Blog Tour: Together Forever
About the Book
Author: Jody Hedlund
Genre: Inspirational historical romance
Release Date: 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 Hedlund30,000 Abandoned Children
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!
Here are Jody's remaining blog stops:
May 28: A Baker's Perspective
May 28: Simple Harvest Reads
May 29: Faithfully Bookish
May 29: God's Little Bookworm
May 29: Christian Chick's Thoughts
May 30: Neverending Stories
May 30: Maureen's Musings
May 30: Big Reader Site
May 31: Inklings and Notions
May 31: To Everything There is a Season
May 31: To Points of Interest
May 31: Christian Author, J.E. Grace
June 1: Have a Wonderful Day
June 1: Lighthouse Academy
June 1: Godly Book Reviews
June 2: Redheaded Book Lady
June 2: For the Love of Books
June 2: Vicky Sluiter
June 3: Proud to be an Autism Mom
June 3: Bibliophile Reviews
June 3: Texas Book-aholic
June 4: Connie's History Classroom
June 4: Pause for Tales
June 4: Reader's Cozy Corner
To celebrate her tour, Jody is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!
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