With You Always – Jody Hedlund

WithYouAlways_mck.inddI love it when I learn a piece of history I had no idea about!  Woven into this book is a glimpse into the founding work of the Children’s Aid Society in  the 1850s.

Elise Neumann and her young sisters are caught in the uproars caused by desperate times among the immigrants in New York.  The residence they have been staying at,and the job she was doing both suffer at the lack of resources and work.  so, in order to save her family, she takes advantage of the opportunity that the Society promises as the settling of the West begins.

When Elise finds herself working her dream job of cooking for others, she soon realizes that the conditions that she and the other employees are working under are less than fair.  As she a friendship develops with the man behind the development of Quincy, Illinois – Thornton Quincy – she is able to challenge him to understand what his employees are living through.

Thornton, spurred on by a challenge from his dying father is motivated to win, but struggles with his sense of right and wrong, and this deep affection that is developing for the beautiful woman he has hired to cook in the restaurant.

This well written novel provides a glimpse into life in the early days of the settling of the west.  I enjoyed this.  It was the perfect read for a weekend in the campground.  I would recommend this for youth and readers of historical fiction.

Thank you to Graf Martin Communications and Bethany House for the opportunity to independently review this book.



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