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With You Always

Orphan Train, Book 1
Narrated by: Susan Hanfield
Series: Orphan Train Series , Book 1
Length: 11 hrs
Categories: Romance, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (181 ratings)
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This Story Is Sweet

Publisher's Summary

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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Super book

This book had a great storyline and kept me hanging on every word. Will definitely listen to again!

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Sweet Love

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I couldn't stop listening to it. I spent almost an entire day listening till it was finished. Story was very good the only complaint I have is the narrator occasionally sounded so monotone it was almost like a computer.

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  • LRC
  • Wichita Falls, TX, US
  • 09-18-19

With You Always

What a precious book that helps us see how important servant leadership is. Humility and understanding are the pivotal points that show the difference in the two brothers’ styles of leadership. The sweet love story that crosses social lines accents this book’s love and acceptance of others, no matter their station in life. I was riveted!! Great story, Jody!

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seemed like it was read in slow motion.

I enjoyed the story line but wished it did not leave so many unanswered questions.

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Good Plot and characters

The story and characters are excellent. Narrator is okay. I will read more from this author.

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Good read

I have been very impressed with Jody Hedlunds books this is another one that was fun to listen to and the narrator did a great job.

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Wonderful

This story keeps you riveted to your seat! I wasn’t ready for the story to end! Very well written!

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Excellent story

One star off for the narration which would have been excellent except for one character. The voice used for that one made me cringe every time he spoke and that was often. It didn't ruin the book, but was terrible. Other than that it was a great book and I'd love to hear a sequel.

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Loved it

I really enjoyed this book. There was more to the story then two people falling in love.

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  • Michelle Trew
  • 04-04-18

Educational, interesting and most enjoyable

I thoroughly enjoyed this book about the clash of classes and different life goals and dreams of both. I liked both of the main characters immediately and enjoyed see them develop over the course of the book. I lovely romance with some unexpected drama at the end.