Innocent Sometimes you have to look back in order to move forward After the orphanage she lives in is destroyed by fire Betty an innocent and trusting teen takes a job as a maid in Kingston Ontario Welcome

  • Title: Innocent
  • Author: Eric Walters
  • ISBN: 9781459806658
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sometimes you have to look back in order to move forward.After the orphanage she lives in is destroyed by fire, Betty, an innocent and trusting teen, takes a job as a maid in Kingston, Ontario Welcomed into the household of the wealthy Remington clan, Betty makes friends with the staff at the house and soon discovers that her mother had also been a maid there and that herSometimes you have to look back in order to move forward.After the orphanage she lives in is destroyed by fire, Betty, an innocent and trusting teen, takes a job as a maid in Kingston, Ontario Welcomed into the household of the wealthy Remington clan, Betty makes friends with the staff at the house and soon discovers that her mother had also been a maid there and that her father is in a nearby jail, convicted of murdering her mother When she meets her father, she is taken aback by his claims of innocence, and she decides to try to uncover the truth about her mother s murder and her father s conviction A friendly young policeman assists her in her investigation and shows an interest in Betty that is romantic than professional But all is not well in the Remington household, and someone doesn t want Betty to learn the truth.

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    About "Eric Walters"

    1. Eric Walters

      Eric was born in Toronto in 1957, which makes him real old But, as Eric says, Just because I have to grow old doesn t mean that I have to grow up In his many roles as parent, teacher, social worker, youth sports coach and writer he is in constant contact with children and young adults He draws from these experiences and feels that this helps him to capture the realistic interaction between young people the conflicts, tensions, stresses and interests that make up their lives.Eric began his writing as a teacher He taught in classes from kindergarten up and his stories often reflect the curriculum that he was teaching He always read stories picture books and novels to his students and this helped him to understand what children liked, responded to, and were inspired by He enjoys the enthusiasm of his students and often looks at them to provide him with the inspiration to pursue a particular topic in both the classroom and in his writing.Eric tries to write every day When he has a story idea he starts with research This could involve reading books, watching a documentary, or trying to experience the things that his characters are going to go through This could include rock climbing or riding white water for STARS , spending time in a wheelchair Rebound , playing and walking with tigers Tiger By The Tail , hanging around a tough biker bar Diamonds in the Rough , standing out in his backyard in a blizzard wearing a T shirt and shorts Trapped In Ice , or traveling to Africa Alexandria of Africa The most important thing anybody ever told me about writing was to write what you know and the only way to get to know things is to do your homework and research before you write, Eric stated.Once the writing begins the story is always playing around in his head He takes any opportunity, even if it s just a few minutes between presentations, to put things down, either with pen and paper or on his laptop.Prior to entering teaching and writing Eric was a social worker B.S.W M.S.W B.A.Hons specialized major psychology He worked in a variety of settings including child welfare, private practice, a mental health centre, and, for twenty years on a part time basis as a Crisis Social Worker in an emergency department He stopped teaching 4 years ago and left the ER only last year.The majority of Eric s time is spent in the company of his wife, children and dogs Lola a big standard poodle and a little white dog named Winnie The Poodle.

    393 thoughts on “Innocent”

    1. When I first began reading this book, it took me a while before I got into this book. It's part of a series where multiple orphans leave to make their way into the world after their orphanage is burned. The unique thing about this series is that each of these is written by a different author. For me, this was a simplistic read, but I enjoyed it enough that I plan on reading some of the other titles, as well.In "Innocent", we are introduced to the life of Betty, a young person who finds herself e [...]

    2. I have read a plethora of Eric Walters books for school, and I had rather mixed feelings about some of them. Some of them I adored, but others just weren't my cup of tea. Innocent was the first book of his that I read for pleasure, and it definitely did not disappoint.In case you didn't know, this book is part of the Secrets series, which contains seven books by seven different Canadian authors. There is no need to read the books in order, as the protagonists in each book each go on separate jou [...]

    3. I love this mildly connected series, every one of them is really different but an interesting concept to read their different situations even though they have all come from the same place. I also love that it takes place in Canada. One of the better Canadian stories I have read in a bit. I think this was one of the better stories in the series so far that I have read but I look forward to reading more about the children from the orphanage. Great Read!

    4. I miss this man's books. I don't know why I stopped reading them. He's so sweet, his characters are real darlings, and his historical fact-checking is in my experience, flawless. Betty/Lizzie was not my favourite of the Seven, but I really enjoyed watching her find her own strength and confidence and family. That's the last of the series for me, then. This was really nice. As a whole, a super solid series that I enjoyed very much.

    5. I received this book for free through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers. I wasn't expecting to really like this book, but I did. The only thing I didn't like was that the pacing was a little strange. The ending seemed rushed. Aside from that it was a quick, but interesting read. I also love that this is part of a series that can be read in any order.

    6. What I really liked about this book was the setting in Kingston, because a lot of the described location is familiar from my trips there in childhood. I can picture the scene in the Cataraqui cemetery, and will now need to check if there is a gravestone larger than Sir John A's. My Pake's comeback to the the new Kingston graveyard salesman's disparagement of the 'old cemetery' was (famously, in our family), "If it's good enough for Sir John A it's good enough for me". Last summer my Auntie Gerti [...]

    7. I chose this book because it is based in my hometown. The story line was actually really neat, and it was cool to read about streets and places that I know exactly where they are. It had a great plot twist too. I was very impressed with this book.

    8. 3.75 stars! Almost 4 but not quite!A light quick read that was fun and even a little scary, David had me swooning (:P) and I enjoyed the concept a lot, however, it was really predictable, overall it was awesome!! :*-Zee xoxoxo

    9. Although a little predictable, it kept my interest through. Good characters and interesting to see how someone like Richie was considered in those days. Also, I like the tie ins with the other Secret books!

    10. This is a pleasant mystery about an orphan girl, who after the orphanage – the only place she knew as home-- burned down was returned to the city she didn’t know she was from. Betty doesn’t know anything about her origins -- not even her real name-- until she is sent back to Kingston, ON, to the same job her mother had, where she was raised until just before her fourth birthday and where her father is in prison for murdering her. Betty/ Elizabeth/ Lizzy has one unusual protector: an autist [...]

    11. It is the 1960s. Betty is an orphan, raised at an orphanage. Shortly before her 18th birthday, when she would be released from the orphanage to make it out on her own, the orphanage catches on fire and burns down, so Betty (and the other older girls) are to set off on their own a bit early. The orphanage fire is the premise behind the Secrets series, all written by different authors, and to be released at the end of this month (I'm reviewing an ARC of this one). This book focuses on Betty and th [...]

    12. 3.5 starsAnother in the Secrets series; one more to go.This is the story of Betty. She finds in her envelope, from Miss Hazleton, the usual money, her birth certificate, and two newspaper clippings. They tell about the murder of o woman, her mother, and the conviction of the murderer, who turns out to be her father.Betty goes to Kingston to take up a job as a maid in the home of the richest, most influential family in town. When she arrives, she learns that her mother was also a maid here. She i [...]

    13. Oof. The other Secrets books do a good job of showing the protagonists pursuing their pasts with various types of assistance (often from a romantic interest), and we see the girls figure out what kind of person they want to be and what they might do in the future. In Innocent, instead, the main theme seems to be protecting Betty while at the same time telling her (and us) how strong she is, without actually allowing her much agency or showing her strength. Pretty much everyone in the book who vo [...]

    14. Betty / Elizabeth Anne / Lizzy is a kind, strong character who really thinks about what the people she encounters say to her and uses her instincts to find her way through various situations. She might listen to what people say to her, but she doesn't just blindly believe them, even though she does, generally, believe the best of people. She's kind, optimistic, always has a smile on her face, but she's not weak. No, she's stronger, even than she realizes. While she doesn't blindly believe people [...]

    15. That's all of them. This was a fantastic series. I loved getting to know all the characters and their stories.I'm curious about the writing process. There were so many interconnected pieces where one book quoted another, that the authors must have followed a timeline and been writing at the same time. There were still a few goofs. The last two books made a distinct point of mentioning how polite and mannered the girls were whereas that wasn't a thing in the first five. Toni in the last one said [...]

    16. I love Canadian books, especially when they take place close to home. Eric Walters did not disappoint in this book.

    17. I was excited to win a copy of Innocent through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program. After the orphanage in which she is raised is destroyed in a fire, Betty is placed in a role as a domestic worker for a wealthy family. Betty is surprised to learn that the family she is working for knew her mother who was murdered by Betty's father. As she becomes closer to her employer and staff more details began to emerge about her parents and she begins to question of her father is truly guilty of her [...]

    18. I received this book for free through Library Thing's Early Reviewers. I was interested in this book because it was a Young Adult book and part of a series of books about some of the same characters that could be read out of order. I fully intend on reading the other books when they are released. I enjoyed this book, though the ending was predictable. I've always been intrigued by orphans and their back stories. The main character in this one (Betty) founds out that her mother was murdered when [...]

    19. Having now read four of the series, I'm beginning to get quite a feel for them. I did really enjoy Eric Walter's book "Innocent" and found that it played out quite well as his novels often do. I did find it to be a little formulaic and predictable at times, as I had a feeling how it was going to work out. I did enjoy the cast of characters, and the recognition of the divide between the "haves" and "have nots". This is a theme that I believe is quite relevant today.My complaint with the series co [...]

    20. This is the second SECRETS book I read and I really enjoyed it. I figured out the mystery (whodunit) pretty quick but I hate saying it was predictable because I can say how predictable it would be for the target audience (ie. a 12 year old, not a 40-year old). I was left with a number of questions at the end though about the relationship between the main characters parents and it would have been nice if those were answered.

    21. I received a copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.Quite a pleasant book, with enough mystery to make it interesting. A little romance blends in well, and the characters, especially Betty/Lizzy are well developed and sympathetic. Ultimately this was a better read than I had first thought, nice to be surprised once in a while. Recommended.

    22. Ending felt a bit rushed, but I love the mystery aspect and I really like how sweet Lizzy & David's romance is, so old fashioned and tender compared with the romance in Kelley Armstrong's book in the Secrets series!

    23. eh okay. Pretty much expected the ending and the characters were pretty flat. I would say that this book and series are suited to a mid-grade level. The story line had so much more that could have been explored but I felt like it was cut short in an attempt to reach low reading level.

    24. Absolutely loved this book! Set back in the late 50's and early 60's, this story of the destruction of a girls orphanage and the resulting adventures that the older girls begin is thoroughly engaging!

    25. My only complaint is that the ending wasn't longer. Such a great story but the ending felt rushed. Solid 4.5 out of 5.

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