Could Following the Opportunity of a Lifetime Cost Them the Love of Their Lives? One of the many immigrants struggling to survive in 1850s New York, Elise Neumann knows she must take action to care for her younger sisters. She finds a glimmer of hope when the New York Children's Aid Society starts sending skilled workers to burgeoning towns out west. But the promise of the society's orphan trains is not all that it seems.
Born into elite New York society, Thornton Quincy possesses everything except the ability to step out from his brother's shadow. When their ailing father puts forth a unique challenge to determine who will inherit his railroad-building empire, Thornton finally sees his chance. The conditions to win? Be the first to build a sustainable community along the Illinois Central Railroad and find a suitable wife.
Thrown together against all odds, Elise and Thornton couldn't be from more different worlds. The spark that ignites between them is undeniable, but how can they let it grow when that means forfeiting everything they've been working toward?
"Christy Award-winner Hedlund crafts an enjoyable first installment of the Orphan Train Series. . . . Hedlund's Cinderella story, shedding light on the hardships women faced in both the East Coast cities and the developing West in the 1850s, is a pleasant romance with plenty of twists to keep readers engaged until the final page."--Publishers Weekly
My thoughts: (Reviewed by Jenna) WITH YOU ALWAYS is a good book, but it was a
bit too descriptive with scenery for my tastes. Basically, it seemed a pity party
on both Thorton and Elise’s point of views. Elise keeps going on about how she
was out on the streets and how she lost her parents, mentioned over and over
until I felt beat in the head with it. It happened, and I remembered.
Thorton keeps going
about how he can’t get out of his brother’s shadow, how he can’t beat him in
anything and how his dad doesn’t appreciate him.
It was good at first,
but then the repetitious and descriptions caused the story to drag. Somewhat good,
and I somewhat recommend it. I received a free copy. All opinions are my own.