Friday, July 21, 2017




One of the many immigrants struggling to survive in 1850s New York, Elise Neumann knows she must take action to care for her younger sisters. She finds a glimmer of hope when the New York Children's Aid Society starts sending skilled workers to burgeoning towns out west. But the promise of the society's orphan trains is not all that it seems.

Born into elite New York society, Thornton Quincy possesses everything except the ability to step out from his brother's shadow. When their ailing father puts forth a unique challenge to determine who will inherit his railroad-building empire, Thornton finally sees his chance. The conditions to win? Be the first to build a sustainable community along the Illinois Central Railroad and find a suitable wife.

Thrown together against all odds, Elise and Thornton couldn't be from more different worlds. The spark that ignites between them is undeniable, but how can they let it grow when that means forfeiting everything they've been working toward? 


I enjoyed this story. I think it was wonderful!!! 
Jody was at her best on this although the title was just a bit deceiving as I was expecting it to be about the orphans being brought West not women. 
However, this story has a personality all its own!!
I enjoyed watching Thorton learning to earn respect from the lower class of ppl. He learns the hard way of doing things (like me). Thorton is a lovable guy and for this reason alone I cheered for him all the way through the book. 
Elise is a lovely young lady who has a lot of responsibility on her shoulders. She thinks it's her fault on many things but it's not.
In my opinion you have to do what you have to do in order for your family to survive. 
Times were hard. ppl did things back then that they didn't want to do.
Sometimes ppl learn things the hard way like Thorton and his brother.
A lot of mystery and deceiving going on. I didn't think that was really right either since Karma has a way of catching up with you. 
Thorton and Elise are pretty special. I love how God works in their lives and changes them for the better. 
I enjoyed this little adventure with Elise and Thorton watching them grow and learn to love each other and make themselves a new life along with the good folks of Quincy 
I hated to leave them! 
This is an action packed filled book that you don't want to put down!!
I very strongly recommend this book. 
I received it for free and in now way was compensated. All opinions are my own

Jody Hedlund
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.

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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