Tuesday, June 20, 2017

With You Always by Jody Hedlund

Book review of With You Always by Jody Hedlund (Bethany House) by papertapepins



Could Following the Opportunity of a Lifetime Cost Them the Love of Their Lives?

One of the many immigrants struggling to survive in 1850s New York, Elise Neumann knows she must take action to care for her younger sisters. She finds a glimmer of hope when the New York Children's Aid Society starts sending skilled workers to burgeoning towns out west. But the promise of the society's orphan trains is not all that it seems.

Born into elite New York society, Thornton Quincy possesses everything except the ability to step out from his brother's shadow. When their ailing father puts forth a unique challenge to determine who will inherit his railroad-building empire, Thornton finally sees his chance. The conditions to win? Be the first to build a sustainable community along the Illinois Central Railroad and find a suitable wife.

Thrown together against all odds, Elise and Thornton couldn't be from more different worlds. The spark that ignites between them is undeniable, but how can they let it grow when that means forfeiting everything they've been working toward?

Wow. Well done. Great character development here. I loved Elise all the way through and I can't wait to read about her sisters. I would imagine they are next. The orphan trains is not something I knew much about, and I didn't know that they also sent women out west to work in the new upcoming towns. When the economy crashes and Elise can't find work in New York, she boards a train to parts unknown in the hopes that she will make enough money to provide for her sisters and the two little orphans in their care. Little does she know that as a woman she will make far less than a man, and have the train ticket to pay off as well! 

I really did not like Thornton Quincy for the first third or so of the book, but then he grew on me. Thornton Quincy's father built an empire and has now pitted his twin boys against each other in a contest for leadership of his entire company. Thornton starts out to win at all costs but as he begins to see the people he's using as pawns in his game he has to decide what that cost would ultimately be and if winning would be worth it. Is there a way to win while treating those beneath him fairly? 

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


THE AUTHOR

  1. Jody Hedlund
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    Jody Hedlund

    Jody Hedlund is the author of over a dozen novels, including Love UnexpectedCaptured by LoveUnending DevotionThe Preacher's Bride, and A Noble Groom, winner of the 2014 Carol Award for historical romance. She received a...
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