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Katie's dad and stepmom are having a new baby and all of a sudden, Katie doesn't know where she fits in anymore. When the ghostly figure of a girl appears one night at her grandparents' Victorian home in Halifax, Katie's intrigued by her story. As she listens to old family tales and learns about a time long ago when British orphans were sent to Canada to make a new life for themselves, she realizes just how lucky she is to have a family where she belongs.

Flower does a wonderful job of bringing the characters of orphans Lillie and William and their historical period to life. Irene N. Watts has crafted her novel masterfully, weaving together the pieces of their stories told in so many different ways: Lillie's narration in the moment, the ghost Lillie's narration, her letters, William's tale as recounted by his son, the reminiscences of a very elderly lady who knew the two, etc.. The motifs in Katie's life echo Lillie and William's stories to make this a rich, moving novel highly recommended for all readers.
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