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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: The Pattern Artist by Nancy Moser

In the 1910’s immigrants arrive in America for a chance at a whole new future.  For ambitious and talented ones, like Annie Wood, America offers a new world.  Annie has seamstress skills and an eye for simplifying fashion.  This takes her from maid to Macy’s clerk to Butterick Patterns Company.  From there, with the people she meets and her trip to Paris, Annie has limitless options. Plus, she has a love interest and a handful of new friends in America.  I enjoyed her story but found it hard to believe because things moved too quickly.
Nancy Moser writes interesting, easy-to-follow stories that put readers inside of a slice of history.  Thank you to Shiloh Run Press for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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