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Lost Boy Found Book Review
In the current state of our world today, it was hauntingly helpful to read this book. As you dive deeper into this historic fiction, I’m sure you too will find a story of prejudice, class and injustice looming over you. The author had me completely absorbed with this novel which was inspired by the real life kidnapping of Bobby Dunbar.
Set in the early 1900’s, you first learn of a wealthy family, John Henry & Mary Davenport. They travel to their summer home in Louisiana with their three sons. Four year old Sonny, the youngest of the family, disappears one night without a trace. Two longs years are spent hunting for their missing son while also trying to keep their family and marriage intact.
A boy is then discovered travelling with a tramp–a boy who closely resembles Sonny Davenport. Could this be the son they have been searching for all this time. Could this be the answer John Henry is looking for to bring happiness back to his wife?
The traveling tramp tells of a different background for this young boy. He declares that he is the son of an unwed, pregnant farm worker that has been placed in his care until she delivers her second child.
Two mothers…both declaring the son is their own. While the wealthy temporarily win and we see much injustice for the poor, we get to the gripping end….who has truly seen the most injustice?
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