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Together Forever by Jody Hedlund

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In 1858 New York, Marianne Neumann accepts a job at Children’s Aid Society, taking train trips out west to place orphaned children into loving homes to give them a better life. Part of her motivation in taking this job is to find her lost younger sister, hoping to alleviate the guilt she feels over Sophie’s disappearance.  Her fellow agent on her first trip is former schoolteacher Andrew Brady, who possesses a tender but firm attitude in handling the children. Andrew carries a few secrets of his own from his past, however, and soon a tragedy threatens to destroy all that he and Marianne are working towards.

I greatly enjoyed the first installment in this series by Jody Hedlund and was excited to read the continuation of the story about the three sisters in mid-nineteenth century New York.  This story has romance and heartbreak, faith and disbelief, and trials and triumphs. I liked the relationship between Marianne and Andrew and the development of their friendship and love.  I also enjoyed learning more about the orphan train and appreciated how the author gave a glimpse into possible connections formed on these trips.  I very much liked this book and look forward to the next!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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With You Always by Jody Hedlund

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Elise Neumann is tired of being a poor immigrant in New York City—she is tired of starving daily and tired of being worked to the bone to care for her sisters. When she is presented with the opportunity to travel west in order to secure her future, she reluctantly leaves behind her family so she can provide for them. Along the rails, she reconnects with Thornton Quincy, a man she ran into in the middle of a gang scuffle several months ago in New York. Elise is cautiously thrilled to meet a friend, but she is uncertain why Mr. Quincy is also moving west and what his intentions might be for their friendship. But when someone threatens Elise’s new livelihood and the business of Mr. Quincy, their friendship takes a deadly turn.

What a wonderful start to a new series by a beloved author! I recommend reading the free novella before starting this book as it gives even more background to the characters in this first installment. The time period and events in this novel are very interesting to read about, and I appreciated that the author did not shy away from giving vivid descriptions of the deplorable conditions poor immigrants found themselves in upon arriving to America in the 1850s. The characters face certain difficulties, which make them realistic and relatable. I love the way the romance develops between the two main characters and that it does not feel rushed. I also enjoyed the surprises near the end of the book that were not altogether predictable. I am greatly looking forward to the rest of the series and highly recommend this novel!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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