Destiny's Children: A Saga of Early California
Author: Roger E. Herst
Format: Kindle Edition
DESTINY'S CHILDREN is a carefully crafted and well researched saga of post-Civil War California?
These were the decisive years when the transcontinental railroad was being built, one of the most colorful and inspiring periods in our history. DESTINY’S CHILDREN is a powerful story of love and desire, ambition and greed, danger and courage. It is a tale of men and women drawn by the promise and magic of untamed California.
The novel plays out over a large canvas and is based on the actual pioneers whose super human struggles forged the modern west. The story follows a wide range of characters: from the railroad's financial mavericks who conned their way to fame, fortune and ruin, down to the hard luck laborers toiling out of desperation and the hope of a better tomorrow.
One leading figure is an iconoclastic female physician who arrives in San Francisco to practice medicine in an era when women doctors were restricted to midwifery. Another is a clever deserter from the Manchu army in China who takes on the most dangerous jobs laying track through the impassable mountains of California's Sierra Nevada.
DESTINY’S CHILDREN has the kind of scope, humanity, and factually inspired story of best sellers like Michener's HAWAII and Steinbeck’s GRAPES OF WRATH. This is one of those big, emotionally charged novels that readers love to recommend to friends. DESTINY’S CHILDREN is written in a light, sometime humorous style reminiscent of Amy Tan's celebrated JOY LUCK CLUB.