Little Princes – Conor Grennen

From Goodreads: “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.

Conor was initially reluctant to volunteer, unsure whether he had the proper skill, or enough passion, to get involved in a developing country in the middle of a civil war. But he was soon overcome by the herd of rambunctious, resilient children who would challenge and reward him in a way that he had never imagined. When Conor learned the unthinkable truth about their 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. They would then abandon the children far from home, in the chaos of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu.

For Conor, what began as a footloose adventure becomes a commitment to reunite the children he had grown to love with their families, but this would be no small task. He would risk his life on a journey through the legendary mountains of Nepal, facing the dangers of a bloody civil war and a debilitating injury. Waiting for Conor back in Kathmandu, and hopeful he would make it out before being trapped in by snow, was the woman who would eventually become his wife and share his life’s work.

Little Princes is a true story of families and children, and what one person is capable of when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds. At turns tragic, joyful, and hilarious,Little Princes is a testament to the power of faith and the ability of love to carry us beyond our wildest expectations.”

I’m not usually one to pick up Non-Fiction literature. Growing up, the only non-fiction works I was exposed to were textbooks, so I figured that that was the premises for all. But, after hearing numerous wonderful reviews on this book, I rushed out to the local bookstore and picked it up. I’m so glad I did. This book was a gem. Conor started off as a self-involved twenty-nine-year-old who decided to quit work and take a world trip. In order to impress his friends and relatives he chose to do a 3 month volunteer position at Little Princes Children’s Home in Nepal. What he didn’t realize, was that the children of this orphanage could have such a huge affect on him. Conor grew to love these kids and the orphanage, and leaving them was one of the hardest things he ever had to do. This book was beautiful in all senses; writing, story, characters. It read more like a work of fiction. It moved me. Knowing that this was a true story, it inspired me to look at people in a new light. Working in Customer Service, you start to believe that people are self-centered and only care about what’s good for them. It’s nice to know that there are truly good people in this world, making a difference! I highly recommend this book. If I had the financial stability, I’d fly out to Nepal (or anywhere for that matter) and lend a helping hand to those in need! All thanks to this book. Cheesy… I know…

Rating – 4.5/5

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