The Railroad Magnate by Karen Baney – A Book Review

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Welcome to the Blog Tour for the first three books of the Colter Sons series by Karen Baney. Read on for a Book Review of The Railroad Magnate. Hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About Book 1 in the Colter sons series The Reluctant Cattleman

The Railroad Magnate

Title: The Railroad Magnate
Series: Colter Sons #3
Author: Karen Baney
Publisher: Desert Life Media
Release Date: December 2, 2022
Genre: Christian Historical Romance

A Love at First Sight Christian Historical Cowboy Romance. Set in Prescott, Arizona Territory in 1891 – 1893.

James Colter was a successful entrepreneur and businessman in the railroad industry. As he watches his younger brothers marry and start their families, his loneliness deepens. He has everything, except the one thing he longs for the most: a wife and family of his own. When he dances with the daughter of an older friend, was it love at first sight, or will he put his personal dream on hold again to pursue his professional aspirations? Keri Glassman wants to follow in her parents’ footsteps. She dreams of becoming a contract attorney. When a handsome suitor invites her on a train ride, the course of her life is rewritten. Like her mother, she wants it all, a career, a loving husband, and a family. Can she find her own way or will her desire to please her parents threaten to destroy her hope for a lasting love?

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My Review of The Railroad Magnate

Going into this book I wasn’t sure if I would like it, James, the main character, has not been all that likable in the first two books. However, he did a lot of growth in this one.

I think one of the reasons I started actually enjoying his character and that of his love interest was because of the emotions they went through. There are lots of thoughts along the lines of living up to expectations and being afraid to disappoint those around you.

Here are three reasons The Railroad Magnate may intrigue you:

  1. It is like being immersed in the world of trains! You feel like you are definitely going on an adventure.
  2. The character’s thoughts and emotions are something that really stood out to me in this story.
  3. Karen Baney gave some great historical detail, and really brought out the character’s individual stories.

**Again Bonus: It’s a FAMILY Saga!

Overall, I started not sure if I’d like this story because of the main character, but I did end up enjoying it.

4 Stars.

*I volunteered to read this book in return for my honest feedback.

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About the Author

Karen Baney

Karen Baney is passionate about writing stories full of flawed characters. She enjoys weaving together stories of second chances, redemption, and overcoming personal trials. As a transplant to Arizona in the late 1990s, she loves researching the state’s history and finding ways to seamlessly incorporate real history and real settings into her novels. In addition to writing and speaking, Karen works as a Software Development Manager for a Christian ministry.

Her faith plays an important role both in her life and in her writing. Karen and her husband, Jim, make their home in Gilbert, Arizona, with their two dogs, Bella and Daisy. Both Jim and Karen are active at Rock Point Church in Queen Creek, Arizona. Connect with Karen by visiting karenbaney.com to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates.


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One comment

  1. I’m so glad you ended up liking James’s story. Like you mentioned, readers can expect character centric stories from my books with lots of thoughts and emotions. It was a lot of fun to write the series and share some of the real-life history of the Prescott, Phoenix, and Santa Fe Railway. Thanks for sharing your honest review.

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