Jody Hedlund has brought us another novel to enjoy, Together Forever, a continuation of her Orphan Train series. This time, middle sister Marianne Neumann is the main character of the story. Marianne is just 19 years old and she hopes that by becoming a placing agent for the Children’s Aid Society she will be able to find her younger sister, Sophie.
As Marianne sets out on her first placement mission to Illinois, she has no idea how this is going to change her. Change her in ways she could have never foreseen. Marianne is not alone on this journey, fellow agent Andrew ‘Drew’ Brady is with her. Together they set out to place children ranging from three years old to sixteen years old. Drew has more experience than Marianne. Marianne quickly sees that Drew has a way with children, he’s kind, tender and sweet which make the children adore him.
Throughout the story, we see Marianne and Drew both grow emotionally and with how they deal with situations. We see them help these children throughout the small towns in Illinois as they also seem to be falling for each other. But Drew has a secret he has kept hidden from the children, from everyone. What happens when or if it is found out?
Together Forever is set in the 1850s, Jody Hedlund did an extensive amount of research to ensure historical accuracy. There is plenty of detail and history strewn throughout the story. She has taken a piece of history and laced a love story and a story of family tragedy throughout historical facts to create an entertaining and engaging novel for you to enjoy.
Together Forever is just one book in a series. I suggest you start with With You Always to get the whole backstory.