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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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  • Elaine
  • 25-11-17

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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  • Betsy Warne
  • 24-04-18

Super book

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

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  • lc
  • 10-09-20

Good story, Bad Narration Quality

The story was good. However the narration was a bit "off". The character narration was OK. But, the in-between lines of the story had a strange quality. Like a lot of over-dubbing. Or at times I wondered if the book was partially narrated via speech recognition.

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  • Jerleen Norey
  • 20-08-20

Great story

I think the story was great. Was not fond of the reader. She sounded more like the wicked step mother so I couldn't tell if characters were being sincere or sneaky. Sometimes she'd confuse tone for who she was speaking for.

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  • DeRoseBreathe
  • 11-05-20

If only things like this happened

More often than not. The world is full of rude, self centered, unkindness, trickery and lies. When you hear of a story where a man really does do things right and honorable to women, communities, stand up for what is right and not cave into the fear and pressure from their idiot peers, you wonder, why is this so rare when it’s so right? So biblical even. Look at the amazing men in history. They stood up for what was right. I Rd so sad that men today won’t give this deep thought and want to do what is right and please God and make their wives/women proud of them. Instead of hurt them and walk all over them as if they were of a lower race or species even! Enjoyable story and cool how to see how people really struggled in the beginning of USA

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  • L. Smith
  • 02-05-20

With You Always Orphan Train, Book 1

Love the story, very sweet listen. Very repetitive with characters and scenes. Very sweet story set in 1800's

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  • Lauren J.
  • 17-02-20

LOVE LOVE LOVE

So beautifully written, a piece of my heart is left with this story. I loved the journey of having to lose yourself in order to find out who you truly are. The characters are so personable i feel like i’ve known them my whole life. Real, true, and so romantic.

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  • KRobinson
  • 06-10-19

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
  • 18-09-19

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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  • Alisha
  • 12-09-19

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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  • 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.