In search of adventure, twenty-nine-year-old Conor Grennan traded his day job for a year-long trip around the globe, a journey that began with a three-month stint volunteering at the Little Princes Children's Home, an orphanage in war-torn Nepal.
When Conor eventually learned the unthinkable truth about the orphan’s situation, he was stunned: The children were not orphans at all. Child traffickers were promising families in remote villages to protect their children from the civil war--for a huge fee--by taking them to safety. The children were then abandoned far from home, in the chaos of Nepal's capital, Kathmandu.
Subsequently Conor makes a commitment to reunite the children with their families, but this is no small task. He risks his life on a journey through the mountains of Nepal, facing the dangers of a civil war. Our book group was not very knowledgeable about the civil war and “orphanages” in Nepal, so this book was an excellent tutorial.
Although not poetic literature, we found the book well written- humorous at times and poignant at others. The author stayed remarkably on task sharing the truth of what was happening in many of Nepal’s orphanages, while also giving us insight into the look and feel of Nepal during the civil war years. From bustling Kathmandu to remote Humla, the author took us on a journey we will not soon forget.
We would definitely recommend this book.
Reviewed by Cindy Leake