With You Always (Orphan Train Series #1)

With You Always (Orphan Train Series #1)

by Jody Hedlund

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441231246
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/06/2017
Series: Jody Hedlund's Orphan Train Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 15,584
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Jody Hedlund is the author of more than a dozen novels, including Love Unexpected, Captured by Love, Unending Devotion, The Preacher's Bride, and A Noble Groom, winner of the 2014 Carol Award for historical romance. She received a bachelor's degree from Taylor University and a master's from the University of Wisconsin, both in social work. She lives in Michigan with her husband and five children. She loves hearing from readers on Facebook and on her blog at www.jodyhedlund.com.
Jody Hedlund (www.jodyhedlund.com) is the author of over 20 novels, including Love Unexpected, Captured by Love, Unending Devotion, The Preacher's Bride, and A Noble Groom, winner of the 2014 Carol Award for historical romance. She received a bachelor's degree from Taylor University and a master's from the University of Wisconsin, both in social work. She lives in Michigan with her husband and five children. She loves hearing from readers on Facebook and on her blog.

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With You Always 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
The plot of this book is not quite what I expected- when I hear "orphan train" I picture the children from the city getting placed in families out West. The author instead focuses on an orphaned family being torn apart as unemployed women are sent on trains to help establish new towns where there are jobs waiting to be filled. Of course, my expectations of the quality of writing were met- I learned so much history, was immersed in the setting, and the characters came to life with emotion and feeling as they navigate complex relationship dynamics and uncertain and desperate circumstances. The main perspectives are Elise and Thorton as they embark on new ventures in Illinois, but we also see some scenes from Elise's family she had to leave behind in New York. While Elise is the strong and stalwart oldest sister who takes on the responsibility of her sisters and the young children they take under their wing, on her journey we see her vulnerability and innocence as well as her fortitude and spunk. Thorton is drawn to her and his protective feelings quickly develop into something more, despite his plan to court and marry a high society lady he believes his father would approve of. Elise challenges his town development methods and unequal treatment of the female employees, and grows to admire him as he meets her challenges and is changed through the experience. There are villains lurking and conflict arises as Thorton's deadline grows closer, and Elise's concern for her sisters is validated. They both struggle with faith but their trials prove to be a refiner's fire that strengthens them as they reconcile with the Lord and turn to Him for guidance. Highly recommend to fans of historical fiction! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book by one of my favorite authors. I read the novella that established some background for the characters in this book. This book continues with these characters while introducing the hero with a well established background for him. I had a second or two when I thought this story might be starting out a bit slow. However this quickly changes as the main characters lives intersect. It was interesting to learn about women’s lives at this time. I loved Elise’s and Thornton’s witty banter. I loved that Elise’s spunky outlook challenges Thornton to be the best he can be, and that they compliment one another. I also love that this story reminds us that God doesn’t give up on us even when we turn our back on him, and that he longs to welcome us back.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Friday, July 21, 2017 With You Always by Jody Hedlund, © 2017 Orphan Train, Book 1 New York City struggled with overcrowding and homelessness in the 1800s, leading to the Orphan Train movement My Review: Historicals, my very favorites. I am eager to read this orphan train story. So many were taken to fill a work need or replacement ~ so want these to be received with love and anticipation! I always love it when Jody Hedlund's novels say "Book 1." Future stories in the works! There is a free prequel novella available entitled An Awakened Heart giving a back story of the characters. Book one begins in New York City ~ June 1857. Elise Neumann is not eagerly received as the other seamstresses observe her as "special picked" as they knew of other ladies waiting to be chosen for a stitching job. Marks against her already, Elise still is in need of keeping the peace to be able to take care of her siblings. They had been left in poverty, as others, in need of a place of rest and care themselves. Rescued by a gentleman from an encounter on the street, Elise is introduced to Thornton Quincy, and in turn, becomes invaluable in his quest to build a railroad town. Quincy, Illinois, has its beginning! Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations, --Deuteronomy 7:9 This story is so well developed! I loved the history-in-the-making as Thornton realizes it is the people he will be beholden to, and not the conquest he seeks to build a town. When we are truly ourselves and not trying to replicate another, our beauty shines through. This story is a second-read, indeed! Loved it. So much wisdom and daily application of God's Truth in our involvement with others revealing an individual's character that is received heartily and returned in-kind. ***Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for sending a print copy to me. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Anonymous 4 months ago
I have been inspired to make a difference today.
SunnieReviews More than 1 year ago
I totally read this series out of order. I just located book 1 at the local library and since I had read books 2 & 3, I really needed to read book 1 as I was totally enthralled with this series. I really loved book one, but if I had to do it again, I would have tried it in order. It would have helped to explain the story better in proper order. But regardless, I still loved book one and I am glad I didn't just pass it up! This is a great book and the author writes so well. It keeps you reading without wanting any interuptions! Highly recommend this series!
Jean52SC More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! Good story line , believable characters and excellent writing by the author. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was so enjoyable!! I loved the banter, love, and passion between Thorton and Elise. I appreciated Elise's honesty and encouragement to make a difference for others. I also appreciated a look into the poverty and suffering of the poor. Jody Hedlund is an incredibly gifted author. Her books are such a treasure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. More please
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Thanks, Netgalley!) Let me start off by saying that I'm normally very cautious about dipping my toe in the Christian-historical genre. Often the characters feel flat and perfect, and getting saved is too often tied with getting the perfect relationship. That said, I found myself enjoying this book. Our heroine, Elise, is practical and forthright. Her work ethic and backbone had me in mind of Margaret Hale in Gaskell's North and South (which perhaps isn't too surprising, given her romantic interest's name is Thornton!). She takes charge of her story and her choices have real consequences, which I appreciated. I also really liked her drive toward social justice--and that part of her journey learning how to motivate and strengthen those around her to do better, instead of simply pushing over everyone in a rush to fix things. I also enjoyed her foil, Thornton. I found him just flawed enough to avoid being too perfect, but his portion of the story had me interested just as much as Elise's--and I really, really appreciated how his portion of the narrative came into a head during the climax. His growth was more visible than Elise's, I think, but Jody Hedlund managed to skirt the trope of Elise "fixing" him. Instead, together they weave one of those romances based on mutual need--both romantic leads have to have the other in order to be the best versions of themselves. It's a fairly basic concept, but one that can easily get lost in stories, so it was nice to see it so well executed here. There were other things that I appreciated--like that the outliers in the love triangles were decent, good people, and that Elise had strong, difficult but ultimately positive relationships with the women around her (sisters, coworkers, etc). One thing did bother me: (view spoiler) Overall, I did really enjoy the read, and it carried me through swiftly! I'm curious to see what comes up in the sequels for this series!
Abby1219 More than 1 year ago
Love love and love!! Such an amazing story of hope in the midst of darkness and the reminder that God is always walking alongside us through each and every day of our lives!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this story and especially the main two characters. They both challenge each other in every way. I cannot wait for the next book.
ONorman0 More than 1 year ago
I've always liked stories about the orphan trains but I'd never read about the women who went west to find jobs until this one. It was a great story and kept me reading all the way to the end. Looking forward to reading more in this series.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
Love the story and the writing, waiting the the next book in the series to come out. Oh Jody, you never fail me when I choose to read one of your books!!! I loved this story as it showed what strength and faith, even when they thought they'd lost it, women had/have in such hard times. The farther along I got in Elise's story the more I hated having to put the book down. I am so anxious to read the next two books, yes, two, I see there is one coming out in May of 2018 and I'm 'sure' there will be at least one more, that is the one I'm really waiting for. I highly recommend this book, this series, to historical fiction lovers. I will suggest that you read the prequel, "An Awakened Heart" first, then this one as we wait for the next one, "Together Forever" in the series.
rkfall More than 1 year ago
The orphan train is moving west and the main character is on it. WOW… this author paints such a picture of New York City, the devastation of the financial economic panic of the times in the 1850s, and the perseverance that women needed to have to success in the world with the ups and downs and creeps and men of integrity. The struggle for the jobs that are honorable and families dividing to feed everyone is very real. Being sent off across the country to a job unseen in hopes of sending money back for loved ones and one day having them come and join them. The romance in this one was superb, believable, and irresistible. Loved it! If you haven’t read from this author before, you are missing out, I know I sure was. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
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 undisclosed location. 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 realistic. 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.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I haven't met a Jody Hedlund book I haven't liked :) This new series starts off with a bang. First, I love the research Jody books into her books. I learn new things from her writing and if you read the authors notes at the end you can understand even more. Elisa is a wonderful character. I loved her sarcasm and sometimes snarky attitude. I also appreciated that she was real about her relationship with Jesus. She had pulled away, but the message in the book is that He never pulled away from her. The title has a double meaning which I find beautiful. Thorton...what's not to love. What a fantastic hero, most of the time. He has his faults of course but he is a great guy. I found myself with tears in my eyes a couple of times, a true sign that this book was touching my heart. And most of that came for the other characters in the book and their love for Elise and Thorton. I am really curious about the upcoming books and who will be featured in them. There was unsolved story lines in this book so I am hoping those will get resolved later in the series. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
WOW! An amazing historical romance! The characters are incredibly well developed and I was able to really connect with them on an emotional level. The heartache and anguish that Elise and her sisters experienced was palpable. Many times throughout this book I wanted to just gather them into my arms and take care of them. The historical setting and details were clearly presented and I was able to visualize the scenes as they were happening. This book taught me about an aspect of the orphan train period that I had never known about. I absolutely love it when I can learn about history in the pages of a fictional story. This period has now come alive for me. The maturing process that Thornton traveled was fantastic. From the beginning of the book to the end he truly grew up and became a man. I thoroughly enjoyed the emotional journey to trusting God that both Elise and Thornton went on. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
After losing both her parents, German immigrant Elise Neumann, finds herself homeless and sole provider for her 2 younger sisters and 2 motherless orphans. In the late 1850’s life was harsh for women in poverty and alone. She is only 19 years old but very mature and courageous from all the suffering and adversities she has faced in her young life. They find themselves living on the streets and in dire straits. Miss Pendleton, a wealthy, Christian woman who has sold all to open a mission in the slums of lower Manhattan, invites them to live there. While the mission is better than the streets, it has not been renovated yet and is filled with filth and vermin. No matter, Elise and her sisters are grateful. Miss Pendleton’s purpose for her ministry is to help prostitutes get off the streets and earn and honest living. She hires them as seamstresses to do work for local business. This is Elise’s trade and she begins work. Not long after, the city finds itself in severe financial straits and the work ends. With a broken heart she is forced to leave her sisters there while she goes west to work in a new town being developed along the railroad. Little does she know the new town she is going to be employed in is part of a challenge between Thornton Quincey and his twin brother to prove who is worthy to inherit the family business from their dying father. Thornton Quincy, wealthy New York socialite, is completely at the other end of the social scale from Elise. Here their paths cross again (you have to read the book to find out how they met). She was proof you don’t’ have to be wealthy to be confident and he confirmed you don’t have to be poor to be meek. I totally enjoyed their interactions and sense of humor. Despite the vast ocean of class that divides them a seed of romance is planted. The story is a touching example that true love knows no boundaries, and God’s plans are not limited by circumstances. While since her parent’s death and one setback after another, Elise feels God has abandoned her. Through her adversities she grows to see He has always been there. I was reminded of Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Being a huge fan of historical Christian novels, I appreciated the author’s thorough research. Being based on a true incident, Ms. Hedlund did a skillful job of fleshing out the story and characters. I had heard a lot about the orphan trains but was unaware of plight poverty-stricken women during this era. It shocked me to realize so many had to leave their children to work in the Midwest to provide for them. It seemed they jumped out of the frying pan into the fire as the employers exploited and abused them. I cannot imagine going through what these women did. An outstanding book! Can’t wait for a sequel! I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated are my own. . ,
luvnjesus More than 1 year ago
Being different is sometimes the best thing. Elise Neuman, a poor immigrant and her sisters live at thhe Seventh St. Mission. They lost both their parents and are now homeless. Elise promised her mom that she watch over her siblings and hoping to find a job. Thornton Quincy knows nothing about financial hardships. His dad owns a factory and was a successful business man. Thornton and his brother grew up privileged and never went with out. His dad challenged both brothers to a competition to build a town along the railroad line. Elise encouraged Thornton to think about people as individuals with real lives, rather than mere numbers to add to his checklist of accomplishments, to think of others for a change and not himself. Love grows between them, but Elise is certainly by far not the type of girl his father would approve of. This was the first book I read by Jody Hedlund. What caught my eye was the orphan train, but it was more than that. How often do we give up on God because our prayers are not answered on our time, but His time! Miracles do happen, we just simply have to believe like Elise. She felt that since she did not have any power or influence, that God would not use her, when in fact He uses us each day, it is us who needs to put the distractions aside and start listening. Can't wait for Book 2 and to find out what happens between Thornton and Elise. As part of every web or Barnes and Noble review that I write, Bethany House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
I have always been fascinated by the history of the westward expansion. It seems to me that you would have to be pretty brave to go into such uncharted territory. Leaving behind everything that is known to venture out hoping to find a better life just seems scary to me. But as a lifetime Midwestern girl I'm very grateful for those brave and daring souls that did it. Jody Hedlund's newest novel, With You Always, explores a little known or talked about aspect of that great adventure. The main character is Elise Neumann, she's the oldest sister in the family that has lost both their father and mother. They find themselves living on the streets of New York with little hope of a better situation. Eventually they find housing and a means to support a meager existence but when that becomes unstable as well Elise is faced with an unbearable decision. She must leave her siblings to start a new job and future in Illinois. It's widely known that the Children's Aid Society had orphan trains that transported orphans from the precarious situation in New York to the Midwest where they would be placed with families. What's less known is that the Children's Aid Society also placed young women of upstanding character in these towns that were springing up along the railroad routes. They were given jobs such as laundress, seamstress, or domestics. It was hard backbreaking work but many found it to be a way to start a new life. I found this to be a very interesting read. As I said I'm fascinated with the idea of leaving all you know to hopefully find a better life. Jody Hedlund explores so much with these characters. But here's my warning . . . this is a series so there are questions left unanswered at the end of book one. I can hardly wait for book two to come out. By the way there is also a prequel novella that gives background on some of the characters. It's called An Awakened Heart. I've not yet read it so I have to say that it isn't absolutely necessary to read it to enjoy the series but I'm sure it would be a bonus. I plan on going back and reading it soon. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
vics49548 More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy historical fiction, you’ll enjoy Book 1 in Author Jody Hedlund’s Orphan Train series. I learned several things I had never heard about, including women being moved west to help settle new towns along the rail line by becoming seamstresses, cooks, etc. Hedlund does a very good job of portraying the tough time of the late 1800s, especially for immigrants, while showing that there is always hope and that God is always present. There were a couple of surprising twists in this story and it doesn’t wrap up neatly at the end, as most books do, leaving some things open for Book 2. I can’t wait to read that one! A page turner, I highly recommend With You Always. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a positive review.
Faye_reviews More than 1 year ago
Elise Neumann and her sisters, along with their young charges, have taken refuge in the Seventh Street Mission run by the kindly and industrious Miss Pendleton. Elise and her sister Marianne sew in the sewing shop, but as the factories are laying off workers, the mission too must lay off workers. Elise is the eldest, so she gets a job with the Children’s Aid Society along the Illinois railway line that sends her miles away from her family with little hope of making a living. Thornton Quincy and his twin brother Bradford are competing for the ownership of their father’s railroad empire in a deathbed challenge. Thornton has 6 months to develop a town along the Illinois railroad, as well as marry for love. Thornton has never felt that he could make his father proud the way that his brother Bradford did, but he determined to make his father proud before he passes. But he never counted on falling for a strong willed, passionate, and beautiful German woman who challenges him to take a stand and fight for his dream. Elise is a hard working young woman, who isn't afraid to stand up for herself. I love her unconditional love for her sisters, and that way that she challenges Thornton to be a better man, and give him encouragement and confidence. She brings out the best in Thornton. She is kind and compassionate, even to those who don't always treat her well. Thornton is a good man, he has more confidence than he thinks and even though life hasn't been perfect, he's had it relatively easy despite being in is brother shadow. Elise know how to encourage him and challenges him to think about things in a different way. He is drawn to her like a magnet, and they just "click" in a way he never has with anyone else. Reinhold is a wholesome young man, sturdy and strong, he is a gentleman to the core of his being. I love is honesty and selfless love wanting the best of others. I hope he finds happiness someday! I think he was one of my favorite characters in this book. This book had my favorite characters by Jody Hedlund ever. Elise is a sensible heroine, compassionate, and vulnerable. While Thornton has a healthy ambition to prove himself to his father, when he is with Elise he sees himself as the man that he wants to be. I also really loved the townspeople like that Grays, Fanny, and Reinhold. Well written and fast-paced it makes for a hard book to put down, and I instantly liked the characters and could help but cheer for them all the way through. The ending came together well, with surprise twists of suspense for a thrilling climax. I liked how this book showed a different side of the Orphan Train and Children's Aid Society, it was well researched and I loved every minute of it. I'm excited to read about Elise's sisters as they make their own way in the world in the coming installments of the series. Highly recommend! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."
parmilespages More than 1 year ago
Before Elise Neumann’s mother dies, she entreats Elise to trust God and take care of her younger sisters. As their situation worsens, Elise has no choice but to head west with the New York Children’s Aid Society in order to find work, leaving her family behind. But when she arrives in a developing town in Illinois with the promise of work, it isn’t exactly what she expected and she fights feelings of failure. Thornton Quincy is fighting his own feelings of failure as he struggles to earn his father’s approval. Thornton is determined to prove to his father that he is the right man to take over the family business. In a race against time, he must create a prospering town and wed for love. After a brief encounter with Elise, Thornton reconnects with her on the train west and their easy bantering draws him toward her causing a desire within him to come to her aid. I thought this was a delightful story. Although not everything was upbeat and rosy, I really enjoyed the relationships in the story not only between Thornton and Elise but also the relationships Elise had with her sisters, a childhood friend and a new friend. The author expressed the reality of the time period pragmatically, and I found it sobering. The historical information aided my appreciation for the heartbreak and struggles the immigrants experienced in coming to New York City. The author also created lovable characters and of course, there were a couple villains to create suspense and mystery. I also liked the way the story was organized. Because even though Elise and Thornton were the main characters, there were parts in the narrative when the author gave the reader a glimpse back into the lives of Elise’s family back in New York City. The ending was not completely resolved, so I suspect there will be more books to follow about Elise’s sisters. Lastly, I would recommend reading the novella, An Awakened Heart by Jody Hedlund, which leads into this story. It provides background information that is helpful in understanding the time period and some of the peripheral characters. I would highly recommend reading this book if you enjoy historical romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
Jody Hedlund has incredible talent – in creating characters, plots, and setting. And writing kisses. But more on that later. Perhaps my favorite thing about each new offering from her is that she spotlights (and honors) lesser known parts and populations of history. Sometimes these aspects have been tucked away inside history we do know & read about more frequently. But Hedlund finds the women, the immigrants, the conditions that few others write about – and she brings them vividly to life on the page. In With You Always, she takes us on a tour of the Orphan Train era that may look different from what we initially expect. Instead of focusing on the children per se, she draws on other uses of the Orphan Train – specifically in bringing skilled (usually immigrant) workers west to help settle new towns along the railroad. This was a time in our nation’s history where people had to make unthinkable decisions, separating families and sacrificing in agonizing ways. Within this heartbreaking era, we meet Elise Neumann and Thornton Quincy. Their acquaintance sets off attraction and dilemmas and, while a lot of what Hedlunds writes about in With You Always is quite sobering, the chemistry between Thornton and Elise opens the door for humor and warmth and – perhaps most importantly – hope. Their banter is fantastic, their kisses even more so! Not an insta-love but an instant respect that gradually deepens into a sweet friendship, challenging each other to be better people. Bottom Line: With You Always by Jody Hedlund should be read with a box of tissues for the characters who go soul-deep and a fan for Thornton-in-love. This poignant novel will leave readers with a new appreciation for the marginalized in our nation’s history – and today – and it may prompt some soul-reflection as well. The message that God holds us close in our most hopeless moments is integrated into the story with both grace and truth. The characters will become part of you as you read, and this makes the perfect foundation for the next books in the series! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
This is was beautifully writing and compelling to read with the story that will make you to following of life and adventure of the opportunity in there life time and that cost them the love of their lives too. This story is the one on the many immigrants struggling to survive in 1850s New York, to hope will have a better life there, to taking care the family as the same time and with all the love that she will finding there. Can they held their life and build the future together. This story will make you going together with them and fight with they life too. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received this book free from Bethany House for this review “