With You Always (Orphan Train, #1)

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

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! I couldn’t put this book down for more than 5 minutes at a time. The storyline gripped me from the start, and I just had to keep reading til the end. I was enthralled with the main characters Elise and Thornton. Their personalities made them seem real. I felt like they just popped out of the story and became my friends. I was right their with them during their journies. Now, the title is a bit misleading, one would think that the Orphan Trains back in the day were just sending children with no homes out west. However, this does shine a light on how the trains also sent skilled working men and women west to find jobs to care for their families. We also see in this book the hardship people faced back durning the recession. This is truly an amazing book. Go, grab a drink, a snack, and enjoy the read!

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Book Summary:

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?

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