It is 1886 as Englishman Lord Langsford travels by train to San Francisco. Newly widowed, Langsford is desperate to escape his grief, demons, and life in England. As Langsford completes the last leg of his transcontinental journey, his life unexpectedly changes once again when he crosses paths with Miss Sally Baxter, a beautiful rancher who packs a pistol in her purse.
Sally has made it her mission to find the men who robbed a train and killed her brother. Unfortunately, no one—not even the owners of the Southern Pacific Railroad—seem to care. Unable to resist her pleas, Langsford offers to help Sally and soon becomes entangled in a web of politics, corruption, and greed. As murder, threats, and attacks ensue that endanger both Sally and Langsford, influential men in both California and Washington, D.C. jockey for positions of power. Langsford, who finds himself oddly attracted to Sally, now must sort through criminals and politicians alike to discover the truth behind her brother’s death and prevent his own murder.
“Not only is this a fast-paced historical mystery, 1886 Ties That Bind offers commentary on the political and social issues that are still relevant today.”
– Helga Schier, PhD, author and founder of With Pen and Paper
Wasserman’s writing is atmospherically rich. Very strongly recommended.
– Historical Novel Society, London, critical review of 1884 No Boundaries
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
1886 TIES THAT BIND:A STORY OF POLITICS, GRAFT AND GREED BY A.E. WASSERMAN is historical fiction at its best. Lord Langsford, wealthy & newly widowed travels with his friend and stableman Pelham is in California when he quite literally runs into Sally Baxter, who is trying to find the murderer of her older brother while he was on a train ride . Sally is a stubborn woman in a mans world who will not be told what to do nor will she stop pestering the upper echelons of the railroad. Langford takes up her fight and with her they turn 1886 California up over end to find the killer and fight the ever present greed and graft and political shenanigans. These are two very stubborn people who will stop at nothing to get answers. The story is a fast read but the details of 1886 makes the reader feel like they are actually there living the story . To me that is the sign of a great read, a book that lets you live the story, be right there with the characters! I recieved this book free from goodreads in exchange for an honest review !