The Journey of Josephine Cain, American Tapestries Series #6
A pampered socialite embarks on a journey to the Wild West where 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 from the nation's capital. 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, and courageous, she just might find a new life, a unique purpose . . . and true love.
While the post Civil War backdrop is not the most original backdrop and setting, the cast of characters and the depth of historical detail makes this a memorable novel. It was chock full of history; from how the railroad men lived and ate, to what women's fashions were like in Washington after the war and exactly what it was like to travel west by train. This book didn't really center around romance; it was more about Josephine's journey of faith as she learns more about herself and finds her way in the world. The element that drew me to this novel was how Josephine must decide between two futures, even as she struggled against the realities of her present. She had some tough decisions to make, and the course we travel with her to get there is worth the read.
This book was provided by the publisher through Litfuse Nest for free in exchange for an honest review.
December 19, 2013
enjoyed this book from the beginning to the end. It had a lot of twists and turns, and a lot of true facts.
Josephine Cain's life, and a lot of others, was interrupted by the Civil War. Her Father was a General, and is now heading a major portion of building the new Transcontinental Railroad. She has grown up a product of a wealthy class family. All is about to change. She is now being pursued by Lewis Simmons, and all that she sees, is what she wants to see.
Follow her and her Lewis as they head for a visit West...she also meets Hudson. Wow two, one she is now engaged to, and the other has a woman he is promised to. We visit with the General, and rescue a child, before heading back once more to Washington.
This book does not disappoint, we are there when Lincoln is shot, and again when history is made with the last rail put into place. We are also part of the taming of the West. You never know what is around the next corner, there are a lot of surprises, and some famous names that are dropped.
I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
October 30, 2013
An American Tapestry
Josephine Cain is ready to be rid of her mourning clothes and start wearing something lively. Her mother and aunt sit around like they themselves have left this world since the death of their sons in the horrible war between the North and the South. Josephine thinks like her father and wants to start rebuilding this country and mending relationships in this time of new beginnings. Her father was an important man during the war and has been assigned to head up the building of the Transcontinental Railroad extending from the east coast meeting up with the builders starting up at the same time on west coast. This is where Josephine wishes to be and will stop at nothing to make sure she is by her father during this important time in history.
There is many dangers to face on such an excursion into the wild west. There are the Indians that have been attacking not to mention the outlaws and other unsavory characters that will cross their paths. But she will not be detoured. She has the protection of not only her father but of two other men that are vying for her heart.
I so enjoy historical fiction! The author has written a story that I did not wish to put down. I learned many historical facts and some exciting fictional that add to the story within the pages of this book.. The character Josephine is strong willed or lets say hard headed and used to getting her way when it comes to her father. But she changes into a valuable asset on the journey even while subjecting herself to all the dangers. The author also writes of how God leads the characters to follow through with one of his ultimate plans for this country and within the lives of those involved in this endeavor.
Thanks to the author for a great lesson in our American Tapestry!
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Summerside Press/Litfuse Publicity Group for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. This review is my honest opinion.
October 28, 2013
A Little History with a Dash of Romance
The Journey of Josephine Cain is set during the Post-Civil War era. When the reader meets the young Washington socialite, Josephine Cain, she is longing for life to return to pre-war normalcy. But the reality is her brother and cousin were killed during the war, and etiquette requires a proper mourning period and attire. No parties, fashionable dresses, and the chance to meet an eligible young man to marry.
Josephine has a great relationship with her father, but her relationship with her mother is strained, at best. So when she discovers that her father has been assigned the task to oversee the building of the Transcontinental Railroad she tries to convince her father to allow her to go with him. But the Untamed West isn't the place for a proper lady, especially when it is inhabited by Indians, hundreds of railroad workers and outlaws; and according to the general, it is not the place for his daughter. Despite her fathers declaration, Josephine's spunk and determination refuses to be deterred.
Hudson Maguire and his brother Raleigh work for the railroad in order to save up some money and send some home to their family. He is an honest, hardworking man who General Cain finds to be trustworthy. This results in him becoming the general's right-hand man; putting Hudson in the position of chaperoning Josephine during her visits.
Hudson and Josephine find that they like each others company, but because they are committed to marry other people they refuse to let their friendship grow deeper. But do they really love the people they are engaged to?
Life in the West isn't like anything that Josephine experienced in Washington, DC, and it can't even begin to portray any kind of Eastern civility with its gunfights, vigilantism, and brothels. But as the railroad advances toward its destination, Josephine discovers a new purpose for her life and possibly even true love.
I enjoyed meeting and getting to know Josephine and Hudson, as well as, other characters like Aunt Bernice and Frieda. I also liked learning the history of the railroad's advancement West. If you choose to read this book please don't skip reading the author's note where Nancy Moser explains the history within its pages.
**The Journey of Josephine Cain by Nancy Moser was provided for me free by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.
October 25, 2013