With You Always by Jody Hedlund
Could Following the Opportunity of a Lifetime Cost Them the Love of Their Lives?
Jody Hedlund does not shy away from topics such as injustice, poverty, separation and sadness. She also has a way of weaving hope into all of this! With You Always is set in New York City in 1857, one of the many struggling immigrants, Elise Neumann has lost her home, her mother, and all hope. She feels responsible for the welfare of her sisters and the two little orphan children that they have added to their little group. They are hungry and wet, living on the street until they are found and rescued by Miss Pendleton (You can read that story here). If you have not already done so, you can get the prequel novella for free here
Thornton Quincy’s father is unwell, and he wants to choose his heir before he passes. The competition begins between Thornton and his twin brother, Bradford. One of the stipulations causes quite a bit of trouble, right up until the last page. (No spoilers, you will have to find that out for yourself.)
What I loved about With You Always is that you really don’t know how it is going to end until the nail-biting conclusion on the last page! I totally didn’t see a few things coming. Elise is such a spunky lady, and I love her sense of humor and the way she interacts with Thornton. She puts him in his place a few times. By the end of the book, you feel as if you have made a few friends along the way. Apart from the delightful, and sometimes pesky characters (you know there has to be a bad guy or two, right?) Jody Hedlund has brought New York City and those affected by The Orphan Trains in the 1850’s to life. Jody Hedlund allows us to peek into both classes, the poorest, and the richest, and what might be when one man chooses to do the right thing, even when it costs him everything.
By the end of the book, you understand the struggles of the day, you feel as if you have made a few friends along the way. Apart from the delightful, and sometimes pesky characters (you know there has to be a bad guy or two, right?) Jody Hedlund has brought New York City and those affected by The Orphan Trains in the 1850’s to life. Jody allows us to peek into both classes, the poorest, and the richest, and what might happen if they are thrown together.
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Melony Teague is a freelance writer who believes everyone has a story to tell and each story is unique and sometimes wilder than fiction. She loves to uncover the good news in society and writes human interest and community pieces. As co-author of As the Ink Flows, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words. In her spare time, she reviews books and interviews authors. These reviews can be found right here on her website. Melony Teague was born in South Africa and immigrated to Canada. She now lives in Toronto with her husband and their two children and two cats.
As the Ink Flows is a devotional by writers for writers, integrating the craft of working with words with the faith of people of the Word to deepen, sustain, and expand ministry in the world. This collection of 90 devotions features a focus Scripture, a brief meditation on the text and the writing experience, and a prompt for personal reflection and creative response. Written by five members of a Christian writers’ group, As the Ink Flows offers inspiration and encouragement for writers and speakers who want to connect their convictions and their craft for the glory of God and the equipping of God’s people. Published by Judson Press, April 1, 2016.