I received a copy of WITH YOU ALWAYS by Jody Hedlund from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. It is the first book in the “Orphan Train” series, and may I just point out that I can’t wait to read book two now.
As a child, I read a lot of books about the Orphan Train. It always interested me, but I kind of forgot about it, so to speak, when I didn’t find any books about it on young adult shelves. This is a book for adults about the Orphan Train, from a slightly different perspective. This is about a young woman who uses the Orphan Train to go out west as a skilled worker. I hadn’t know the New York Children’s Aid Society had done this.
Other than being a gem of historical fiction, WITH YOU ALWAYS explores the romance of Elise and Thornton in a beautiful way. It helps to bring the west alive for the reader and this is an excellent piece of Christian literature. I recommend this book in particular to those who were as obsessed with THE ORPHAN TRAIN ADVENTURES as I was during junior high. (This book also explores the trails of New York City during the 1850s and that’s another topic I loved in middle grade.)