The Train to Estelline
Together for the first time as a classic Texas trilogy:
The Lucinda “Lucy” Richards trilogy, spanning the years from 1911 to the
1930s, has everything good books should have: a variety of landscapes,
characters of all ages and social classes, an overall tenderness that
never lapses into sentimentality, and a sense of the comic amidst the
tragic. Lucy is feisty, funny, and completely open-armed about life.
Josh passionately confronts danger and greed and prejudice with courage
and humor and, sometimes, with bare fists. Even the minor characters are
so rife with color that you first turn the pages quickly to see what
they will do next and, then, you turn them slowly so as to savor each
page of this remarkable trilogy.
The Train to Estelline:
“I have longed for a wider world, a great adventure. And now it’s here.
I’m so happy I can hardly breathe.” So ends seventeen-year-old Lucinda
Richards’ diary entry for August 17, 1911, starting her job as the new
school teacher for the White Star school in the Panhandle. Jane Roberts
Wood brings to this delightful and affecting epistolary novel a tender
touch and a wry sense of humor.
“I ran [this book] through three generations of readers—mother, wife,
and child—and unanimously they read it with pleasure… Lucy is a young
lady you need to know.” —F. E. Abernethy
“…the kind of bright and original work that evokes from some of us
that soundest of compliments, ‘Wish I’d written that.’” —Texas Books
“A truly fine tale of the indomitable human spirit, told in the honest
voice of a strong young schoolmarm in early day West Texas.” —Larry L.
“This is one of those books that is easy to get into, hard to get out
of. Once started, it is nearly impossible to put down. Once put down, it
is not easily forgotten.” —Fort Worth Star-Telegram