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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 draw 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.


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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 draw 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.

30 review for Destiny's Children: A Saga of Early California

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen L. Dery

    A Thoughtful Historical Novel As a native Californian, who grew up in the LA basin, each year our family would journey to Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks in spring. There, as young children, my brother and I would stand in awe of the giant trees that surrounded us. This was long before the multitudes discovered them, and we were able to scramble around the enormous trunks of the Giant Sequoia, playing hide and seek and listening for the deer or bears that could often be seen in the groves bac A Thoughtful Historical Novel As a native Californian, who grew up in the LA basin, each year our family would journey to Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks in spring. There, as young children, my brother and I would stand in awe of the giant trees that surrounded us. This was long before the multitudes discovered them, and we were able to scramble around the enormous trunks of the Giant Sequoia, playing hide and seek and listening for the deer or bears that could often be seen in the groves back then. These groves open and close this book, and reminded me about the magic that was California as little as 60 years ago, when it was not so overcrowded, and solitude in the parks was easier to come by. But this story goes back an additional 100 years, when life was harder, and the prejudices we are trying to repress today, were allowed full throat. In this specific case the argument was with the Chinese, imported as indentured servants to work for low wages, but were accused of taking the jobs of white workers. It is the story of two families, one Chinese, one white, and the story of their unlikely lifelong friendship. It's the story of overcoming obstacles, the building of the transcontinental railroad from the west, and the contribution of the nameless Chinese workers who made it possible. It is a story of adventure, risk, love, hatred and loss, and the early financiers and politicians who shaped the state after the Civil War. And it has a woman doctor! The story is a good one, but missed the potential to be truly great because it is written as a narrative. What I wanted was fully fleshed out characters, with better access to their inner thoughts, fears, motives, and histories. The basics are there, but I yearned for more. I liked the characters, and wanted to know them better.

  2. 5 out of 5

    KEVIN L ROBERTS

    Redwood Secrets This book really makes the reader feel the struggles of settling California. The Chinese who work so hard for so little but knew they would someday have a better life! The power of gang, politicians who ignored civil injustice to keep their office! The simple struggle to of fine a place in the world to settle. And the beauty of the secrets always in th huge Redwoods! Especially today when so much of the same is happening and the fires destroying the Redwoods. One dreams of a lovin Redwood Secrets This book really makes the reader feel the struggles of settling California. The Chinese who work so hard for so little but knew they would someday have a better life! The power of gang, politicians who ignored civil injustice to keep their office! The simple struggle to of fine a place in the world to settle. And the beauty of the secrets always in th huge Redwoods! Especially today when so much of the same is happening and the fires destroying the Redwoods. One dreams of a loving and powerful ending to our issues today So that we can pass on a story with pride that our generation has given great contribution

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susan Ajaz

    Remarkable history and insight into the infantile nature of a country in the throes of childbirth. A well written historical account of the impossible undertaking of two railroads that came together to change the future of a nation. The story leads the reader through the familiar injustice of a new form of racism just as dehumanizing as those that already existed. There is explicit romance that may not deter the reader but are part of the need for what is real honor and pride.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brian Barrabee

    Great read. Didn't want it to end but when it did, it did so satisfyingly. Well developed characters, that crafted a place in the history of the United States. Ordinary people that were called upon to be extraordinary. Lives that are larger than life Great read. Didn't want it to end but when it did, it did satisfyingly. Well developed characters, who crafted a place in history. Ordinary people called upon to be extraordinary. Lives that by circumstance were larger than life. Great read. Didn't want it to end but when it did, it did so satisfyingly. Well developed characters, that crafted a place in the history of the United States. Ordinary people that were called upon to be extraordinary. Lives that are larger than life Great read. Didn't want it to end but when it did, it did satisfyingly. Well developed characters, who crafted a place in history. Ordinary people called upon to be extraordinary. Lives that by circumstance were larger than life.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christine Edwards

    Best book I've read all year! I was hesItant to begin this book because I really wasn't interested in reading about early California. Wow! I was wrong! The characters made me believe they were real people! The plot line was so exciting that whenever I stopped reading, I could hardly wait to get back to the story. Some of the events were awful to a reader's sensitivity, especially for the 21at century. I saw more than just a frame,I got the whole 3D picture. Best book I've read all year! I was hesItant to begin this book because I really wasn't interested in reading about early California. Wow! I was wrong! The characters made me believe they were real people! The plot line was so exciting that whenever I stopped reading, I could hardly wait to get back to the story. Some of the events were awful to a reader's sensitivity, especially for the 21at century. I saw more than just a frame,I got the whole 3D picture.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Owens

    Wonderful Storyteller I really enjoyed this book. The author spins a great story and brings you along for the journey. The characters are flawed, but relatable. The story allows you to live a period of history that we learned in school, but through the eyes of different people. The Chinese brought for cheap labor, women who were still fighting to be recognized at equal, and a world that did not want to accept either.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Joyce D. Wegner

    The Best Union of Peoples This rating was born of itself. History and Her story blended in the horrors and splendor of courageous people in a challenging environment ... California's beauty and promise. May all reading this feel it's call. I love history and geography and the meeting of different cultures. Together we are better. Tomodachi desu ne. The Best Union of Peoples This rating was born of itself. History and Her story blended in the horrors and splendor of courageous people in a challenging environment ... California's beauty and promise. May all reading this feel it's call. I love history and geography and the meeting of different cultures. Together we are better. Tomodachi desu ne.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Joan Wildman

    Great story I read this book comparing it to today's ongoing trouble s. We haven't changed our outlook on people different from ourselves. If you're looking for a book that holds your interest all the way through, I recommend this one. Great story I read this book comparing it to today's ongoing trouble s. We haven't changed our outlook on people different from ourselves. If you're looking for a book that holds your interest all the way through, I recommend this one.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Irene Schorejs

    Historical prejudices exposed. I enjoyed the historical aspects and really appreciated the insight of prejudicial elements which have haunted our nation. Diversity is to be celebrated as so much can be accomplished together.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Georgia

    Well written and enchanting. Most of the books that I have read by educators were dry. This air gives life to the builders of the East bond Central Pacific. I was drawn in by Theo, Harriet and Wong. I will never forget their story.

  11. 4 out of 5

    julie becker

    Great but too much detail I enjoyed this book. It has a great story line and the characters are believable. My only criticism is that sometimes it is way too detailed. For example, one does not need to know so much about explosives to understand their destructive power.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mrs. Whitworth

    Engaging Story I found this tale to be fully engaging. The characters come to life on the page. They are both heroic and flawed. The history of the Chinese rail workers was very interesting. This story would make a great movie.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Linda Nobles

    Chinese Contribution to Railroad Good story line. Addressed important issues regarding the settling of California and the importance of saving the beautiful redwood trees and giant sequoias. Also the Chinese question.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Linda C. Brockett

    Destiny’s Child has everything I look for in a book This novel proceeds in a storyline rich in finely drawn characters as their lives are are woven together to encounter significant California events and places in times of great historical significance.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jerry Warmath

    Great read

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sondra Rae Hudson

    Big trees Excellent ! Ok camp at Big Trees as often as my camping buddies and I can , So I was hooked immediately . Loved the historical nature of this book .

  17. 4 out of 5

    pat m

    A great book I truly enjoyed Destinys Children . Very well written and a great story .Full of history of the times building and opening the West .

  18. 4 out of 5

    Melva

    I wouldn't have read this on my own. It was a book club selection. The author tells a good story that weaves you through the country as the railroad and west is being born. I wouldn't have read this on my own. It was a book club selection. The author tells a good story that weaves you through the country as the railroad and west is being born.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Belva Shelor

    Good story, very sterile writing style. An account of a Ch8nese man who helps build the railroad stretching coast to coast. I did like the exploration of bias and priviledge

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mr David

    Interesting book. I enjoyed this fictional account of how the CP railroad was constructed with the help of Chinese laborers.

  21. 5 out of 5

    steven wooldridge

    Exceptional Could not believe it was not a personal narrative, kept wanting to go check dates and facts. It was so real. It captured me, was hard to put it down.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Pam Sullivan

    A great history The railroads in the west, and one of the first immigration success stories, although with much of the angst we are living today. Great read and a brilliant historical based story.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Schmider Cummings

  24. 5 out of 5

    randall m. hill

  25. 5 out of 5

    Astrid Chiavelli

  26. 4 out of 5

    james radcliffe

  27. 4 out of 5

    Trisha Vincent

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie M. Graves

  29. 5 out of 5

    Teri Morcom

  30. 5 out of 5

    David Millar

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