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Jubilee Trail

4.1  ·  Rating details ·  2,871 Ratings  ·  324 Reviews

This turbulent love story brings alive the days of the great Spanish Trail from Santa Fe to Los Angeles and of the fearless men and women who set out to found a dynasty in the West. Here are the unforgettable people -

GARNET CAMERON, the lovely passionate woman of quality who
607 pages
Published December 1st 1980 by Popular Library (first published 1950)
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Bon Shoemaker I read this book as a young teen and would recommend it for a young reader today. Yes, there is a little bit of swearing - but nothing like what is…moreI read this book as a young teen and would recommend it for a young reader today. Yes, there is a little bit of swearing - but nothing like what is heard on TV or the radio today. The story is one of survival and hope. How women can be strong as men and make an invaluable contribution to the mission. Still love this book and re-read every couple of years.(less)
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Apr 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was going to be like many of my grandmother's old books: a cheesy romance novel from the first half of the last century. They're always amusing books because the"romance" part is so mild compared to today's books, and the proper behavior of "ladies" is so hilarious by our standards (a lot of nastiness couched in polite language).
But while this book had the romance thing going on, it also was quite a history lesson! I spent all day finishing the 2nd half without putting it dow
Naomi Sarah
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AHHHH. MY STARS AND STOCKINGS. This book is like a tornado. Or whatever. It BLOWS AND BREAKS you to pieces - it's terrifying and VIVID and crumples up your innerness in the gorgeousness and vividness. (Am I even making the remotest sense?!!! Don't blame me. I just finished a book that is gold and silver and bronze and everything.) This book is amazing.

Gwen Bristow, you are my favourite new author. The way you WRITE Ma'am is inDECENTLY amazing.
1. I seriously cringed my HEAD off and said 'ow'
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone, especially those who like characters real-to-life
Recommended to Tweety by: Misfit
As pretty much everyone can see from my billions of updates on Jubilee Trail I hands down loved it. The story was so simply put over that you never felt like the author was trying to impress you with her knowledge of the times. But I felt like I was there every minute of the way with Garnet.

In New York Garnet felt like she was a doll wrapped in tissue paper and set in the closet for safety, but the closeness stifled her. When she met Oliver, he represented everything she didn't have, adventure,
Kate Quinn
May 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the first adult historical fiction books I ever read, and a book that still fascinates me. Gwen Bristow is not a well-known writer of historical fiction, but she deserves to be: her characters are interesting and flawed, her settings are meticulously researched, and her writing style is as clear as a pane of glass. Jubilee Trail is the best of her books, centered around the two-tiered society of California as it was just before the Gold Rush, where proud Spanish rancheros existed side by ...more
Feb 09, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
Are you serious? This is horrible, horrible, horrible! This book pretty much lost me when they helped their friend escape from the hotel in New Orleans. Let me suspend any intelligence I might have and just believe that their plan might have worked. And on the trail to what was it - Arizona?? No Indian attacks along the way? No problems dealing with, hmmmm, womanly issues on the trail? She doesn't get pregnant? It was UNrealistic every step of the incredibly long way. I gave up before GARNET eve ...more
Miss Garnet Cameron has just finished at her fashionable young ladies' academy and now she's expected to marry someone in her New York Society social circle, for it's 1844 and that is all young ladies like garnet are expected to do. Yet, Garnet wants so much more. She wonders at the gaudily decorated theater she sees well-dressed people go into; she wonders what's out there besides New York and longs for adventure. When a prominent local merchant is murdered, it sets off a chain of events that w ...more
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-of-2013
Talk about destiny! I had just read a book by Sandra Dallas and Nancy Turner so to pick up "Jubilee Trail" and see that both of these ladies had written a foreword, just seemed meant to be.

What a story. I felt like it was a fantastic history lesson. Florinda and Garnet were two of the most interesting characters I've met up with in a long time. I loved Florinda and found her complex, lacking and wonderful all at the same time.

291: She understood why John loved the earth. The rocks and mountain
Sep 24, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I totally loved the language in this book. “Hell for breakfast!” was used all the time instead of “dang it!” Maybe back in the 1840s the words ‘dang it’ hadn’t been invented. I wish we still used ‘hell for breakfast’. But, I must go on with my review. Oh hell for breakfast!

Another thing I liked about this book: no one else in Weber County wants to read it so I was able to renew it about 32 times. That was handy. This book was first published in 1950, so I think most of the people who have heard
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 gove ...more
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American author and journalist. She studied at Columbia University and afterwards wrote for a number of literary magazines and journals. Eventually she moved to New Orleans, and worked at the Times-Picayune. She became interested in longer forms of writing—novels and short stories—through her husband, screenwriter Bruce Manning, and published her first novel in 1929.

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