Sarah Cummings used to be an orphan and is now a servant to wealthy people. Simon Tidwell is the director of St. Andrew’s Orphanage, the orphanage that she came from. She has memories of how he listened to her when she told him both of her parents had been killed. Sarah has another man on her mind though and finds herself taking on a fictitious identity, changing her name to Serena in the process. She craves time with him but Simon is paying a lot of attention to her. Sarah’s feelings for the children who are currently living at the orphanage are shown to readers through circumstances that test and manifest those feelings.
Living in an orphanage is sometimes a hard way for some children to grow up, even though it's a good way to keep children cared for and loved while they are without parents. I loved hearing about how Sarah was able to make something of herself when she came out from under the wings of the orphanage. She strived for a better life while she was a servant in a demanding household and I loved seeing her try to build the better life that she desired. Simon allowed her to do something more with herself and although I don’t think she knew it was a gift at the time it seemed that she found through time that it was.
The Invention of Sarah Cummings is the third part of the Avenue of Dreams series. I think readers who have read other books in the series will enjoy the continuation of the story and I think it will also be great for some readers as a stand-alone novel. I love to read stories about people who are striving for a better life for themselves and for others. This story was an encouragement to me and I believe it will be for others as well!
Available August 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary book from Revell for this review.