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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
An Orphan With A Destiny by Raymond Cook is a gripping story that follows the adventures of an orphan, set against the backdrop of the last part of 20th century Marble, Colorado. When Herbert Grant decides to move with his family, it is with the hopes of keeping them safe from the persistent conflicts between settlers and Indians. But he loses his life, together with his wife, and their six-year-old daughter is left alone. Katelyn doesn’t remember anything about her parents. Moved to the Redstone, a boarding house turned into an orphanage, she is given a new name, Corin. She suffers a lot in the orphanage and a couple that adopts her turns her life into a nightmare, driving her into the streets.
In the streets, she learns to be tough, but this environment has its own perils and she will suffer the loss of her friends. Her life changes when an elderly woman, Mary Ellen Woods, adopts her. Mary is the mother Katelyn never had. When Mary dies, Katelyn returns to Marble to find out more about her parents. But she returns to another painful reality: someone is murdering orphans in her native home. Determined to find out who the killer is, she sets herself up as a bait. Little does she know that the killer has made her his next target and she could be the tenth victim.
This is a story for readers who enjoy tales with great pathos woven into them, a well-crafted and cleverly plotted story. Apart from being the story of a young orphan, An Orphan With A Destiny explores the dynamics of life in a small town, capturing important historical elements and painting a powerful picture of the locale. Raymond Cook’s prose is also beautiful and delightful to read, filled with interesting dialogues and infused with humanity. It’s a character-driven, entertaining story that will evoke all kinds of emotions in readers.