THE JOURNEY OF JOSEPHINE CAIN
This coming-of-age novel has wonderful characters who want more out of life and are willing to do whatever it takes to change their future. The Wild West, especially the building of the railroads, is rendered in the historical details. Moser also accurately describes the efforts made to rebuild America after the Civil War.
Josephine Cain has grown tired of afternoon teas and idle chitchat. And her mother hasn’t been the same since her brother died during the war. Josephine decides to head west with her father, who is in charge of building the Transcontinental Railroad. When she meets Lewis Simmons, a photographer, she likes him, but there is something about him that makes her nervous. She also encounters Hudson, a man her father trusts without question, and her true adventure begins. Will the proper suitor win her heart and hand? (SUMMERSIDE, Sep., 336 pp., $14.99)