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Orphan Train West: Homeward the Seeking Heart / Quest for Lasting Love / Dreams of a Longing Heart (Orphan Train West, #2-4)

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Since they were released last September, the three novels in The Orphan Train West series have enjoyed brisk sales. This new boxed set will be a popular item among gift buyers during the upcoming Christmas season. The books included here are: Dreams of a Longing Heart, Homeward the Seeking Heart, and Quest for Lasting Love.
Paperback, 576 pages
Published September 28th 1991 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published September 1991)
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Wayne S.
Nov 29, 2012 Wayne S. rated it it was amazing
In the spring of 1890, three eight-year-old girls leave the Greystone Orphanage in Boston, MA, and head west on the “Orphan Train.” Exuberant Zephronia Victorine Todd (Toddy) is left by her actress mother. Dainty and beautiful Laurel Vestal is placed at Greystone when her loving, gravely ill mother enters a sanitarium. And Kathleen (Kit) Ternan, along with her younger brother and baby sister, is abandoned by her grieving, widowed father. All three girls end up in Meadowridge, a small town somew ...more
Mar 23, 2015 Heather rated it liked it
This was a re-read. My copy has the slightly different title of "The Orphan Train Trilogy," but appears to be the same thing.

I've never been a huge fan of this book (3 books in one), and I think it's partly because a lot of the story is told in retrospect: the three main characters thinking back to childhood experiences. I'd rather that we had a larger series with each girl's childhood more fully explored. The stories would be more emotionally powerful if you were remembering an experience with
Feb 14, 2009 LeeAnn rated it really liked it
I was totally unaware of this period of history. If I remember correctly, it takes place during the Great Depression of the 1930s and depicts the orphan train that transported orphans into homes out west. Because of that time, there are much tighter rules governing adoptions today. The trilogy covers three girls that became friends at the orphanage and are able to stay together until they can be placed at the same town. Then each story follows them into adulthood, contrasting their lives with ea ...more
Feb 24, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing
This book is really a trilogy of three books. Each book is about a girl who came west on the orphan train in the 1800's to find a new family. The three different stories in the trilogy are about three friends, so their lives intertwine throughout each book, but you get a more detailed account of each girl's life in her own "book" in the trilogy. The stories and characters are each very different and you want the girls to have a happy ending. I have read this trilogy two or three times...and love ...more
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Jan 17, 2014 Rosa Cline rated it really liked it
This is a really neat story of three orphans who became friends on an Orphan Train. Each book highlights one girl and their adoptive families and lives. They incorporate the friends in each book. It helps the reader understand how the orphan trains were back in the day. But also you find yourself falling in love with these girls and wanting to reach into the book and telling them it will be okay.
Jul 29, 2014 Sandra rated it really liked it
Great Christian based historical novel following the lives of 3 orphans in Boston in 1889 and their Orphan Train ride out west. The book follows their lives from being adopted up to 1907 or 1908 and how their lives progressed.
Apr 05, 2014 Amanda rated it it was amazing
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A re-read from when I was a young girl... maybe 15 years on, re-reading it was a joy and pleasure. There is so much heart felt emotion and struggle and so much innocence as well. Wish there was more emotion built between the three girls, but as individual stories these books are all 5 stars.
Lee Margaret
Nov 05, 2012 Lee Margaret rated it it was amazing
Oh, I love this book series. My sister gave me the Orphan Train West Trilogy when I was like 13 or 14. I remember all three books. Excellent reading! I used to owned the whole thing until my house burned down with it.
Feb 07, 2013 Anne rated it it was amazing
Probably my favorite book growing up. :) I loved the stories and characters and how everything tied together. It just really spoke to me.
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These books were the last gift my nana gave me and I will forever treasure them and their stories.
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Jane Johnson Peart of Asheville, North Carolina, Humboldt and Marin counties, California, and in recent years, Hawaii, passed away in 2007. She was the author of more than 60 works of suspense, historical fiction and romance, which touched the hearts and minds of thousands of readers whose correspondence she treasured. She wrote for the secular and Christian market, and is best known for the Bride ...more
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