Redeeming Love, by Francine Rivers is a historical romance novel set in the Gold Rush in California. The story is inspired by the book of Hosea from the Bible. Its central theme is to portray the redeeming love of God towards sinners.
The Dressmaker: A NovelTess, an aspiring seamstress, thinks she's had an incredibly lucky break when she is hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be a personal maid on the Titanic's doomed voyage.
A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive, By Dave Pelzer. First book in a 3 part series of a boy that survived nearly fatal child abuse.I read this when I was way too young to. Psych nurse for a parent = psycho kid for a child ;