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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Orphan is a work of fiction in the interpersonal drama and Christian fiction subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and was penned by author James Lloyd. A cautionary tale about regret, redemption, and the choices we make in life, this is a highly moral story that follows the exploits of our protagonist, Omar. Living a life in which he never takes the blame for any of his own misfortunes, Omar suddenly finds himself transformed in a way he never thought possible, and this interjection into his normal life allows him to access a new perspective that teaches him the value of relationships.
Author James Lloyd sets out with a clear mission in this thought-provoking novel, and the Christian themes of the work come through as clear as a bell. Whilst this may not suit all readers, those seeking a strong message of redemption and living a good life will certainly enjoy the deeply emotive work that Lloyd has put into Omar’s character development, as well as the plot events that shape him into a better version of himself. I found the close narrative style and dialogue immensely helpful in getting into this novel as it draws you closer to Omar and his motivations, both before, during, and after the experiences that see him change and grow. Overall, The Orphan is a fascinating work of psychological drama with religious themes, and I’d certainly recommend it to all readers of Christian fiction and personal drama novels alike.