Friday, July 14, 2017

With You Always by Jodi Hedlund

  • ISBN-10: 0764218042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764218040
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (June 6, 2017)


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.

I love reading historical romances and Jody Hedlund has become one of my favorite "go to" authors. She writes wonderful romances set in detailed, richly described historical settings.  

With You Always is rich in history, faith and romance. While it is a wonderful romance story, this book also brought to my attention the Orphan Train movement, a part of history that I hadn't ever really focused on. Ms. Hedlund brought this era to life for me with her story and I hope she will do a sequel  to round out this delightful and emotionally moving story.  

I highly recommend With You Always and I can't wait to read more of Ms. Hedlund's books!  

5 Stars

I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to Ms. Hedlund, Bethany House Publishing and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. 

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