Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Together Forever by Jody Hedlund

About the Book
Marianne Neumann has one goal in life: to find her lost younger sister, Sophie. When Marianne takes a job as a placing agent with the Children's Aid Society in 1858 New York, she not only hopes to give children a better life but seeks to discover whether Sophie ended up leaving the city on an orphan train.
Andrew Brady, her fellow agent on her first placing trip, is a former schoolteacher who has an easy way with the children--firm but tender and funny. Underneath his handsome charm, 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 amid small railroad towns in Illinois, they find themselves growing ever closer . . . until a shocking tragedy threatens to upend all their work and change one of their lives forever.

My Thoughts
I loved this book so much!! Jody Hedlund never fails to deliver beautifully written books that I can barely stand to put down, and this one was no different! From the very beginning I was completely enraptured and could think of little else. We got to meet Marianne in the previous book and I was excited to get her story and see her find happiness. Her life had been far from easy and she’d faced tremendous loss but through it all she never gave in and managed to keep her head up.
I absolutely loved Drew’s character! The way he cared for the children and Marianne was enough to make any sane female melt. Add in his playfulness and humor and I was a goner!
Drew and Marianne were beyond perfect for each other, she was more serious and structured than he was but she was always willing to go along with his antics and never criticized who he was. Their banter and challenges to each other were the best and made me smile and laugh quite a lot!
It was fun to once again visit the setting of the orphan trains and get an inside glimpse of what it was like.

In short, this book was absolutely amazing and I couldn’t love it more! Highly recommend it!

Meet the Author
Jody Hedlund is the author of over a dozen novels, including With You Always, Love Unexpected, Unending Devotion, The Preacher's Bride, and A Noble Groom, and 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.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own. 


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