Friday, October 18, 2013

The Journey of Josephine Cain by Nancy Moser

Nancy Moser has been writing fantastic novels for years. If you aren't familiar with her you need to seek her works out. I've read a stack of them and have enjoyed them all. Check out everything she's released here. I recommend starting with The Good Nearby. It was unique and really special.

Her latest release is a historical novel set in the mid-to-late 1800s during the railway building that traveled west. Josephine Cain lives a society life in Washington, DC but has spend much of the last year clothed in mourning garb and kept inside her home.

Sidenote: aren't you so glad that we don't have to do that anymore? Ugh.

Josephine longs for more and when she meets Lewis Simmons she thinks she may finally be free from this depressing life. 

Josephine's father works on building the railroad and is in Omaha when he invites her and her mother to join him. Josephine finagles a way to get there after her mother declines.

The adventures she finds are humorous and insightful. I especially enjoyed the encounter with the baby and mother at the creek. 

As with other novels by Moser I found this impossible to put down and finished it between sunup and sundown in one day.

This book was provided for review by LitFuse

From the back cover:
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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