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With You Always by Jody Hedlund

Hedlund, Jody With You Always

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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Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Kline, Christina Baker   Orphan TrainPublication Date: April 2013

Publisher: William Morrow

Kindle Copy from St. Charles City County Public Library

An interesting novel with parallel storylines threaded throughout that tie the stories together! The lives of Vivian Daly, an elderly woman who rode the Orphan Train during the late 1920’s, and Molly Ayer, a 17 year old young woman living in a foster home in 2011, intersect when Molly arrives at Vivian’s house to perform community service hours by helping her clean out her attic.

The primary characters are strong, resilient females who survive life’s trials in different, but similar ways. The secondary characters in the novel are rather one dimensional and really do not contribute to the story. However, the story is well worth reading to discover the history behind the orphan trains. The story is based on a very real part of American history that occurred between the years of 1854 and 1929 and affected an estimated 250,000 children.

Read this appealing story to hear the details of Vivian’s life growing up as a foster child in the 1920’s and 30’s. Find out how Molly helps Vivian resolve her past and in turn, she resolves some of her own issues.

This copy was borrowed from the St. Charles City County Public Library. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.


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