Thanks for joining me in the celebration of a book release! The first book in my new orphan train series, WITH YOU ALWAYS releases on June 6, and I’m celebrating by GIVING AWAY THREE COPIES of the book here on this blog!
Each of the three novels in the series tackles a unique angle of the orphan train movement. In this first installment, the story centers around the placing out of women that happened in 1857 as a result of a financial crisis and economic panic in the autumn of that year. Women laborers were already at a disadvantage with poor working conditions and low wages. In September of 1857, estimates of New York unemployment ran as high as forty percent. The unemployment hit women even harder, leaving many destitute.
To meet the growing crisis, the Children’s Aid Society in New York, who was already sending orphans west on trains, decided to set up special placement offices to find jobs for seamstresses and trade girls in the Midwest. The women rode on trains, very much like the orphans, leaving everything familiar behind, not knowing where they were going, or what awaited them at the end of the line.
Some of the women ended up in good jobs and started new lives in small towns away from the problems of the big cities. But others didn’t get their happily-ever-afters. They were taken advantage of and sometimes even abused.
It’s my hope through WITH YOU ALWAYS to share more about what happened to these women, giving them a voice they’ve never had before. And of course, as always you can expect a heart-warming romance mingled with fascinating historical details.
Booklist gave the book a starred review and said: “Hedlund has effectively captured the hopelessness, volatility, and uncertainty of the times in the first book in her Orphan Train series, a heart-stirring story of survival and love filled with memorable characters.”
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And if you haven’t yet had the chance to read AN AWAKENED HEART, the FREE novella that introduces the series, I invite you to do so. Download the free ebook at any online bookstore.
With summer coming, I’d love to hear what books are on your TBR pile! What book (or books) do you plan to read?
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