It’s about two sisters who come through Ellis Island and need to make a go of it in the Bowery district of NYC. Their aunt is their sponsor. Shannon, the younger, pines for her fiancé who didn’t board the ship to NY with her. The older sister, Katie O’Connor, is a talented seamstress who seems to have more connections than most in her station. It’s a romance, with a brooding, Dr. Titus Brentwood, looking for redemption from a surgical procedure gone wrong.
It was a quick read. I found myself wanting more in this story. There didn’t seem to be a big conflict.
Thanks to Waterfall Press for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.
Elise Neumann and her two younger sisters are in dire straits. They work as seamstresses and take care of two abandoned toddlers. With the death of their mother and the unwelcoming care of their uncle, they are left to their own. Thankfully they end up at the Seventh Street Mission. However, this is a short stay as a financial crisis in NYC means even less jobs. Elise must step up and take the offer of the Children’s Aid Society to place tradeswomen in the Midwest.
Her male counterpart in the book is well-heeled Thornton Quincy. Thornton must prove himself to his father by establishing a railroad town in Illinois. From two different ends of society, Elise and Thornton keep meeting.
Once again, Jody Hedlund has written a riveting story of adversity with God’s love to cling to in the mess. This is set to be a book series and I’m already awaiting book 2.
Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.
Rose and Helen. Abe and Mort. This is a story of brothers who share a duplex. Mort and Rose have all girls while Abe and Helen have all sons. A winter delivery of babies changes things for these two families forever. I was unsure about the story from its description, but I’m so glad that I read it. What a transformation we see in the characters. A little concern and love drove some people together and others apart. The lives of the two families are greatly entwined, especially with Abe and Mort running a box company business together. Abe was lovable, Mort was not.
I’m reluctant to say too much and spoil the surprise. I certainly enjoyed the story though that challenged families and women’s lib and even depression and grief.
Thanks, St. Martin’s Press, for providing me a copy to review in my own words.