Walk Away West
Pack up and leave her home? Never see the broad Hudson River, which flows both ways past her sitting room window, again? Eschew the glories of New York City and the wonders of the 1850s modern technology, and head out to unknown territory in the Wild West?
- WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, Winter 2021 – Best Women’s Fiction
Cornelia Rose—armed with her midwifery training, as well as literature and history knowledge, thanks to older brothers’ education and books—embraces the opportunities that life in the metropolis of New York provides.
In love and happily married to Obadiah Wright, her life is a fairytale of abundance, but it takes an unexpected turn with Obadiah’s decision to heed the call of the West. As his wife, she has no choice but to leave her home, family, and the comforts of civilization, and join him in accepting his opportunity to become circuit judge in Utah Territory. In spite of her endless hours of research, nothing prepares Cornelia for the arduous walk from the packet boat on the Erie Canal toward the Wild West.
“Walk Away West was like a breath of fresh air. ... Author J.F. Collen paints a picture with words that is both captivating and entrancing... This is an absolutely fantastic story and one I can highly recommend.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Grant Leishman (5 STARS)
“A masterful wordsmith, Collen has an ability to describe the wonders of the time period with historic accuracy. ...her creativity in illustrating the sights and sounds, fear and pain, wonder, and excitement immerse the reader in the setting of the story.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Cheryl E. Rodriguez (5 STARS)