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This level of intimacy and economy of expression reminds me of when I first read Hemingway’s Nick Adams stories fifty years ago as a young man. Nick Adams was a young man on the verge of adulthood. He had to face life in the raw before his years. Hemingway’s direct writing style also created a main character that the reader could experience directly. Both Nick Adams and Laura Webb are coming of age sagas in a raw life and death environment.
Just as I felt Nick Adams was a wonderful character for teenage boys to read, Laura Webb, this story's heroine, is a strong role model for teenage girls. I know I would love to have a daughter like Laura and I’d sure want my daughter to read “Gold in my Pocket” for inspiration.
I read this book because I love American history. I’ve read the Oregon Trail and the Lewis and Clark Journals several times. I’ve read many books on the Santa Fe trail. I have the highest praise for “Undaunted Courage” by Ambrose. When I learned that “Gold in my Pocket” was about taking a wagon train west in the mid 1800’s, I was intrigued. As I read the first diary entries, I could see at once that they read very much like actual diary entries from that same time period. I had to buy the book.
"Gold in my Pocket" is a lighting fast read both because of the economy of writing style and because of the fast paced nature of the story events. (Father found gold. Father is missing. Father died. All this is told in three short diary entries.) It’s like reading a novel with just the good stuff remaining on each page. The diary format makes such writing possible. It's a rewarding reading experience.
Needless to say, I loved this book. I loved the heroine who is 18 years old as the story ends. The story concludes in a California mining camp which is slowly becoming a town. This happens as California becomes a state. This is living history.
The book is available as both a Kindle book and a print book. Good news. There is going to be a sequel to "Gold in my Pocket" in a few months and it is also going to be in the diary format. I know this because I wanted a sequel so badly that I emailed the author to find this out.
If you like wagon train stories and old west adventures -- that ring as true as history itself -- then don’t miss this book. It just does not get better than “Gold in my Pocket.”
Laura Webb is only a young teenager but she speaks and acts like a very mature thirty-years-old. She seems to have all the right qualities as well, talent, beauty and intelligence. She is independent and a shrewd business girl who keeps saving gold in her pocket through her ability to sew and sell items. She is an excellent cook and has a generous Christian heart. The story lacks a good plot, the conflict involves using her gold to settle in the east or remain in the west.
Unfortunately, the resolution was very predictable and fell flat for me. I would recommend this to a very young Christian girl interested in Christian romance and I am not that girl.