With You Always (Orphan Train #1) by Jody Hedlund (review by Cathy)

With You Always

About the book:

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.

My review:

This is an interesting story of immigrants in New York and the many hardships they faced. Elise faced an even harsher reality after the deaths of her parents as she took on the responsibility of her younger sisters. When the sisters are given shelter and Elise, a job as a seamstress it seemed as though their luck would change. Boy, was I wrong!

She meets quite a few interesting characters in New York, especially one named Thornton Quincy. I liked him so much, even though I felt bad for him since his father decided to have his twin sons compete to declare the winner of running his company. They also have to get married. It added a bit of fun to the storyline.

I loved the characters and the historical aspect of the book. What I liked most about it though is how well written it is. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

I received a complimentary copy from Netgalley and have given my honest opinion.

 

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