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The Orphan Thief [PDF] ✪ The Orphan Thief By Glynis Peters – Thomashillier.co.uk From the international bestselling author of The Secret OrphanWhen all seems lost As Hitler s bombs rain down on a battered and beleaguered Britain, Ruby Shadwell is dealt the most devastating blow he From the international bestselling author of The Secret OrphanWhen all seems lost As Hitler s bombs rain down on a battered and beleaguered Britain, Ruby Shadwell is dealt the most devastating blow her entire family lost during the Coventry Blitz Hope still survives Alone and with the city in chaos, Ruby is determined to survive this war and rebuild her life And a The Orphan Kindle - chance encounter with street urchin Tommy gives Ruby just the chance she needs And love will overcomeBecause Tommy brings with him Canadian Sergeant Jean Paul Clayton Jean Paul is drawn to Ruby and wants to help her, but Ruby cannot bear another loss Can love bloom amidst the ruins Or will the war take Ruby s last chance at happiness too.


About the Author: Glynis Peters

I write historical novels, and live by the sea in EssexOne More Chapter HarperCollinsAuthor of The Secret Orphan The Orphan Thief USA TODAY bestseller Globe and Mail bestseller Toronto Star bestseller UK and USA bestsellerhttps facebook glynispeters.



10 thoughts on “The Orphan Thief

  1. Peter Peter says:

    CourageThe era of this story is fascinating, set throughout the Second World War, and starting when Coventry was bombed by the German Luftwaffe in 1939 The only survivor of the Shadwell family is sixteen year old Ruby who starts to rebuild her life amongst the rubble and war ravaged lives The rubble is her salvation as she collects and restores items damaged during the bombing raids Ruby acquires a business licence to resell the items and so begins a journey of interactions with various frien CourageThe era of this story is fascinating, set throughout the Second World War, and starting when Coventry was bombed by the German Luftwaffe in 1939 The only survivor of the Shadwell family is sixteen year old Ruby who starts to rebuild her life amongst the rubble and war ravaged lives The rubble is her salvation as she collects and restores items damaged during the bombing raids Ruby acquires a business licence to resell the items and so begins a journey of interactions with various friendly and deceitful characters Fred, Helen, Beatty, Tommy and John all contribute to the sense of lives deeply affected by the war and the devastation of cities like Coventry From the surrogate grandfather Fred, to the street urchin Tommy, the extent of issues facing survivors is addressed with diverse scope and interest The community spirit can be seen at times of catastrophic events, but there will always be some who try to take advantage of vulnerable survivors The story will probably be categorised as a romance novel but because of the wider character threads and historical content, I think this is quite limiting The balance generally worked for me but I can imagine the romance readers will wantof a love story and the general fiction readers will wantobservational drama with the various characters The romance thread is sparked when Ruby meets Canadian soldier and photographer Jean Paul John Clayton when he stops by her shop to ask directions.The storyline around Tommy is probably the most engrossing as we see a range of situations and characters that provide a spectrum of light and dark machinations He is an intriguing character and we see how the surroundings and adult interactions can influence the direction of a young orphan boy The Orphan Thief is an easy read with an engaging story, although at times it felt mechanical and predictable At the beginning of the book with the bombing of Coventry and the loss of Ruby s family, I felt it lacked emotional impact The canvas was there for high emotion, psychological turmoil and a challenging period in world history but it didn t quite deliver for me The last quarter of the book followed atypical romance narrative, where the other characters played a supporting role, which I believe Glynis Peters is very adept at writing.I would rate this book 3.5 stars and recommend it to readers that enjoy a splash of historical fiction, romance and an easy read with a good assortment of characters Many thanks to One More Chapter and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of the book in return for an honest review


  2. Louise Wilson Louise Wilson says:

    Set in Coventry, England during World War II Ruby was just sixteen years old when the Germans bombed her neighbourhood and killed her family She is forced to break into other peoples homes to find herself something to eat She spends her days picking up items left after homes and businesses had been bombed She also meets and makes new friends, they are all survivors John is a Canadian photographer who Ruby develops feelings for Ruby sells the items she finds from a shop But then the shop i Set in Coventry, England during World War II Ruby was just sixteen years old when the Germans bombed her neighbourhood and killed her family She is forced to break into other peoples homes to find herself something to eat She spends her days picking up items left after homes and businesses had been bombed She also meets and makes new friends, they are all survivors John is a Canadian photographer who Ruby develops feelings for Ruby sells the items she finds from a shop But then the shop is also bombed What will Ruby do now This story deals with the obstacles that challenged many people during the Second World War How people had to persevere in every day challenges for survival I really ,liked the main characters Ruby, Fred, Tommy and John, who all seemed realistic Tommy is only six hears old but he does whatever is necessary to survive This is a sad story at times ut there is so much love as well Ruby had to grow up quickly and learn how to e resourceful at the same time I lived this book.I would like to thank NetGalley, Harper Impulse and Killer Reads and the author Glynis Peters for my ARC in exchange for an honest review


  3. Janet Newport Janet Newport says:

    Thank you NetGalley and Harper Impulse Killer Reads for this arc.Set early during WWII in Coventry, England this is a story focusing primarily on Ruby She s sixteen years old when her family home including her family are totally bombed out while she s away from home running an errand for her mother Same story with her Grandmother and Grandmother s house So she scrapes up a new family and manages to find another home coincidentally one owned by her father, but occupied by her father s frien Thank you NetGalley and Harper Impulse Killer Reads for this arc.Set early during WWII in Coventry, England this is a story focusing primarily on Ruby She s sixteen years old when her family home including her family are totally bombed out while she s away from home running an errand for her mother Same story with her Grandmother and Grandmother s house So she scrapes up a new family and manages to find another home coincidentally one owned by her father, but occupied by her father s friend, who managed to die of a heart attack during the bombings, thus leaving the property in a stable condition There were a few too many coincidences contrivances for me to really immerse myself in this read I had a tough time connecting to the various characters as they variously feltlike plot contrivances than real people to me This was not an unpleasant read,of a Hallmark movie meets WWII mash up, but just too saccharine for my tastes and not enough WWII.2.25 stars


  4. Mark Porton Mark Porton says:

    Historical World War 2 Fiction, the hardship of the blitz and a blossoming love story that s what drew me to this book.Author Glynis Peters is a historical romance author and has previously been shortlisted for the Festival of Romance New Talent Award UK in 2014 This story follows the life of teenager Ruby following the loss of her family and home after being battered during WWII by the Luftwaffe in Coventry, England Young Ruby needs to pick up her life amongst the heartbreak and devastati Historical World War 2 Fiction, the hardship of the blitz and a blossoming love story that s what drew me to this book.Author Glynis Peters is a historical romance author and has previously been shortlisted for the Festival of Romance New Talent Award UK in 2014 This story follows the life of teenager Ruby following the loss of her family and home after being battered during WWII by the Luftwaffe in Coventry, England Young Ruby needs to pick up her life amongst the heartbreak and devastation Needless to say she needs to show resilience and resourcefulness in abundance to do this Perhaps the most interesting character is a young streetwise Cockney lad called Tommy, who comes into and out of her life throughout the book His character has an interesting story to tell, he proves to be pivotal There s also a sprinkling of various good hearted, resilient characters, and the odd villain thrown in for good measure.This blend of characters in such a catastrophic back drop should have produced a riveting narrative Instead, I found the story to be a little too predictable, the dialogue too superficial, and the plot thin I wasn t really invested in these characters, and found myself not really concerned about their welfare, which for me, is a tragedy, as they were in such a precarious, sad, dramatic and interesting place at that time.I m not adverse to a good romance novel, and my reading list proves that, but this was my first real encounter of a syrupy sweet love story and I m afraid this lost me Having said that, Ms Peters has sold plenty of books and is pretty popular Her previous book, The Secret Orphan also based in Coventry sold plenty So for those who delight in this type of romantic fare, this is the book for you.This book wasn t for me.2 5 stars.I would like to thank NetGalley and HarperCollins UK for providing me with an advance copy in exchange for an unbiased review


  5. Michelle Michelle says:

    It s WW2 in Coventry Hitler s bombs are raining down on the city 16 year old Ruby Shadwell comes home not only finds her home gone but, also her family too and a crater in the ground left in its place With the shock of what happened she goes to her Grandmothers house only to find she also has had the same fate Ruby still grieving but is determined to get on with her life and build a future for herself Along the way she meets Fred, Beatty and little Tommy, her own little family She builds a It s WW2 in Coventry Hitler s bombs are raining down on the city 16 year old Ruby Shadwell comes home not only finds her home gone but, also her family too and a crater in the ground left in its place With the shock of what happened she goes to her Grandmothers house only to find she also has had the same fate Ruby still grieving but is determined to get on with her life and build a future for herself Along the way she meets Fred, Beatty and little Tommy, her own little family She builds a business of buying and selling things until the shop is bombed and she does her own bit for the war with several of the other survivors of the war they knit things for the troops.One day while searching for things through the debris she meets a Canadian soldier photographer John Clayton they become friends and later sparks fly But this is not a romance novelabout how people coped in the war in Coventry.I thank you NetGalley and Harper Impulse for a copy of this book I have read many historical novels like this one But this is slightly different than others I have read For a start it s set in Coventry It s about courage, growing up and having the determination to get a better life in the times of the war I really enjoyed this, and I will be looking out forbooks from this author in the future 4 stars from me


  6. Stina Stina says:

    4.5 starsGlynis Peters is a new author to me and despite my ever growing TBR list, I decided to take a chance on her because I m a sucker for historical fiction And I wasn t disappointed THE ORPHAN THIEF was a delight to read from start to finish.Set in Coventry between Christmas 1938 and May 1945, THE ORPHAN THIEF begins during the Blitz a terrifying time for England when the Germans attacked large populated cities with constant air raids day and night Coventry did not escape unscathe 4.5 starsGlynis Peters is a new author to me and despite my ever growing TBR list, I decided to take a chance on her because I m a sucker for historical fiction And I wasn t disappointed THE ORPHAN THIEF was a delight to read from start to finish.Set in Coventry between Christmas 1938 and May 1945, THE ORPHAN THIEF begins during the Blitz a terrifying time for England when the Germans attacked large populated cities with constant air raids day and night Coventry did not escape unscathed And when 16 year old Ruby Shadwell returns to the crater where once her home had stood, she knew without a doubt that she had lost her entire family in one fell swoop Even her grandmother who lived on another street was found amidst the rubble that had once been her home.Shocked and devastated, Ruby was surprised to find someone she knew had escaped the German s wrath Fred, who lived across the street from her gran, stood shell shocked in the midst of the rubble surrounding him until a medic lead him away to an awaiting ambulance Fred s house still partially stood so Ruby made her way through the remnants and put aside some mementos for Fred to keep But as she had nowhere to stay and she was essentially underage, Ruby made herself something to eat and a bed for the night in the corner of Fred s kitchen It wasn t until she heard voices outside the next day, she was certain the enemy were coming back to finish the job, so she grabbed Fred s mementos and hurried away without being seen.When Ruby found herself on the street of her father s accountant, she decided to go to him for help, knowing Stephen would bethan happy to oblige However, when she got there she discovered Stephen slumped over his desk He had been dead some time, possibly his heart gave out Upon writing to Stephen s sister to inform her of his death, Ruby received the news that his sister had passed a couple of years before However, the sister s husband wrote a letter stating permission for Ruby to stay at the flat whilst clearing out Stephen s office and belongings, selling everything to pay off any debts and to keep anything left for her trouble Ruby had no idea who Stephen s landlord was and had no way of contacting him to pay any rent that may have been in arrears.After sorting through his paperwork into piles and matters of importance, and with some help from her friend Helen, she was shocked to discover that her father had in fact been Stephen s landlord which explained why no one was around to collect the rent and that as his only surviving relative, she inherited the property Not only that, but Helen discovered that Ruby s father had a tidy sum stashed away in a bank account of which would no pass to Rubyalthough she had to get her papers in order first since they would have all been destroyed in the bombing.It was sifting through the rubble and remnants that gave Ruby an ideawhich she shared with Helen To find items that could be salvaged or repaired from the rubble, tag them and either return them to their owners or, if there was no one, sell them Ruby decided she wanted to open a shop to keep the Shadwell name going from her family s grocery store.Before long, Ruby was reunited with Fred who, with no real home to return to, moved in with Ruby and became an honourary grandfather to her Along the way, we meet Beatty whose home was also destroyed, and Fred and Ruby welcome her into their home also And once again, Ruby feels like she has a family surrounding her.Then she meets street waif Tommy, who couldn t bethan 6 years old Ruby suspects he is up to no good but she can t resist his boyish charms and his strange cockney accent And in a way, she reminds him of her little brother, so she decides to take him under her wing So when Tommy brings her pieces of jewellery he claims belongs to his auntie who needs money for them to pay the rent, Ruby is suspicious but couldn t see the boy out on the street with no food and takes the items in return for 2.As time goes on, and Tommy keeps bringinganditems to her to sell, Ruby begins to wonder about his family The pieces were exquisite and obviously worth a lot of money so Tommy s family must have come from a wealthy background and fallen on hard times But whenever she asked to meet his mother, Tommy would either deflect her questions or get angry and storm away.Throughout the time from when she was rendered homeless to owning and operating Shadwell s Buy and Sell, Ruby meets Canadian Jean Paul Clayton, a photographer who captures the war through his camera lens for the Canadian RAF More than once, he has caught Ruby in her private moments of grief for which she is enraged with him And although THE ORPHAN THIEF is not a romance, Ruby finds herself falling in love with Jean Paul who is known to her as John, the English derivative of his name But when John goes missing, Ruby fights to keep herself going with the love of her new family around her.As Ruby s story unfolds, you see her grow from girl into a young woman a woman wise before her time But with Ruby s is also Tommy s story and his life as an orphan thief Their stories will make you laugh and make you cry.A moving story with characters so heartwarmingly real, THE ORPHAN THIEF is a different type of tale in the WW2 genre Whilst it described the terrifying events during wartime England and the horrific conditions the survivors endured, it also portrayed hope where there is none and the strength and endurance of the human spirit.THE ORPHAN THIEF is engaging from the first page that you won t want to put it down as you feel every emotion as if you were there living the moment alongside Ruby, Fred, Beatty and Tommy.The only thing keeping THE ORPHAN THIEF from a 5 star rating was the ending There was a bittersweet end which I won t spoil but I thought could have happened if events had taken place in the correct order Whilst many women did find themselves unmarried and pregnant, they generally married soon after And didn t go on to have another two children before walking up the aisle two years later Ruby had plenty of opportunity to marry in those subsequent two years and didn t so that lacked believability for me It was a different time and while it is acceptable practice now it certainly wasn t then So I am dropping half a star because of thatand the bittersweet ending that could have been much happier done the right way around I ll say no , but those who have read it will know what I mean.Compelling, emotional and bittersweet, THE ORPHAN THIEF is definitely worth reading You will fall in love with everyone except Earl and want to take them all home to tuck up safely forever And despite never having read Glynis Peters before, I would definitely look out for her again It was a pleasant surprise.I would like to thank GlynisPeters, NetGalley and HarperImpulse and KillerReads for an ARC of TheOrphanThief in exchange for an honest review.This review appears on my blog at


  7. Jeanette Jeanette says:

    I cannot express how much i enjoyed reading The Orphan Thief This must easily be one of my favourite reads this year Loved the main characters, especially Ruby It did bring back memories of stories told by my late parents who were slightly younger than Ruby when the bombs rained down So true to life Glynis Peters is an author whose books i shall be watching out for A well deserving five stars from me Highly recommended.My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers for my copy This is my ho I cannot express how much i enjoyed reading The Orphan Thief This must easily be one of my favourite reads this year Loved the main characters, especially Ruby It did bring back memories of stories told by my late parents who were slightly younger than Ruby when the bombs rained down So true to life Glynis Peters is an author whose books i shall be watching out for A well deserving five stars from me Highly recommended.My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers for my copy This is my honest review, which i have voluntarily given


  8. Jeanie Jeanie says:

    The War brought us all together Ruby is suddenly an orphan when her families home is destroyed by a bomb in England As a young girl of 15, she slowly picks up the pieces of her life along with a family friend Together Fred a father figure and Ruby meet others including Tommy a little boy that captures their heart Tommy seems to be lost in this war and under the care of an uncle that poorly mistreats him Ruby is encouraged to set up a store of recovered items that Fred fixes and she shelves The War brought us all together Ruby is suddenly an orphan when her families home is destroyed by a bomb in England As a young girl of 15, she slowly picks up the pieces of her life along with a family friend Together Fred a father figure and Ruby meet others including Tommy a little boy that captures their heart Tommy seems to be lost in this war and under the care of an uncle that poorly mistreats him Ruby is encouraged to set up a store of recovered items that Fred fixes and she shelves in hopes of getting the items to their rightful owners or selling them The war brings much uncertainty but Ruby finds certainty in her friendship with a Canadian Photographer Their relationship develops as they try to build hope of the future The handful of people in Ruby s life brings clarity and Tommy the orphan thief I struggled with reading this as it was hard to believe and by that, I just could not have empathy for the characters in their struggles Towards the end and the relationships begin to bebonded, the story becamecaptivating My struggle wasof character development than the story A Special Thank you to Harper Impluse and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.


  9. Sandy Sullivan Sandy Sullivan says:

    Although this book dealt with World War II Europe, which I normally really enjoying reading about, this book just didn t hold my interest There were way too many coincidences that were not exactly believable Someone else suggested that it was like a Hallmark movie and I agree The book was definitely an easy read, but way too predictable for my taste.


  10. Megan Byrd Megan Byrd says:

    Was very confused the whole time as to why it was named the orphan thief But it was a good story


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