Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Journey of Josephine Cain {Book Review}

*I receive complimentary books for review from the publisher. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*


This book took me by surprise, for one thing, I was not thinking I would enjoy a historical Christian romance book.  The historical details in the book were quite fun to know.  A lot of the emotions and excitement of people venturing out west, got me envisioning what it was like.  Nancy Moser did a great job in evoking some of the emotions within me, a reader. 

What really touched me about this book were the relationships.  Moser did a bravo job at creating meaningful and memorable characters that have stuck to me in a sense that will stay with me for a while!  Apart from Hudson, I say that there are a few characters that my heart went out to.  Like a little girl whom Josephine meets.  Also the realization of the impression I have towards where this little girl comes from.  I feel like I was in Josephine shoes as I realized that wrongful judgmental thinking I have.  I am only encouraged to know that Josephine saw a need and took action to meet a need. (A need for helping women, and making their lives better.)  

A little glimpse into the book:

Josephine the main character had so much spunk and fearlessness—and when mixtured with her close relationship and devotion to her father rather made her a fierce and rather daring young woman.  We find that her personality clashes with her mother, who rather her settle into the elite society and be conformed to their ways and customs.  Josephine is eager to move on and become known in the society, and to have her debut denied her during the war.  But her mother and aunt desire to mourn for their sons. 

When a  young man, Simmons, enters into the picture Josephine sees her way of escape from the dreariness of home.  She is willing to marry to change her circumstances.  He meets every expectation and her needs.  Her father and mother approve of their courtship too!

Things change as she also meets a rather hard working fellow from the railroad, tried beyond his years through war.  Josephine faces her love triangle. 

She finds the man whom  God has for her when a little girl steps into Josephine’s path.

Conclusion:
This book has so much going for it.  I love the plot and Moser does a great job at keeping my attention.  I do however wish I knew more about the relationship between the Josephine and her mother.  I found a satisfying ending in how Mother finally came around, but at the same time  I feel a bit disgruntled at the thought of the damaged relationship or shallow relationship of her mother and father.  I do feel like the father rather loves his daughter more than his wife?  Ah, but I guess it’s okay as it may be a picture or an allusion to how in faith sometimes….those who do not wish to change or step out choose to be left behind.  But I would love to see the mother blossom in her faith and come out west with the rest of her family!

*I receive complimentary books for review from the publisher. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*




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