Gold Rush Bride Della

Gold Rush Brides

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Pub Date 10 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 15 Jun 2022

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Bear Valley, California--1861

The mining camp in the San Bernardino Mountains is the latest in a long line of gold fields Della Wolfe and her brother have been dragged to by their father. She clings to a vague memory of living in a house with a flower garden and vows to mine enough to buy such a place of her own. Instead, she has to endure living in canvas tents or poorly built shacks. Since the death of her mother, her father calls her Del and insists Della wears trousers, binds her breasts, and wears a slouch hat to keep others from taking notice that she’s female. The amount Brendan and Gerhard are mining would be enough if Gerhard didn’t gamble away half their earnings.

Harte Thorley is only working a gold claim to earn $200 to pay off his father’s debt on the family farm to provide his mother and sisters a safe place to live. Then he’ll dig enough nuggets from the creek bed so he can open a store. He envies the family mining the adjacent claim because they help each other while he does everything himself and drops onto his bedroll exhausted every night. Instead of sleep, he can only think about the dark-haired woman nearby who passes as a man. Getting close to his monetary goal, he needs a plan for securing his claim while he delivers the money off the mountain.

First, Della’s father is jailed after a barroom brawl then her brother joins a group of malcontents. Left on her own, Della turns to Harte for help. A marriage of convenience is the solution--she receives Harte’s protection and he’s guaranteed a continued presence on his claim. But thrown together into close quarters causes a new set of problems. Will trust and dependence turn into caring, or will the pair go their separate ways when they achieve their own goals?

Bear Valley, California--1861

The mining camp in the San Bernardino Mountains is the latest in a long line of gold fields Della Wolfe and her brother have been dragged to by their father. She clings...

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Gold Rush Bride Della is a great story, but it's a short story. I really liked it, it was just short.

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My Blurb …
Setting: 1861. A mining camp. Father, son and daughter who passing as a male. Yet another gold field. Father spends the gold as fast as it’s found on liquor & gambling while son & daughter toil long hours. Della is also expected to do all the things a woman would – laundry, shop, cook, clean. The law is fair, tough and swift. And Della Wolfe, known as Del, wishes she was anywhere but Bear Valley.

My review …
The author does a fine job giving the reader a believable setting. Panning for gold, constantly keeping the rocker box in motion is physically draining. Add that Della must wear long sleeves and keep her slender throat covered *all* the time makes the work even harder. Her brother, Brendan, does the work but seems almost as unhappy as Della since they work and their father drinks and gambles away what gold they find.

The claim “next door” is Hart Thorley’s. He must find enough gold in time to pay the mortgage so his mother & sister will still have a home. His Wolfe neighbors stick to themselves, but Hart notices the lad, Del.

The year is 1861 … News of conflict in the East trickles into the community. A secret secessionist society forms and feelings are beginning to grow stronger. Brendan is – well -- too interested. A group of men will ride onto a claim, talk secession, kill everyone and ride off with the gold.

Thus is the setting for the full story. The author calls it a novella but it reads like a “full” book. And yes, this is a romance but this reviewer won’t steal the pleasure of you finding out for yourself how it comes about.

The author skillfully forms the scenes as you get to know the characters. And the story is richer because of it. An important secondary character is Sheriff Morgan and I hope the author writes another book with him as lead.

The ending is more than satisfactory, and “Gold Rush Bride” is quite an enjoyable read with a rating of 4.5 stars rounded to 5 on sites that display on whole numbers. If you like western historical romance, grab this one.
I received a complimentary e-ARC* copy of Gold Rush Bride from the publisher, Backlit PR, via NetGalley. A positive review was not required; the opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Rating: 4.5 stars.
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