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The year is 1835 and Carolina Adams finds herself enchanted by an unlikely suitor...the railroad. Frustrated by society's expectations upon her gender, she longs to study more masculine subjects and is thrilled when her father grants her a tutor.

James Baldwin arrives to serve as Carolina's teacher, but of more importance, he is to court Carolina's beautiful older sister, Virginia. Will expectations--and Virginia's southern charm--elicit the hoped-for proposal? Or will James and...

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The year is 1835 and Carolina Adams finds herself enchanted by an unlikely suitor...the railroad. Frustrated by society's expectations upon her gender, she longs to study more masculine subjects and is thrilled when her father grants her a tutor.

James Baldwin arrives to serve as Carolina's teacher, but of more importance, he is to court Carolina's beautiful older sister, Virginia. Will expectations--and Virginia's southern charm--elicit the hoped-for proposal? Or will James and Carolina dare to acknowledge the mutual interests and feelings growing between them?

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  • ISBN-13: 9780786286874
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 6/21/2006
  • Series: Ribbons of Steel
  • Pages: 665
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Pella is a bestselling author whose writing career spans two decades and more than thirty novels. Her degrees in teaching and nursing lend depth to her tales, which span a variety of settings. She and her husband make their home in Scapoose, Oregon.

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-wining author of more than 70 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Belgrade, Montana.

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Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted March 24, 2013

    From the very first page of the book I felt like I was really in

    From the very first page of the book I felt like I was really in another time. So if you love historical novels, do not hesitate, you will really feel the time of first railroads being built in America, you will get the feel of political context, of social relations, and in the middle of all of that you will find lovable characters.
    Carolina is a young lady eager to study more "masculine" subjects and develops a passionate interest for railroads. Her mother doesn't approve of such interests, as they are not considered ladylike and proper.However, her father decides to support her wishes and finds her a private tutor, James, who is courting her sister Victoria and recovering from his railroad accident.

    I liked many of the characters in the book I liked the pace of getting to know them, I liked the way the story developed and how it gave me an insight into the 19th century society, especially southern plantations. I also liked that the book was free. What I didn't like is that, even though the book is quite long, it is a series. This one is the first and doesn't resolve the situation between the heroine and the hero. I like to see a closure at the end of the book (even in a series) so if you are like me, just have this in mind so you are not disappointed. You really need to buy the complete series to discover what happens since this book leaves you hanging with many unanswered questions.
    If you don't mind reading sequels, and you enjoy historical fiction, you will find this book to be a start of many hours of an enjoyable read.

    16 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2013

    Captivating

    An inspiring novel about following your dreams against alll odds and looking toward God for hope and the promise of a better tomorrow. :)

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    Educational

    This book us informative and educational on the railroad. I didn't like the ending at all.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    Well...

    Great book until the end. Glad to know it is a sequel. Did not realize it was and was supremely disappointed. Usually books have a happy ending. But good to know it is, now I am not AS dosappointed. Now I just have to pay for rhe sequels.....

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2013

    No ending at all

    This 416 page book seemed to drag on forever. It was very predictable. Then it just stopped. Not a single storyline had a conclusion. It was an absolute ripoff. I thought it would be about the development of the rail system and perhaps a woman having a part in its growth. Instead it was 400 pages of an unresolved romance and the same event and conversation over and over. No sex, cursing, mayham, murder or mystery. No conclusion. Lots of to do about nothing and quite a bit of religion. I do not not recommend this book. It was decently edited, thus one star for that and not for any other reason.

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    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2013

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    Not bad....dragged in the middle

    I normally like these authors. Normally, I read them through in one afternoon. Not this book. I literally found myself forced to keep reading at times. The middle dragged a LOT for me. It also seemed that some of the characters were far too contrived. It seemed as if this just wasn't their best effort. Maybe it was just me, but I wasn't a fan.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2013

    Fair

    Lots of technical info. Did not like ending.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Good

    Did not like the ending.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2013

    A book that you can't put down

    I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed reading about the railroad and how carolina' no matter how hard she tried not to, falls in love with james.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2013

    Need to get the next one.

    I felt like the ending left me hanging! I thoroughly enjoyed thd book, enen so.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2014

    Read hep Read the next one

    Excellent read. Many readers don't seem to grasp the concept of marketing a series. If an author is willing and confident enough to give away her 1st in a series on the premise that readers left hanging will buy the next book, it has merit. Don't complain about the ending if you haven't finiished the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    The ending Ruins it!

    Such a good story until the just drops everything leaving uou with no closure and no answrrs!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    This is the 2nd worst book I have ever read.

    I got this book for free and I want a refund. It's about 400 pages too long and in the end children are dead and everyone's hearts are broken. FAR TOO MUCH detail into the history of America, Texas, Slavery, Politics and the development of the Railroads. Dear God this was a long and boring book. You just keep thinking that it will get better, surely it will get better, but it j doesn't and then it ends. Everything that happened in this book could have been said in 50 pages, not 416

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    No real ending

    The ending was awful. The story just stopped.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    Don't Expect Resolution in Book One

    Romance built but left hanging and tragic at the end of Volume One.

    Very rarely does a book ending leave me angry, but this one did. So much so, I refuse to buy the second volume.

    I understand building the story, but to separate the volumes in such a way smacks of publisher's whoring a book series out to make money rather than satisfaction of the reader.

    An extra chapter to explain the characters' responses would have served much better, at least to make the readers want to care what the transitioning stages of any of the relationships involved would be, and why.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2013

    I really enjoyed this book about Carolina, a young woman with an

    I really enjoyed this book about Carolina, a young woman with an intelligent mind, her sister Virginia, their family, and James, who is pressured by his father to find a wealthy wife. He picks Virginia but finds that while privately tutoring Carolina he has feelings for Carolina instead of Virginia.

    I liked the way the story came about and how it talked about 19th century society and how the railroad developed in the nation.

    The book was quite long, but also free. It is also book 1 of 3 in a series. I have nothing against series books but, like other reviews I read, I like closure at the end of all books. This book doesn't resolve situations between those involved and left a lot of questions unanswered. I didn't like the ending, and therefore only the 4 stars instead of 5.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Enjoyable

    It was a very good book, a little heavy on the teeny details. The biggest problem is the first book is free then the next 2 are $6 each. UGH!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Okay

    I hate books that have an open ending . Overall this book was a good read. But dont expect a happy ending. Not yet any way i wont be reading the other books to this series. So in my mind they end up together. :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    disappointed in the ending.

    That was such a letdown from such a promising book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    by: greatreads

    Ok read

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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