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When a financial crisis in 1850s New York leaves three orphaned sisters nearly destitute, the oldest, Elise Neumann, knows she must take action. She's had experience as a seamstress, and the New York Children's Aid Society has established a special service: placing out seamstresses and trade girls. Even though Elise doesn't want to leave her sisters for a job in Illinois, she realizes this may be their last chance.

The son of one of New York City's wealthiest entrepreneurs, Thornton Quincy, faces a dilemma. His father is dying, and in order to decide which of his sons will inherit everything, he is requiring them to do two things in six months: build a sustainable town along the Illinois Central Railroad, and get married. Thornton is tired of standing in his twin brother's shadow and is determined to win his father's challenge. He doesn't plan on meeting a feisty young woman on his way west, though.

©2017 Jody Hedlund (P)2017 Tantor

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This book drove me crazy

I don't like to give negative reviews, but I'm so frustrated that I wasted a credit on this book that I can't help it. The narrator is annoying. I didn't listen to a sample before I bought the book since I love all things orphan train....big mistake. I made it 11 chapters into the book and there is a woman that goes west on a train through the children's aide society, but she's 19 and going for a job. The story is really a romance and an irritating one at that. I hate it when authors are always telling me how the character feels instead of showing me. And I hate the romance formula where someone is hiding how they really feel to simply move the story along. I didn't finish the book and don't care how it ends. I'm sorry for being so negative. I can say that it seems like the author did a good job of researching and found an interesting story I didn't know about (that the children's aide society helped place female workers out west) and the story line would have been good if the length of the book was cut in half and the characters were more fully developed than described.

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well written

The wonderful characters struggle to find their direction in life. I truly enjoyed the story and look forward to the next book.

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Mixed thoughts

I have mixed thoughts about this audiobook. The narrator’s voices were pretty good, but I thought the rest of her delivery was a bit ... overdone? That said, I got used to it pretty quickly.

As for the story itself ... Parts were very good, and I like the overall concept, but if I’d been reading instead of listening, I would have skimmed a lot — there were parts that just seemed too long.

That said, the main relationship was fantastic ... fun and more realistic interaction than many I’ve read. The slower parts of this book were worth it just for Elise and Thornton.