Gold Digger

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 17 Jul 2019

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At first I found this story about a fallen woman with a heart of gold to be a little humdrum, until it occurred to me to check and see if Baby Doe was a real person. And indeed she was, which helped pique my interest. I suspect that if it wasn’t for her great beauty she wouldn’t have managed to get away with her unconventional behavior—if you could call it “getting away” with anything. Divorce in the late 19th century was anathema, and not only did she initiate her own divorce proceedings—Shocking!—she was responsible for another man divorcing his own wife and marrying her—Horrifying! She certainly let nothing stand in the way of her pursuit of happiness. Too bad her contemporaries couldn’t look past their own straight-laced prejudices; once Baby Doe’s bad reputation was established, there was nothing she could do to find acceptance in society—though she tried very hard. Marrying the wealthiest—and most generous—man in town gave her a veneer of respectability, but there was a limit to the public’s tolerance. The women all rejected her; but again, because she was so beautiful the men mostly cut her a lot of slack. She had many admirers ready to do just about anything for her. Even the president publicly supported her husband (and attended their wedding), though Tabor’s political career came to a screeching halt once it became common knowledge that he divorced his wife and married his mistress.  Tabor’s reckless spending habits proved his downfall—with the help of government policy and the collapse of the silver standard—and of course Baby Doe fell with him. It’s a sad story—even when they are swimming in wealth. Does love conquer all? Judging by this belle’s life, the answer is no.
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I received an ARC of this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Interesting historical novel set in the gold rushing west.  Baby Doe was an early feminist.
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Elizbeth "Baby Doe" and Harvey Doe move to Colorado to manage a gold mine belonging to Harvey's family.  Harvey turns out to be lazy and a mama's boy and eventually leaves Baby Doe to struggle on her own.  Baby Doe shows tons of strength to overcome being a single woman in a time when divorce was unheard of and a woman's opportunities were limited.  When Baby Doe chose to become involved with Horace Tabor, a US Senator, life became complicated for both of them.  Baby Doe never fit into society of the time and when her  fortunes changed, Baby Doe remained strong for her family and did what it took to survive.  

This book is well written that give insight to the lives of the people in the late 1800's and the Colorado Silver Boom.  This book will make you want to visit the beautiful mountains of Colorado.  I am looking forward to the sequel and see how Baby Doll is once again able to make lemonade out of the lemon's she was handed.  

I was given a ARC copy of this book by NetGalley for an honest review. This is a solid book with a strong woman taking the lead in a very difficult time history for women.
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In 1878 during the gold rush we meet Baby Doe who works the mines with her husband until he abandons her, pregnant no less. Only twenty-years-old her beauty is stiking. Determined to help her family and herself she moves and meets an older married man who leaves his wife for her. But society shuns Baby Doe. This a rags to riches and back to rags again story of a remarkable woman during very difficult times in the west. Excellent historical fiction based on facts. A must read for book clubs.
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Gold Digger, The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor by Rebecca Rosenberg is a very interesting book that I enjoyed.  I was born and raised in Colorado, and you don't make it through school without hearing about Baby Doe Tabor.  Being an adult I appreciate so much more than when I was in school.  Baby Doe came to Colorado from back east with her husband Harvey Doe.  Harvey was not able to care for his wife, so she divorced him.  Baby Doe even worked the mine herself.  When she lived in Leadville, CO, she met Horace Tabor and the two fell in love, unfortunately he was already married.  If you enjoy history, and are looking for a good scandalous read, I highly recommend this book.

I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and the publisher.  Thank you.
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Good read. Well written story about a character in history. Liked the story flow and the characters. Interesting and entertaining read that was hard to put down!
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Gold Digger, by Rebecca Rosenberg, is a story of life's ups ajd downs  Wealth, penniless, happiness, sadness, trust, betrayal, strength, and weakness, it's all there. It's a story of the heartache that accompanies a marriage based on riches and not on love. It's about finding your soulmate and everlasting love.
I enjoyed the characters and setting of Gold Digger and am excited to read the sequal due out in 2020.
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This story is very descriptive and informative. Learning about this period of time in Colorado’s history, about the Tabors, and about the early days of our economy - gold and silver mining - was interesting to me. Definitely a different and difficult time to live but pursuing the “ American dream” and happiness despite many obstacles is timeless. 3.5 stars
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Baby Doe Tabor is a woman whose strong character has made her talk of the town, both during her time and now.  She may have first married for the potential opportunities that would come with her new last name, but, little did she know, the real opportunity it gave her was to travel to mining territory, where she would eventually find the true love of her life.  
The story of Baby Doe highlights how women during her time were objectified or thought of a merely a servant for the husband, expected to cook, clean, maintain the household, and warm the marriage bed, but not much more.  Baby Doe was a woman who wanted more; she wanted to work the claim alongside her husband, and be an integral part of the business prospects.  She was definitely a strong female character, especially for the 1800’s and early 1900’s.
Thought of as being a “gold digger” by many people during her lifetime, this book, as well as several others that have been written about her, describes  her love and dedication towards Horace Tabor and not his money, during his time on Earth and afterwards.  Her love for Horace stood the test of time, through good and bad times, richer and poorer.  
Rebecca Rosenberg has done a fine job with pacing in this novel.  I found it to be a quick, delightful read.
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This book was an excellent recreation of history during the time of gold mining in Colorado in the 1800's.   The true story of Elizabeth "Lizzie" Tabor is told in this wonderful historical novel.  Without giving the story away, this book takes place in  during the Gilded Age and explores Lizzie's life in great detail from rags to riches.  You won't be disappointed.
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I found it took me some time to get into this story...however, that being said, I did settle down and enjoy this story of a strong woman during a difficult time period.   Very inspiring ..
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The story of Baby Doe Tabor is far too often overshadowed by that other plucky, famous Colorado rags-to-riches heroine, Molly Brown. It's wonderful to see Baby Doe get the treatment she so richly deserves in this novel. Rosenberg writes in a style that instantly draws you in, making you feel like you're part of the story.. I'm already looking forward to the sequel, due later this fall!
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Rebecca Rosenberg has done it again!  I was intrigued by the entire book.  It held my attention and wanting more.  Can't wait to see what's next.
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I love historical fiction!!  This book is set in the 1900's at the time when gold digging was booming. I loved Baby Doe and that she was a character who knew what she wanted and knew how to get it. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction

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Thank you to Netgalley for giving me a chance to read, "Gold Digger" by Rebecca Rosenberg. Gold Digger centers around Baby Doe Tabor, a young woman who moves with her husband to Colorado. His family owns a mine whose gold could save her family from ruin. Along the way, Baby Doe Tabor goes through both hardships and triumphs. A truly memorizing character! I am looking forward to the sequel.
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This book was really unique. I loved the historical details. This era is not often written about so I found it really interesting
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Thank you NetGalley, Lion Heart Publishing, and IBPA for allowing me access to Gold Digger by Rebecca Rosenberg.  The following review is freely given, and all opinions are entirely my own.

Gold Digger tells the story of Babe Doe Tabor as she navigates the untamed Colorado landscape.  Based on her real-life, this story packs a nice surprise in its writing.  I was pleasantly surprised by how good it is!  Definitely a 2019 favorite for me.
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This book is amazing! This is a review in progress, I have not yet finished the book but wanted to share my thoughts. The history and story behind this look is so life like. The descriptions of the characters, the moments in time, the places the characters are traveling! I just cant put the book down. 

I love the way the author describes the time setting within the story to pull you in as you are there! 

I cant wait to post a full review once I have finished the book! If you have not read this, you need to pick it up ASAP!
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I loved reading about this feisty woman, but it took about half the book for me to really get into the story. Many of the characters felt flat, which was especially noticeable when Baby's first husband cheated on her with a whore after moving back in with his parents. I really enjoyed the details about mining and Colorado during the gold rush years, and I will probably read the sequel, but I was expecting a bit more from Ms. Rosenberg after The Secret Life of Mrs. London.
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I never knew the story of Baby Doe but this book made me enjoy learning about her.  I appreciate the research  and details incorporated into the story. 
Many thanks to Lion Heart Publishing and to NetGalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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