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Searching for You

(Orphan Train #3)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  1,505 ratings  ·  298 reviews
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.

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Paperback, 341 pages
Published December 4th 2018 by Bethany House Publishers (first published December 2018)
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Finally getting to know Sophie in Searching for You was a delight. Forced to grow up much too soon, yet still lacking in a certain maturity, her character goes through tremendous growth throughout the story. Her previous decisions were those of a desperate girl and her change from that desperate girl to competent young adult is my favorite aspect of the novel. And, oh, Reinhold, how I just wanted good things for him. His character really tugged at my heart, and he deserved all of the good things ...more
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Satisfying conclusion to the Orphan Train Series. Youngest Neumann sister Sophie has struggled for two years to take care of herself and the two young children she has cared for since their mother passed away.

There were many endearing characters in the novel: Euphemia Duff, Jakob and Reinhold Weiss to name a few. I loved the author's note at the end which shared why she included what she did in the series content.

Another wonderful series by the talented Jody Hedlund.
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
This is the third book in a series. It can be read alone, but it is a better story with the background from the first two.

I was very pleased with the outcome of this book. It is all that I could have wished for as a reader. To have the characters struggle and eventually find peace is rewarding. I was cheering them on and invested in the story.

This book is Christian Fiction.

Source; I requested a copy via Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
While it took me a bit to get used to Sophie grown up, the concluding story of the Orphan Train series sucked me in just like the previous novels and immersed me in the period. I loved how protective Sophie is of Olivia and Nicholas and devoted to keeping them together. She doesn't have many choices or resources, but she's scrappy and has made a life for them, however destitute. I've always been fascinated by the history of the orphan trains, and this book was different than the others in the se ...more
Searching for You by Jody Hedlund
Genre: Christian Fiction/Romance
Format: Kindle
Timeframe: 1859
Location: Mayfield, IL
Main Characters:
Sophie Neumann: 18 year old runaway immigrant
Reinhold Weiss: Immigrant now farmer
Jakob Weiss: Reinhold’s younger brother
Barclay, Euphemia and five nearly grown boys: Reinhold’s good neighbors
Olivia and Nicholas: Two orphans Sophie took in as her own 2 years ago
Anna: Sophie’s friend from New York, also orphan

A teenager and orphaned, Sophie ran away from her sisters
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I.LOVE.THIS.BOOK. This book is so SWOONY!!! My favorite of the series without a single doubt! I feel like this series got better with every book.

I fell in love with Reinhold’s character almost immediately when he was introduced in the first book. I waited patiently through the second book while seeing him struggle and have all these hard times... and then finally, with this third book, this hardworking, sweet, swoon worthy guy gets his happy ending❤️!!! It was so satisfying to see Sophie grown
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ah! Wonderful end to this series.

Jody Hedlund has given us a wonderful series about the women and children that were part of the orphan train emigration in 1859. Her research is impeccable, laying a solid foundation as she masterfully crafts the final heart-stirring story in this series. Each book can be read as a stand-alone, as it follows three sisters in the 1850's, each sister having her own story. What I liked about this book is that it told the story from the perspective of the orphans t
Dana Michael
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reinhold Weiss!! Swoon!! He has to be one of the most awesome heroes I have read this year. He was a hard working young man who was so disciplined and dogmatic in his work but he was so gentle and loving too.. A man of integrity. And, oh so handsome. I am obviously in love with Reinhold, but I also loved kind hearted and devoted Sophie. She was determined to make a good life and help her two charges who were orphans. This book was a book with historical details of the orphan train. It gave the r ...more
Hallie Szott
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Beth Erin
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Searching for You is a gripping story of love, want, and need. Life's choices aren't always one way or another, the path is winding and the way difficult to discern without nurturing guidance. Despite her youthful naivete, I admire Sophie's gumption and determination to do what (she thinks) is best for them all. Reinhold is one of the good guys without a doubt. He's not perfect but he acknowledges that fact and then punishes himself for it,
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful story and a beautiful wrap up to the Orphan Train series. I have read every book in this series, including the prequel novella, yet I believe that Searching for You could be read and enjoyed by someone who had not read the other books that precede it.

These two main characters were ones that I really connected with and longed for them to receive their happily-ever-afters. Sophie made some mistakes in judgment through the years, doing what she could to provide for two orphaned chi
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"And deep down, Sophie knew it was time to stop running from her mistakes and the brokenness of her life...She had to place the broken pieces into God's hands and let Him start putting her back together." (p 300-301)

Squueeepp!!! I have been so anxious to read the conclusion to Jody Hedlund's Orphan Train series. And I do mean anxious -- like really wanting to read it because I need to know what happened to Sophie after all this time and really not wanting to read it because I'm afraid to know wh
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, christian
I was fortunate to be able read all three books in the Orphan Train series all together (one benefit of waiting for an entire series to be published before starting book one). And I am so glad that I could, because as soon as I started the first book in the series I knew I wanted more of this charming family facing such difficulties. More of swoon-worthy romance. More challenges overcome through faith and community. As soon as I finished each book I eagerly picked up the next. While each of the ...more
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Perfect end to the series <3
Reinhold's happy ending has been long coming and well deserved. Not to mention Sophie's and all the mystery surrounding her.
Both need healing, but, most of all, to come to a stand of surrender. To embrace the new life despite any past mistake, rooted in grace and love through which life flourishes.

Something that I have absolutely loved in this series is how Jody Hedlund creates space for growth. Though not uncommon during their time period, the characters have to make
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: empty-shelf-2018
Series books and I have a love/hate relationship. I love series because the story continues from one book to the next, and we get a more intimate look at each character. However, like with Searching for You, the series must come to an end, which this reader is not a fan of.

The more and more I review the harder and harder it is to put the emotions the story evokes into words.

I've been looking forward to Sophie's story since reading Together Forever, and Miss Hedlund does not disappoint with her
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this conclusion to the Orphan Train series! I loved seeing how Sophie struggled and how she overcame her obstacles.

This series has probably been one of my favorite series that Jody Hedlund has written. Her books always have depth to them.

I received a copy from the publisher in order to help promote it. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Rating - 5 stars.

Recommended to fans of Jody Hedlund, Karen Witemeyer, orphan trains
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jody Hedlund is a must-read author for me, and I have loved this series. Searching for You grabbeed my heart from the opening pages. Prior to reading this series, I was not familiar with the orphan trains of the nineteenth century, and my momma-heart hurt to imagine what some of these sweet children endured. While this novel stands alone from its predecessors, reading the first two books provided a deeper reading experience. Endearing characters and a well-researched, authentic setting drew me i ...more
Becca-Rae Weidel
The book fog is real y'all...WOW! I have loved this series right from the very beginning. Jody Hedlund knows how to suck a reader in deep! The heartache, the hope, the faith, the endurance, the ability to rise above from the broken pieces--this is a series that will stay with you long after you've turned the last page. As Jody shares a bit in her Author's Notes at the end of each piece, her research of the orphan trains and the Children's Aid Society is impeccable. She takes readers on a journey ...more
The first half of the book, detailing Sophie's run from New York and her experience on the orphan train, was really well written. I was really enjoying her bond with Olivia and Nicholas...and then all of a sudden she and the kids were parted and she was at Euphemia's house. I think Euphemia was the best character of the book, honestly!

But Reinhold got the short stick of characterization and I honestly thought I learned more about him in the previous book than in this one where he's supposed to
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have been looking forward to reading Sophie’s story. It wasn’t easy to wait, but oh so very worth it! Jody Hedlund takes readers on a heartfelt journey through the pages of this book. I felt like I was right in the story with the characters. My heart broke for Sophie and cheered for her breakthroughs and successes!

Even at her young age, Sophie had a mother’s heart and a deep love for the two children, Nicholas and Olivia, that were left in her care. She made some very tough choices and sacrifi
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book.
Jody is an exceptional writer. Her writing has a way of making you feel like you're in the story with the characters and feel what they are feeling.
I admire Sophie for trying to do right by Nicholas and Olivia.
Everyone has dirty laundry and Sophie is no different. She's stubborn and strong and always wants to everything all on her own! Wow! Watching her change was a real treat.
I really admired her for that reason alone because she finally did what was right.
Reinhold i
Haley S
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
First of all, I want to thank Jody Hedlund once again for allowing me to be a part of the influencing team for this novel. I have not not enjoyed one of her books yet. And I doubt I ever will as all of her books are very well written and enjoyable to read.
The story was a very heartwarming conclusion to the Orphan Train series. I have read all three books in the series and enjoyed them all. I loved “getting to know” the characters throughout the entire series and am happy to see the series end i
Hedlund is a good author. I like the way she writes her characters and the creation of her stories. What I don't like with every book is how wordy they are.This took so long to get going and the internal monologues in the characters heads got old quick. I didn't read the first 2 books in this series but this didn't detract from the story. This one appealed to me most and I skipped the others knowing that Hedlund is an author I have issues with. I can skip when they go into there thoughts and not ...more
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sophie knew it was time to stop running from her mistakes and the brokenness of her life. She had to face her sisters before she could move on. She had to do it for them, for her, for them all. (Sophie)

Was it possible that God could change him into a better man? If Jakob hadn't lost faith in him, maybe God hadn't either. (Reinhold)

It's really hard for me to write up a review for a book that touched me deeply. Hedlund knows how to compose a story that will stay with me for a long time to come
Abby Breuklander
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love love and love this story!! It's amazing how God can take the most painful experiences and horrible mistakes and turn them into something beautiful for His glory and for our good. Our lives are never beyond repair to where He can't turn things around. It's when we let go and step out of the way that He can do the things that we never thought could ever be possible.
Susan Snodgrass
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
'Was there a chance that God could make something of the messes she'd made?'

Jody Hedlund ends her Orphan Train series with this novel and in my opinion, it's the best yet! What a great finale. This one concerns the youngest Neumann daughter, Sophie. She has been on the run in 1850s New York for a while now. She continues to care for the two younger orphans, Nicholas and Olivia, determined to keep them with her. When she gets involved with a gang member and things turn sideways, Sophie must leave
This book could have been cut in half just by removing repetitive internal conflict. I understand the emotional turmoil within each of the main characters; I think it was realistic and valid. I also think that hearing about it once, twice, or even 5 times throughout the book would have been enough. Instead it felt like every chapter had a tortured internal monologue expressing the exact same thoughts as the tortured internal monologue of the previous chapter. It made the book move very slowly an ...more
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sophie’s Story was worth the wait. As I neared the end I was not ready for this series or this particular book to end! I really enjoyed this journey and learning about The Orphan trains that once were. I understand they were necessary and helped many, yet for some it was not a good experience. I think the author did an excellent job in portraying all sides of this. Sophie is still running and thinks she can’t be redeemed. She doesn’t want to see her sisters until she is good enough for them, if ...more
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This series has been as educational as it has been entertaining. I had never heard of the Orphan Trains or the huge amounts of Children that were relocated and placed with rural families in the ‘west’. Jody Hedlund has done an amazing job with each of the 3 books (and the intro novella) - detailing every angle from the perspectives of all involved.

In this final book we get to see this from the eyes of those being placed, albeit from Sophie’s situation, and she’s not quite child. But we do get a
Vera Godley
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
My mother was born about 60 years after the setting of the Orphan Train Series, but her plight could easily have been that of one of the orphans of the time. Her father died leaving a widow and two very small children. In that time period, widows usually had an extremely difficult time raising small children alone. So my grandmother did surrender her two small children, quite reluctantly, into the care and keeping of a church orphanage.

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Jody Hedlund is the author of over twenty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that

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