Book Review

Book Review: Together Forever by Jody Hedlund

UnknownWill 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 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.


Marianne has a mission: to find her sister who disappeared. She sees her opportunity when she is asked to go on a placement trip that takes orphans from New York to find homes in the west. What she doesn’t expect is Andrew Brady (or Drew as he prefers to be called) who comes on this trip with her. His mission is to try and do good to make up for his past as he tries to forget it. The two work long and hard together to find good homes for the orphans in their possession.

This was a sweet read. The romance was a bit cliche and physically driven (which in general I feel like detracts from the quality of the plotline overall), but it was sweet.  I loved the element that the children brought – they were all so cute! Overall, it was a perfect beach read. 

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review


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