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What Would the Founding Fathers Think: A Young American's guide to understanding the mess our country is in and how we get out
Isabelle Webb: Legend of the Jewel
Captive Heart
Cobble Cavern
Caller ID
Summer of Secrets
On Little Wings
We Lived in Heaven: Spiritual Accounts of Souls Coming to Earth
Christ's gifts to women
A Woman's power: threads that bind us to god
Scary School
Hope's journey
Targets in Ties
Crater Lake: Battle for Wizard Island
With a Name like Love
Sean Griswold's head

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2019 Reading Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge
Sheila has read 9 books toward her goal of 80 books.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Veins of Gold By Charlie N. Holmberg: Book Review

Veins of Gold
Author: Charlie N. Holmberg 
Genres: FantasySpeculative Romance 
Format: eBook • Pages: 316 
Published: July 17, 2018 
Publisher: Mirror Press 
Source: Author/Publisher 

Book Summary:
Desperate to save her siblings from poverty, a young woman discovers magic fueled by gold . . . and a love for the man who wields it. Abandoned by their father for the gold rush, Gentry and her siblings labor to survive alone in the inhospitable west. When bizarre natural disasters begin wreaking havoc on the land, Gentry discovers a world of magic. Desperate for help, she accepts aid from a mysterious stranger. Winn not only sees the magic, but controls its hunger by feeding it gold—the very thing Gentry’s father left to acquire. But the earth’s unrest only grows worse, and Gentry’s fear leads her to a terrible choice: marry a wealthy man she does not love, or trust in Winn’s unpredictable power to save her family. 

My Review

This novel has such a wonderful combination of magic, romance, and Utah history. Gentry and her younger siblings Rooster and Pearl,are left on their own after their mother's death and their father leaves for the hills of California to join the Gold Rush. Poverty and hunger overcomes the family when a magical man, Winn, comes to their rescue. Not only does Winn become a romantic prospect for Gentry, but he also teaches Gentry about the magic he does which is a combination of earth magic, using gold, and things learned from a Native American tribe. 

This western setting combined with the fantasy element is one I loved. Even though things were hard for Gentry and her siblings, there were many people there to lend a helping hand. I loved the Mormon family that were friends with Gentry (no religion in this book), the neighbor that gave her brother a job, and of course Winn. If you have never read anything by Charlie Holmberg, (Why haven't you??) this is a good one to start with. She is an amazing writer that creates a great plot, always interesting and unique magic systems, and characters that you love. I don't want to tell you more because you need to read this on your own to experience this magical novel. The romance is sweet and I liked the relationship between Gentry and Winn. In the long run Gentry ends up helping Winn just as much as Winn helps her.

This story touches on the subject of why this magic was surfacing because the of all of the gold that was being taken out of the Earth leaving things unbalanced in nature. I like the idea of things being balanced in nature among the soil, minerals, animals, and humans. You will be left thinking of many topics: pride, friendship, endurance etc. as you finish this novel. I truly enjoyed this and can't wait until I read the next book by Charlie.

Links to Purchase: Veins of Gold: 
Meet Author Charlie Holmberg:
Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie N. Holmberg was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters who also have boy names. She is a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and finally adopted a dog. Her fantasy Paper Magician series, which includes The Paper MagicianThe Glass Magician, and The Master Magician, has been optioned by the Walt Disney Company. Her stand-alone novel, Followed by Frost, was nominated for a 2016 RITA Award for Best Young Adult Romance, and her novel The Fifth Doll won the 2018 Whitney for Speculative Fiction. She is a board member for Deep Magic Ezine and lives with her family in Utah.
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