A Transcontinental Affair

A Transcontinental AffairA Sweeping Tale Of Adventure And Danger, Innovation And Corruption, And Two Women Whose Lives Intertwine In Unexpected Ways On America S First Transcontinental Train Trip May 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 A Journey That Will Change Their LivesSensitive 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 Fianc , Yet She S Far Interested In The Workings Of The Locomotive Than She Is In The Man Awaiting Her Arrival As The Celebrated Train Moves Westward, The Women Move Toward One Another, Pulled By An Unexpected AttractionBut There Is Danger In This Closeness, Just As There Is 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 This lovely novel takes readers on a journey that features the most advanced train travel of the day, and also on an exploration of the human spirit, courage, and heart Daynard not only creates great characters, she paints them with vivid colors and light Each one is unique and fully developed, and you will yearn to know the outcomes all along the way Daynard has done impeccable research, and I felt I was taking the journey along with the characters The love story in this novel surprised me and yet unrolled naturally and believably I found it quite moving I also didn t see many of the plot twists coming I highly recommend this unique work of historical fiction Thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the advanced reader s copy in exchange for an honest review. I got this book as a kindle first reads and read the vast majority of it on an airplane It was solidly meh The description makes it sound way exciting than it was The story didn t pick up until way past the halfway point I thought it sounded promising, but ended up being of a bore. This lovely novel takes readers on a journey that features the most advanced train travel of the day, but also on an exploration of the human spirit, courage, and heart Daynard not only creates great characters, she paints them with vivid colors and light Each one is unique and fully developed, and you will yearn to know the outcomes all along the way Daynard also shows evidence of impeccable research, and I felt I was taking the journey along with the characters The love story in this novel surprised me and yet unrolled naturally and believably I also didn t see many of the plot twists coming I highly recommend this unique work of historical fiction Thanks to NetGalley for the advanced reader s copy. I enjoyed this historical fiction Another great work by author Jodi Daynard She combines the history of the Pullman Express Hotel, the first train to go coast to coast across the U.S This was in 1865 and was greatly descriptive of the luxurious train, the beauty of the untamed United States and the frontier towns and cities of the time.Most interesting is the same sex love interest of two of the female passengers You ll be turning pages to discover how this turns out each of them have different plans for when they arrive at their respective destinations. Book an amazing trip back in time with A Transcontinental Affair With complex heroines, impeccable prose, high drama and a view of the West as it was being won, this historical romance set on America s first transcontinental train trip in 1870 offers the perfect must read novel for a long, leisurely rail journey or a commuter binge Passionate, insightful, empathetic and unforgettable. To my mind, much of historical fiction, in literature and TV, is merely contemporary drama in costume That is because a realistic representation of a time gone past takes extensive research it s hard work One thing I love about Jodi Daynard s novels is that you can be sure she has done her homework and that even very minor details can be trusted as truthful Add to that strong and well rounded characters and a plot full of surprises, and you have a compelling read Maybe if your taste runs to genre formulas where you pretty much know what is going to happen, and there s nothing wrong with that then this book might not be for you If you are up for a challenge then I am confident that you will not have read anything quite like this book By the way, I know that Lake Union markets primarily to women, and that is all well and good, but this is a book that would appeal to anyone who appreciates strong writing and great storytelling This book is not publicly available yet and my copy came directly from the author I am related to the author and surely biased Nevertheless, this review represents my honest opinion. FascinatingIn a departure from the times of her previous novels roughly a hundred years , in this one we still get Jodi s signature historical accuracy and vivid narrative, which pull the reader into the story in such a way one practically experiences it as real I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the extraordinary heroines, though I confess I didn t particularly like either of the two main characters This, however, did not impact my enjoyment of the story, which is an indication of the author s amazing skill in engaging her readers.If you have not discovered Jodi Daynard yet, hurry up A journey of the heart takes us cross country and ends up nowhere I thought it would end At first I thought, Okay there are some interesting female characters But it becomes much than what you expect You literally don t know what s going to happen until the very end I m not normally a fan of this genre, but this was an exceptional read Men as well as women are going to love it.Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was so happy to see an LGBTQ title among my Kindle First Read offers this month a free ebook for Prime members I promptly snagged it, and I wanted so much to love it I want to encourage to offer this sort of title just as often as possible Alas, I wasn t madly impressed with the book itself, though It started slowly, with far too much historical scene setting detail layered in There was head hopping to the point of dizziness, especially in those first chapters Along the way, I started to get involved Possibly, as with the travellers on this train, the author s focus narrowed usefully once their homes and extra characters had been left behind I did become very engaged with the two main characters, and with another young woman character, and I wanted them all to find their happy endings by the end of the book However, once we belatedly get into the action adventure plot towards the end of the book, the focus is lost again And I was left rather unsatisfied and unconvinced by several elements of the plot which didn t seem properly developed I don t mean it felt messy in a real life way, which I like, but it was messy in a needs another serious editing pass way I may be being too churlish and expecting too much I don t enjoy reading with my editing hat on, but sometimes it s inevitable The thing is that if are doing the right thing in pushing distribution of LGBTQ titles to their Kindle audience, then it had better be titles that are good enough to capture the interest of a wide range of readers And this wasn t, unfortunately, as good as it might have been Damn And sorry But please keep writing reading editing distributing trying I really enjoyed this historical drama about a forbidden affair that develops between two passengers on the first coast to coast across the USA train journey by Pullmann express in 1870 People are thrown together and passions are aroused The book is very well written and the locations they travel to and through are beautifully descriptive so I felt I was there with them The main characters are great, especially the women and I was rooting for Louisa especially.I have read some really great books from Lake Union publishing recently and this is another really great read.

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  • Paperback
  • 348 pages
  • A Transcontinental Affair
  • Jodi Daynard
  • 16 July 2019
  • 9781542004091