Together Forever (Orphan Train, #2) by Jody Hedlund

Together Forever (Orphan Train, #2)

Marianne Neumann became a placing agent with the Children's Aid Society with one goal: to find her lost sister. Her fellow agent, Andrew Brady, is a former schoolteacher with a way with children and a hidden past. As they team up placing orphans in homes in Illinois, they grow ever closer . . . until a shocking tragedy changes one of their lives forever.

Details Together Forever (Orphan Train, #2)

TitleTogether Forever (Orphan Train, #2)
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherBethany House Publishers
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Christian

Reviews Together Forever (Orphan Train, #2)

  • Beth
    Hedlund is known for the wonderful romantic threads within her stories, and while that thread is certainly present here, the historical details about the orphan train are where Together Forever truly shines. Readers of the first book will remember that details about the orphans were a bit sparse, because it was based on a different aspect of the same organization, helping women find employment. However, in this novel, the focus is entirely on the...
  • Dana Michael
    Another great read by Mrs. Hedlund! The book was about the historical orphan train. It was very well researched. I enjoyed learning from the lovable fictional characters who worked for the Children's Aid Society. I learned about some of the hardships they endured to find homes for these unfortunate children.. This was a sweet romance and I look forward to more in the series.*I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and was not required to...
  • Susan Snodgrass
    'God wasn't about to listen to her prayers, much less answer them."Marianne Neumann's one priority in life is to find her younger sister Sophie. She hires on with the Children's Aid Society so that to have an insider job and maybe find her sister. The year is 1858 and children are being taken by orphan train across the country to find parents and escape the brutal life on the streets they have been living. But Sophie has seemingly disappeared and...
  • Martha
    The first book in this series (and these are not stand alone books), was not about the traditional orphan trains as much as I thought it would be. This one was more traditional.  I enjoyed the storyline, and following up on Marianne's story a bit more, getting to know her, as it were. Ms. Hedlund is talented at pulling out pieces of history that actually happened, real life stories, both the sad and the good. This book was no exception. It add...
  • Maureen Timerman
    I loved this book as much as I did the first one in this series, a part of American history, and we get to see it first-hand.This is the second Neumann sister’s story, Marianne, and we get to walk in her shoes as she travels with the orphans to find them new homes in Illinois. You watch her do what she isn’t supposed to do, become attached to these precious children, and become attracted to her fellow agent Andrew, another no no.I really foun...
  • Tricia Mingerink
    I really enjoyed this book. It is really well researched and an in depth look at the operations of the orphan trains. Marianne sometimes got on my nerves, but she really matures by the end of this book and the romance was adorable. I really, really can't wait for book 3! I really want to know what happened to Sophie!
  • Staci
    An interesting look at what it was like to be a child or chaperone on an Orphan Train.In Together Forever, main character Marianne is looking for her sister that she believes went on one of the trains. She is able to secure a position as an agent responsible for finding homes for children at different stops in Illinois. Her co-agent is Andrew Brady.It was a sweet story with a touch of mystery.
  • Paula Shreckhise
    Together Forever by Jody Hedlund is the second book in the Orphan Train Series. As usual, Jody Hedlund has woven a terrific tale. She capably turns her research into a realistic story that tugs at your heart. She puts you right in the story through the setting and you feel the plight of the poor orphans who were riding a train out West in hopes of finding a family who could love them.As agents of the Children’s Aid Society, the job of Marianne ...
  • Rebecca
    " 'Go away!' . . .. . . But the steps grew nearer. 'Don't come around the desk. Please . . .. ' "Not the most traditional of introductions, but maybe it was just meant to be, that Marianne Neumann and Andrew Brady should happen to meet under such entertaining circumstances. Both were employed as placing agents with the Children's Aid Society of New York, and on the eve of an important cross country trip; chaperoning a train car full of orphans wh...
  • Kristine Morgan
    Jody Hedlund never disappoints! I can always count on a good read when I pick up one her books and Together Forever was fantastic. This is book two of her Orphan Train series. I loved reading about Marianne's trip on the placing out train trip. Ms. Hedlund did a wonderful job of recreating the atmosphere of New York City and the desperation of people to provide a better life for their children. I loved the plot and the plot twists. I am eagerly l...
  • Rachael
    Together Forever is the second book in Jody Hedlunds Orphan Train series. Though this book can stand alone, I do recommend reading the first. It will help you better understand the characters in this read.I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It isn’t often, if ever, that I’ve read a book about this historical time period strictly from the point of view of those responsible for placing the orphans. It certainly gives one empathy for the task they c...
  • Amy
    4.5 starsJody Hedlund can take a little known historical event and turn it into a masterpiece of fiction! This second book in her Orphan Train series, is as emotionally gripping as the first. This time we get to explore the human element in this movement - literally, as The Children's Aid Society seeks to rehouse orphaned and abandoned children from New York City throughout the West. It follows the travels of one such trip, led by two of their ag...
  • Trixi
    Always remember, our responsibility is to God for these children. We bear in mind One died for them as for the children of the rich and happy. Once again Jody Hedlund entangles our hearts in the plight of orphans in 1858 and portrays both the difficulty of the children, and of the agents involved in what's called “placing out”. It was equally hard to invest in trying to make the children's lives better by giving them to good families as it is...
  • Susan
    Ms. Hedlund grasped my attention from the very first page of this second book in the Orphan Train series. Each book can be read as a stand-alone, as it follows three sisters in the 1850's, each sister having her own story. While the first book is more concerned with the development of towns along the railroad, this story focused on the orphans that were brought west for nearly a half a century. As always, Ms. Hedlund's research is impeccable. My ...
  • Lynda Edwards
    The second book in the Orphan Train series, Together Forever follows Marianne Neumann as she helps a group of children find families outside of New York City. Some are true orphans, some have been abandoned, and still others have relatives who cannot provide for them in the financial climate of the day. At times heartbreaking, at others beautiful, this is a special story of children, and adults, finding home.The historical detail is incredible—...
  • Linda
    Set in 1858, New York, City, this is book two in the Orphan Train series. The research Author Jody Hedlund puts into her historical novels immediately draws you in. Marianne Neumann is working as an agent for the Children’s Aid Society helping other children as well as searching for her sister, Sophie. Marianne and fellow agent Drew Brady set out westward with 30 children needing to find homes. It is an adventure for all. My heart breaks for no...
  • Lori Parrish
    Another great Jody Hedlund book.Her historical novels are my favorite. I love looking forward to seeing what Jody comes up with next and she didn't disappoint me. I enjoyed getting to know Maryanne and Free and all the children. I was tickled pink when Jody shows us that adults know how to have fun too.Her research is great and very thorough. I am enjoying this orphan train series very much! Maryanne is such a trooper! I admire her very much!!Dre...
  • Marilyn Rondeau
    As noble as Marianne Neumann knew becoming a placing Agent with the Children’s Aid Society, she had another goal in mind when she applied. Marianne had to find her lost sister. Along with Marianne was another Agent who accompanied her with all of the orphans - Andrew Brady who she discovered had once been a former schoolteacher. Marianne couldn’t help but notice how wonderful Andrew was with the children and as the journey continued, she coul...
  • Holly
    Here it finally is, the next book the Jody Hedlund’s Orphan Train Series. As a fan of Hedlund’s books this one left me feeling happy, sad, excited, and counting the days until the next one comes out. When I first read that this book was going to be about the character Marianne, I was not sure if I was going to like the book, since I did not like her character in the first book. But I decided to give her the chance to change my mind and she di...
  • Stacey
    Full disclosure: I've been a big Jody Hedlund fan for several years! I have read almost all of her books and have found that while the plot and characters change, the best elements of her books are always there. Jody does a wonderful job of creating romantic tension between her hero/heroine. The pace is steady and keeps me interested with plot twists and complex conflict. Her books also don't shy away from showing some grit and difficult circumst...
  • Lindsey Bell
    Together Forever is the second book in a series but you can read it as a stand alone too. (That's one thing I love about many of Jody Hedlund's books. You can read them alone or as part of a series.) Together Forever is the story of a young woman named Marianne Neumann, who has taken a job as an agent for the Children's Aid Society, trying to find homes for orphans. She, along with fellow agent Andrew Brady, rides on the orphan train to various r...
  • Anita Ojeda
    The second book in Judy Hedlund’s Orphan Train series features Marianne, the middle sister Neumann sister. Marianne, impetuous and big-hearted, struggles to find her way in life outside of her big sister Elise’s capable shadow. Elise, featured in With You Always, splits her time between Quincy, her husband’s town, and New York City. Marianne, newly employed (with the help of her influential brother-in-law) as a placing-out agent with the Or...
  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    From the first chapter until the last page, I was completely enveloped in the lives of these characters. At one point I found myself talking to the characters, wishing they could only hear me. These characters are sure to find their way into your heart.Marianne has made some mistakes, and more often than not it seems that she has to learn the hard way. Maybe it was the older sister in me, but I couldn’t help but want to give her advice and see ...
  • Sarah
    *I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. A favorable opinion was not required* I like Jody Hedlund’s writing. I didn’t read book one of this series but that wasn’t a problem. There are some “spoilers” but nothing you wouldn’t expect from reading the description of the first book ;) Marianne works for the Children’s Aid Society and is embarking on her first placement trip. Andrew Brady is her fellow a...
  • Adrienne
    Marianne Neumann started working with the Children's Aid Society in order to try to find her sister Sophie, who has she believes might have been placed with a family somewhere. On her first trip taking orphans west to try to find homes for them, she is paired with Andrew Brady, who is handsome, charming, and wonderful with the children. Marianne is hoping to find Sophie as well as Reinhold, the man Marianne has long hoped to marry. She's certainl...
  • Lisa
    Two things I know when I pick up a Jody Hedlund novel: I'm going to learn something about a real person or event from the past, and I'm going to read a sigh-worthy love story. Together Forever, the second in a series, taught me more about the orphan trains of the mid-1800s and the developing relationship between Marianne Neumann and Andrew Brady was what I've come to expect from Hedlund: charm, chemistry, conflict and curiosity (of the kind that ...
  • Kathryn Garner
    A look at a part of American history I never knew existed. Although fiction it was based a on facts. Two strong main characters and a host of small cute ones.
  • Fizzy
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  • Becca-Rae
    Imagine you are hired to board a train with 30 young orphans who have just lost their parents and then give them out to whatever families are willing to take them in. Imagine watching siblings ripped from each other as the families are only looking for a single child. Imagine a toddler clinging to you while being forced into the arms of more strangers. Although the orphan train started out with good intentions, it also came with a lot of heartach...
  • Jodi
    Together Forever is the second book in Jody Hedlund's heartwarming Orphan Train series. It can be read as a stand alone, but I really enjoyed With You Always and would recommend reading it purely for the enjoyment of it. If you are familiar with Jody Hedlund and her writing, you will come to expect sizzling romances, characters you come to love and root for, and a plot line with a twist you didn't see coming. Together Forever does not disappoint....