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REVIEW: With You Always by Jody Hedlund

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.
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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.

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REVIEW: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Vivian, age 91, and Molly, age 17 don’t seem to have anything in common. After all, Vivian is a rich widow in the Mount Desert Island setting and Molly is foster child who has been bumped from place to place, without a place to call home.  In a required community service project, Molly helps Vivian literally sort through 91 years of accumulations by working on Vivian’s attic clean-up.  Remarkably, Vivian’s story comes to light in a way that is life-changing for Molly. 

I felt that Kline did an excellent job moving the reader from the present to Vivian’s orphan train rider stories of the past.  Great story and wonderful ending.  Read it and transport yourself on both of their journeys.

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