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Family Lessons (Orphan Train #1)

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Next Stop: Home

After a catastrophe strands a train—and eight orphaned children—near Evans Grove, Nebraska, schoolteacher Holly Sanders sees hope in the chaos. These children are the new start her community needs. And Holly is stubbornly determined to give the townspeople, the childrenand even gruff sheriff Mason Wrightthe happy families they deserve.

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Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Love Inspired (first published January 1st 2013)
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Andrea Guy
Love Inspired Historical is my favorite line and Allie Pleiter is on of my favorite authors. She really creates stories that pull you in and make you feel a deep connection for the characters, although sometimes the characters aren't the ones you'd expect to fall in love with.

In this case, it is the orphans, all of them. In fact their story along with everyone who dealt with the train robbery and murder of Mr. Arlington take precedent over the romance. The emotions between Mason and Holly seem s
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Janine
“Family Lessons” by Allie Pleiter is the first book in the 'Orphan Train' continuous series. I was just in the mood for something that I knew was going to be a light, enjoyable and nothing but pure pleasure to read and this series fit the bill wonderfully. I needed this light and enjoyable series due to having some things going on during the day but still wanted to read in the evening after being away for so long I didn't want to go without reading something. I noticed that the first time I read ...more
Christina
I absolutely loved this book. It was so well written. I had such a hard time putting this book down. Every chance I got, I would pick it up and read some more anxious to find out what happens next. The connection I felt to this book took me by surprise and moved me.
I loved all of the characters. There is Holly, who feels invisible but loves the Lord with all of her heart. She believes she doesn't know what courage and strength lie within her until faced with a horrible event. She helps the orph
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Haley Whitehall
This is the first book I've read by this author. I liked the orphan train aspect of this Christian historical. The author did a good job of developing the characters of all the children in the book not just the hero and heroine. However, this story is more historical fiction than it is romance. The whole story was the hero trying to avoid the heroine until the very end. That doesn't make for a good romance. The beginning with the train robbery grabbed my attention and I had high hopes for this s ...more
Barbara
This is a very enjoyable story about one of my favorite subjects,orphan trains. The characters are delightful: One lady in Evans Grove, Beatrice, is so opinionated and rude, even though she says she's a faithful Christian, that I had to dislike her immensely (the author's intent, I'm sure). If her background story is not in one of the future books of this series, I will be very disappointed. I wanted to know more about her and find out if she is able to change for the better or not. The children ...more
Rhonda
5 STARS

I laughed and cried in this moving story. Very clean read.
Holly Sanders is almost back home to Evans Grove, Nebraska when the train is robbed. The train robbers know that she has the gold loaned from the bank for her town on board. 2,000 dollars that will help rebuild thier town after storm and floods did so much damage. During the robbery the safe got damaged and they can't get the gold out. Holly on the train are 8 orphans that are left to help find them homes. The other orphans had fou
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Kym McNabney
I have read just about every book ALLIE PLEITER has written. If I were asked her strongest attributes, it would have be plot and witty lines.

With eight orphan children yet to be placed, Holly Sanders fears for their lives as bandits attempt to rob the train they are on, bound for Evans Grove, Nebraska.

Sheriff Mason Wright is alerted to a situation on the train by a young boy. When Mason discovers the beautiful Holly Sanders is right in the midst of a robbery, his heart drops to the pit of his g
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April
Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge through NetGalley for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

Really interesting tale that had my attention the whole time. The pace was wonderful and the characters engaging. Great dynamic in the relationship that made it very believable. Beautiful storytelling that entertained the whole time!

It had really great flow and did the job of making me think at times. I love a book that taps into my e
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Janis Kay
Thoroughly enjoyed this story:) Like the previous book I've read by Ms. Pleiter, her attention to the setting detail -in addition to character development- enriches my reading experience. As a history nerd, I really appreciate her attention to the significance of how hard it really was for orphans to assimilate into society. I don't know how long it takes to research for historical novels like this, but it was well worth it:)

Can't wait for her next book & to read the next one of the series!
June
The orphan train was headed past their town but a robbery stopped it there and the kids are here to stay. The sheriff and the school teacher have been avoiding each other for some time, but now they are thrown together at every turn. Soon their feelings for each other can't be hidden. But as with any good story, there are twists and turns and everyone has to work at not liking each other. And there's plenty more to keep us looking forward to the next book in the series.
Nina
I loved the story line, helping orphans find homes. It has lots of action that you would expect in a good western type book, and great characters.

What I didn't like is that two orphans still didn't find homes, and some one was stealing things that were old or broken and giving them back repaired looking almost new, book doesn't say who did that or what happened to the rest of the orphans.
Carolyn
This was so cute, and I couldn't put it down once I got about halfway through.
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Miniseries: Orphan Train
Category: Inspirational Romance
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Miniseries: Orphan Train
Category: Inspirational Romance
Traci M
Really hard to get into the story at first.
Alana
Jul 06, 2013 Alana rated it 5 of 5 stars
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very sweet.
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An avid knitter, coffee junkie, and devoted chocoholic, Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and non-fiction. The enthusiastic but slightly untidy mother of two, Allie spends her days writing books, doing laundry, running carpools, and finding new ways to avoid housework. She grew up in Connecticut, holds a BS in Speech from Northwestern University, spent fifteen years in the field of professional fu ...more
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