“Belonging” by Robin Lee Hatcher is the story of a former Orphan Train child, Felicia Kristoffersen, who was chosen by an older couple and who lives with them until their deaths. She was never formally adopted as she was led to believe. She goes to normal school and becomes a teacher. Her first job is in Frenchman’s Bluff, Idaho. She is warmly welcomed by all except Mr. Colin Murphy and Mrs. Helen Summerville who are both on the school board. They did not want to hire a new teacher for her first job and were skeptical about Felicia’s desire to find a husband and leave the children in her charge as previous teachers were wont to do.
She is befriended by Kathleen Summerville, a widow and daughter-in-law of Mrs. Helen Summerville. She, along with her two daughters, is dependent upon her in-laws, the Summerville’s. As the story progresses, Colin comes to believe in Felicia and is more than concerned about her well-being. He falls in love with her. Kathleen is wooed by a cowhand from a local ranch.
These two story lines serve to make this book quite interesting and a good read. The characters are very believable and easy to like or dislike. I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to all my friends.
I received a free Kindle copy of this book for my honest review from the publisher. The opinions expressed here are my own.