Distant Dreams (Ribbons of Steel) (Book 1)

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A young woman enthralled by the railroad and America's westward expansion faces a society that looks down on such aspirations. Ribbons of Steel book 1.

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Judith Pella is the bestselling author/coauthor of seven major fiction series, including the LONE STAR LEGACY and THE RUSSIANS, as well as the novels Blind Faith and Beloved Stranger. Known for her vivid and powerful stories that combine with her historical and geographical research, Judith's current series is DAUGHTERS OF FORTUNE, set during World War II. She and her family make their home in Oregon.

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YA. Andrew Jackson's presidency and accompanying intrigue form the historical setting for this novel. An almost consuming curiosity about things mechanical, and especially the new railroad, creates frequent conflicts for 15-year-old Carolina Adams. The inquisitive teen faces daily challenges from her family and peers in an age when it is feared that too much education may "cause insanity in women." Fascination for the sight, sound, and even the smell of locomotives isolates the young woman from her convention-bound mother and brings ridicule from her older, socially conscious sister. Only her father and her sister's fiance share her enthusiasm for this new iron monster and seem sympathetic to her appetite for information. Solvency of the national bank, westward expansion, and the wisdom of investing in railroad construction are at issue in this first volume of the series. Subplots include tension in gender roles, parental power, and sibling rivalry?all topics as viable in the 1990s as in the 1830s.?Janice DeLong, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
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