July 5, 2017

With You Always

Jody Hedlund's latest novel, With You Always, is part of her Orphan Train series.  Elise Neumann and her sisters have been relocated to the safety of the Seventh Street Mission by Miss Pendleton.  The only problem for Elise is that the women in the sewing workroom are acting out in jealousy about the preferential treatment that the Neumann family seems to be receiving from their benefactor, Miss Pendleton!

To avoid further fighting in the workroom, the supervisor, Mrs. Watson, sends Elise out on an errand to buy additional thread for her co-workers.  As Elise is walking down the streets of New York, her quiet world soon erupts into chaos as gangs bring looting and violence onto the streets.  A stranger to Elise, Thornton Quincy, soon assists her as she is swept into the craziness all around her.  Thornton had not been expecting such a scene when he came to New York to simply hire workers for his project; however, now he seems to be in the thick of it!

When life in New York City finally begins to calm down, a new problem arises.  Jobs for anyone working in the sewing industry seem to have dried up.  Elise discovers that to find work she must look to the West.  She soon finds herself on a train heading to a small town in Illinois.  You do not know what to expect next when Elise runs into Thornton Quincy on the train.  You will soon see how God is at work in both of their lives!

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my unbiased review.