- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Barbour Books (August 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1634098218
- ISBN-13: 978-1634098212
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,067,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The California Gold Rush Romance Collection: 9 Stories of Finding Treasures Worth More than Gold Paperback – August 1, 2016
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Dianne Christner lives in New River, Arizona, where life sizzles in the summer when temperatures soar above 100 degrees as she writes from her air-conditioned home office. She enjoys the desert life, where her home is nestled in the mountains and she can watch quail and the occasional deer, bobcat, or roadrunner.
Dianne was raised Mennonite and works hard to bring authenticity to Mennonite fiction. She now worships at a community church. She’s written over a dozen novels, most of which are historical fiction. She gets caught up in research having to set her alarm to remember to switch the laundry or start dinner. But her husband of forty-plus years is a good sport. They have two married children, Mike and Rachel, and five grandchildren, Makaila, Elijah, Vanson, Ethan, and Chloe.
She welcomes you to visit her website at http://www.diannechristner.net
Cynthia Hickey grew up in a family of storytellers and moved around the country a lot as an army brat. Her desire is to write about real, but flawed characters in a wholesome way that her seven children and five grandchildren can all be proud of. She and her husband live in Arizona where Cynthia is a full-time writer.
Jennifer Rogers Spinola, a Virginia/South Carolina native and graduate of Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina, just moved to the States with her Brazilian husband, Athos, and two sons. Jennifer lived in Brazil for nearly eight years after meeting her husband in Sapporo, Japan, where she worked as a missionary. During college, she served as a National Park Service volunteer at Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. In between homeschooling high-energy sons, Jennifer loves things like adoption, gardening, snow, hiking, and camping.
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Top Customer Reviews
I could feel the poverty and persecution the main characters faced in their homeland of China.
I could see and feel each part of their journey across the ocean and trying to assimilate into a new land.
Like many who immigrate, they face the thoughts of "going home" but the Lord is their strength and I love how the author weaves in their relationships and ministry and personal walks with the Lord.
She really makes you think.
I have loved everything I've read by Ms. Spinola. Her Southern Fried Sushi series is probably my favorite.
THE PRICE OF LOVE by Amanda Barratt
I love a good tale that involves a stubborn female protagonist. This little story certainly had that. This was certainly a strong first story to this collection. While there were a few moments that they story felt a bit rushed (and I think this story idea really could have been a novel on its own), I was still swept into the gold rush and loved every moment of it.
THE BEST MAN IN BROOKSIDE by Angela Bell
This particular story did not feel nearly as goldrush-y as the rest. But I enjoyed it. It was one that will certainly stand out as it takes place in England (don't worry, gold still plays a bit of a role). But this was a cute story and I really enjoyed it.
CIVILIZING CLEMENTINE by Dianne Christner
I honestly felt this little story was downright funny. Maybe a bit over the top at times, but every once in awhile those types of stories are fun to read. And honestly, there were a couple of interesting twists in this one that I didn't expect. The story worked well for it's shorter length and didn't ever feel too short or too rushed.
THE MARRIAGE BROKER AND THE MORTICIAN by Anne Greene
This story was quite interesting for me. I don't think I've ever come across a novel with a mortician as a main character... and honestly, I loved it and catching a glimpse into what that job would have been like during the Gold Rush.
THE LYE WATER BRIDE by Linda Farmer Harris
For whatever reason, this story read very disjointedly for me. Everything was there for a good story, but at times I just felt like the storyline jumped around a bit out of order or something. I had a hard time following it.
A SKETCH OF GOLD by Cynthia Hickey
A Sketch of Gold was a sweet story about a woman who travels with her father. To keep her safe, she ends up cutting her hair and dressing as a boy. But a newspaperman discovers her secret and also decides to win her heart. The story was a fun read, and quick.
LOVE IS A PUZZLE by Pam Hillman
I adored this story, and it was probably one of my favorites form this collection. Everything from an interesting premise (a girl trying to solve the puzzles her father left to find him) to the characters, I was charmed.
THE GOLDEN CROSS by Jennifer Rogers Spinola
I found this story to be very unique in this collection. Starting in China, it follows the tale of an impoverished woman and her uncle as they make their way to California to find enough gold to survive. While the story relied heavily on dreams from God, I did overall enjoy this tale.
GOLD HAVEN HEIRESS by Jaime Jo Wright
Gold Haven Heiress made a wonderful ending to this collection. This particular story read almost as an allegory to the message of salvation. For it's short length, I found that it packed in some wonderful themes wrapped in a simply sweet story.
**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
All of the novels in this collection are well done with good story lines and really good character development. They do vary on their depth of a Christian based message, some have a very strong Christian messages and some have a positive message overall but what I would call Christian light, and one (Love is a Puzzle) doesn't really mention God or Jesus at all.
My personal favorite is Civilizing Clementine by Dianne Christner it is funny, well written and an easy read. It also has a great salvation and redemption message. Dianne did a really good job of incorporating a strong Christina message without it becoming at all preachy and I just loved her supporting characters, they are really well developed. Overall I think you will enjoy The California Gold Rush Romance Collection by Barbour Publishing the stories are all well done and you will learn about this time period in America.
I was given this book by Barbour Publishing for my honest opinion.