Based on the life of stagecoach driver Charlotte "Charley" Parkhurst (1812-1879), this historical novel starts out on the east coast and goes clear to the west coast, which took months by boat in those days.
But the change of venue is nearly incidental to the epic and emotional power of the book. I was so moved by the conclusion that I wept.
This story shows that love comes in many forms and that it is not bounded by convention or marriage. It shows that the spirit of a woman is whatever she makes it to be and that it is always her choice with whom she shares herself. It shows that a very private person can have friends who genuinely care. It shows that love and life will find you, now matter how far you roam and no matter who you present yourself to be.
If Charley was half the woman that Karen Kondazian depicts, then this book needs to be a screenplay so we can watch it as a movie one day.