by Sandy Kirby Quandt
In Together Forever, Jody Hedlund’s second book in her Orphan Train series set in 1858, Marianne Neumann works as a placing agent with the Children’s Aid Society. Teamed up with placing agent Drew Brady, Marianne sets out on her first trip placing orphans with her secret hope of finding her younger sister, Sophie, who ran away.
Jody Hedlund weaves details of what the Orphan Trains were like for both the placing agents and the children in their care, helping the reader visualize the trips, the reception the children and agents often received in the towns they visited, and the emotions involved when the children were placed. And when they weren’t.
Along the journey, the relationship between Marianne and Drew grows until it is faced with a challenge when one boy they have not been able to place suggests the two of them marry, and adopt him as their son.
One of the things I enjoyed most while reading Together Forever was the easy banter between the two agents. It brought out their personality and often brought a smile to my face.
If you enjoy historical fiction, and are interested in learning more about the Orphan Trains in America, then Forever Together would be a good book to read.
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Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.
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