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Publisher's Summary

A sweeping tale of adventure and danger, innovation and corruption, rivalry and romance on America’s first transcontinental train trip.

May 1870. Crowds throng the Boston station, mesmerized by the mechanical wonder huffing on the rails: the Pullman Hotel Express, the first train to travel from coast to coast. Boarding the train are congressmen, railroad presidents, and even George Pullman himself. For two young women, strangers until this fateful day, it’s the beginning of journey that will change their lives. 

Sensitive Louisa dreads the trip, but with limited prospects, she’s reluctantly joined the excursion as a governess to a wealthy family. Hattie is traveling to San Francisco to meet her fiancé, yet she’s far more interested in the workings of the locomotive than she is in the man awaiting her arrival. As the train makes its miraculous progress westward, the two women find their lives and hearts entwining in unexpected ways. 

As they grow closer, so does the danger in the wilds of the frontier and in the lengths the railroad men will go to protect their investments. Before their journey is over, Louisa and Hattie will find themselves very far from where they intended to go.

©2019 Jodi Daynard (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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not a fan

Could not finish this book. The armed to be no plot. Did not like the direction the story took. ugh

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Just Ok

I love historical fiction but this book was a little slow. I wasn’t expecting the lesbian theme - I’m not for or against, I just didn’t think it really added to the book and the ending wasn’t really believable for the time period.

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All is not as is seems, knowledge is not wisdom

This is a magnificently told story of an historical journey. Thanks to Emily Sutton-Smith, the characters came to life and I fell in love with Hattie and Louisa. The description of the land they journeyed and the train they rode was brilliantly breathtaking. The love they shared grew sweetly as they traveled. The depth of their friendship was delightful. I only wished to know the rest of the story. I hope Jodi Daynard will give us a book 2 so we may know how they lived. A delightful read of historically epic proportion.

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Loved it!

A very entertaining and interesting listen! I could picture most scenes during the narration. Definitely worth the read or listen.

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slow but enjoyable for the characters

yes it was slow, surely more interesting if you're into the time period and train aspect, but it paid off well enough for me. I enjoyed the narrators voice, it was appropriate for a historical. I found myself invested in the characters more than expected. I do wish that we had been able to see further on in their story to see how life works out for them. it was also a bit insta-love which I'm not a big fan of, but it was nice.
For anyone wary or curious, it's not at all even remotely explicit, just some kissing.

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This book should of been a short story. There was a lot of unneeded filer. The narrator had issues pronouncing several words and mispronounced them over and over.

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It was ok, and not what I thought it would be

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great read

really great twist liked the plot and ending , i can't believe i am forced to write a review. i don't have time right now

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Emily Sutton-Smith is a good narrator, but I was very disappointed in the direction the storyline took, and would prefer this book not be in my library.

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Also disappointed

I agree with the review: "When I purchased this title, no where did it tell me that this was a lesbian romance novel. If it had, I wouldn't have purchased it."