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 TripMay 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 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 wayexciting than it was The story didn t pick up until way past the halfway point I thought it sounded promising, but ended up beingof a bore. I was so happy to see an LGBTQ title among my Kindle First Read offers this month a free ebook forPrime members I promptly snagged it, and I wanted so much to love it I want to encourageto 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 w I was so happy to see an LGBTQ title among my Kindle First Read offers this month a free ebook forPrime members I promptly snagged it, and I wanted so much to love it I want to encourageto 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 getinvolved 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 ifare 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 5A Transcontinental Affair is my first time reading a novel by Jodi Daynard but it definitely won t be my last This was such a great historical fiction novel, and one that I will remember for a long time to come A Transcontinental Affair focuses on the Pullman Hotel Express, which is the first train to travel cross country from Massachusetts to California Before reading this book I knew absolutely nothing about this train or even when the first train traveled from coast to coast 1 5A Transcontinental Affair is my first time reading a novel by Jodi Daynard but it definitely won t be my last This was such a great historical fiction novel, and one that I will remember for a long time to come A Transcontinental Affair focuses on the Pullman Hotel Express, which is the first train to travel cross country from Massachusetts to California Before reading this book I knew absolutely nothing about this train or even when the first train traveled from coast to coast 1870 There was such a plethora of information in this book and I really enjoyed learning about this piece of our history that I knew nothing about I really loved the main three young women that the book mostly focuses on which are Hattie, Louisa, and Julia Hattie is traveling to San Francisco to marry a fianc she has never met, Louisa is the daughter of a Reverend sent aboard to work for a wealthy family as a governess, and Julia is on board with her father who also ends up being Hattie s chaperone so to speak Hattie was such a strong character and she was so knowledgeable and inquisitive about so many things that I loved reading from her viewpoint It took me longer to warm up to Louisa, but in the end she was completely endearing A Transcontinental Affair is only the second book I have read with a LGBT theme, and it definitely wasn t too strong in this novel which might be why I didn t even know it was there until I read it There is also some violence towards both animals and people which could end up being a trigger warning for some This book is set in the days when Native Americans were still called Injuns if that tells you anything Even though there was violence, there were also so many things that made me laugh and usually it was because of Hattie Basically the only reason that I didn t give this book a 5 is because it tended to get a little confusing, especially when there were a lot of things going on Other than that I absolutely loved the gem that is A Transcontinental Affair Final Thought I think most historical fictions lovers will be a fan of this book, and if you love setting details you will definitely find them in A Transcontinental Affair I actually felt like I was on the train while reading which was something I personally really enjoyed I also really loved the ending and was so satisfied with what happened I can t wait to readbooks by Daynard Thank you to NetGalley for my advanced review copy All opinions and thoughts are my own 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 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 Where s the disclaimer on this story I would like to be told in advance the story is about a gay romance I wouldn t have wasted my First Read opportunity on this book Everybody skirts around the elephant in the room book , but nobody has the nerve to call it like it is I am not a homophobe I m just tired of having the whole gay agenda shoved down my throat or in this case snuck into my bedtime reading. As I read through the reviews of this book I was surprised and disappointed by the negative response simply because it is a romance between two women The romance is clearly stated in the description of the book, there is no secret agenda, just unobservant readers.When I saw a book in the Kindle First Reads about a romance between two women, I was pleasantly surprised This is a genre that is underrepresented in the mainstream so it was refreshing to see it offered byMy disappointment c As I read through the reviews of this book I was surprised and disappointed by the negative response simply because it is a romance between two women The romance is clearly stated in the description of the book, there is no secret agenda, just unobservant readers.When I saw a book in the Kindle First Reads about a romance between two women, I was pleasantly surprised This is a genre that is underrepresented in the mainstream so it was refreshing to see it offered byMy disappointment came in trying to read the book, I could not get through it I wanted to, I gave it four tries, but I just could not get into it The only reason I gave this book three stars was because of the characters Hattie was a woman ahead of her time but not in a cookie cutter way Yes she eschewed typical women s clothing of the time and smoked and drank which are all typical ways of creating a rebellious female character, but she was also interested in mechanics, engineering, and science She was highly intelligent and self educated in the subjects that interested her Louisa is a good fit for Hattie Although not as spirited andtraditional she has an inner strength and is a survivor dealing with PTSD from the war She provides atraditional balance to Hattie s revolutionary personality.The issue that I had with this book is the way that it was written The plot is all over the place, or perhaps there are just too many plots The book was also written in a choppy fashion, skipping around from one perspective to another and random event to random event It almost feltlike a list than a story Because of this I was only able to make it about a third of the way into the book before finally giving up Although I am still debating on if I want to give it another try simply to see what becomes of the characters Overall my dislike of this book comes down to style so it is a personal preference but I would recommend it for the characters I appreciate when a book reminds me in the title if it s fiction or non I chose this based on the outraged reviews by some narrow minded folks ongenerally if it upsets bigots, it s a book for me, and that was indeed true in this case I m not sure how realistic the ending was but it gave me happy thoughts and I need those so I m good with it.Rating 5 stars to offset one of the uncalled for 1 stars. I liked the idea of thisthan the actual book It has a fairly slow start, and I didn t find the plot or the romance particularly engaging Also, some of the characters came across to me as stereotypes and or somewhat flat. 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 diffe 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 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 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