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The year is 1835, and Carolina Adams finds herself enchanted by an unlikely suitor: the railroad. Frustrated by society's expectations upon her gender, she longs to study more masculine subjects and is thrilled when her father grants her a tutor.  

James Baldwin arrives to serve as Carolina's teacher, but of more importance, he is to court Carolina's beautiful older sister, Virginia. 

Will expectations - and Virginia's Southern charm - elicit the hoped-for proposal? Or will James and Carolina dare to acknowledge the mutual interests and feelings growing between them?

©1997 Judith Pella and Tracie Peterson (P)2019 Tantor

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The Southern Jane Austen

This book reminds of Jane Austens life ,in the sense like in Georgian England and the Antebellum South woman were not supposed to be. educated beyond grammar school.But as in Jane Austens family ,Jane was encouraged to use her God given graces .In this case her writing Where as the young lady Carolyn Adams (Whoes mothers calling is to prepareCarolyn to presented to society ,at the age of 16 ,and then,prepare her marriage .Unlike ,this case ,[For I do not know if this reflects all Antebellum southern society)How ever in England you are not presented till your 18.You. have a sponsor . Whereas in Carolyns case ,her sister, Virginia between 16-18 she has refused many. callers.,is now at 18 on the verge of spinsterhood Both her father and mother have great love for each other and their children .But their love is tested ,when Carolyns,father engages a tutor so Carolyn can quench her thirst for knowledge especially, for learning about the r.r.Thiz tutorJames , is the intended husband for Virgini Her father's response, to her mother's concern about what society's views of Carolyns desire to go beyond what is expected in terms of female knowledge ,To not worry about what society thinks ,but;about what God thinks and His will. The reason ,I did not give it 4 stars,is a personal bias I do not appreciate cliff hangers !

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I found this book spellbinding.

I plan to continue reading all the books in this series. I like the characters.

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very good

Tracie Peterson does not disappoint! very good book. left me ready for the next one!

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Don’t waste your time

This story dragged on and on . I kept waiting for something interesting to happen but it never did and there was very little resolution to the storyline. Then I discovered there were two more books in the series. After reading the summary of the next two books I decided not to waste any more time.

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Distant Dreams

The ending fell very short . It took a direction that left me confused and empty . Not sure why , I can think of several different scenarios that would have been great conclusions.

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It's a Man's World...NOT! said Carolina Adams

An awesome tale of a young girl just coming of age where a young lady was expected to learn the arts of homemaking and social climbing. Carolina's inquisitive mind and her stubborn nature thought otherwise.