A pampered socialite from Washington D.C. embarks on a journey to
the Wild West where her life is turned upside down. Gone are the
parties, pretty dresses, and frivolous days spent with friends. Gone
is the assumption she will marry a wealthy man who will sustain her
Josephine heads west to visit her father who supervises the
day-to-day work of the most ambitious project of post-Civil War
America: the building of the Transcontinental Railroad, linking the
nation from East to West. Life with the railroad is far from the proper
life Josephine is used to, and she faces deadly gunfights, harsh
weather, Indian encounters, rough workers, less than ideal living
conditions, and vigilante uprisings.
Torn between two worlds, Josephine stubbornly tries to hold onto
what was, including a suitable parent-approved beau. Everything
changes when she meets a charming Irish railroad worker who
challenges her in ways she's never been challenged. As she allows
herself to become more, she discovers a life that is more fulfilling and
extraordinary than any life she'd previously imagined.
Join Josephine Cain on her amazing journey of body, mind, and
spirit, as she evolves from a spoiled Eastern girl into a gutsy,
independent woman of the West.
My mom and dad celebrated 70 years of marriage in 2012. Dad died
later that year, but his "Dearest Marguerite" is still going strong at
age 98. She saved his letters and compiled some of them . . .
November 1, 1943. The South Pacific.
Lyle Young wrote to his dearest Marguerite:
"We did not choose this war. We accept it and put every effort into it
because without it we would lose the life that every man wants. The
men know what they are fighting for They are fighting and toiling for
the purposes they know are right. The purposes vary with each man,
but they basically all add up to the right to live, worship, and work in
peace. Each man has constant dreams of home, his loved ones, the
neat little house, the neighbors and his church. He now realizes that
those are the most important things in life and without them there is
nothing. Through sweat and blood the vision of an honest world
Letters were their only contact for the thirty months Lyle served in
the Army Air Corps in World War II. Decades later, as Marguerite
reread the letters, they rekindled vivid memories and made her
realize what she held in her hands was history a personal history
shared by many who lived through that difficult time. Dearest
Marguerite is a poignant account of the sacrifice and patriotism
experienced by countless soldiers and their families.