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The history of California in the mid-19th century comes alive in this captivating historical novel. Garnet Cameron, a fashionable young lady of New York, is leading a neat, proper life, full of elegant parties and polite young men, yet the prospect of actually marrying any of them appalls her. Yearning for adventure, she instead marries Oliver Hale, a wild trader who is about to cross the mountains and deserts to an unheard-of land called California. During Garnet and Oliver's honeymoon in New Orleans, she meets a dance-hall performer on the lam who calls herself Florinda Grove and is also traveling to California. Along the Jubilee Trail, Garnet and Florinda meet kinds of men never known to them before, and together they make their painstaking way over the harsh trail to Los Angeles, learning how to live without compromise and discover both true friendship and true love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781556526015
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/31/2006
Series: Rediscovered Classics Series
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 339,369
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Gwen Bristow is the author of a number of bestselling historical novels, including Calico Palace, Celia Garth, Deep Summer, Golden Dreams, The Handsome Road, This Side of Glory, and Tomorrow Is Forever. Nancy E. Turner is the author of These Is My Words, Sarah's Quilt, and The Water and the Blood. Sandra Dallas is the author of Alice's Tulips, The Diary of Mattie Spenser, New Mercies, The Persian Pickle Club, and The Quilt that Walked to Golden.

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Jubilee Trail 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me glued! I had seen an old movie version and wanted to read the book. I was not disapointed. The characters all seemed very real and I cared about them. I couldn't put it down. I enjoy historical novels. This one was not deep, but keep me wanting to turn the page.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jubibee Trail was the first book I really enjoyed reading. While in grammar school we were not supposed to know about 'tarnished ladies' I recommend it as light reading and what a great way it is to learn some history of what it was like traveling across the plains in a covered wagon.
Misfit on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can't believe I had never heard of this book before, and I am grateful to my Amazon friend who did review it or I would never have found it. I was quite surprised, as Amazon is usually so good at recommending similar items once it picks up on your reading habits. This is the story of just out of finishing school Garnet, who meets and falls in love with Oliver Hale while he's visiting New York from California. Garnet has an adventurous spirit that Oliver indulges and they're off to California via the Jubilee Trail. Along the way they meet up with Florinda, the "bad" woman with a heart of gold and Garnet and Florinda become great friends, and support each other during the good and bad times as they cross the country and come to California before it is governed by the US. The author does a very nice job of setting the scenery and the conditions along the trail -- you almost feel the dust in your mouth and on your skin and hair. I loved the way she used John's love of nature so that you can visualize everything from the snow topped mountains, to the red rocks of the southwest, to the wide open ranges, and the flora and fauna of California. All in all a jolly good yarn, I had a hard time putting this down until the very end at the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill. Highly recommended for any lover of historical fiction, and as this was written 50+ years ago, the love scenes (if you can call them that) are very chaste and well suited for a younger reader.
Janientrelac on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As the forward says, it's the 1950's writing about the 1840's, and it's long. But not boring, and so far as I know, historically accurate. the view of the "diggers" and of slavery depicts the veiws of the 1840's.I didn't read this one of Bristow's books as a teenager, guess the library didn't have it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is dated, poorly written and racist. The author depicts Native Americans as filthy people who are savages. I can't believe reviewers five stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am an advid reader of historical fiction and historical romances and this book was a great new discovery. I found it on a list of Best Historical Romance Novels that will steal your Heart. This was a really good read. I thoroughly enjoyed experience going west. Having been to many of the locations in modern times, I enjoyed learning more about their history. I really liked the characters and their are some simple life lessons if you want to see them. Florinda is a memorable character & all of us should take some lessons from her and Garnet about the power of positive thinking and not allowing yourself to be a victim. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story with a little touch of everything that keeps you all night reading.
LisaDunckley More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books, I reread this every year! Read it for the time along with Calico Palace as a teenager, when I was reading everything in sight and it was hard to find “appropriate” books for a preteen/young teenager who read so far above her grade level, lol. Jubilee Trail is an absolutely wonderful book about a young woman who has grown up back East but who marries a man who brings goods back and forth from California, traveling The Jubilee Trail across the country. Garnet meets Oliver and he is so different from every other young man she has ever met. She is tired of being a protected, hothouse flower, she wants to see things and do things and experience adventure. Her parents are reluctant to let her go, but recognize that she has that pioneering spirit that America was founded upon. Oliver takes Garnet to The Flower Garden, a dancehall/theatre that Garnet's parents and previous suitors would have never let her visit. They see a beautiful actress—when Garnet asks for a phrase to describe her, Oliver comes up with Splendid Strumpet—who ends up traveling out West along with Oliver's train and becomes Garnet's best friend. Without giving away too much of the story, there are wonderful adventures in the Wild West, including Indian attacks, fires, gunfights, and survival. The characters are well developed, but moreso, they are very appealing. The story is appropriate for almost all ages, and is very well done. Even though I have read this book numerous times, I simply can't put it down once I start it, and I enjoy it every single time!
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I read this many years ago and was excited to read it again. Every bit as good as I remembered!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book over 40 years ago as well as many other books by Gwen Bristows. I loved all of her books and I have thought about them many times. I'm so glad to see I can finally get them on the nook and read them again.