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.
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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.
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!
Jody Hedlund's With You Always
This story takes place in 1870’s following a
financial crises. The setting is in New York City
where many immigrants settled looking for a
better life in this country.
But what they find in this time period is a jobless
city, people living in the street, starvation, women
having to turn to prostitution, gangs fighting in
the street. A time of poverty and discontent.
In this story, the reader will learn about " The
Orphan Train ". This concept was developed to
help keep children clothed and feed plus housed
in return for their labor out West. Yet this train
broke up many families apart.
One German immigrant family consisting of
three daughters found themselves in the street
accompanied by two other orphaned children.
Seeking refuse at a Mission, they found shelter
and food in their rudimentary environment.
The older sister, Elise Neumann was able to work
there as seamstress until the mission closes then
she has to take advantage of the Children's Aide
Society. She boards a train to head West to an
While on the train she reacquaints with a man,
she had literally collided with on a New York street.
The man is Thornton Quincy. Thornton is a twin
from a very wealthy family. Elise does not know
anything about his wealthy status.
Thornton is in a competition with his twin brother,
Bradford. His father challenged each of his sons
to establish separate towns along the Illinois Central
Railroad within a six month period. Plus each sons
must marry for love.
Thornton arranges to have Elise assigned to his
town, Quincy with her knowledge.
There was undeniable chemistry shared between
the main characters throughout the story.
Descriptions are deftly woven into the story taking
the reader right into the midst of the story.
The author incorporates historical details into
the everyday happenings making the story vividly
Riveting storyline. A well written historical fiction
combined with romance, well defined, realistic
and dimensional characters.
Jody Hedlund brings history to life in this amazing
time period inspiring the reader with the constant
reminder that the light of God shines on His
steady followers bringing relief in small ways.
I highly recommend this book.
I volunteered to read With You Always. Thanks to
the author and the Influencers via Net Gallery for
the opportunity. My opinion is my own.