal with the secret from her past—and He was there at her home every day to remind her!! 

There is just enough drama and suspense to move this heartwarming story forward. Noonan takes the time to “create” the period into which we may fall, enjoying fairs, home-made cider, dressing up as squaws to get pictures taken . . .

By now, each of Noonan’s characters had become familiar and I wanted to be sure that all would be well with each of them.  Thankfully, that did happen! I’ve likened The Orphan Train Trilogy to the television series and books, Little House on the Prairie.  I think you will agree.  Robert Noonan wanted to bring out a long-forgotten part of our heritage and he has indeed handled that responsibility well. His books are meticulously presented; his writing sensitive and understanding as he shares the plight of the children who were orphaned, oftentimes by tragedy or pain.   

Many of you may realize that Robert Noonan came to our site for a review of his books.  He and I later worked to proofread, edit and finalize the books prior to publishing.  I was honored to have this little part in bringing these Americana stories to readers. My only wish?  That the trilogy had really had one more book--Hillary, so we would know that Hillary had indeed had a wonderful life and had successfully dealt with her own tragic secret.  How about it Mr. Noonan?  I’ve added it to my “wish list” at all the online bookstores! Will I get my wish?  Hillary is a must-must read for me because I consider the first three books as Must-Reads! 

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