Garnet Cameron, newly graduated from a select New York finishing school in 1844, promptly falls head over heals for a Harvard drop-out turned prairie trader. Oliver Hale appeals to a sense of adventure Garnet never knew she had.
They marry and set off for California, planning to return to New York the following year.
In New Orleans, Garnet engineers the escape of a dance hall singer accused of murder who turns up again on the wagon train west over the Jubilee Trail. Garnet and Florinda become best friends.
Once in California, Garnet has to deal with Oliver’s controlling elder brother who had planned a politically expedient marriage for Oliver. Garnet’s hero-husband turns wimp in his brother’s shadow.
When Oliver is killed, Garnet moves in with Florinda, both working as barmaids in Los Angeles. They live through earthquakes, the US annexation of California, Charles Hale’s attempt to abduct his late brother’s infant son, and the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill.
Garnet looks for abiding love that Florinda denies exists, yet they remain fiercely loyal to each other. Both face whatever life dishes out, tidy up, and get ready for the next challenge. Through this unlikely pair, novelist Gwen Bristow makes Jubilee Trail a celebration of women.The Jubilee Trail Gwen Bristow Thomas T. Crowell, 1950 564 pages 1950 bestseller # 8 My grade B-