An Awakened Heart: An Orphan Train Novella

An Awakened Heart: An Orphan Train Novella

by Jody Hedlund

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Trying to heal the ache she feels in her empty life, wealthy Christine Pendleton decides to volunteer at Centre Street Chapel. Ministering to one of the most deprived parts of New York City, the chapel aims at making a difference in the lives of the impoverished immigrants flooding the city. After seeing firsthand the hopelessness of the poor women and orphans, Christine is convinced more can be done to help them.

Guy Bedell has been serving at the chapel and pouring his heart out for the people he's grown to care about. When Christine begins to challenge his methods and offers a new vision for reaching out to the community, can he trust that perhaps God has bigger plans in store for him--plans that may include this feisty socialite?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441230041
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Series: Jody Hedlund's Orphan Train Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 1,580
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jody Hedlund is the author of over a dozen 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 at

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An Awakened Heart (Orphan Train): An Orphan Train Novella 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do not wish to give away any of the story. I will say it is an interesting read, very lightly touching some difficulties immigrants faced when arriving in New York during a younger America. The writing is without sexual lewdness or improper language. It is well written and safe for young readers, and still enjoyable for older readers too. I enjoyed the book, I plan to get more books from this author at the library. In my estimation, few books I've read recently deserve a 4 or higher rating. I feel ratings this high have to encompass some special material that have a far reaching appeal to them (ex: Little Women.) Some would probably rate this book higher, but since we only have a 1-5 choice I am a bit stingy with giving 4 or higher.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading about Christine and the Reverend. How Christine and the Reverend fall in love, get engaged and start a ministry/mission. What I also liked about the book was how the Author included Elise and her sisters in the storyline. This story is how God uses others to be a miracle in the lives of those less fortunate. What I did not like was how the story ended without giving ...I felt, a conclusion to Christine and the Reverend. I prefer to complete one story, before beginning another. The way this story ends, I am certain (or at least hope) the Author will have a complete ending for Christine, as she begins the new story of Elise and her romance with her Hero. Elise's story is a preorder at $11.00. Overall, this was a novella that gives an introduction centered around I believe Elise and her sisters. I am not certain, if I will pay the $11.00 to read Elise's story. I will wait until it is available before making that decision.Since this story really did not have closure except to say that Christine and the Reverend are engaged and the woman, mostly immigrants (some are former prostitutes) the Mission that Christine created do not like Elise (not a prostitue) and because she is German feels they are Christine's favorites. You will have to read the Novella. ***vrnb***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down.the story warms your heart and most definitely makes you want to follow all the characters. Life is very real in this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This time in history has been glossed over in our history classes, as is true for several historical events. It's a strong reminder for us to help one another, in Christ. Plus, you get a nice love story
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story
Anonymous 8 days ago
Very sweet and inspiring book.
Anonymous 9 days ago
First, this book had not a dang thing about Orphan Trains which were real. Second, it was great this was Christian type book, with the most un Christian people. This was a bit of a fairy tale since the prostitutes had no cure or protection from diseases which would seriously limit their ability to sew. And it takes more than one day for an alcoholic to dry out.
Anonymous 3 months ago
This was great story
Anonymous 3 months ago
Enjoyed reading this intro to a series.
Anonymous 7 months ago
My only complaint is that I felt that the story was not complete. Not a stand alone book. Enjoyed this book regardless.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Anonymous 12 months ago
As much as I enjoyed this free book, I won't be buying any of the rest of the series. Way too expensive at over $10...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Two perspectives of a way to overcome adversities.
sandralb More than 1 year ago
What a great novella. An Awakened Heart, first of the Orphan Train Series by Jody Hedlund gets us off to a great start. The story takes place in 1857, in New York City. It brings to light the plight of the poor immigrants. We are introduced to Christine Pendleton, a wealthy young woman who has seen first hand the hopelessness of the women and orphans in the most deprived parts of this city. Guy Bedell a pastor is serving at the chapel, pouring his heart out trying to make a difference in the life of these poor people. Christine challenges Guy at the end of a meeting to do more than hand out tracks and hold church services. When she visits some of the sweatshops with him, she is convinced that something has to be done. The love between Guy and Christine has a smooth slow start, and is a very sweet story. I would recommend this novella, I enjoyed reading it.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
A very moving story, you won't be disappointed. What a touching story, so glad I found this lead into the Orphan Train series!Christine missed out on so much as an only child to wealthy parents, yes you read that right but you will have to read the story to find out what I'm talking about! Even as an adult she is paying the consequences of her wealthy father. Yep, you better grab a copy then delve into the series. I read the first chapter in the first book then ran across this prequel (that's what I'm calling it, on other sites it's called An Orphan Train Novella, not actually listed as one of the books in the series. I chose to read this first and so glad I did, it was truly moving! Now on to the first book in the series, "With You Always".
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is an incredible historical romance! The characters are truly three dimensional in this remarkable beginning of a new series. I love it when a new group of books is introduced in a novella such as this. This wonderful story is set in New York City in 1857. I have read books from this period about the wealthy and those in high society. I have seldom found a book that is focused on the plight of the poorest of immigrants. The picture drawn of how they are trapped within their circumstances without any foreseeable way out is very poignant. My heart broke for what Elise and her sisters were facing. At the same time Christine Pendleton and Reverend Guy Bedell were doing what they could to try and help. I was quickly able to empathize with Christine and the heartache she has experienced as well. I was caught up in longing to see her life improve as well. I am looking forward to reading this entire series.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Jody Hedlund's newest series begins with the novella, "An Awakened Heart," prequel to the Orphan Train Series. Characters are developed, with in-depth background information for the series. The setting is 1850s New York inner city, home to poverty stricken immigrants. Their living situations are grim with next to nothing to nourish themselves and their families.Thugs lurk around every corner, and jobs are slim to nothing. The realities revealed in this prequel to the Orphan Train series are poignant and realistic. I highly recommend reading this novella before embarking on the journey of "With You Always." You'll have a much greater understanding of the characters and events that ensue.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
This free ebook novella was such a nice way to introduce the Orphan Train series. The plot and characters were very nicely developed and I easily connected with them. There are actually two storylines going on in this book and both are very good. An Awakened Heart follows the story of a man and woman who are working to reach out to the destitute in their city, but it also introduces the reader to a poor immigrant family who is struggling to survive. It is a very moving tale and really sets the stage for the next book in the series.
TrixiO More than 1 year ago
What a great prequel to a new series by a fantastic author! This introduces the reader to characters we’ll see in her upcoming novel “With You Always ” and thus begins another journey into history—the orphan train. The first meet-and-greet for Reverend Guy Fedell and Christine Pendleton is less than ideal! Butting heads on what they think the church must do for the orphans and widows, how can they ever come to an agreement? Or does God have plans for these two, plans incorporating both of their ideas? This tugs at your heartstrings and makes you want to find ways to help those in need around you; even a simple drink of water or an extra coat to give when the weather is cold. This has all the emotions I love to feel and connects me to each character; seeing things from their perspectives! And oh my, the romance sizzling below the surface has me swooning. I love how God brings these two together to shape them as individuals and as a couple in ministry. One of my favorite lines in the book is this; “In His Providence, He saw that the two of us working together would have much more of an impact than we could ever have individually.” I simply can’t wait for the full length novel to come out in June 2017!
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I loved this novella! Such a good introduction to the characters that will be in the author's new Orphan Train series. There is a sweet romance in this story with Christine and Guy who are amazing characters, which made the novella feel complete, while at the same time introducing us to the sisters and children who will become part of their lives. I seriously cannot wait to read the first full-length book in the series, With You Always.
poodlelover More than 1 year ago
Author Jody Hedlund’s style of writing seems so effortless. The story flows freely and draws the reader in with such real-life characters. Since this is a novella it is a quick-read and will whet your appetite for the upcoming Orphan Train series. You will share in the hopeless situation German immigrant sisters, Elise, Marianne and Sophie find themselves in. Can they find a sliver of hope? Pastor Guy Bedell and wealthy socialite, Christine Pendleton seem like an unlikely pairing but both believe the other is an answer to their prayers. I am excited about this series and look forward to the first release, With You Always.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
A page turner for sure, and then a cliff hanger, but then this is a prequel, and it sure did get my interest, and yes I will be reading With You Always, to be published on June 6, 2017. This story brings to light the conditions of our immigrants in the tenements in New York City, a small community in a jungle of so many. We see the deplorable conditions, and things look so bleak for these people, especially the children. There are so many with no food or housing, and the life on the streets is horrible. The story focuses on Elise Neumann, a German immigrant who has the responsibility of her younger sisters, as they are orphans. We see the working conditions in what is really small sweatshops set up in people’s homes. Deplorable. Here is the link it is a free read, you don’t want to miss!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago