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Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite
The Beggar’s Miracle by Joy Ross Davis tells the story of a young girl, Bitty Brown, who grows up in an orphanage in Ireland. Traumatised from the age of four, Bitty is unable to speak and the sisters at the orphanage eventually decide no one will ever want her, and tell her so. She is consigned to a life permanently washing the robes of the clergy, a role she finds tiring and hopeless. When she is told she will be working seven days a week, she finally decides life on the streets would be preferable and runs away. An encounter with a beggar and his dog, and the kindness of Pastor Percy, change her life yet again, but this time for the better. With a somewhat supernatural intervention, Bitty escapes death and finally finds the answers to her troubled past.
This is a beautiful story, well written and a delight to read. It is a novella and provides a couple of hours of escapism as the reader follows Bitty on her quest to find true happiness. Happiness is something that Bitty has never experienced, so she does not really know what she is looking for. The characters are developed and endearing – except for the sisters at the orphanage. The descriptions are delightful and visual and this story would make a wonderful short drama. The cover is perfect and really entices the reader to open the book. The author, Joy Ross Davis, has done a very good job of painting an extraordinary picture of life on the streets, of the desolation, the isolation and the despair. An excellent book.