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I backed up against the doorway to my room, shaken. My insides quivered. I always thought I was tough enough to stand up to anyone. I'd just about proven myself wrong. If it hadn't been for Gary showing up when he did, I'd ... Gary. I thought he'd betrayed me but yet he'd shown up as my rescue. First, I assumed it was a convenient set up between the two of them. But Donnie didn't appear to know him or, at least, pretended not to. It was going to take ... what did Grandpa call it? A leap of faith. If I was going to let myself trust him, I needed to apologize.
"Are you all right?" Gary surveyed my torn shirt.
"Yeah. I think my shoulder is scraped up, that's all. Gary, I owe you an apology."
"It's okay, Addie." He came closer to me and looked at my shoulder. "You just wouldn't let me explain."
I moved back and resisted his touch. "We can't move this mountain all at once, Gary. There's a lot we don't know about each other. Everything moved too quickly. Then, I made a mess of it all."
Gary's lips softened into a sincere smile. I could have melted in his arms right then but this time it had to be right.
"What do you want, Addie? I'll give you the moon."
"Peace. That's what I want. All this precariousness between Donnie and the rest of us when all I wanted was to find my family. Then there is the gold and the problems it started. Susan sprained her ankle in a fall while we were in the cave. I can't help but think that's my fault, too."
"Addie. Don't take the whole world on your shoulders." He reached out and I let him draw me into the fold of his arms. He held me close. The smell of Brut and fabric softener filled my consciousness. I let my troublesfall away. I could have stayed there forever. A time to keep silent.
Posted May 31, 2013
The lust for gold has survived in the Barnes family for more than four generations, and the current crop of kin is no exception. Addison Brown, historian and researcher, becomes reacquainted with most of her cousins at her grandfather’s funeral, and the entire bunch catches gold fever courtesy of post-mortem messages and items from him. They decide to recover a long-lost treasure by working together on the family’s old stomping grounds in Texas. Addison longs to know her relatives better almost as much as she longs to establish a relationship with researcher Gary Wright from the Bureau of Land Management. Over the course of several months, mysterious cousin Donnie threatens the others, family and personal secrets are revealed, and Addie learns what’s of true value in this search. This romance, definitely in the Christian romance category, swaps sermonizing for self-scrutiny, making it a tale that many can appreciate who hold to high values and human compassion.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 18, 2009
Alvarado Gold is a wonderful inspirational mystery and romance. Ms. Pitts-Caine adroitly knits together the fragmented lives of Addie Brown and her disconnected family. The family is brought together at first by the death of their beloved grandfather and slowly reconnected by the great mystery of the Barnes family. In early Texas, the Barnes family hid a fortune in gold; now, the death of their grandfather brings to light clues about that tragic gold and the incidents that broke apart their family. At the same time, Addie Brown is trying to bring about a reconciliation of her own. She quit her job, dumped her boyfriend, and is seeking answers in her own life. Plus, she has a mystery and a confession of her own-a mystery that tragically prevents her own happiness. You won't want to miss the reconciliation of Addie and her family and the resolution of the great hunt for the Barnes family's gold-all set in Alvarado, Texas. I assure you, you will enjoy and be blessed by Ms. Pitts-Caine's characters and novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.