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In the financial crisis of the 1850’s, Elise Neumann is the older of her two orphaned sisters and finds she must provide for her sisters. She leaves New York and takes a job as a seamstress in Illinois. The father of Thornton Quincy and his brother, challenges them to build a sustainable railroad and get married. The first son to win the challenge inherits their fathers’ wealth. If only the feisty Elise would stay out of his way. 

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764218042
ISBN-13: 9780764218040
Series: Orphan Train

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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.

Author Bio

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.

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  1. Emily
    Rib Lake, WI
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An Okay Read - My Review of With You Always
    July 18, 2017
    Emily
    Rib Lake, WI
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Published by: Bethany House

    By: Jody Hedlund

    My sister loves Jody Hedlund's books, and I finally gave in and took advantage of the opportunity to read and review one from her.

    With You Always is the story of a young woman who is an orphan and trying to make a way for herself and those she cares about in New York City in the 1850's.

    With You Always (Orphan Train Book #1) by [Hedlund, Jody]

    What I liked:

    The characters in this book are somewhat likable.

    The story is different from others that I have read.

    There are parts of the story that are a little exciting.

    I like that history is a part of this book and it helped me learn a bit about the past.

    What I didn't like:

    There are parts of the story that are pretty boring. I had to skim a lot of it.

    The ending of this book was a little too abrupt for me.

    My conclusion:

    Overall, this book was okay but not my favorite.

    I give With You Always 4 out of 5 stars.

    I received this book free to review from Bethany House. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
  2. Fitzysmom
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Review from Rambles of a SAHM
    July 18, 2017
    Fitzysmom
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    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.
  3. Lini536
    Cambridge, MA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent historical story and so romantic.
    July 18, 2017
    Lini536
    Cambridge, MA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A struggling immigrant, trying to find their way in the new world, Elise Neumann and her sisters, find a flicker of hope when they meet Miss Pendleton.

    She puts a roof over their heads and gives Elise and the second eldest sister, Marianne work as seamstresses. They are not well liked by the other women who work in the warehouse. These women, also rescued by Miss. Pendleton, have less than reputable backgrounds and they see Elise as a favorite. Fanny, one of the workers, takes a considerable dislike to her. However, the young German, endures the torment she has to make a better life for her sisters and the two young children they have taken under their wings.

    As work soon dries up, and angry mobs descend on the streets, a chance of a new life out west beckons. With the aid of the New York Childrens Aid Society, Elise is able to head there for her and her sisters. But what will become of them, with her being so far away? Little does she know, that the chance encounter with a stranger called Thornton, will change her life.

    Thornton Quincy. Born in to a world of privilege, he has everything that he needs except hes always in his twin brothers shadow. And, then his father gives them a unique challenge. Is this the opportunity that he has been waiting for? A chance to see pride in his fathers eyes? However, the contest is problematic. Not only does Thornton and Bradford have to build a successful, sustainable town/community along the Illinois Central Railroad, they both must find a wife. And, it must be love. With the grand prize of inheriting their fathers railroad-building empire, the brotherly competition begins. But how long will it remain amicable?

    When Elise shows her skills as a cook and also a strong-minded personality, Thornton is drawn to her shes a breath of fresh air. But being socially, worlds apart, can they ever hope to have more than the friendship that they currently have?

    Loved it from page one. An immediately absorbing, intriguing read. Hedlunds characters are well defined and believable. The banter between the main characters is heartwarming and her historical references womens movement, railroad building is reminder of how difficult life was in those times. An utterly romantic story. Im looking forward to reading the next book in the series. A highly recommended read.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House as part of their blogging program. The opinions expressed are my own and I am not required to give a positive critique. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  4. vics49548
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Head West!
    July 14, 2017
    vics49548
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    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.

  5. Ramona Wulff
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Lovely story
    July 14, 2017
    Ramona Wulff
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What a lovely story of hardship and returning to God. It is a hearty story, a bit of romance (never mushy), and spiritual and well as physical and psychological strength. I really enjoy the main characters, how a potentially evil character turns into an enduring one by the love and acceptance of a strong character, and redemption through so many avenues. I highly recommend this book. As I got to the last few chapters, it was a definite page-turner.
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