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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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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.
9 Stories of Finding Treasures Worth More than Gold
by Amanda Barratt, Angela Bell, Dianne Christner, Anne Greene, Linda Farmer Harris, Cynthia Hickey, Pam Hillman, Jennifer Rogers Spinola, Jaime Jo Wright
Barbour Publishing, Inc.
Pub Date 01 Aug 2016
I was given a Copy of The California Gold Rush Collection through the publisher and their partnership with Netgalley in exchange for my honest review which is as follows:
The first story in this collection takes us to New York where Lorena Quinn is a lady writer for a magazine but finds out she will soon be leaving the comforts of New York to board a ship to San Francisco, where she runs into desperate men, but also finds herself caring for a baby girl she found in a rubbish heap.
Lorena Quinn does not expect to find love in San Francisco but soon finds herself falling for Caleb Maddox.
In the Second Story The Best Man in Brookside we are introduced to Donovan and Sophia. Sophia is the youngest of six, but at twenty five she is tired of being treated as if she is a child incapable of giving their frail Father the care he deserves. Finally her sister Gertrude sends her a letter if she succeeds at the Brookside Annual fair, they will leave her alone.
Soon Sophia and Donovan find themselves falling for each other despite the different backgrounds.
In Civiling Clementine, Clementine finds herself headed to San Francisco from there Camp when her Father is injured, in search of a doctor to set his broken leg, which he is at the risk of loosing.
The Doctor soon takes a liking to Clementine but is put off by the fact she does not act lady like. Soon Clementine is going through etiquette training where she learns how to be more lady like.
In the Marriage Broker and the Mortician we are introduced to Eve Molloy and Rafe. Eve Molloy is struggling to make due and Rafe is a Mortician who has taking a liking to Eve but she is stubborn. Will Eve let her stubbornness win?
The Lye Water Bride we are transported back to 1849 in Dry Diggins where we meet Jo Bass, who with her brother owns The Dry Diggins Bank, but everyone seems to mistake her brother for her husband.
When Jo hires Hawkins as a teller, Zeke Keller tries to warn her of the trouble he was in, In New York, he wants her to know the man can not be trusted.
Soon errors start to show up, but they are mistakingly put on Zeke Keller because like he did in New York Hawkins is framing him.
In a Sketch of Gold we are taken to 1851 where we meet Rose Mcllroy and Jackson, Jackson the minister quickly finds himself falling in Love with Rose.
Will Rose and Jackson end up marrying find out in The Sketch of Gold.
In Love is A Puzzle we are taken to 1850 Sacramento Territory where we meet Shanyn Duvall where her and her Aunt arrive to find Shanyn's Father but discover he died. But Shanyn does not believe that and soon finds out there was a mistake.
Nick quickly finds himself wanting to come to Shanyn's rescue, wants to keep her safe. Will Shanyn come to realize he is falling in love with her, does she feel the same way?
Find out in Love Is A Puzzle.
The Golden Cross takes us from The Canton Province China in 1850 where we meet Ming who travels to America with her Uncle in search of a better lif and in order not to be married to a man she does not love, and she also wishes to share The God of the Bible with others but the journey there is hard and she is often sea sick.
One day in her restraunt Ming meets up with the Christian man she met up on the boat, the man that prefers to be called Jonah. But will this reunion lead to something more?
In Gold Haven Heiress we meet Jack Taylor and Thalia Simmons who quickly chases Jack off her property.
Thalia Simmons tells Jack she is a whore, but Jack sees the pain in her eyes.
Can Thalia make room in her hurt heart for a man named Jack Simmons, a man who does not hold her past against her.
I give the stories In the California Gold Rush Collection five out of five stars.