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A Riveting Look at the Orphan Train from Historical Novelist Jody Hedlund

When a financial crisis in 1850s New York leaves three orphaned sisters nearly destitute, the oldest, Elise Neumann, knows she must take action. She's had experience as a seamstress, and the New York Children's Aid Society has established a special service: placing out seamstresses and trade girls. Even though Elise doesn't want to leave her sisters for a job in Illinois, she realizes this may be their last chance. 

The son of one of New York City's wealthiest entrepreneurs, Thornton Quincy faces a dilemma. His father is dying, and in order to decide which of his sons will inherit everything, he is requiring them to do two things in six months: build a sustainable town along the Illinois Central Railroad, and get married. Thornton is tired of standing in his twin brother's shadow and is determined to win his father's challenge. He doesn't plan on meeting a feisty young woman on his way west, though.

Fiction & Literature
June 6
Bethany House Publishers
Baker Book House Company

Customer Reviews

Crazybunnylady20 ,

Beautifully written, compelling characters

This book was amazing from start to finish. The characters draw you in immediately and the storyline keeps you locked in until the final line. I will definitely be reading the remaining books in this series.

M.S. Kaye ,


This whole series offers so much more plot than you often find in this genre. The characters are likable and engaging, and the plots draw you in. Highly recommended.

Nellie Dee 1 ,

Captured by this story!

This was the first book I've chosen to read by Jody Hedlund and it definitely sucked me in.
I loved the story line, the writing style direct and to the point with just the right amount of descriptive words so as not to bore me with fluff rather than action. I found it full of surprises and fairly unpredictable. I stayed up late to read several nights with this one.
This book is a keeper and will stay with me for several days. I'd give it more than 5 stars if possible. Of course, I must order the sequel! My only disappointment is that book three will not be out when I finish book two.
Thank you Amazon and Jody for a free copy of this book through Freebooksy!

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