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With You Always by Jody Hedlund

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With You Always by Jody Hedlund

Series: Orphan Train, Book 1

Publication Date: June 6, 2017

Publisher: Bethany House

 

In order to determine which of my sons is worthiest to inherit sole control over all my investments and companies, I am issuing a six-month challenge. The two conditions are as follows. First, each son must build a sustainable town along the Illinois Central Railroad. And second, each son must get married to a woman he loves.                                                                                              -From the will of Mr. Quincy

The stipulations in the will of Thornton and Bradford Quincy’s father set a chain of events into motion that will impact many lives other than their own. Elise Neumann, an extremely poor young immigrant woman, struggles to provide for herself and four younger children for whom she is responsible. Her path crosses with that of Thornton and Bradford Quincy when they begin hiring people for employment to move to the towns they are struggling to build in the wilds of Illinois territory in 1857.

Elise Neumann is forced like many others to take a job in the Midwest as there is no longer any work available in New York City at this time. She embarks on a train journey leaving her siblings behind until she can earn enough money to send for them. Women were at a distinct disadvantage at this time in history. Pay was not equal; accommodations were not equal; and life was significantly more complex if you were a female.

Elise Neumann finds her life entangled with Thornton Quincy in spite of their very different social classes. Faith, love, and spirits filled with integrity and honesty eventually bring Elise and Thornton to a place where they can pursue their dreams together.

This book is an excellent start to a new series. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and feel that is one of Jody Hedlund’s best books. The characters are engaging and dynamic. The plot pulls the reader right in from the very beginning and carries through to the end. Ms. Hedlund draws on real historical detail to provide depth to the story. Readers of historical inspirational fiction will love this appealing novel! Excitedly awaiting book two!

This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

 

 

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The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen

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Series: Tales from Ivy Hill, Book 1

 Publication Date: Coming December 6, 2016

Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

ARC Copy from Netgalley.com and Bethany House

 

 

 

The spring of 1820 started out rather mundanely for Jane Fairmont Bell as she continued to hide out in her small lodging next to the Bell, a coaching inn, in Wiltshire, England. Jane’s life had taken some unexpected turns in the past year upon the suspicious and slightly mysterious death of her young husband who had ran the inn along with his mother, the rather imposing Thora Bell. This quiet, routine existence was about to abruptly end.

With the arrival of Thora back at the inn and the mysterious disappearance of funds, Jane must step up and figure out whether or not she is capable of being an innkeeper and businesswoman. The storyline evolves around Jane’s awakening to the reality of maintaining the inn and her employees and her evolving relationship with her mother-in-law, which had previously been rather touchy.  With the assistance of a couple of interesting male acquaintances, Jane begins to find her way forward in a world that was not always kind to women.

Once again, Julie Klassen mixes a variety of interesting characters with unique personalities into the tale. This book is the first in a series, Tales from Ivy Hill. I am looking forward to see which of the characters is highlighted in the next book. They are a slightly eccentric group and some have a hidden side that has not been fully developed in this story.

I enjoyed the book very much. An intriguing Regency read that leaves plenty of questions to be answered and characters to be developed with time!

This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

4/5

 

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The Painter’s Daughter by Julie Klassen

Klassen, Julie The Painter's Daughter

Publication Date: December 2015

Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

ARC Copy from Netgalley.com and Bethany House

 

 

What is a girl to do in 1815 in Devonshire, England if she finds herself pregnant and abandoned by the man she thought was the love of her life, Wesley Overtree? She marries the dashing Army officer who rescues her from the edge of a cliff and who just happens to be Wesley’s brother. Thus begin Miss Sophie Dupont’s adventures as a married woman.

Sophie’s life gets extremely complicated when she and Captain Stephen Overtree visit Overtree Hall. Sophie meets her in-laws as the wife of one brother while carrying the child of the other. As Sophie becomes better acquainted with her new husband and learns a bit more about his brother, her feelings begin to undergo a change.

Some of the secondary characters actually have more charm than the primary characters. I really liked Colonel Overtree, Stephen and Wesley’s grandfather. He was a pleasant, interesting old guy who added appeal to the story. Kate, Stephen and Wesley’s younger sister, is also a likeable character. However, it took some time before I felt empathy for Sophie and her situation.

In spite of some of the characters, the story was interesting. I wanted to find out what Sophie was going to do with her predicament of being married to one brother and infatuated with the other. Family secrets come to light that make the story more interesting, as well as adding a bit of intrigue. As with all Regency era novels, the class system, romance, and honor play a role.

I did enjoy the way the loose ends were tied up and the ending of the novel. The book has some interesting themes that carry throughout the story, such as keeping an oath, responsibility, and beauty being skin deep. A pleasant read!

This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

4/5

Author’s Pages:

julieklassen.com

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