Pack up and leave her home? Never see the broad Hudson River, which flows both ways past her sitting room window, again? Eschew the glories of New York City and the wonders of the 1850s modern technology, and head out to unknown territory in the Wild West?
“Walk Away West was like a breath of fresh air. ... Author J.F. Collen paints a picture with words that is both captivating and entrancing. As a lover of historical fiction, I was entranced not so much the journey, but by the social constructs and mores of the time. It is so rare to find an author prepared to so thoroughly invest themselves in an era that the reader is transported instantly to that time and place and feels an integral part of everything. ... This is an absolutely fantastic story and one I can highly recommend.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Grant Leishman (5 STARS)
Cornelia Rose—armed with her midwifery training, as well as literature and history knowledge, thanks to older brothers' education and books—embraces the opportunities that life in the metropolis of New York provides.
In love and happily married to Obadiah Wright, her life is a fairytale of abundance. Surrounded by her family, the couple establishes a home and enjoys the entertainment, society, and technological marvels that make life in the 1850s so easy. Adventure finds her, whether she is touring New York City's first World's Fair, or a passenger on a disastrous steamboat ride.
Her life takes an unexpected turn with Obadiah's decision to heed the call of the West. As his wife, she has no choice but to leave her home, family, and the comforts of civilization, and join him in accepting his opportunity to become circuit judge in Utah Territory. In spite of her endless hours of research, nothing prepares Cornelia for the arduous walk from the packet boat on the Erie Canal toward the Wild West.
“A masterful wordsmith, Collen has an ability to describe the wonders of the time period with historic accuracy. The realism continues with the captivating and often humorous dialogues that resound with dialects and the language of the era. Furthermore, her creativity in illustrating the sights and sounds, fear and pain, wonder, and excitement immerse the reader in the setting of the story.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Cheryl E. Rodriguez (5 STARS)
EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS a journey back in time to the 1800s, with the second book in the award-winning "Journey of Cornelia Rose" series. From New York society and the West Point Military Academy, to the Old West pioneering spirit, one woman seeks fulfillment in her life.
BOOKS BY J.F. COLLEN:
- "Flirtation on the Hudson" (Journey of Cornelia Rose - 1)
- "Walk Away West" (Journey of Cornelia Rose - 2)
- "Pioneer Passage" (Journey of Cornelia Rose - 3)
- "The Path of Saints and Sinners" (Journey of Cornelia Rose - 4)
MORE GREAT HISTORICAL/LITERARY FICTION FROM EVOLVED PUBLISHING:
- "Behind the Open Walls" by Lanette Kauten
- "Invisible by Day" by Teri Fink
- "Fresh News Straight from Heaven" by Gregg Sapp
- "The Colonel and the Bee" by Patrick Canning
About the Author
EDITOR: I love reading. Books have always been a part of my environment and my life. I taught English Literature for many years and my favorite part was watching students find their voice in writing. I edited at Weekly Reader for about a year prior to taking time off to have children. They are now writing their own stories, and reading as many books as their mama! I manage an independent bookstore in Chappaqua, New York called Scattered Books, which is my second home. I travel often with my family, and friends, and always make sure I find the bookstores wherever we go.