A Transcontinental Affair
A sweeping tale of adventure and danger, innovation and corruption, and two women whose lives intertwine in unexpected ways on America’s first transcontinental train trip
May 1870. Crowds throng the Boston station, mesmerized by the mechanical wonder huffing on the rails: the Pullman Hotel Express, the first train to travel from coast to coast. Boarding the train are congressmen,...more
Daynard has done impeccable research, and I felt I was taking the journey along with the characters. The love story in this novel surprised me ...more
A Transcontinental Affair is my first time reading a novel by Jodi Daynard but it definitely won't be my last. This was such a great historical fiction novel, and one that I will remember for a long time to come.
A Transcontinental Affair focuses on the Pullman Hotel Express, which is the first train to travel cross-country from Massachusetts to Calif ...more
Alas, I wasn't madly impressed with the book itself, though. It started slowly, with far too much historical scene-setting detail layered in. There was head-hopping to the point of dizziness, especially in those first chapters. Along the w ...more
Most interesting is the same sex love interest of two of the female passengers. You'll be turning pages to discover how this turns out; each of them have ...more
In a departure from the times of her previous novels (roughly a hundred years!), in this one we still get Jodi's signature historical accuracy and vivid narrative, which pull the reader into the story in such a way one practically experiences it as real. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the extraordinary heroines, though I confess I didn't particularly like either of the two main characters. This, however, did not impact my enjoyment of the story, which is an indication of the author's amaz ...more
Daynard also shows evidence of impeccable research, and I felt I was taking the journey along with the characters. The love story in this novel ...more
When I saw a book in the Kindle First Reads about a romance between two women, I was pleasantly surprised. This is a genre that is underrepresented in the mainstream so it was refreshing to see it offered by Amazon. My disa ...more
I got this first reads book at the very last minute, and because I like historical fiction thought this might be interesting. Little did I know I was getting into lesbian fiction. I wish Amazon would give some upfront ratings regarding language and sexual content because there are still many of us out here who like good clean fiction.
Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Sweeping landscapes, historical accuracy and a sweet love story all set upon the same train ride. The fiction is seamlessly woven into the history of this historic transcontinental trip by rail. I was thoroughly entertained and educated. One of my top five books of the year.
Rating 5 stars to offset one of the uncalled for 1 stars.
Two women Louisa and Hattie are also on the train. Louisa as a governess to two children along with their strange parents, and Hattie on a mission to marriage where Leland is waiting for her at the other end. Hattie is different for her times - bold, brash, innovative and clever. Louisa is sensitive, reserved ...more
I'm a railroad nut, have read several books on the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad and felt it necessary to read this one. Even though the characters and plot would be fictitious, had to find out if it had some new insights on the post construction of the Transcontinental. It did and it didn't. Since the Pullman Palace Train was real, everything about the route it travelled should have been accurate. When the train pulled into Northwestern Station (Chicago), continued on t ...more
Hattie is engaged and will be traveling on the train to go meet her f ...more
That said, I am a little unsure about the author’s writing style. At times it was a little too verbose for me, reminding me of a novel that was wr ...more
Feisty, inquisitive, and hands-on, Hattie’s unaccompanied journey on the Pullman Hotel Express is less than straight forward. Twists, turns, unruly children, a hassled nanny, famous stops and views along the way. Dang ...more
I really enjoyed this novel and the interesting history it explores. Daynard does a very good job of setting the novel and inviting the reader into the world of late 19th century luxury train travel. She also explores many of the facets of that history, including racism and misogyny, unflinchingly.
At some points, it does move slowly, but I really appreciated the introspection that afforded the characters; Daynard does a very good job of having the characters explore how the repressi ...more