They Waited Their Whole Lives for Their Papa to Return
Nan and Heath Duncan, siblings abandoned by their papa and abused by their guardian, have no choice but to survive on the London streets. When a kind gentleman rescues Nan from such a life, the siblings are separated and raised in two vastly different social worlds. Just when both are beginning to flourish and years have healed some of their wounds, their long-awaited papa returns and reunites them—bringing demands with him. Nan is expected to marry a rich suitor she’s never liked, and Heath is expected to forsake his gentle spirit and become the hardened man his father always was.

Dangers unfold, secret love develops, fights ensue, and murder upsets the worlds Heath and Nan have built for themselves.

They’ve waited their whole lives for their papa to return, for tomorrow to come—but now that it has, will they be able to see through to the truth and end this whirlwind of a nightmare before it costs one of their lives? 

There were a lot of different points of view, which I enjoyed. It was unlike other novels I’ve read lately, and I was able to follow along with all the storylines. I enjoyed the mystery and felt it tied together nicely in the end. Gilbert was my favorite character, and I rooted for him throughout the book. I loved his protectiveness for Nan. I also loved Nan’s brother. I felt how the depth of his childhood effected his life and my heart went out to him multiple times throughout the novel. His actions and thoughts were in turmoil with his past and his devotion to God. It effected all his relationships, but I love how it left him open to love also. I felt he was a very well written character.

The beginning did hop along for a few chapters in order for everyone to finally get to the correct ages for the story to pick up pace. I wish I could have seen more of Nan’s inner feelings as the story progressed.

This was my first novel by Hannah Linder and I look forward to going back to read her first novel. Overall the story had a bit of a dark feel to it. Their childhood and especially the way Nan’s brother was treated, even at the end of the novel was disturbing. The undesirable demands and actions of their father, as well as the treatment towards Nan by one of the male characters in the story, was also unhealthy and a bit disturbing at times. I didn’t mind these elements, but I could see how others might. 


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