Historical Fiction Book Review: Searching for You
Publisher's Description"Despite years on the run, Sophie Neumann is determined to care for two young children. She won't abandon them the way she thinks her older sisters abandoned her. But times are growing desperate, and when she falls in with the wrong crowd and witnesses a crime, she realizes fleeing 1850s New York 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. When the train stops in Illinois for the first placement of orphans, Sophie faces the most difficult choice of her life.
Reinhold Weiss has finally purchased his own small farm. With mounting debts, a harvest to bring in, and past scars that haunt him, he's in no position to give his heart away . . . but can he say no when his long-lost friend shows up on a nearby train pleading for his help?"
My ReviewSearching for You, by Jody Hedlund, is the third and final book in the Orphan Train series. Even though I haven’t yet read the first two books in the series, I had no trouble jumping right into this story and enjoying it thoroughly. If you’re like me and haven’t had a chance to read the two novels that preceded Searching for You, don’t let that stop you from reading this book as soon as possible!
Searching for You is an engaging novel that is well-researched, skillfully written, and thoroughly filled with heart and hope. From start to finish, this book captivated my attention. The settings, characters, and themes are engrossing and relevant. The characters are very well-developed, and they possess an authentic vulnerability that makes them utterly relatable and unforgettable. Their struggles, insecurities, and fears are truly believable, and I often had to remind myself I was reading a work of fiction.
Searching for You is a story of faith, hope, second chances, and new beginnings. It is a novel that artfully balances hope and despair, perseverance and struggle, and faithfulness and uncertainty. With great skill, Ms. Hedlund explores shame, rejection, and loss. Yet, this journey through and beyond hurt and heartache is significantly strengthened and uplifted by meaningful moments of grace and gentle reminders that forgiveness, healing, reconciliation, and restoration are made possible through the reality of God’s mercy and unconditional love.
Searching for You is tender, emotionally stirring, and ultimately uplifting. It is a novel that I will not soon forget. The impact it has had on my thoughts and on my heart is sure to be a lasting one. Searching for You is thought-provoking and moving, and I recommend it wholeheartedly.
*I was given a copy of this novel from the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written contains opinions that are entirely my own.
Forgiveness and reconciliation are powerful themes
within Searching for You. Yet, this novel
does not diminish the frustrations and uncertainties the characters must endure
as they struggle to heal, recover, forgive, and restore. The characters wrestle
with their assumptions and their choices. They face consequences from their decisions
and actions. As they persevere through trials, they become more tender-hearted,
more compassionate, and more gracious towards themselves and others.
Ultimately, their faith grows as they learn to trust that their uncertain
future is held securely in the hands of a loving, merciful God.
The historical realities and situations presented in
Searching for You reflect
meaningfully upon the fact that God is the ultimate restorer who can fashion
beautiful things out of the broken and damaged pieces of our lives. With
unconditional love and infinite grace, he softens and heals painful memories
and experiences, redeeming them and remaking them into moments that yield
purpose and value. I found it very profound and thought-provoking to journey
with the characters in this book as they found the healing, forgiveness, and
restoration which their hearts so desperately needed.
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