It is not often that I read a book written by a male author whose primary character is female. Train to Laramie is just such a novel and I must say it was well done. I had no problem believing this story of Tess and her experiences.

And Tess definitely experienced quite a few things within these pages, many of which were unexpected. On the run (with her mother’s blessing) to escape her often abusive stepfather and his evil intentions towards her, Tess accidentally hopped on the wrong train in her haste. At the end of the line, Tess found herself in Laramie, a railroad camp town comprised of mostly railroad workers and the businesses that catered to them. This rough community was run by a unscrupulous sheriff and his step-brothers. Rescued by one of the only honorable men in town, Tess must find a way to pay for her journey to Chicago as originally planned. 

Train to Laramie was an exciting tale laced with plenty of action, danger, and unexpected twists, all interwoven into a strong message of faith in God. I liked the strength portrayed by Tess as well as her unyielding spiritual stand. Brett was the epitome of the perfect hero with his integrity, protective nature, and his own uncompromising faith. Just when it seemed as if everything was going well for Brett and his partner, something new would happen that made me wonder how things would turn out for them.

A scene or two were fairly graphic but more implied than overly descriptive. Train to Laramie was a great read with the important lesson that evil may have its day but payday always comes. I enjoyed this book and those who love westerns as I do should also enjoy it.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Celebrate Lit. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


Book: Train to Laramie

Author: Andrew Roth

Genre: Historical Fiction

Release Date: August 30

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Runaway! Tess flees her lecherous stepfather but takes the wrong train, arriving in Laramie. This end of tracks town bursts with workers building the Transcontinental Railroad, striving to lay the rails that will connect a nation. Threatened by outlaws, Tess is helped by Brett Calloway, a tie cutter for the Union Pacific. But when her stepfather locates her and joins the outlaws terrorizing the region, will her newfound faith in Christ be enough to guide Tess through the danger?


Author of Wildfire For Rose, Andrew Roth joined the U.S. Army before attending California State University, Bakersfield. He taught American History for twenty-two years at the middle school level before beginning his literary career. Married for over thirty years to his wife, Laurie, Andrew has two married adult children and is a proud grandfather. A native of Kansas, Andrew was raised with a deep love and appreciation for history, particularly the Old West. Andrew’s hope is to glorify God and encourage readers through his writing.


The American West has always fascinated me with ruggedly beautiful landscapes and the indomitable spirit of the pioneers. When building the Transcontinental Railroad, nothing could stop the people from their goal. This innovation and tenacity has shaped our soul, our character as a nation. This deep sense of perseverance encourages me through the tough times we face today.


To our God and Creator, able to transform lives and redirect paths. Thank you, Savior.

“. . . And I will build you up again and you will be rebuilt.” –Jeremiah 31:4


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