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Joy that Long Endures is the second of the Irish Blessings series of historical novels that began in Cheyenne with Walls for the Wind. The series tells the stories of Irish immigrants set along the tracks of the new transcontinental railroad in Wyoming Territory. A former iron man for the Union Pacific, Devin Cavanaugh labors day after day to transport loads from the littl ...more
Paperback, 178 pages
Published May 3rd 2018 by C. A. Williams
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Marjane
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What drew women to Wyoming Territory in the 1860s and 1870s, and why did they stay? This historical novel introduces us to several complex male and female characters who continually re-invent themselves through the boom/ bust cycles of transcontinental railroad construction and the gold boom. The women are especially fascinating since they defy the stereotypes of schoolmarms and prostitutes of that era. Xiang Ju—Fragrant Chrysanthemum—is a Chinese woman who considers herself the slave of the sal ...more
B.K. Froman
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written. A wild and raucous adventure of immigrants working the hellish railtowns in the Wyoming Territory.
Each person plys a different trade. Each practices a different set of values. But all are scratching to find a better life. How much they’re willing to sacrifice for fortune and success makes this a gripping tale of love, conflict, and sometimes a bleak gamble on the prospect of hope.
I especially enjoyed how the rich historical images flowed from the page. The creative descripti
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Alethea Williams grew up in southwest Wyoming. Willow Vale is her first novel of the immigrant experience, dealing with the Tyroleans after WWI. Willow Vale won a 2012 Wyoming State Historical Society Publications Award. Her second novel details the Irish immigrant experience and the Orphan Train movement in Walls for the Wind. Walls for the Wind is a WILLA Literary Award finalist, a gold Will Rog ...more

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