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An Orphan's Tale (The Hard Knox Chronicles Book 1)

Updated: Jul 1

5 Star Review



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Editorial Book Review:

By Jan Hart


An engaging and poignant look at an orphan boy's tumultuous journey through the foster care system is found in B.T. Cox's first book in The Hard Knox Chronicles, "An Orphan's Tale." Readers are transported into the horrific world of a young child battling treachery, adversity, and an unwavering quest for acceptance by this compelling narrative.


The tale opens with an unscripted and unwanted early life of the orphan negotiating the harsh challenges of foster care. Cox's relentless candor in describing the foster system conveys the orphan's exhausting need to escape the symbolic demons of his past. Every page is filled with the tension and intensity of his struggle to survive despite extremely difficult circumstances.


When Cox can elicit compassion and understanding for the orphan's predicament, he writes at his best. Readers are taken to the orphan's lowest points and his ray of hope in this emotional rollercoaster of a novel. The main character in the novel is resilient; he demonstrates a spirit that endures the toughest of circumstances.


At the same time that the orphan's road appeared insurmountable, Cox introduces adoption, a revolutionary change. This is the turning moment in the story, from one of survival to one of atonement and regeneration. Observing the child go from the gloomy realities of his past to a new world of love, laughter, and belonging is heartwarming and inspiring. Its powerfully hopeful message highlights the tremendous impact that family and acceptance have on a child's life.


Not just a story of adversity, "An Orphan's Tale" is a monument to the transforming power of compassion and care as well as the human spirit's perseverance. Cox expertly balances the dismal reality of the foster care system with the hopeful possibility of a better future. The novel is kept engaging and intensely felt by the pacing, and the characters are well-described, their experiences really resonating with readers.


Being the first book in The Hard Knox Chronicles, "An Orphan's Tale" sets the standard by combining a realistic, brutal portrayal of life's hardships with the love and joy of a found family.


Well written, "An Orphan's Tale (The Hard Knox Chronicles Book 1)" captures both the hope and sadness of an orphan's journey. It offers a clear insight into the transforming power of love and belonging and should be read by everyone seeking a painful and endearing story.


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