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Please note that while this is an unbiased review of the book Together Forever by Jody Hedlund. Bethany House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

Reviewing Together Forever by Jody Hedlund 


Together Forever by Jody Hedlund Review


As an avid reader with a passion for historical fiction and a strong preference for Christian fiction, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review an advance copy of “Together Forever” by Jody Hedlund and published by Bethany House Publishers.

Published on May 1st, 2018, this richly told story takes us on the journey of Marianne Neumann as she accompanies a group of ragtag orphans to the mid-west to find their forever homes.

Woven with romance, suspense and humor, we learn the daunting issues that orphans (and their guardians) faced in the mid-1800’s.  

You’ll find yourself gasping and sighing, going from elation to devastation in just a few pages.  

The book also looks at how we can recover from our past mistakes and circumstances and move forward with the redemption that only our Savior can give us.

The second book in the Orphan Train Series, I truly enjoyed this novel despite not having read the first in the series.

Few people today know of the orphan crisis of the 1800’s and fewer know how truly horrendous the abhorrent conditions and the rejection these children faced. 

Artfully written and meticulously researched, this book has changed me.  While I’ve always had a heart for motherless and fatherless children and single mothers, this book caused me to reflect on how I’m serving orphans today.

I can’t wait to read more from Jody Hedlund.

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Overview of Book by Publisher Bethany House

Marianne Neumann has one goal in life: to find her lost younger sister, Sophie. When Marianne takes a job as a placing agent with the Children’s Aid Society in 1858 New York, she not only hopes to give children a better life but seeks to discover whether Sophie ended up leaving the city on an orphan train.

Andrew Brady, her fellow agent on her first placing trip, is a former schoolteacher who has an easy way with the children–firm but tender and funny. Underneath his handsome charm, though, seems to linger a grief that won’t go away–and a secret from his past that he keeps hidden. As the two team up placing orphans amid small railroad towns in Illinois, they find themselves growing ever closer . . . until a shocking tragedy threatens to upend all their work and change one of their lives forever.

Together Forever by Jody Hedlund

About the Author Jody Hedlund

Jody Hedlund Together Forever

Winner of the 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. To date, she has authored over twenty books in the following genres:  Young Adult, Historical Romance and Historical Fiction.  

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