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|Title: The Lady's Mine, Hardcover|
By: Francine Rivers
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2022
|Weight: 1 pound 9 ounces|
Stock No: WW449078
New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers returns to the California frontier in this sweeping, romantic tale of a displaced New England suffragette, a former Union soldier disinherited by his Southern family, and the town they join forces to save.
1875. When Kathryn Walsh arrives in tiny Calvada, a mining town nestled in the Sierra Nevadas, falling in love is the farthest thing from her mind. Banished from Boston by her wealthy stepfather, she has come to claim an inheritance from the uncle she never knew: a defunct newspaper office on a main street overflowing with brothels and saloons, and a seemingly worthless mine. Moved by the oppression of the local miners and their families, Kathryn decides to relaunch her uncles newspaperand then finds herself in the middle of a maelstrom, pitted against Calvadas most powerful men. But Kathryn intends to continue to sayand publishwhatever she pleases, especially when she knows shes right.
Matthias Beck, owner of a local saloon and hotel, has a special interest in the new lady in town. He instantly recognizes C. T. Walshs same tenacity in the beautiful and outspoken redheadand knows all too well how dangerous that family trait can be. While Kathryn may be right about Calvadas problems, her righteousness could also get her killed. But when the handsome hotelier keeps finding himself on the same side of the issues as the opinionated Miss Walsh, Matthiass restless search for purpose becomes all about answering the call of his heart.
Everyone may be looking to strike it rich in this lawless boomtown, but its a love more precious than gold that will ultimately save them all.
VERDICT: With nods to The Taming of the Shrew and the musical Oklahoma, this novel is more lighthearted than Riverss (The Masterpiece) typical epic sagas but still retains hallmarks such as compassion for the downtrodden and redemption for the sinner. Read-alikes include Joanne Bischofs The Gold in These Hills and Tamera Alexanders Fountain Creek Chronicles.
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