Gold Digger: The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor

Gold Digger: The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor

by Rebecca Rosenberg


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One look at Baby Doe and you know she was meant to be a legend! She was just twenty years old when she came to Colorado to work a gold mine with her new husband. Little did she expect that she'd be abandoned and pregnant and left to manage the gold mine alone. But that didn't stop her!

She moved to Leadville and fell in love with a married prospector, twice her age. Horace Tabor struck the biggest silver vein in history, divorced his wife and married Baby Doe. Though his new wife was known for her beauty, her fashion, and even her philanthropy, she was never welcomed in polite society.

Discover how the Tabors navigated the worlds of wealth, power, politics, and scandal in the wild days of western mining.

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ISBN-13: 9780578427799
Publisher: Lion Heart Publishing
Publication date: 05/28/2019
Pages: 318
Sales rank: 177,485
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.71(d)

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Gold Digger: The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
ShihTzuMama More than 1 year ago
Inspired by a woman and events forgotten by history, bestselling author Rebecca Rosenberg weaves together carefully researched fact and fiction to tell the story of Elizabeth McCourt Tabor, better known as Baby Doe Tabor, and the place she held in the life and heart of Horace Tabor, a wealthy mining magnate and US Senator, who was old enough to be her father. Baby Doe moved to Colorado from Oshkosh Wisconsin with her first husband, Harvey Doe, a drunken Lothario who, unlike his wife, was somewhat adverse to manual labor. After divorcing Harvey (no mean feat and almost unheard of for a woman in the 1880’s) she moved to Leadville where she met Tabor, the man responsible for the birth of much of the Colorado silver mining industry. They married and had two daughters and lived in a mansion in Denver. When the government repealed the Sherman Silver Purchase Act and went on the gold standard Baby Doe and her husband went from fabulous wealth to indigence almost overnight. Following the death of Tabor, she and her daughters returned to Leadville to work their surviving mine, the Matchless in the hope of rebuilding their lives and their dreams. Rosenberg’s historical fiction novel GOLD DIGGER: The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor should be required reading for young people today since it does an excellent job of illustrating the hard work, trials and tribulations suffered by those women who, working shoulder to shoulder with their men, built this country. (No food stamps, subsidized housing, or free health care and education for those folks…..just tenacity, courage and back-breaking work with no guarantee of success). Author Rosenberg is a talented spinner of tales as well as a sharp observer of social conventions of the time period.
Sandy5 6 months ago
I read this book for book club otherwise I don’t think I would have picked it up. From reading the title, I expected a more somber novel about the gold-rush era, not the adventurous, dashy story that I read. Baby Doe gave this era, something to talk about. I knew nothing about Baby Doe before picking up this novel. Now, after reading this novel, I want to read more about her to hear the whole story. The novel begins with Baby Doe traveling with her new husband Harvey to Colorado, in the late 1800’s, as Harvey is going to manage a mine that his father owns. Baby Doe has plans of her own, to send money back to her parents to help them get by. Her husband ends up not being as business smart as they thought and Baby Doe ends up helping him out with the business which I feel is an important part to who she ends up becoming. The mine becomes the central part of the story with the individuals who work in it and their families also. Baby Doe becomes a working woman, yet some men are drawn to her beauty and don’t take her seriously. She’s a smart, determined individual who knows more than you think. This was a fast-paced story what once I started, I couldn’t quit. There were numerous times while reading this story, I found myself talking out loud, reacting to the other characters as they conversed with Baby Doe. I laughed a few times and there were even some harsh words spoken, for I thought they were being very deceitful, given the circumstances. Baby Doe’s story is definitely a story that you need to read.
beckwith_usa More than 1 year ago
"From the moment I met you, I knew we were two of a kind. You’ve lived through things that crush most folks. Yet, you’ve come out stronger, showing a brave and beautiful face with each new challenge." Baby Doe has countless admirers, but a single true love. The roller coaster of a life based on Elizabeth McCourt Doe (Baby Doe Tabor) encompasses what I consider to be enjoyable and readable historical fiction. I was drawn to this title as I was curious about the era and subject matter, and was delighted with my choice. Rebecca Rosenberg brings to life the Colorado mining communities in the late 1800's with a well-researched plot, and a satisfying ending. It should come as no surprise that Oscar Wilde (in a brief and entertaining appearance) has some of the best one-liners in the novel: "I don’t know that women are always rewarded for being charming... I think they’re usually punished for it.” After turning the last page, I immediately went to the author's website, appropriately bannered: "Historical Novels Celebrating Glorious Women of the Past", and look forward to adding to my TBR pile! ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a complimentary copy from netgalley - many thanks I LOVED this!!! Must admit, I've not read much from this era and to read about a woman in what is very much a man's world was illuminating Well written and engaging, this author is new to me, but I will certainly be looking out for more of her work
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a complimentary copy from netgalley - many thanks I LOVED this!!! Must admit, I've not read much from this era and to read about a woman in what is very much a man's world was illuminating Well written and engaging, this author is new to me, but I will certainly be looking out for more of her work
Kittylou More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Rebecca Rosenberg and NetGalley for an ARC of Gold Digger in exchange for an honest review. Very interesting, well written Historical fiction about the struggles and triumphs of Lizzie 'Baby Doe' Tabor. In the late 1800's., she was beautiful strong and stubborn and she defied Victorian gender values to work in the Colorado gold mines or what ever she needed to do to make it rich. I loved how the author weaved the story and how she portrayed the rich and colorful characters, I'm giving this one a 4 star rating and suggest you grab a copy!
DianeD54 More than 1 year ago
This book is set in Colorado at the time of the gold and silver mining days. The writer gives us glimpses into the history of what it was like back then and though the book is fiction, Baby Doe was real. I enjoyed the book and the way the story and characters brought those times to life for me If you like historical fiction and want to learn more about the gold and silver mining and what life was like in those days, grab this book.
brf1948 More than 1 year ago
Rebecca Rosenberg brings the past alive with her prose. Gold Digger, The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor is based on the life of Elizabeth McCourt Doe Tabor and obviously a great deal of background research went into the writing of this historical novel. Gold Digger takes us to Colorado mining country with the arrival of newlyweds Harvey and 'Lizzy' Elizabeth McCourt Doe in Denver by rail in April of 1878. We see Baby Doe through years of trying to help Harvey cope with life in general and the expectations of his wealthy East Coast parents, his desertion and the birth and death of their son, divorce from Harvey despite her Catholic faith and the lifetime of censure from Colorado's social class. We are with her also through much happier times, her later marriage to Horace and the birth of her two daughters, and watch as she copes with poverty, great wealth, and back to poverty, and the death of Husband #2, Horace Austin Warner Tabor in 1899. Baby Doe Tabor was a remarkable woman, independent to a fault, kind and generous and a remarkable helpmate to both of the men in her life. Her travels through many of the mining towns in the Colorado mountains are so well described you feel like you have been there, at that time, in the cold or the warmth of the sun. And watching Denver grow into the transportation hub of the western Rocky Mountains is an exceptional experience as well. I received a free electronic copy of this historical novel from Rebecca Rosenberg, Netgalley and IBPA Publisher Lion Heart in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me.
GayleT00000 More than 1 year ago
Ah, I've been trying to read this book for the last few days. I've struggled mightily with it. The book is dialog-driven, and the author depends on the dialog to further the story, instead of using descriptions in sentences and paragraphs. It's very hard for me to keep track of who's saying what. The book is also historical fiction, which is fine for characters who never existed, but when writing about real people, I find it disingenuous to put words in their mouths and attribute actions to them that they might or might not have ever said or done. This is a story, but not THE story of the Tabors. If you want to know the real story of the Tabors, read a biography about them. If you want a fanciful story about some people named "Tabor", this is the book for you. I give the author credit for writing a book, which I imagine is a hard thing to do. Baby Doe Tabor was a fascinating character, and there are other books that tell her real story.
lsmoore_43 More than 1 year ago
I won a copy of this book and also got a copy via NetGalley from the author for my complete, unbiased, and honest review. This book was so good from the very beginning. I was a bit unsure whether I was going to like it at first but after reading the very first page I was hooked. It weaves so much history throughout the story. I learned so much about the gold and silver mines in Colorado. I also remembered a President that I had forgotten about. The 21st president of the United States. President Arthur. I know my presidents usually but for some reason forgot about him so I googled him. I love when I read a book that makes me a bit smarter. I loved this book. I loved most of the characters. There were some that I detested but that happens. It had so much feeling. Deep love, aching, heartbreaking pain, a bit of laughter. All the feels I expect from a good book. Baby Doe was a great beauty and all the men wanted her. When she gave her heart it was for real. It was for life. Not for money but for true love. I wept in a few parts of this book. It broke my heart and then I would feel so happy. I hated how the women treated Baby Doe. They should have given her a chance. She was kind, tender, loving, giving to a fault and loyal. Horace Tabor fell in love with her and made her his wife against all the crazy odds of the Colorado laws. I could not believe that a woman could not get a divorce back then. That was crazy, but true. It was hard for Horace to get a divorce so he could marry Baby Doe. Theirs is a love story that transcends the ages. And what an age difference they had. Her young and beautiful and him somewhat old. He was actually quite a bit older than her but they had the thing that keeps a couple together. Complete love and loyalty. This book was so well researched. I felt like I was right there. In the mines, in the mountains, in the hotels, opera houses and even in the White House. Ms Rosenberg did an outstanding job with this book. She brought history to life with words. Words that I won’t soon forget. I treasured each word in this book. It was truly a beautiful story of love and loss. I can’t wait for the sequel now. A great big 5 stars and more if I could. Thank you to #NetGalley #Rebecca Rosenberg for this book.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: You have the attention span of a squirrel. Maybe I should bring acorns next time. “I prefer women with a past.” Wilde winked. “They’re always so damned amusing.” Peter inserted a long skeleton key into the dressing room door. “Don’t give up on love, darling,” Wilde advised her. “One should always be in love. That’s the reason one should never marry.” My Review: Ms. Rosenberg has an entertaining and commanding writing style that squeezed my heart while raising my awareness. I have to choose carefully when picking up historical fiction, as the poor treatment of women tends to cause me dental damage from grinding my teeth. This entertaining and enlightening blending of fact and fiction was often tragic, as was undoubtedly the life of most women of the time, rich or poor. I was unfamiliar with the history and notoriety of the featured characters and having my curiosity sparked, I found myself hitting up Mr. Google for more information, which in turn led me to YouTube videos - which always results in me losing hours of time. Funny how that happens…
Margaret Yelton More than 1 year ago
Review will be posted on Amazon 5/29/2019 I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review. This isnt a genre that I read alot in, yet having said that I found the book to be very good. I could tell the author spent alot of time researching the time period so that her protrayal was pretty accurate. What a hard life it would have been living in that day and age. I felt like the author had the ability to bring the story alive so that you actually felt like you were in the book. I would recommend it to others that enjoy this genre of books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Newlyweds Lizzie and Harvey Doe are on a train heading west. Harvey’s father had purchased a gold mine and wants him to go and work the mine in Central City. Horace Tabor and his wife, Augusta, own a mercantile store in Central City. They have lived in this town for years and sell all kinds of supplies to new prospectors who arrive in town every day. To his wife’s chagrin, Horace likes to sneak off and pan for gold. Today, he has found a vein of silver and is thrilled at his new wealth. Harvey is called home to care for his ailing mother leaving Lizzie behind. Trying to fit in, she finds people seem to be jealous of her beauty which gains her the nickname of Baby Doe as her eyes look like those of a young doe. To support herself, she works in a haberdashery. Men love her beauty. When Harvey fails to return, she files for divorce which is unheard of for women. Before long, Baby Doe and Horace Tabor fall in love. He is now extremely wealthy and has gotten into politics. His wife, Augusta, does not want to give him a divorce. Will Horace and Baby Doe ever have a life together? This is a true story that shows the many people who worked hard to mine for gold and silver. It describes the wealth that many of them earned, along with the heartache of those who did not find fortune. I found the politics of the time period to be fascinating. People were willing to do just about anything to rub elbows with the wealthy and the politically successful. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Lynne Ernst More than 1 year ago
Historical novel during the 1870's involving mining in Colorado. Intriguing story of Baby Doe Tabor. Powerful woman during challenging times. Thank you for the advanced copy of Gold Digger in exchange for my complete and honest opinion.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this novel based on a real person. Baby Doe first went to Colorado with her first husband. She married Harvey in hopes to be able to help her parents with money. It as interesting to learn about this woman’s life. She seems to have been a little before the times. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series that will continue her life story. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
georgia1 More than 1 year ago
An amazing story on one woman's journey through life in the late 1800's west and how she became the wife of a miner that struck it rich. "Her beauty was a gift from God, Mam said, a gold plated guarantee she'd marry a gentleman of means and wouldn't have to take in mending." She was a newlywed and she and her husband were headed to Colorado where they were going to work a gold mine. That set to stage for what was to come when her husband abandoned her and she had to make her way. But meeting Silver King Horace Tabor, she seemed to be set to live a good life. Never being accepted in polite society was hard and there was a lot that happened. Follow this enlightening story and become riveted as you turn the pages as fast as you can.. Lori Dykes
Surrah19 More than 1 year ago
It’s not often I find or read books about that era between the American Civil War and World War I, so it was a happy surprise that I stumbled into reading Gold Digger:The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor. In Gold Digger, you fall into the life of Lizzie aka Baby Doe. Baby has just been married and is off to Colorado with her new husband in the hopes of striking in big with gold mining. Things don’t go as planned, and Baby Doe finds herself husband- and child-less. What’s worse is the hate many of the townswomen are spewing on her as she fights to take care of herself and forge her own path ahead. In the end, she may find that money isn’t the most important driver in life. Baby Doe was one of my favorite characters of the many, many books I’ve read, and what’s even cooler is that she’s modeled after a real life woman. She is smart and strong-willed and expects no less from herself than what is expected of men, which is odd for that time period. She’s a dreamer, and unafraid to provide ideas and opinions. Throughout her struggles, she fights to stay true to herself. What an inspiration for women of any age! If you like what you’ve heard so far, be sure to add Gold Digger: The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor to you reading list; it's out now. I’m giving this five stars, and I’m telling you, you don’t want to miss out on this woman’s trials and tribulations! **Thank you to Rebecca Rosenberg and Netgalley for providing with a copy of this e-book. I’ve voluntarily read this book and the review expresses my own personal opinion.**
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Lately, I have become hooked on historical fiction. Gold Digger is a wonderful look at what life was like during the gold and silver rush in Colorado. Life wasn’t easy, working a mine was a lot of work with the risk of injury and death every day. There is social acceptance, which Baby Doe didn’t have. There is the political aspect of Gold vs. Silver. Gold Digger is from a time that I am just starting to explore and I couldn’t wait to read about Baby Doe’s life as a miner’s wife. Not only was she a miner’s wife but she also worked alongside the men at the mines learning the trade. I loved that she didn’t stay in the traditional wife role but wanted to learn about what her husband was doing even if this meant she wasn’t accepted by everyone. Baby Doe broke barriers and blazed her own trail. I love when I finish a book, a historical book, and then realize how much I have learned while reading it. Gold Digger opened the door to time, a location, and a lifestyle that I didn’t know much about.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth McCourt Doe lived a remarkable life. I was enthralled by her story. She had the strength and tenacity to fight for her survival. Her beauty was both a blessing and a curse. She became famous or infamous as Baby Doe, but she was no fragile beauty. I admired her desire to learn about mining so that she could help her husband, Harvey, secure their fortune. However, he was a weak man who abandoned her. When Baby Doe divorced him, she flaunted society’s rules. I was impressed by her courage. When she found love with the Silver King, I wanted her to find the love and acceptance she deserved. Horace Tabor was a good and generous man who worked to improve the lives of people. What started out as admiration turned to love. Unfortunately he was married to a controlling woman. Baby Doe was a religious and didn’t want to spend her life hiding in the shadows. I understood why she left Tabor and went back to Wisconsin. How he won his bride was romantic. It broke my heart how Baby Doe was vilified when they married. People showed their hatred and prejudice. I cried when Horace died and was overcome when Baby Doe faced the people who came to honor her late husband. Rebecca Rosenberg pulled me into this remarkable book. The characters came alive. I couldn’t believe that I had never heard of Baby Doe Tabor before. I can’t wait to read the sequel, Silver Dollar, to see what life has in store for her.
Darlene491 More than 1 year ago
I just read a terrific book. Gold Digger, The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor by Rebecca Rosenberg. It doesn't hit the market until May 28, 2019 but I suggest you put it on your TBR list. I've given it a, rare for me, 5 stars. I was offered the chance to read an advanced reader copy and I almost didn't, I vaguely knew of Baby Doe and didn't think I'd be interested. What a shame if I had passed it up. So, I voluntarily read and will review for you, with all thoughts and opinions being mine. Gold fever hit the west when in 1848 gold nuggets were discovered. Go west young man and seek your fortune. Elizabeth 'Lizzie" McCourt is on her way to Colorado with her new husband, Harvey Doe. Harvey was a good catch, his father was mayor of Oshkosh. The downside is he's a mama's boy and she doesn't love him. The newlyweds were gifted a deed to the Fourth Of July gold mine in Central City, Colorado. A new start and a chance to help her family financially. If her family had whined for money one more time I was going to scream. Harvey goes back to Oshkosh to take care of his sick mother (yea right) and Lizzie is left to carry on and work the mine. She reminds the miners of a baby doe, it's a fun play on her name. and it sticks. She's now Baby Doe. Scandalously, she divorces Harvey and becomes a pariah to society. Horace Tabor is a self made man. He's, of course, older than Baby and married but love doesn't care. He's such an interesting character. Made and lost fortunes but had no real head for business. The people around him were not always honest and sometimes just leaches. He and Baby are meant to be together and what a ride they had. From dead broke to having the president at your wedding back to dead broke, wow. Tabors story is as fascinating as Baby's. I did have one laugh out loud moment. Baby's brother comes to town and takes up with Oscar Wilde! It's a great section of the book. It's obvious how much research went into this story, Ms Rosenberg did a wonderful job. We have something to look forward to, Silver Dollar, in 2020. The next chapter picks up after Tabor's death. Baby's story in no way ended there. Happy reading. #Netgalley #LionHeartPublishing #RebeccaRosenberg #GoldDigger
AndraB More than 1 year ago
Gold Digger: The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor by Rebecca Rosenberg is a historical novel set during a period in American History when the search for gold led to the establishment of many towns in the West and the state of Colorado. Not since school have I gained such insight into the establishment of the West and this period in American History. This is the story of the impact of the search for gold and wealth on one woman’s life, Lizzie McCourt Doe, later to be nicknamed Baby Doe. Lizzie Doe came west to run a gold mine owned by her new husband’s father. This is where the story begins. It is the start of the struggles to acclimate to new surroundings in the West that are much more austere than in the East. This is the story of love, loss, tragedy and strength of character. Do not let the name Baby Doe lead you to think that this is a woman who is helpless and needy. It is the furthest thing from the truth. Baby Doe is a strong, resilient and fierce woman who does not fit the mold of women at this time in history. Baby Doe did not let hardships and loss destroy her, she used it to strengthen both herself and her resolve. This is a very well written book. Rebecca Rosenberg paints a very vivid picture of the mining towns, that grew into cities and the characters that inhabit them. I was able to visualize the people, the places and the action. The description was so subtle and was made so much a part of the story that I sometimes wondered how I could see the action and the people as well as sense their character. The characters are built with distinctive qualities that you can either support or dislike. I had some very emotional reactions during the reading of this book. I really liked the character of Baby Doe Tabor and I rooted for her throughout. I highly recommend this well written novel of historical fiction to everyone. It has all the elements that a reader wants in a good book. I look forward to reading more books by Rebecca Rosenberg. Thank you to #Netgalley and #LionHeartPublishing for approving my request. The opinions expressed in this review are solely my own.
TheBookBag More than 1 year ago
The story of Baby Doe Tabor is exciting—full of love, rich living, and beautiful things, while at the same time we get to witness the hard life she lived and the rags to riches and back to rags struggles she endured. She definitely was a very strong woman and one who was not afraid to speak her mind, which was pretty much unheard of at that time in the old West. What a spitfire she was! I love that this story took me back to that old West and let me experience life the way it was back then. I became immersed in that time period and learned so much about the silver mining in that area. It was interesting to experience the life of an 'outsider' to the area as Baby Doe was shunned by society and was never really accepted. I admired her strength and her determination to get what she wanted. Gold Digger: The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor is a must read for historical fiction lovers. It truly gives us a look at the tough times, but also the glorious times, of the old West through the eyes of an amazing woman.
rokinrev More than 1 year ago
“Think about it,” he said. “Important things aren’t about money. Health. Friendship. True love. If you don’t have those, money can’t buy them for you.” Elizabeth McCourt married Harvey Doe in hopes that she could help her family get back on their feet after a fire destroyed their livelihood. Abandoned, and trying to keep their mine going, she has been nicknamed “Baby Doe” by the miners she works with. Without trying she catches the eye of Horace Tabor, the Silver King, a prominent miner twice her age. With his help she sues Harvey for divorce, almost unheard of in Colorado. Everything Horace touches turns to silver, and, still attracted to Baby Doe, he expands his holdings to include most of the impressive buildings in Centerville Colorado. Baby leaves him but he follows her, marrying her just as he becomes senator. Despite the scandal and shunning, she and Horace make a fairly good life until silver tanks as the US switches to the Gold Standard. Society is sure Baby will leave Tabor but theirs is a “Matchless love” that can withstand almost anything. I became a fan of Rebecca Rosenberg with her book “The Secret Life of Mrs. London”, some of the best historical fiction I have read in years. With “Gold Digger”, Rosenberg has solidified her place in the world of storytelling. I highly recommend this book.5/5 [disclaimer: I received this book from the author and voluntarily reviewed it]
LawladyCase More than 1 year ago
What a fun book. It certainly had ups and downs, as well as common catastrophes of the times, but I seriously had fun reading this book. Baby Doe Tabor is a strong, capable women in a time when such characteristics are not popular or even fashionable in ladies. This story takes us from the train that Lizzie and her newlywed husband, Harvey take to Colorado to a time when she is friends with the President. We follow her excitement and disappointments. The characters are interesting. At once, they are self-deprecating, egotistical, humble and lovestruck. The author portrays the early west as wild while still holding on to its societal norms and prejudices. The tale weaves in between minute towns, desolate mines and cities. The writing is concise and it reads easily. I wanted to read it in one sitting. I highly recommend this book. I tend to read more Civil War and World War II historical fiction. This was a breath of fresh air and left me scampering to find more from this era. I have already joined Rebecca Rosenberg’s website so that I can be notified upon the publication of the second installment of Baby Doe Tabor’s fascinating life. I received an ARC from Lion Heart Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion or rating of this book.
teachlz More than 1 year ago
Rebecca Rosenberg, Author for “Gold Digger The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor” has written a captivating, enthralling, intriguing, intense, and suspenseful novel. The Genres for this novel are Historical Fiction and Romance. The timeline for this story is around 1878, around the time of the gold rush, in Colorado. The author describes her colorful cast of characters as complex and complicated. Baby Doe came to Colorida with her new husband to work and look for gold in the mine her father-in-law had suggested. She wants to send money to her family. Baby Doe finds herself working very hard. Baby Doe shows how courageous she is when her husband leaves her. She files for a divorce After this happens, Baby Doe moves to Leadville. Baby Doe does meet someone. I love the way that Rebecca Rosenberg vividly describes the Western days of mining. The prospectors are looking for gold and veins of silver. Men are fighting for their mining rights. There is a political agenda, discrimination, betrayals, and danger. Even when Baby Doe is considered successful and is charitable, it is difficult for her to make friends. I eagerly await the next novel in this series. I highly recommend this Historical Fiction Read.