Blog Tour: Together Forever
About the Book
: Together Forever, Orphan Train Book 2
: Jody Hedlund
: Inspirational historical romance
: May, 2018
Determined to find her lost younger sister, Marianne Neumann takes a job as a placing agent with the Children’s Aid Society in 1858 New York. She not only hopes to offer children a better life, but prays she’ll be able to discover whether Sophie ended up leaving the city on an orphan train so they can finally be reunited.
Andrew Brady, her fellow agent on her first placing-out trip, is a former schoolteacher who has an easy way with the children, firm but tender and friendly. Underneath his charm and handsome looks, though, seems to linger a grief that won’t go away–and a secret from his past that he keeps hidden.
As the two team up, placing orphans in the small railroad towns of Illinois, they find themselves growing ever closer . . . until a shocking tragedy threatens to upend all their work and change one of their lives forever.
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Together Forever is a well-written novel that includes a little
of everything-history, intrigue, and romance. I was drawn into the story with
the first sentence, and finished the book in just a few sittings. I fell in
love with Drew whose heart of children, integrity, and faith in God fights with
his feelings of guilt and self-doubt. Marianne also struggles with her own gilt
which creates a delicious tension between her and Drew. I love historic novels
that educate me, and Together Forever did
not disappoint. I learned about the orphan trains of the mid-1800s and life in
the Old West, which intrigued me enough to do follow up research. Dialogue and
description effectively immersed me into the era. This is the second book in
the series, and I easily read it without having read the first book. Those who
enjoy the Civil War era, the Old West, and historic fiction in general should
like this book. If you’re looking for an
enjoyable, educational, and encouraging book for the summer, look no further!
I was given a copy of this book for free from CelebrateLit Publicity, and a positive review was not required. All opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
Jody Hedlund is the author of over a dozen novels, including Love Unexpected, Captured by Love, Unending Devotion, The Preacher’s Bride
, and A Noble Groom
, winner of the 2014 Carol Award for historical romance. She received a bachelor’s degree from Taylor University and a master’s from the University of Wisconsin, both in social work. She lives in Michigan with her husband and five children. She loves hearing from readers on Facebook and on her blog at www.jodyhedlund.com
Guest Post from Jody Hedlund
30,000 Abandoned Children
Imagine a city where 30,000 abandoned and homeless children live on the streets.
Sounds like something from a futuristic dystopian novel, doesn’t it? Or something that might happen after a war or apocalypse or major disaster, right?
This exact thing actually happened in the 1850’s. And the city was New York City.
It’s hard to believe, but an estimated 30,000 homeless children roamed the dirty city streets and alleys of New York City.
30,000. Children. Let that sink in for a minute. That’s the size of a town.
Historians look back on that time and try to make sense what led to such horrific conditions for children. Of course, the influx of immigrants was at an all time high. Jobs and housing were scarce. Diseases were rampant. Hunger and poverty became a norm. (Orphan Train Depot
As more and more people became aware of the enormous problem within the crowded slums, courageous heroes rose up and attempted to do their part to make a difference.
While we may not always agree with the methods that were used to save the thousands of homeless children, we can admire the men and women who could no longer sit idly by.
The Children’s Aid Society was started by Charles Loring Brace as one such attempt to help the hordes of homeless children. His “Emigration Plan” is better known today by the term “Orphan Trains.”
My latest series tackles various elements of the orphan train movement. Together Forever
, releasing in May, highlights the placing agents, those devoted people who rode the trains with the orphans. The agents spent weeks and months on the road caring for the children, all the while trying to place them in loving homes.
(If you’d like to try out the series, start with my FREE novella, An Awakened Heart
Like the brave men and women who came before us, may we always strive to do our part to make a difference!
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