WITH YOU ALWAYS by Jody HedlundWITH YOU ALWAYS by Jody Hedlund

WITH YOU ALWAYS

byJody Hedlund

Paperback | June 6, 2017

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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.
Title:WITH YOU ALWAYSFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 3.35 × 2.17 × 0.68 inPublished:June 6, 2017Publisher:Baker PublishingLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looking forward to the next book in the series; excellent! Friday, July 21, 2017 With You Always by Jody Hedlund, © 2017 Orphan Train, Book 1 New York City struggled with overcrowding and homelessness in the 1800s, leading to the Orphan Train movement My Review: Historicals, my very favorites. I am eager to read this orphan train story. So many were taken to fill a work need or replacement ~ so want these to be received with love and anticipation! I always love it when Jody Hedlund's novels say "Book 1." Future stories in the works! There is a free prequel novella available entitled An Awakened Heart giving a back story of the characters. Book one begins in New York City ~ June 1857. Elise Neumann is not eagerly received as the other seamstresses observe her as "special picked" as they knew of other ladies waiting to be chosen for a stitching job. Marks against her already, Elise still is in need of keeping the peace to be able to take care of her siblings. They had been left in poverty, as others, in need of a place of rest and care themselves. Rescued by a gentleman from an encounter on the street, Elise is introduced to Thornton Quincy, and in turn, becomes invaluable in his quest to build a railroad town. Quincy, Illinois, has its beginning! Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations, --Deuteronomy 7:9 This story is so well developed! I loved the history-in-the-making as Thornton realizes it is the people he will be beholden to, and not the conquest he seeks to build a town. When we are truly ourselves and not trying to replicate another, our beauty shines through. This story is a second-read, indeed! Loved it. So much wisdom and daily application of God's Truth in our involvement with others revealing an individual's character that is received heartily and returned in-kind. ***Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for sending a print copy to me. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Stunning Start to a Brand New Series! “Could Following the Opportunity of a Lifetime Cost Them the Love of Their Lives”? Calling all fans of Christian Historical Fiction. . . Jody Hedlund’s newest series from Bethany House has begun with an absolute must-read novel! “With You Always” is the first installment in the “Orphan Train” saga, and what a masterpiece it is. With vivid imagery, lifelike and lovable characters, and an enthralling storyline, this book was nearly impossible to put down and left me eagerly anticipating the sequel. With so many positive things to say about this book, let me highlight just a few to give you an idea of why you MUST read “With You Always”! - The characters and their goals, dreams, struggles, and fears are all skillfully woven together until the people who walk through the pages of the book are truly friends! Naturally these people are not perfect, but they grow and learn, and they emerge stronger in the end. . . And perhaps that is what makes them so compelling. - The story spans two very different settings, but each one comes to life until you can clearly imagine each detail, from the sights to the sounds to the smells. - Not only is the romance sweet and primarily clean, but it is also founded on more than just beauty and attraction. The love which grows between Elise and Thornton is real, and true, because it is self-sacrificing and based on God’s love for them. - The storyline is fascinating! Filled with unique twists and turns, a myriad of different types of scenes, and fact-based details, it is one of the most compelling dramas I’ve read in a long while. Well, I think you probably get the idea. . . You should REALLY read this book! As a reader whose absolute favorite genre is Christian Historical Fiction (especially stories set in the West, during the 1800s) I honestly cannot recommend this book enough. It contains all the best elements of the genre, plus it is written in a powerful voice that captivated me from the first page. The worst part was reaching the end, but thankfully that will be remedied when the second installment in the series is released, hopefully in the near future! “Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All Aboard! Immigrant Elise Neumann is out of work and unable to provide for her sisters during tough times in New York City. When she finally finds work in Illinois, she boards the Orphan Train and leaves her siblings behind. Her plan? To make enough money to send some back to provide for them with the hopes of bringing her family to live with her. However, not all works out as she hopes and she soon finds herself struggling to pay off her debt on her pitiful salary. Can she trust the handsome businessman when he lends his help? Thornton Quincy was born into privilege and with that comes responsibility. Issued a challenge by his dying father, he and his twin brother must build a town and find love before Christmas in order to win. The winner gains control of the company. Which one will move ahead? Thornton races to build his town of Quincy but when the beautiful Elise steps into his path, his head spins and everything is turned upside down. Will his father approve of an immigrant as a suitable wife? Elise and Thornton find obstacle and intrigue in their little town. How will they get ahead in their plights when everything seems to be going wrong? And can they stop their growing feelings? With You Always is a delight! It had me from the very beginning and I couldn’t stop reading. The plot mixed in with the historical elements is superb. I loved the storyline the author wove into the background of the Orphan Train and the Children’s Aid Society. It’s apparent she did her research in order to write this book. The characters are all very strong with both positive and negative attributes. I disliked Fanny at first but then as their friendship grew, I loved her spunk! Both Thornton and Elise were well-rounded. Delightful characters! The imagery throughout was awesome. I could visualize the long train ride and feel the movement of the train on the tracks. As the town started to grow, I could picture each building. Very well done. I loved this book and can’t wait for book 2. It will be interesting to see which sibling the author writes about next! Her readers will definitely stay tuned to see where she takes the series. I give With You Always five locomotives. It’s one train ride you’ll want to board! **Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. in exchange for my honest review.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A winning start to the series Fans of historical fiction will find much to love with Jody Hedlund's first addition to the "Orphan Train" series. The characters are wonderful, as they are thoroughly likeable yet have enough flaws that readers will be able to relate to the character's personal short-comings, along with their challenges in the midst of their circumstances. Hedlund does a wonderful job of capturing the flavour of both New York City and Illinois in the 1850's, and I was quite intrigued by the financial crisis that happened in 1857, and the plight of the women and children sent out West by the Children's Aid Society and other organizations. I simply can't imagine how that would have felt as a parent especially to be so desperate that I'd have to give up my children to an orphanage knowing they'd be sent far from home possibly never to be seen again! Elise's story, set in the midst of this hardship, is an inspiring one indeed, as she sets her mind to care for her siblings the best she can, refusing to give up in the harshest of situations. I appreciated the sweet romance that develops between Elise and Thornton, carrying that hint of forbidden love, some unexpected suspenseful moments, and some funny interactions to provide some lighthearted moments too. But I think what I most loved is watching Elise's spiritual journey as she works through the bitterness she's harboured in her heart from the loss she's experienced, and then finds that God has been walking by her side the entire time. This is a truth that we can all struggle to hold on to, and I love how her story especially highlights God's presence. Hedlund does a wonderful job at providing a happy ending that still leaves readers longing for more to come in the second book in the series. I strongly recommend this novel, and award it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Hedlund will absolutely please her current fans with this novel, and I have no doubt that she'll also garner some new readers who will add her to their "must read" list as well! Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GOD is always with you With You Always is about Elise a faith based woman who because of the death of her parents has taken it upon herself to look after her siblings and keep them all together. She found a shelter that provided a ;lace to stay and a job. She meets up with Thornton, who is in a kind of contest, set up by his father (nice father right?), against his twin brother. He is to build a town and get married in 6 months. Elise meets up with Thornton and Thornton starts to see things in a different light. GOD is so good isn't HE? Amen - Will Thornton succeed in his task? Will Elise keep her family together? Will Elise and Thornton see each other through the eyes of love? This book is unreal.........it is one incredible book, please do not miss out......I received a complimentary copy of this book; all the opinions in this review are all my own.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GOD is always with you With You Always is about Elise a faith based woman who because of the death of her parents has taken it upon herself to look after her siblings and keep them all together. She found a shelter that provided a ;lace to stay and a job. She meets up with Thornton, who is in a kind of contest, set up by his father (nice father right?), against his twin brother. He is to build a town and get married in 6 months. Elise meets up with Thornton and Thornton starts to see things in a different light. GOD is so good isn't HE? Amen - Will Thornton succeed in his task? Will Elise keep her family together? Will Elise and Thornton see each other through the eyes of love? This book is unreal.........it is one incredible book, please do not miss out......I received a complimentary copy of this book; all the opinions in this review are all my own.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Human nature, dark time in US history My thoughts: As always, I highly anticipate a new book from author Jody Hedlund. When I saw she was writing a series featuring the Orphan Train of the 1850s I had an additional interest. My mother and her brother were placed in an orphanage in the early 1920s because their father died and their mother had no means of supporting them herself. She wanted them safely kept and their needs met. This was not an Orphan Train case, but still the situation of desperation that society imposed on the poor necessitated that desperate steps be taken. This was hard on my mother, her brother, and their mother. As I read With You Always, I came to the realization that this story was essentially laying the story behind the desperate times and desperate people who resort to desperate resolutions. Poverty is always around us, but in the financial crisis of the 1850s despair and need resulted in children, young ladies, young boys, and whole families living on the streets - much like some situations today. But in 1850 there was little help available. Now factor into the story the wealthier side of society and land development around existing railroad lines and you have the need to send men and women into new situations for work to establish new towns with homes, farms, and accompanying businesses. And with the crisis that society's ills placed on young and old alike, these rail lines were used to send forth children as orphans to work these farms and help in these homes. In With You Always the sending of children is hinted at as it touched on the family of Elise Neumann who was working to help "build" one of these new towns. I am sure that as future books in the Orphan Train Series are available, we will see the plight of the children placed on these trains and sent forth into unknown areas and situations that sometimes were good but often were not. Hedlund paints a wonderful word picture of the times and events and draws characters that are charming, fun, unlikeable, witty - the whole gamut of personalities. The historical record of this period in New York with the financial crisis, gang war and rioting, and destitute situation of a huge number of the populace is well written in this book. Another good read from the pen of Jody Hedlund. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are my own. I was not compensated.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Human nature, dark time in US history My thoughts: As always, I highly anticipate a new book from author Jody Hedlund. When I saw she was writing a series featuring the Orphan Train of the 1850s I had an additional interest. My mother and her brother were placed in an orphanage in the early 1920s because their father died and their mother had no means of supporting them herself. She wanted them safely kept and their needs met. This was not an Orphan Train case, but still the situation of desperation that society imposed on the poor necessitated that desperate steps be taken. This was hard on my mother, her brother, and their mother. As I read With You Always, I came to the realization that this story was essentially laying the story behind the desperate times and desperate people who resort to desperate resolutions. Poverty is always around us, but in the financial crisis of the 1850s despair and need resulted in children, young ladies, young boys, and whole families living on the streets - much like some situations today. But in 1850 there was little help available. Now factor into the story the wealthier side of society and land development around existing railroad lines and you have the need to send men and women into new situations for work to establish new towns with homes, farms, and accompanying businesses. And with the crisis that society's ills placed on young and old alike, these rail lines were used to send forth children as orphans to work these farms and help in these homes. In With You Always the sending of children is hinted at as it touched on the family of Elise Neumann who was working to help "build" one of these new towns. I am sure that as future books in the Orphan Train Series are available, we will see the plight of the children placed on these trains and sent forth into unknown areas and situations that sometimes were good but often were not. Hedlund paints a wonderful word picture of the times and events and draws characters that are charming, fun, unlikeable, witty - the whole gamut of personalities. The historical record of this period in New York with the financial crisis, gang war and rioting, and destitute situation of a huge number of the populace is well written in this book. Another good read from the pen of Jody Hedlund. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are my own. I was not compensated.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! One of the things I absolutely love about Jody Hedlund's novels is the way she brings to life some of the lesser known aspects in history -- particularly issues that affected women. And that's exactly what she delivers in With You Always. Of course, I've heard of the Orphan Trains but I had no idea that women were also sent west with that program. Or that it broke up families and left desperate women torn between staying with their children or finding work far away in order to keep their children alive. And that's the predicament Elise finds herself in. After her parents death, she struggles to keep what's left of the family together. Heartache and sorrow dog her heels as she tries to make a life in the crowded, impoverished slums of New York City. Until the day fate throws Thornton Quincy into her path. He comes from a life of privilege and, while he's kind and compassionate, he can't grasp the harsh circumstances the immigrants endure. Or how his business endeavors can help or harm hundreds of desperate workers. This contrast between these two lifestyles is sheer brilliance and makes for a riveting read.,,and a complicated romance! Though Elise isn't his social equal, she's not cowed by Thornton's power and wealth. And she's not afraid to speak her mind and challenge his preconceived ideas. She's good for him and he knows it. He just isn't sure what to do with that knowledge. There's angst and confusion and a piercing sweetness as an impossible love begins to flourish. A plot filled with the unexpected -- even a hint of intrigue -- and the freeing hope that comes from placing your trust in Jesus even in the most difficult times, makes this first book in the Orphan Train series a stunning success. Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications.
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique Story! Loved it! I was given "With You Always" for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. I throughouly enjoyed Jody Hedlund's new book and read it within two days. This story is set in the 1850's and is about Elise Neumann, a young immigrant woman, that has been orphaned and now needs to take care of her sisters. Unable to find work locally, she travels to another area looking for skilled workers in the hopes of making enough money to bring her family together again. Thornton Quincy, from well-to-do family, has received the stipulations of his ailing father's will, which involves setting up a new town as well as finding a wife whom he loves. He has been set to compete against his brother, whom he has always felt was better than him. Although he feels he won't win against his brother, he puts forth a big effort. Thornton and Elise end up meeting during their individual endeavors. Elise and Thornton come from different worlds but they are able to provide insight into eac other's worlds. I really enjoyed the historical aspect of this book and found it interesting to learn about the role of the Children's Aid Society as well as how immigrants were treated during this time period. The overall story was unique and I kept wondering what was going to happen!! I honestly couldn't put this book down and enjoyed the romance side story. This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from True Love had read a preview for this book in An Awakened Heart, which is a free preview kindle book on Amazon, https://www.amazon.com/Awakened-Heart..., and you will not be disappointed. I was a page turning very quickly and this book is one that will linger with you, a very compelling read and enjoyable. When we look back to the 1800’s in our country and look at a city like New York and its immigrant population, life was far from easy, and people tended to gather in areas from the same ethnicity. The family we are following, and again I recommend you read the freebee, is from Germany, and although some are grown, they are orphans, and there are no jobs and they can’t afford any housing. Desperate, the oldest Elise heads out West hoping to earn enough to send for the others. A chance meeting on the streets of NY and our Elise already knows a prospective employer whom she meets again on the train to Illinois, Thorton Quincy. You are in for a treat as you catch the banter that these two seem to enjoy. What Elise doesn’t know is that Thorton and his twin brother have been challenged by their wealthy father to establish a self sustaining town and marry for love, and have all accomplished in six months. So while attracted to Elise, Thorton must marry well, or so he thinks. A book filled with surprises, and not all to my liking, but a story that will keep you up late reading, and you won’t be disappointed. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.
Date published: 2017-06-06