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.

Editorial Reviews for With You Always

  • Publisher’s Weekly: “Christy Award–winner Hedlund (For Love and Honor) crafts an enjoyable first installment of the Orphan Train Series, about the women involved with the 19th-century movement to resettle orphaned children from the crowded East Coast slums to the Midwest. Hedlund’s Cinderella story, shedding light on the hardships women faced in both the East Coast cities and the developing West in the 1850s, is a pleasant romance with plenty of twists to keep readers engaged until the final page.”
  • Booklist: “Hedlund has effectively captured the hopelessness, volatility, and uncertainty of the times in the first book in her Orphan Train series, a heart-stirring story of survival and love filled with memorable characters.” — Shelley Mosley, Starred review

Reviews for With You Always

  • Amy: “I found this story riveting. I could not put it down. So many twists and turns and surprises along the way. New issues are brought to light, and left unsolved, and I am anticipating that we will have more to come from the Neumann sisters as the series continues.”
  • Chesney: “The author has a way of pulling you in and never wanting to leave. Great job!”
  • Rane: “Jody Hedlund works always show the strength in the human spirit. She never preaches to the reader, she shows the reader the bad and good in life she doesn’t stray from the harshness of life, but shows the one can overcome the bad. “
  • Vicki: ““With You Always” transported me to a time in America’s history of which I am not well-versed. Kudos to Jody Hedlund for writing another novel that is a joy to read! I am looking forward to reading her subsequent books in this series.”


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With You Always (Orphan Train, #1)


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