Together Forever by Jody Hedlund is the second book in the Orphan Train series, the sequel to With You Always, which you can find my review of here. While I suppose this book could work as a stand-alone, it will make more sense if you read book 1 to get background on the characters: who they are and how they came to be where they are at the start of book 2.
Marianne Neumann works with the Children’s Aid Society placing orphans from the streets of New York with families out west. While she works, she looks for records of her younger sister Sophie who disappeared in book 1. In doing so, she befriends another placing out agent, Andrew Brady, and the two of them travel out on the orphan train with a group of kids and the two of them learn to love and let go along the way. Continue reading “Together Forever”
Falling for You by Becky Wade is the second book in her “Bradford Sisters Romance” series, following True to You. Falling for You works just fine as a stand-alone, however if you want some bonus background information on the characters, be aware that the heroine is the sister of the heroine in True to You and the hero is best friends with the hero from Becky Wade’s “Porter Family” series book 4, Her One and Only.
This book picks up following the story of the eldest Bradford sister, Willow. Continue reading “Falling for You”
The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson is yet another fairytale retelling, but these never get old! This one is loosely based off the story of the Goose Girl, as you may be able to tell from the cover. Speaking of which, I really like this cover. The model’s long, blond hair reminds me of Buttercup from The Princess Bride, and the golden lettering is just so pretty. I also love that you can tell which fairytale it’s based off of by the cover, as most times it’s very hard to figure that out until you read it with other Dickerson works.
As for the story itself, I really enjoyed it. A few of Dickerson’s last works didn’t “float my boat”, but this one did. I was hooked by the plot and was cheering for the main characters. I appreciated the instances of prayer and belief in God, and that there seemed to be more of them in this book than in some of the author’s other works, but I didn’t think that they flowed into the story very smoothly. Overall, I would highly recommend Dickerson’s fairytale books to tween and teenage girls who want an exciting, romantic, clean, and inspirational story that they can learn from and feel as if they are in some far-off castle at the same time.
Thank you to Thomas Nelson and Net Galley for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.
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