Review: Together Forever by Jody Hedlund, Book 2 of Orphan Train

"It took more courage to love in the face of loss than to close onself off out of fear of getting hurt." (365)

Title:  Forever Together
Series: Orphan Train
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date:  May 1, 2018 
Genre: Historical Romance
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Will the Mistakes of Their Past Cost Them a Chance at Love?

Determined to find her lost younger sister, Marianne Neumann takes a job as a placing agent with the Children's Aid Society in 1858 New York. She not only hopes to offer children a better life, but prays she'll be able to discover whether Sophie ended up leaving the city on an orphan train so they can finally be reunited.

Andrew Brady, her fellow agent on her first placing-out trip, is a former schoolteacher who has an easy way with the children, firm but tender and friendly. Underneath his charm and handsome looks, 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 in the small railroad towns of Illinois, they find themselves growing ever closer . . . until a shocking tragedy threatens to upend all their work and change one of their lives forever. 


Love. As Washington Irving once said, "There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love." Love and loss gave strength to our characters in Jody Hedlund's Together Forever, the second installment of the Orphan Train series. 

I felt all the feels when I devoured Together Forever. This series have truly opened my eyes and hearts to some historical details sprinkled throughout, as well as tying into the premise of the collection. Add in the personal development of our characters, it makes for a great historical novel. The romance takes a prominent position in Together Forever, but the shining message is how it directs to the true Beacon of Light, our God in finding courage to overcome the hard, including guilt, grief and uncertainty. Remember, "God's pretty good at working things out..." All we need to do is trust. 

In all, Together Forever carries all the elements of a good story, and gives you more to ponder. Though I wish it gave answer to one character's outcome, the main points and romance does close with satisfaction for readers. Heartfelt and touching, after Together Forever, I can't wait for book 3, Searching for You. 

"God's pretty good at working things out, ain't He?" (339)

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Jody Hedlund is a best-selling and award-winning author who loves fairy-tales and happily-ever-afters. She makes her home in Midland, MI with her husband and five teen-aged children. When she’s not writing another of her page-turning stories, you can usually find her sipping coffee, eating chocolate, and reading.

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