With You Always By Jody Hedlund
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.
I would like to give away my copy of With You Always. The contest rules are simple—leave a comment on the blog and you will be entered. Bonus entry– if you leave a comment AND share this post on Facebook you will get two entries (tag me on Facebook or let me know in the comments). Contest closes Saturday, July 15th at midnight. Enter now! (Open to residents of the USA and Canada only.)
Looks like a great read:)
It’s great. You’ll love it!
This looks like a great story. Love the cover! 🙂
Yes, the cover is very inviting. Love it too!
Sounds like an awesome read for a summer night on the deck.
Yes, it’s a perfect summer read! Thanks for stopping by, Di!
I love the beautiful green dress on the cover. Sometimes I wish we still dressed so elegantly but then I clean chicken coops and change my mind.
The dress is beautiful. I also love that era, but you’re right…it would be hard to clean a coop in it. ha ha!
Love all her books Would love to win this one the cover looks great and I love the story line Can’t wait to read it
You’re in the draw, Pam. Good luck!
I love all of Jody’s books! She always has the right combination of faith, romance, and action!
I shared on Facebook!
You’re right and this book does have all three in it!! You’re in the draw twice. Thanks for sharing on Facebook.
I just love Jody Hedlund books and would love to win a copy of this book.Thanks for the interview and the giveaway.
You’re welcome. You’re in the draw, Elma. Good luck.
This book looks very interesting,I would love to read it. And the cover is gorgeous.
Yes, I love the cover too, Lisa. You’re in the draw. Good luck.
I love Orphan Train books!
You’ll love this one, Ola. You’re in the draw. Good luck!
Read the novella and can’t wait to read With You Always. You are a wonderful writer Jody!
Yes, Deb. Jody is definitely an awesome writer!!! You’re in the draw. Good luck.
I love Jody’s books! This one looks fantastic!
It’s definitely fantastic, Becky. You’re in the draw. Good luck!
What a sounding book!
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This is on my “to read” list. I have read most of Judy’s books and look forward to reading this one.
Shared on Facebook. Couldn’t get tagging to work.
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Hi Andrea! You’re the winner! Congrats!!!
The book looks like an amazing read & I would be thrilled at the chance to win it.
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This looks like a great book!
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I read the prequel novella and the included ‘With You Always’ excerpt. I love stories of the orphan trains and can’t wait to read the whole thing!!
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I’m looking forward to reading this!
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I am guilty of judging a book by its cover and this book looks great! Love anything about the Orphan Train experience.
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I read the prequel to this novel…I would love to win.
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It looks like a good, I would like to read it.
*It looks like a good story, I would like to read it.
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I would love to read this book.
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Thank you for this wonderful opportunity! Love Jody Hedlund!! Cant wait to read this one.
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I love Jody. My fav is Luther and Katharina. I’d love to win this.
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I love Jody’s books! I am looking forward to reading this one.
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I am so excited to read this book! It sounds amazing!
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All of Jody Hedlund’s books are great reads, but your review is particularly encouraging. Your excitement for the story is apparent and has me motivated to read it even sooner.
Hi, Terrill. Glad you liked my review. Thanks. Thanks for stopping by. You’re in the draw. Good luck!
I can’t wait to read it. What a hard decision she had to make. My grandmother moved from Sweden to Canada after the flu epidemic of 1918, her husband died and she had an 8-month-old. Thankfully, she has two aunties in South Dakota to flee to for refuge. Looking forward to your book. Thanks for the giveaway! Sharing on Facebook!
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I am sure it is Great! Love all of your books!
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Excited to read this!! Love historical christian fiction!
Shared on fb. Can’t tag you in it though!
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I love Jody Hedlund and definitely sharing on fb!
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So excited about Jody’s new book. I’ve read several of her other books and couldn’t put them down!
Hi Elizabeth! Yes, her books are definitely hard to put down! You’re in the draw. Good luck!
I’ve never read a Jody Hedlund book. It sounds great! 😀
I shared on Facebook and twitter 🙂
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I love reading Christian historicals and this book looks great for summer reading. Love the cover!
Hi Maryann! It’s a great summer read. Thanks for stopping by. You’re in the draw. Good luck.