One of the many immigrants struggling to survive in 1850s New York, Elise Neumann knows she must take action to care for her younger sisters. She finds a glimmer of hope when the New York Children's Aid Society starts sending skilled workers to burgeoning towns out west. But the promise of the society's orphan trains is not all that it seems.
Born into elite New York society, Thornton Quincy possesses everything except the ability to step out from his brother's shadow. When their ailing father puts forth a unique challenge to determine who will inherit his railroad-building empire, Thornton finally sees his chance. The conditions to win? Be the first to build a sustainable community along the Illinois Central Railroad and find a suitable wife.
Thrown together against all odds, Elise and Thornton couldn't be from more different worlds. The spark that ignites between them is undeniable, but how can they let it grow when that means forfeiting everything they've been working toward?
Prior to reading this book I had heard of the Orphan Trains, this book deals with adults (women) being on them as well, which was a twist. The author's notes sheds light on this aspect of history which is interesting.
This story does have true stories twisted into it along with fiction and it makes for an interesting read. Add a bit of mystery and it keeps you wanting more. I did not figure out the "who-dun-it" part of the story until just before it was revealed.
Stars out of 5 : 4 I would be interested in reading more books from this series, when they are released as the author writes:
" Throughout this series I'll be focusing each book on a different aspect of the Orphan Train movement, particularly from the perspectives of women,"
I think there will be a lot to be learned from reading these books in this series.
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".