When a socialite from the nation’s capital embarks on a journey to the Wild West, her life is changed forever.
A setting populated by hundreds of laborers, outlaws, and Indians is hardly the place for a wealthy general’s daughter. But Josephine Cain is determined to visit her father, who supervises the day-to-day work involved in the grandest ambition of post-Civil War America: the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. Life with the railroad is far from the proper life Josephine is used to, and she faces deadly gunfights, harsh weather, and vigilante uprisings. She is torn between the West and the East; between her privileged upbringing and the challenges of a new frontier; between the pull of the suitable beau her parents approve of and an attraction to a rough but charming Irish railroad worker. But if Josephine is willing, she just might find a new life, a unique purpose . . . and true love.
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About the Author:
Nancy Moser is the best-selling author of more than twenty novels. She is a winner and two-time nominee of the Christy Award, and her latest novel was named to Booklist’s “Top 10 Romance Novels of 2011.” Nancy and her husband have three grown children and three grandchildren, and they live in the Midwest.
You can find out more about Nancy on her self named site: Nancy Moser.
I really enjoyed this book which takes place both in the West during the laying of the railroad after the Civil War and in Washington, D.C. Josephine longs to have a regular life, one where her mom isn’t in forever mourning for her brother and cousin lost in the war and one where she can shed society’s expectations of her – to be a pretty little wife. She travels West to where her father, who was revered during the War between the States and is now working on overseeing men employed to lay the railroad, for the Meridian celebration and meets up with a man whose name is Hudson even though she is traveling with her Aunt and her beau, of whom her parents both approve.
As the story continues Josephine struggles with following her impulsiveness and also with what the West is like, shedding the norms of society like women running a business versus what those in Washington society feel is right. She is head strong and often doesn’t think through her actions before she does them, which does cause some conflict between the townspeople and herself – but deep down her heart and her motivation is good. She has a deep but somewhat unspoken faith in God and that is a current that runs through the book – and a definite idea of what is right and what is wrong.
I enjoyed how the story switched between her view, Lewis’ and Hudson’s stories and Nancy managed to do it seamlessly so that the reader doesn’t get lost while the point of view changes. The whole book that is filled with historical events, although Nancy does admit that she did have to speed up events slightly to make it all fit within the pages of this book or it would have been longer (that I would have enjoyed). The book definitely gives the reader the idea that God has His plans for us and often times those plans are not what we initially thought or wanted but He will see us through. An excellent book that blends the West, the East, romance, intrigue and history together into one great book.
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