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.
About the Book:
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.
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.
The Journey of Josephine Cain by Nancy Moser follows the adventures of a D.C. socialite as she gets involved with the building of the Transcontinental Railroad right after the Civil War. Be sure to check out Nancy's fun Pinterest board for the book!
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