Debut Author Pam Hillman & Her Free Ebook for Anyone! — 16 Comments

  1. I fully agree Pam. I know it would have been hard for the kids of the era you wrote and then for along time after as many of the orphanages ended up being as bad as the streets. I know after WW2 alot of children from England were shipped here and not many ended in a nice home most were in Church or state orphanages and many work farms where the children were abused in some of the worst ways imaginable infact most lost their childhood the moment they got on that boat. The stories of abuse physical, mental and sexual are horrendous. These kids didn’t deserve it but because society looked on them as expendable the places got away with this.
    This still happens in third world countries and it is so sad.
    You wrote in the acknowledgements that someone suggested an area out of Chicago rather than Wyoming and I think they were spot on. I can see this happening where you set it more than the west. The west I dont think would have been the same impact as where you set the book. Love a book that makes your mind not stop thinking and can make you think of issues relevant today or make you thankful for what you have. This book did that for me.
    I sure hope you have more books like this one (or even a follow up)

  2. When I wrote it, I didn’t really think about that, Jenny, but you’re right. Other than cell phones, satellite connections and trucks and cars, you could plop this story anywhere in the world and have a lot of the same results.

    So sad, and heart-rending that people, young and older alike, are living such desperate, fear-filled lives. It’s bad enough to be down-and-out on your luck, or living on the streets, but when those in authority prey on your misfortune, it’s just plain evil.

    Saying a prayer for someone somewhere who’s in a desperate situation. God knows where they are, and He can meet them in their darkest hour!

  3. Paula, you would think that over 100 years later, homelessness, street kids, and sweatshops would have been eradicated, but it’s not. Even though my book is fiction set in the late 1800’s, there are kids today who suffer so much worse than I ever even WANT to imagine. My heart breaks for them!

  4. Hi Pam and Lyn,
    As I have told Pam her book kept me up later than normal reading her book. For all who haven’t read it . it is a really really good book. When I was out side doing some stuff I was thinking how even today foster children and children in crisis are still have issues like the street kids and orphans of the bygone years. There is still a stigma and as mentioned in the post there are still places where kids are almost discarded and dont have much of a life. This book could be set in many eras and places.

  5. Pam — I’m going to have to add it to my to-be-read list. Sounds wonderful!

  6. What If?? many are on streets and not by choice, I feel for these folks. your book Pam looks like it would be one I would like to read, thanks for sharing today on Lyn’s blog.
    Paula O

  7. Thank you Carla. Like many of us on this road to publishing, my journey has been fairly long, but not necessarily hard. And I’ve had a few flat tires along the way, and my share of blowouts , but I had good friends to share the journey with. Can’t beat that!

  8. Cecelia, so glad you stopped by. Congrats on your new Kindle! There’s a whole slew of Christian fiction free right now. Enjoy!

  9. Oh, Judy, thank you! That is so sweet.

    I struggle to get everything just so on every page…similar to smoothing EVERY last wrinkle out of a satin coverlet… only to have my cowboy SIT on the bed while he pulls on his boots! lol

    So, it’s extra nice to hear that somebody closed the book with a happy sigh.

  10. Hi Pam,

    I’ve been watching your journey to publication at Seekerville and it’s wonderful to see that your book is finally here. It sounds wonderful and I’ll be downloading it today. Blessings for your continued success!

  11. Wow! Sounds like a very emotionally-charged read! I’m going to download it onto my NEW KINDLE that I just received a few days ago! 🙂

  12. This book is fantastic! It is so much more than a love story. It will pull on your heart to think of orphans and maybe even those who work the mines.

    I’m looking forward to future books Pam will write as this one was such quality writing with humor suspense and a bit heart wrenching at times.

  13. Lyn, thanks so much for having me today. I need to find the time to watch The Inn of the Sixth Happiness! What an amazing story. What a brave woman!

    Amazing that when we think of strong, brave women, we think of saving children’s lives, saving their families, providing food and comfort and shelter.

    When we think of strong, brave men, our first thought is men that are willing to march off to battle to risk their lives for their women and children.

    But in the end, the goal is the same for both sexes. Food, shelter, peace, and a place to call home, surrounded by loved ones.

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