Monday 25 October 2021

Child, Unwanted - Corinna Turner Friends in High Places Book 3 Margaret of Castello

Child, Unwanted: Margaret of Castello
Friends in High Places Book 3
Corinna Turner
Unseen Books
Zephyr Publishing
ISBN 9781910806265
eISBN 9781910806272

I will be honest and state that I knew almost nothing about Margaret of Castello prior to reading this volume. But this story has caused a great interest and I will be tracking down other volumes about this saint to read. On a side note Margaret of Castello was only canonized on April 24th 2021 a few months before the release of this book. I love the writings of Corinna Turner’s and this latest series. I have been a fan of her work since I first encountered I Am Margaret 6 years ago. Since then I have read her books a total of 45 times, and her contributions in two Catholic Teen Books Anthologies. I am a fan of everything I have read. She has many excellent books and great series. And this is the third novel in a her newest series. The title of the series is Friends in High Places and is about friendship and devotion to specific saints and beatified. And this third volume is about Saint Margaret of Castello. The description of the series is:

“Friends in High Places is a short fiction series that presents saints’ biographies in the context of imaginary teenagers’ lives. The stories are written primarily to entertain, with inspiration and education thrown in for free!”

And of this particular volume:

“No one’s adopting scarface. I’m not that dumb.

Abandoned by everyone in his life and scarred from a failed abortion attempt, Miri struggles to believe his new foster family could really want him. When a devastating accident changes everything, all hope seems gone—until a young woman once equally unwanted starts visiting him in hospital. Can ‘Little Margaret’ teach Miri that his life is still worth living, now more than ever?

The third book in the Friends in High Places series, Child, Unwanted can be read as a standalone. The series is Parental Guidance since it contains some mature themes.”

I will be honest with you. This was not an easy book to read. What Miri went through and the life he has is not to be envied. It might remind us of friends or acquaintances we know. It is a powerful story. And it is very well written. It has a great cross over with Daniel from Do Carpenters Dream of Wooden Sheep? St. Joseph's Story as Dreamt by a Sleeping Teenage Boy. And we even have mention a few times of Razim. But back to Miri. Miri has been through a lot, even before he ended up in the hospital. But he is having visits with a young girl that is inspiring him. And soon he and Daniel realize that they have both had conversations with Saints. 

This story deals with disfiguring injuries. With Abandonment. With Hope and with faith. It is wonderfully written. A very moving story. A great read in a wonderful series. 

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2021 Catholic Reading Plan!

For reviews of other books about Saint Joseph click here.

Books by Corinna Turner:
I Am Margaret Series:
0.0 The Underappreciated Virtues of Rusty Old Bicycles (A prequel)

0.5 Brothers (Prequel)
1.0 I Am Margaret
1.5 How Snakey Got His Name (Short Story)
2.0 The Three Most Wanted
3.0 Liberation
4.0 Bane's Eyes

5.0 Margo's (Attempted) Diary & Notebook
5.5 An Unexpected Guest
6.0 The Siege of Reginald Hill
6.5 Buttons (Short Story)
7.0 A Saint in the Family
I Am Margaret The Play - Fiorella de Maria

Yesterday and Tomorrow Series:

Tomorrow's Dead

unSPARKed Series:

Mandy Lamb Series:
Mandy Lamb and the Full Moon

Contributed to:
Secrets: Visible & Invisible 7 Amazing Stories - Catholic Teen Books
Gifts Visible & Invisible 8 Christmas Stories for Teens
Treasures: Visible & Invisible 8 Stories for Teens

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