“With You Always” by Jody Hedlund, book review Orphan Train Series #1
1850’s was a time of financial crisis for many and the poor were especially hard hit. Families who had recently arrived in the US to establish a better life were confronted with terrible hardships. Elise was now the head of her family, with both her parents dead. And she had 2 toddlers to care for in addition to her little sisters. She is an experienced seamstress and is able to move into the Seventh Street Mission with her small family. She is able to stay until the mission begins to fail and the work dries up. She takes the Orphan train to the west with the guarantee of a job, and then she will send for the children.
Thornton Quincy has always been the shy twin, but as his father issues a deathbed challenge to the boys, he enters into the competition with gusto. He has been working his whole life to do this: build a new city along the rail line. And he will win. But then he unexpectedly meets Elise. Now he sees people in a whole new light.
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were real and developed. The plot was compelling and moved at a good pace. I am eager to read book #2 in this series and see how it turns out.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House. All opinions expressed are my own.