Review: Searching For You by Jody Hedlund

December 24, 2018

Title: Searching For You
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Bethany House
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780764218064
Publication Date: December 4th, 2018

About the Book:
Her Search for a Place to Call Home
Leads Her to the Last Place She Ever Expected

For years, Sophie Neumann has been running from the orphanages of 1850s New York City. Tasked with caring for two younger children, she's determined not to let them be taken from her, and not to abandon them the same way her older sisters did her. But times are growing desperate, and when she falls in with the wrong crowd and witnesses a crime, she realizes fleeing the state is her only option.

Disappearing with her two young charges into a group of orphans heading west by train, Sophie hopes to find safety and a happy life. But when the train stops in Illinois, she faces an agonizing decision as the orphans will be placed in new homes. Afraid she'll lose them forever, she finds help in a familiar face she never expected to see so far from New York.

Reinhold Weiss has finally purchased his own small farm in Illinois. With mounting debts, a harvest to bring in, and past scars that still haunt him, Reinhold is in no position to give his heart away . . . but can he say no when his long-lost friend shows up on a nearby farm pleading for his help?
My Thoughts:
I'm so happy to finally have the ending of this series! I'm sad it ended, but so very happy with how it all came together.

We have followed the stories of Elise and Marianne and now we have the answers to their little sister Sophie. These sisters have all dealt with hardships and we finally get to have the mystery solved about what happened to Sophie, Nicholas, and Olivia.

Sophie has lived a very hard life since she young, and with time, it has gotten harder. She has battled hunger, cold, and other people all while trying to keep her and the littles she has been watching since they were born, safe.

Sophie has not only battled the outward battles, but she is in a constant battle with her memories. Everyone she has ever loved has left her. She feels unloved and unwanted. It's a hard road she is battling. After dealing with personal issues, she is put in a position where she needs to flee to keep her and the young children safe.She boards and orphan train and heads west, like her sisters did before her, but in a whole other way. Instead of working for the children's aide society, she is going as an orphan to a new home placement.

We have see how the these trains helped build up towns and then go about placing children. Now we see what the experience is like from the child's perspective.

We also have followed Reinhold's story along with the sister's in these books. He has dealt with his own hardships and personal issues. His story has been intertwined with the sisters and it is good to see how his story is played out as well. However, he is a stubborn man and you get very frustrated with some of his choice, but he isn't perfect and his choices show, but he tries to help.

Along with reading this book, I also downloaded the audio book. It was narrated beautifully. I was happy to hear that the same performer was back to narrate the last of the series. She carried the stories well.

This was a great story. It was book that touched on many things that were relatable in certain areas. Self-worth, anger issues. They can be difficult topics to cover, but they were handled smoothly.

It was a great story and I was sad to see this series end, but I really enjoyed how it was closed out.

I can't wait to see what Jody Hedlund will share with us next!

5 out of 5

About the Author:
Jody Hedlund ( is the author of over 20 novels, including Love Unexpected, Captured by Love, Unending Devotion, The Preacher's Bride, and A Noble Groom, winner of the 2014 Carol Award for historical romance. She received a bachelor's degree from Taylor University and a master's from the University of Wisconsin, both in social work. She lives in Michigan with her husband and five children. She loves hearing from readers on Facebook and on her blog.

Thank you to the author I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. 

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