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Heart of Gold: an inspirational western romance [Kindle Edition]

Lacy Williams
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (347 customer reviews)

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From USA Today bestselling author Lacy Williams: Heart of Gold

A western inspirational romance

Wyoming, 1902--Ranch foreman Charlie Welch suspects his boss's daughter has returned home with purely selfish motives--she wants money.

After being estranged from her father for years, Opal Bright hopes her homecoming will result in both reconciliation and a solution to help the orphanage she sponsors back home in Omaha.

When Charlie and Opal find themselves mixed up with a ragtag group of bandits and trapped in an abandoned gold mine, they must risk everything to survive... including their hearts.


* Generous heroes, an evil villain, and an odd collection of charmingly unschooled ragamuffins in need of a mother's love inhabit Williams's optimistic Wyoming Territory romance. ... Williams wraps pure sweetness in a very readable package, perfect for those who like their romance gentle, G-rated, and family-style.
--Publishers Weekly on Christian romance The Homesteader's Sweetheart, 3.12.12
* Publisher's Weekly on inspirational western Return of the Cowboy Doctor, "sweet, poetic Max is a lovable hero, and Hattie's desire to have both career and family will resonate strongly with readers."


Inspirational Romance Book Categories:
> Historical Romance Cowboys
> Religious Historical Romance
> Western Inspirational Romance

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From the Back Cover

A shrill whistle pierced the air above the bustle on the train platform.
No, no. That couldn't be her escort.
WHEEEET! A second call echoed the first, turning the heads of passengers boarding and disembarking from the train.
Opal Bright shaded her eyes with one gloved hand, her other balancing a large hatbox against her hip. 
Surely the dust-covered man a head taller than those around him wasn't her father's chosen emissary.
But when he waved his once-white Stetson above his head and began shouldering his way across the crowded train platform, Opal's hopes plummeted.
"Miss Opal? Opal Bright? Your father sent me. I'm his foreman, Charlie Welch."
She tried to keep her lips from pinching as she considered the man, from the tips of his mud-covered boots to his patched and frayed woolen shirt to his warm, brown eyes and half-smile. She failed.
Mostly because she was irritated at having to wait so long. It was another sign how little she mattered to her father.
"You're over an hour late. And how dare you-you whistle at me as if I were a-a cattle dog to be called to your side!"
His expression didn't change, except for a tiny quirk at one corner of his mouth. "Miss, I'm sure you'd like to get out of the warm sun for a bit. Allow me to escort you over to the café."
She barely resisted the urge to stomp her foot, like little Susie back at the orphanage was prone to do. "I don't want anything to eat and I don't want to accompany you anywhere. I've come for one reason."
"What reason is that?" he asked, voice suddenly harder than it had been before. Those brown eyes appraised her and she suddenly felt as if this cowhand was looking for fault.
"I'm here for the gold."
His eyes widened infinitesimally before going cold. Suddenly, he yanked her by the elbow, pushing through the crowd and taking her with him.
"I'll thank you to unhand me." She tried to wiggle her arm loose from his grasp, without success. Her hatbox bobbled and she nearly dropped it. An upset "mrrow" emerged from inside. A sound Opal hoped Charlie hadn't heard.
The cowhand ignored her and bodily escorted her down the rough wooden steps from the platform to the dusty street below. 
"Let. Me. Go." Opal yanked against his hold, but only succeeded in possibly giving herself bruises. His iron grip didn't slip.
"There isn't any gold." He spoke loudly, throwing the words over his shoulder. Almost as if he spoke to someone behind her.
"But--" Opal gasped as he dragged her through a muddy spot between two buildings, ruining the hem of her traveling suit. The only nice gown she had left.
"I don't know what you're talking about, but keep yer trap shut," Charlie hissed, leaning close so she got a whiff of leather and soap and man. It was enough to make her shiver.
"I'll thank you not to behave so familiarly," she bit off, annoyed at her thundering heart. "You're entirely too close."
"Well, I'll thank you," he mimicked her with a wrinkle of his nose, "not to make such a fool announcement in front of God and ever'body. You've got a coupla mean-looking fellas interested in your arrival."
A glance behind the broad shoulders shielding her from most of the boardwalk revealed he was right. Several unsavory-looking men followed them a few paces back.

About the Author

Lacy Williams is a wife and mom from Oklahoma. Her debut novel won ACFW's Genesis award before being published. She promises readers happy endings guaranteed. Lacy combines her love of dogs with her passion for literacy by volunteering with her therapy dog Mr. Bingley in a local Kids Reading to Dogs program.Lacy loves to hear from her readers at or via her website You can find her on Facebook at

Product Details

  • File Size: 2823 KB
  • Print Length: 65 pages
  • Publisher: Lacy Williams Books (July 25, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EM2NXG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,329 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
73 of 78 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A quick, fun, romantic read August 9, 2011
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If you're going to write an enjoyable Western romance novella, and you're not going to go for an NC-17 rating to entertain your readers, what are you going to do? Well, you need to get the reader to quickly care about your characters; you need old-fashioned sparks, you know, chemistry -- yeah, chemistry; you need the story to be fun and feel good; and a little danger doesn't hurt. "Heart of Gold" has all that, so I liked it.

I'm knocking off a star because I didn't need to be told over and over again, when Opal and Charlie first meet, that she only wants money for the children (Charlie doesn't know that yet, but the reader gets hit over the head with it). There is some similar repetitiveness and heavy-handedness here and there, but the story moves well, and though I winced at Charlie's final words (even in jest), I ended up glad I gave this little book a chance.

The proofreading and formatting are good (except for a few hyphens where dashes should be) and so do not distract and detract from the story.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Writing August 12, 2011
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The only thing I didn't like about this book is that it wasn't longer. Williams is an excellent author and this was the sweetest romance. I would have loved to see these characters in a full length book! Great read!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Romance August 9, 2011
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This is a delightful romance with a bit of danger thrown in. Charlie and Opal have no intention of falling in love, but their misadventures bring them together in tempting ways.

I thoroughly enjoyed this short book, and though I don't usually read romances, I highly recommend it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old fashioned romance May 31, 2012
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This is a nice old fashioned romance albeit quite a short one. I felt the characters did get together too soon, but I suppose there was no option as it's a short book. LOL There really should be a Clean Romance category on Kindle. I like a wide variety of genres, but from time to time I buy Christian Romance (although I read the reviews and avoid the preachy ones) because I'm fed up with reading an otherwise good romance, when suddenly there is an over-the top, gratuitous sex scene which seems to be thrown in for no good reason. This has happened in the last few books I've read. This book was a nice, happy, carefree book, and a relaxing read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kind of silly August 21, 2011
By Laura
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When I finished the book, I felt like it was kind of silly. I think that was because so much of it was unbelievable.

The romance was quick to develop even though the cowboy didn't like the daughter when he first met her. I felt like the author had watched too many old westerns because of the way the cowboy spoke. Opal was always darlin'. Is that really what Charlie would call his boss's daughter? The part about the gunshot in the mine was way too unbelievable and convenient. Also, Charlie couldn't just be a good guy. SPOILER: He had to have decided to raise his nephew who was born to his ex-fiancee. It was just a bit too much for my taste. It wasn't a bad book; I just thought it could be a little more realistic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short Light Western Romance January 9, 2012
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This book reads more as a short story, than a novel, and this is my biggest complaint. I wanted it to be longer. Had I not been pressed for time, I would have read it in an hour's sitting. The dialogue of the characters is a bit cheesy at times for my taste, but the setting and plot were carried off nicely. Only one or two small errors in grammar. It's a very nice romance with likeable characters and a bit of action thrown in. A recommended read for someone into light western romance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting Harlequin-type romance-adventure August 12, 2011
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This is a Harlequin-type romance-adventure with a very tall, very handsome man and a very beautiful young woman. As usual, the story contains misunderstandings, initial dislikes between the man and woman, strong erotic attractions that are not fully understood at first, and people who try to pull the two apart. Individuals who like these kinds of tales will enjoy this one.

It is 1902 in Wyoming. Opal's father sent her away from Wyoming when she was very young. She couldn't then and can't now understand why her father did this to her. Is it because he doesn't love her? While living on the east coast, she becomes emotionally drawn to the children in an orphanage. She returned to Wyoming, despite her feelings about her father, because she heard that he discovered a gold mine and she hopes she can get money from him for the orphanage. If this fails, she is determined to marry a rich man who she doesn't love, but who agreed to help the orphanage children. She is picked up by Charlie, her father's handsome foreman, towards whom she has an immediate aversion. Charlie takes her back to her father's ranch, but on the way, they are attacked by three men on horseback who want to capture them and force them to show the cutthroats the gold mine location. At the ranch, Opal discovers that her father treats Charlie like a son. This bothers her greatly, but she is becoming more and more attracted to him. Readers will find out about the adventures the two have together, why Opal's father sent her back east, what happens to the robbers, and Charlie's interesting history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful short story December 16, 2011
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I really liked this book. It was well worth the read. I recommend it to anyone who loves romance novels and God. Awesome book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
I love Lacy's westerns they are such great stories. Her work is always well written, heartwarming, and full of faith in God. Her work is such a blessing to everyone who reads them. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Glenda Parker
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute story
Good consistent characters. Good tension and conflict. Overall enjoyable read. Resolution also done very well. Certainly not a clinched ending.
Published 10 days ago by Joy Avery Melville
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
This book was a great book from start to finish. It kept me interested and turning pages. I definitely recommend this book.
Published 17 days ago by Barbara E. Herndon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 22 days ago by pat beier
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was good to read this novel. I enjoyed it
Published 26 days ago by Marilyn Ratliff
3.0 out of 5 stars A lazy afternoon read
This is a good storyline, but much too brief. A good book for a quick lazy day escape. A little more depth to the story would have been nice, but this is a pleasant read anyway.
Published 1 month ago by libraryaide
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
As I checked it was just okay
Published 2 months ago by Jo Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart of Gold
A cute, easy read. Took only 45 minutes to read before bed.
Published 2 months ago by LMN11
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A heart-warming story!
Published 2 months ago by Katiedid
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read
Published 2 months ago by Duane Maack
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More About the Author

USA TODAY bestselling author Lacy Williams grew up on a farm, which is where her love of cowboys was born. In reality, she's married to a right-brained banker (happily with three kiddos). She gets to express her love of western men by writing historical romance. Her books have finaled in the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Awards (2012, 2013 & 2014), the Golden Quill and the Booksellers Best Award. Stay up to date with Lacy's new releases by joining her email newsletter list (copy and paste the address into your browser).

Lacy also writes YA action romance under the pen name Lacy Yager. She has a soft spot for bad boy heroes and heroines with swords. Although her teen years are long behind her, she enjoys writing about the drama and first love that comes with this time in our lives.

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