(From the publisher):
As girls, Kate, Effie, and Stella would watch the MK&T race through town, wondering if they would ever be on that train, bound for somewhere wonderful. Their youthful dreams take them far beyond the tightly knit German community of New Braunfels, Texas, as they yearn for something more than the lives their mothers have led.
Kate: red-haired and rambunctious, she vows no man will ever tie her down. In a time when women marry champions, and don't become them, Kate brings home trophies as Texas' top woman athlete. But marrying fellow golf pro Jimmy Morris is hard to resist, even if it means her only contests will be in her own backyard.
Effie: the golden girl with a spirit spun of steel, she marries wealthy William Chambers, who loves only one thing more than his beautiful wife, his fledgling aeronautics empire. But when he goes off to war, Effie discovers a new intoxicating world.
Stella: the dark-haired favorite of her strict German papa, she hopes to become a scholar. Despite her dreams of independence, she'll marry Gordon Kendall, never suspecting that his ambitions will hurl them into the whirlwind of Texas politics. Still, she can never forget the one man who could set her free.
From a small town in Texas, to Dallas, Austin, Washington, and beyond, this story sweeps across the twentieth century into the lives of three unforgettable women who have the husbands and children they longed for, yet wonder when there will be time for themselves. Here, we watch as girlhood dreams evolve into the passions, the regrets, the joys and sacrifices every woman experiences.
Original title: Love and Duty
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Women's Fiction
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Troubled Lives