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Long ago in London Town, at a time when the muffin man's cries began the day and the lamplighter ushered in the night, two young orphans lived together in the bleak, cold shelter of a public workhouse. Lucy Wolcott and her little sister Glory have no one in the world but each other. Every day, they labor from dawn to dusk stitching blankets and sacks. There is scant little to eat and the nights are cold and damp. The only ray of light in their lives comes from the stories that Lucy invents, stories about a family she barely remembers, and a lot doll named Morning Glory who, Lucy promises, is destined to return to them someday.
When a deadly fever sweeps through the workhouse, the girls flee for their lives to the mean streets of London. There, they desperately try to figure out how to survive.
While searching through the muck by the river, Lucy finds an old, discarded doll, which Glory is certain is the long-lost Morning Glory. But Morning Glory is no ordinary doll. And how she leads the girls to the most surprising turns of fortune makes for a heartwarming story that brims with love, hope, and the truest spirit of Christmas.
©2000 Elvira Woodruff; (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"A magical story, expertly incorporating a dash of Dickens with extensive historical research in the early Victorian era." (Kirkus Reviews)
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By W on 03-06-05

Heartwarming Story

I purchased the christmas doll, not sure what to expect. At first I found the narrator's voice distracting, but as I became more involved in the story her voice was less intrusive.

This story reminds me a bit of "The Little Princess." The characters are endearing, and despite a somewhat bleak and heart-jerking storyline, there is thankfully, a happy ending. Good fun for everyone young and old. But don't forget your kleenex. You'll need it.

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By Ruth Bain on 12-21-16

Lovely story

This is written for children, but I enjoyed it even as an adult. There are some sad moments, but the strength of the bond between two orphan sisters carries the story. The narrator was good, better with adult voices than children's.

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By K on 12-16-13

Lovely Story, Perfect for Christmas

A delightful story set in Victorian times. Easy to listen to and not too long. The only thing wrong was the narrators odd accent, however I did get used to her voice and enjoyed the story overall. I would recommend.

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By Dasmon on 11-23-06

A real christmas story

We weren't sure about this when reading the inscription, and 20 minutes into the story we thought oh no, not a heart breaker!?, but from then it just gets better and better. If you like christmas you will love this story.. a real heart warmer and everything that christmas should be about. I would recommend this to people who enjoy christmas. We cannot get it back from our Niece who loves it.

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By cherisse on 10-04-15

one incredible, heartfelt book a must have!!!

absolutely loved it, i remember bits and peices from it being read to me a child. really amazing story.

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