“Distant Dreams” Book Review

Sep 15, 2015 by

Welcome back to Rachel’s Back Talk! I’m so glad you could join me again. Today I am reviewing book 1 of Judith Pella and Tracie Peterson’s series “Ribbons of Steel,” Distant Dreams.


As is my custom, if I could ask Judith and Tracie one question about Distant Dreams, it would be — “Why does Caroline, a girl from that time-period, have such a love for locamotives?” And if you want to know why I asked that questions, I guess you’ll just have to read the book to find out!


And without further ado, onto Rachel’s Back Talk!


From the Back Cover:

The year is 1835 and Carolina Adams finds herself enchanted by an unlikely suitor…the railroad. Frustrated by society’s expectations upon her gender, she longs to study more masculine subjects and is thrilled when her father grants her a tutor.
James Baldwin arrives to serve as Carolina’s teacher, but of more importance, he is to court Carolina’s beautiful older sister, Virginia. Will expectations–and Virginia’s southern charm–elicit the hoped-for proposal? Or will James and Carolina dare to acknowledge the mutual interests and feelings growing between them?


Rachel’s Back Talk:

4 – award winning covers


An enchanting book that brings to light a different perspective from the 1830’s — the women who weren’t allowed to pursue what they loved because it was a man’s field.

Caroline Adams was a relateable character as she demonstrated a sense of strength and determination to do what she wanted. When her mother disapproved, her father approved and allowed her a tutor though most girls her age were done with schooling. When Caroline did not expect was because her admiration for her tutor, she began to have feelings for him as well. It got tricky when he was already engaged to her disapproving sister.

Caroline had her struggles, but she learned with the help of James and God, how to overcome them and not be afraid to pursue what she wanted.


Other books by Judith and Tracie I will read next:

A Hope Beyond (Ribbons of Steel Book #2)

A Promise for Tomorrow (Ribbons of Steel #3)

Westward the Dream (Ribbons West #1)

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