I give Shameless (The Orphan Train Saga Book 2) by Sherry A. Burton, 5 stars.
*This review may contain spoilers from book 1.*
The story of the Orphan Train continues, this time we experience the story of Tobias, aka Mouse. At a very young age, he is left to fend for himself in the streets of early 1900s New York. He quickly learns the best ways for him to survive, and uses his wits and clever tongue to get what he needs. He learns never to trust anyone, and that having a heart will just mean it will be broken. Then he catches a glimpse of Mileta before she even knows he exists. He swears to do everything he can to protect her while at the same time staying alive and thriving in his gang. In the present day, Cindy’s relationship with her mother seems to be changing as they read these journals. They are affected in ways they never thought possible by something happening so long ago.
If you have read book 1, which I highly recommend since you will understand more, we have met Mouse, but we didn’t know his backstory or his side of things. This book tells you all of that, whether you want to know or not. I admit, in the first book I was more interested in the past story than the one of Cindy. This book blends the two together nicely as you learn more and I was as anxious to read about the present day as well as the past. You are pulled into both stories and the author rips your feelings right out from you with her superb storytelling.
If you like stories that take you into the past as well as present day, this book and series is for you.
Review by @erinwolf79