Distant Dreams - Ribbons of Steel, 1 Author:Judith Pella, Tracie Peterson Only Her Father Understood her Love of the Unknown and the Promise of-Distant DreamsCaught up in the excitement of America's westward expansion in 1835, fifteen-year-old Carolina Adams falls in love with the railroad. Living in a society that decidedly looks down on such aspirations in a woman, Carolina longs to study more masculine subje... more »cts such as science and advanced mathematics.Fresh out of college, James must decide whether to join his father in the banking industry or pursue his own fascination with the railroad business. While recovering from an injury in a train derailment, James takes on a tutoring job at the Adams' plantation. He will serve as Carolina's teacher, but more important to his family, he will court Virginia, Carolina's beautiful older sister.Overwhelmed by her father's surprise of a tutor, Carolina applies herself to her studies, while Virginia uses all of her southern charms to elicit a marriage proposal from James. But when Carolina's and James' mutual interests lead to unexpected feelings for each other, where will their dreams take them?« less
This was different for me as I am usually reading about the people on the wagons headed west with all the adventure. This book more about the families living in the big cities and all the fanfare the ladies had to know about coming out parties and social behavior was a little boring. I am going to continue on with the series hoping Caroline will get to live her dreams in the west. Also this book has a lot of history about railroads.
This book was well-written. It has the usual characteristics of the romance genre. I have read tons of them. So....why does this plot stand out rather than melt into a fog of other romances? Could it be because the historical background is different than the usual? The underlying conflict of railroad politics of the 1830's makes this book unique.
Also, the Christian undertones are just that. They do not overpower the novel, but yet the Biblical lessons addressed are there for those who need guidance or a book that you wouldn't mind seeing your daughter pick up to read.