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A Hope Beyond (Ribbons of Steel) (Book 2)

by Judith Pella, Tracie Peterson

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This is book two, in this historical series, set in the 1830s. To fully appreciate this story I feel you should read book one, "Distant Dreams" first. I did appreciate how they put a chapter called "What Has Gone Before" at the beginning to give folks a short synopsis of what book one was all about.

Carolina Adams is the main character in the story. She has always had a desire and strong interest in learning, especially when it comes to the westward expansion with the railroad. Caroline has fallen in love with her tutor, James Baldwin, who was betrothed to her older sister. When James realizes his mistake and his love for Carolina, he cancels the wedding plans and leaves town, immersing himself in his work with the B&O Railroad. Carolina is heartbroken by the situation at her home and will eventually end up becoming a nanny to a young child whose mother has died and whose father wants nothing to do with her.

I was never entirely sure how the whole situation between Carolina, young Victoria and her father was all going to work out, and if Carolina and James would ever get together and acknowledge their true feelings for each other. I will let you read the book to find out the answers to both those questions. There is a lot more going on in this story though and it keeps your attention all the way through. Looking forward to reading the last book in this series, "A Promise for Tomorrow" next. If you like historical fiction then I would say this is a series you will really enjoy. ( )
  judyg54 | Feb 15, 2015 |
Second book in the Ribbons of Steel historical fiction series highlighting both the expansion of railroads to the near west in the early 1800s and the developing issues surrounding slavery in the south. The Adams family, protagonists in the story, are plantation owners, and middle daughter Carolina is the main character highlighted throughout the three book series. I'm rating the series as a whole because it is difficult to read the first book without wanting to find out what happens to Carolina and her siblings and parents. As with other series by these two authors there are definite villains in this series who are either redeemed or receive their comeuppance before the series ends. I enjoyed it, but one must like historical fiction in order to truly like these books. ( )
  SherylHendrix | May 28, 2014 |
Hope Beyond is book 2 in the Ribbons of Steel series. This book primarily focuses on Carolina as she becomes an adult and steps beyond the life she has known on the plantation. As with book 1, this book has incredible historical detail and well developed characters. I was easily able to imagine them as though they were sitting in my living room. A little faster read than book 1, this one will leave you wanting to read more. ( )
  sunnydrk | Nov 17, 2013 |
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Carolina Adams clung to the distant dream of America's westward expansion with the railroad as a promise for a bright future. But she finds life at Oakbridge, the family plantation, nearly unbearable. Confronted by overwhelming tragedies and injustices, as well as the loss of her first true love, Carolina struggles through her broken dreams to find a hope beyond.

After breaking his wedding engagement with Virginia, Carolina's older sister, James Baldwin immerses himself in work for the B&O Railroad, the other passion in his life besides Carolina. But as he helps to build the line west to Cumberland, unforeseen forces work to keep him and Carolina apart forever.

Desperate to escape the painful situation at home, Carolina moves to Baltimore and becomes a nanny to Victoria, a little girl whose mother has died. When the child's future becomes entwined with Carolina's through a shocking business proposal from Victoria's dark and brooding father, Carolina must choose between her own aspirations for love and the fate of an innocent child.

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While James' new job with the B & O keeps him from Carolina, she is desperate to escape the strictures of her plantation home and moves to Baltimore, where new challenges await her.

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