In 1864, the Civil War raged on, leaving in its wake hundreds of thousands of young men dead and similar numbers of young women widows or spinsters without a hope of finding a husband. At the same time the young men who had gone out west to make their fortunes in the gold mines were beginning to long for real towns and cozy homes. A few enterprising men decided that there was money to be made in uniting the two.
The Journey home is about one such man named Marshall, who set out on a quest to find young women with enough of an adventurous spirit to travel thousands of miles, promising to marry a man they had only met through pictures and letters.
On one of his trips back east, two young women Eliza and Maggie Barry are urged by their mother to sign up. Eliza wants no part of it, but her sister Maggie a child in a woman’s body is intent on going. Eliza’s love and devotion to her sister are stronger than her desire to stay in New York, so she signs up to go along as well.
Eliza’s reservations only grow stronger when they reach their destination and meet the men they are to marry. Eliza’s man seems to be hiding secrets from his past, and Maggie’s is much older than her and not at all what Eliza would have picked for her beautiful sister.
Eliza soon captures the attentions of a man named Matt Weston. He’s the Assistant Chief of Police in San Francisco and even though Eliza is intrigued by him, she tries to fight her attraction and work through her issues with her husband to be. Matt Weston has other ideas.
Follow Eliza and Maggie as they embark with their friends on an exhausting and somewhat harrowing trip from New York to San Francisco and then journey through marriages that were destined to happen and contracts destined to be broken. As friendships are forged and some are forgotten, earthquakes roll through the land and a child is born, Eliza and Maggie begin to adjust and find that they’ve finally made their way home.
This is the story of two sisters from the East who hear a man speaking at their church of the opportunity and need for women in the west. He shows them a paper called Matrimonial News, filled with photos of men looking for women to start a new life with. He was looking to benefit by capitalizing on the disproportionate amount of men to women in the West by telling them that if they agreed to it…,everyone was a winner.
Eliza is skeptical, having a hard time accepting that marriage should be about social and economic security alone, but her older sister, Maggie, who she has always taken care of and couldn’t imagine life without, is excited at the prospect. With much prompting from their mother, who is now a widow thanks to the war, the girls begin their journey west, armed with a few dollars, a trunk full of possessions, memories of a former life, and a handful of letters from their “intendeds”.
Maggie is enthralled with Charles, the man she plans to marry. Eliza, however, is harder to impress. Not only does she have concerns about Charles, what happens when she finds out that her own “betrothed” has a history of treason to the country she loves?
As Maggie prepares for her wedding and her life as a bride, Eliza struggles with doubts and questions and discovers along the way that sometimes, the unknown isn’t always a bad thing.
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Heather and Declan are finally going to tie the knot! But problems keep cropping up at the ranch and delaying the wedding. Heather is finally face to face with the man behind all these problems, but will she survive the encounter?
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Heather Parr, professional barrel racer and owner of the Double P Bar ranch, is competing at the Barrel horse racing Finals. Disaster strikes while she’s there, putting Heather in immediate danger. Someone doesn’t want her competing this year, and will go to deadly lengths to make sure she’s stopped.
With the help of best friend Amy and high school crush, Declan, Heather sets out to find the person responsible. Over the weekend, sparks fly between Declan and Heather, but when the evidence points back to him, will it destroy their new relationship, or will his name be cleared?