Tuesday, July 18, 2017

With You Always
Jody Hedlund
(Orphan Train Series; Book #1)
Thornton Quincy has been challenged by his ailing father to build a city in Illinois in 1857 in order to determine if he or his twin brother will inherit his father's building empire.  The brothers are given a mere six months to complete their separate cities.  As if that in not enough, each of the men also must find a suitable wife in the bargain.  Enter Elise Neumann. Elise is desperate to provide a living for herself along with her two younger sisters after the death of her parents.  Her hope is in the Children's Aid Society and the trains carrying skilled workers to the new town out west.  She meets and impresses Thornton Quincy so much that he selects her for his town.  He thinks he is saving her but it is Elise who saves him.  She impacts his life with a new way of looking at things and changes his perspective without knowing it.  The author tells a wonderful story of two people from totally different worlds who are able to change their present world and their future prospects for the good of all involved.