A setting populated by hundreds of common laborers, outlaws, and Indians is hardly the place for a wealthy general’s daughter from the nation’s capital. But Josephine Cain is determined to accompany her father as he oversees the day-to-day work involved in the greatest undertaking of post-Civil War America: the building of the Transcontinental Railroad.
Life with the railroad is far from the proper life Josephine is used to, and she faces deadly gunfights, harsh weather, and vigilante uprisings. She is torn between West and the East; between her privileged upbringing and the dangers of a new frontier; between the pull of the suitable beau her parents chose for her and an attraction to a rough but charming Irish railroad worker. But if Josephine is willing, she just might find a new life, a unique purpose…and the love of her life.
Set during the tumultuous years of Reconstruction, Nancy Moser’s The Journey of Josephine Cain follows a determined heroine growing from an indulged young lady to a woman fortified by trials. Trapped in a home shrouded with grief after the devastation of war, Josephine is determined to escape the stifling bonds of her mother’s control. She seeks liberation through socialization with the handsome yet mysterious Lewis Simmons, an illustrator who has ulterior motives for courting the lovely daughter of a renowned general. A providential encounter with Hudson Maguire while visiting her beloved father out West during the building of the Union Railroad reveals to her that the measure of a man’s character is not in his social connections but in his convictions and integrity. Challenged with the idea of living a life so far removed for her privileged world or return to the stagnant and predictable lifestyle in Washington, Josephine must examine her life and yearnings in light of her new found faith and maturity. Contextually rich and emotionally stirring, Nancy Moser’s novel is about choices and their ability to shape the future of a life and a nation.