ABOUT THE BOOK -
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.
Winner of 2016 Christian Book Award for fiction and Christy Award for historical romance, best-selling author Jody Hedlund writes inspirational historical romances for both youth and adults.
Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).
When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.
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MY THOUGHTS -
Well this was a fantastic book from the very beginning to the end. But of course it was - it's from Jodi Heldund! I don't think she could write a bad book if she tried! This is my 7th by her and they have all be great.
Excellent character development. I loved Elise. She had to work under terrible circumstances, she made very little money, she had to move away from her family in order to get the work in the first place - and still she stayed strong and she always tried to see the good in people. I think she was just a great role model. When someone needed help she didn't even hesitate. I loved that about her. but she was also a sweetheart, cute, and fun loving.
I also loved Thornton Quincy, I never doubted him, I knew deep down, he was a good guy. I knew he would do the right thing.
This book was a bit predictable. I had it figured out by 3/4 of the way through. But I don't always mind that in books. I always say - I don't mind if its predictable, I just want it to end the way I want! And this one did.
Absolutely delightful story, clean, a bit sad, but also sweet and heartwarming. Highly recommend!
I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers - Thank You!
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