Book Review

An Awakened Heart By Jody Hedlund

I am delighted to share with you the beginning of The Orphan Train series, it starts with a novella, An Awakened Heart by Jody Hedlund.

The first book in the series is, With You Always (which will be released June 6th, 2017)

An Awakened Heart introduces us to some of the characters who will no doubt be found on the pages of The Orphan Train series. The story is mainly about Miss Christine Pendleton, and her brave foray into life outside of caring for her sick mother. Her mother has passed away and she must now find her own path, her own place. She has resigned herself to spinsterhood.

Reverend Guy Bedell is serving where he can, among the poor and destitute, and it takes Miss Christine Pendleton with her opinions to bring him to make a few decisions.

I quickly loved both these characters and how their paths cross, and how their lives are changed.  Jody Hedlund sets up the scene for the series to follow in such a way that each character is introduced, we are told the important parts of the backstory that we need to know, but she leaves us wanting to know more about them.

One thing I love about historical fiction is that it brings a snapshot of history to life and Jody Hedlund is among my favorite authors to do this! In this book we are introduced to what life might have been like in New York City in 1857.

This novella is just the tasty morsel we need to prepare for the delightful main course which is to follow.

You can download it now from (click below) or Amazon .ca for FREE


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Trying to heal the ache she feels in her empty life, wealthy Christine Pendleton decides to volunteer at Centre Street Chapel. Ministering to one of the most deprived parts of New York City, the chapel aims at making a difference in the lives of the impoverished immigrants flooding the city. After seeing firsthand the hopelessness of the poor women and orphans, Christine is convinced more can be done to help them.

Guy Bedell has been serving at the chapel and pouring his heart out for the people he’s grown to care about. When Christine begins to challenge his methods and offers a new vision for reaching out to the community, can he trust that perhaps God has bigger plans in store for him–plans that may include this feisty socialite?

Watch out for the first in The Orphan Train series coming soon!


Jody is the winner of the 2016 Christian Book Award and finalist for the Christy Awards,  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.


I downloaded this novella from Amazon for free, you can too!

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Melony Teague is a Freelance Writer and Columnist who lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The Biographer for Portraits of Giving (2014-2016), Aurora Sports Hall of Fame (2015 -2017) and teaches seniors in her community how to write their personal story.


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