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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
The Substitute is Lacy’s story. The year is 1965, the day would have been her 70th wedding anniversary to Benjamin, but he died five years ago and she is missing him and remembering the life they shared. Lacy spends most of the story sitting in her swing on the front porch of the ranch where she has lived since coming west on the orphan train as a nanny. Lacy reminisces on her life, remembering all of the good and bad memories of her life journey. She starts with the instant love she felt for baby Megan, the infant she was taking care of on the long train ride from New York to Benson, Missouri. Seventeen-year-old Lorie was also on the orphan train, helping to care for the children as they headed to their forever homes. Lori was also to be a mail-order bride but makes a startling confession to Lacy which changes both their lives forever.
I found myself pulled right into the pages of The Substitute and was amazed at the twists and turns in Lacy’s long life; her love for Benjamin and her love of God. Lacy is the storyteller outlining the events in such a way as to make them real and completely believable. Suzie Bocock’s writing style created a plot and characters that were likable and alive and made it impossible to stop reading The Substitute. If you are a fan of historical fiction with a Godly feel, then you must read The Substitute; you will not be disappointed.