Native Gold (California Legends, Book 1)

Native Gold (California Legends, Book 1)

by Glynnis Campbell
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Native Gold (California Legends, Book 1) by Glynnis Campbell

A unique love letter to the Gold Rush town of Paradise, California!

CALIFORNIA LEGENDS...These are chronicles of the Old West--of the native people who lived on the land for generations and the pioneers who came from all over the world in search of riches...the struggle to survive in a land without laws...the strange bedfellows that resulted from the clash of cultures...and the common language of the heart that spoke of a love more precious than gold.


Mathilda Hardwicke, a rebellious artist rejected by her family and New York society, heads west to Gold Rush California to make a new life for herself as a mail-order bride. When fate leaves her at the altar in Paradise Bar--a ramshackle gold camp full of ragtag miners--she's sure she's leaped out of the frying pan and into the fire.

But unbeknownst to Mattie, she has a protector. Sakote, a fierce Konkow warrior, is bound by honor to watch over the white woman. And though his tribe is threatened by the encroaching miners, he's strangely drawn to Mattie, who delights in making pictures of him and whose destiny seems entwined with his.

When a tragedy at the camp forces Sakote to steal Mattie away, she finds herself in an unfamiliar Paradise of savage wonder, and she soon discovers a forbidden love more precious than gold.

Book Details

  • An original novel based on the Gold Rush history of the author's home town of Paradise, California
  • R-rated for sensual passages
  • Includes historical information and vocabulary from the Konkow tribe
  • Coming soon, Book 2--NATIVE WOLF and Book 3--NATIVE HAWK

More Historical Romances by Glynnis Campbell

The Warrior Maids of Rivenloch
THE SHIPWRECK (a novella)

The Knights of de Ware

Medieval Outlaws

Scottish Lasses
THE OUTCAST (a novella)

California Legends

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016462851
Publisher: Glynnis Campbell
Publication date: 07/25/2016
Series: California Legends , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 39,439
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

The California Legends trilogy--Native Gold, Native Wolf, and Native Hawk--is a love letter to Glynnis Campbell's home town of Paradise, California, where she once reigned as the Gold Nugget Queen in the town's celebration of its Gold Rush roots.

Glynnis Campbell is a USA Today bestselling author of swashbuckling action-adventure historical romances set in Scotland, England, and the American West, with over a dozen books published in six languages. She has won awards in the Orange Rose, Hearts through History, and Book Buyers Best contests and was a double finalist in the Romance Writers of America RITA Awards. Her books appear in several multi-author boxed sets with such esteemed talents as Bella Andre, Marie Force, Tanya Anne Crosby, Lauren Royal, Kathryn Le Veque, Eliza Knight, and Claire Delacroix. Writing from her California home, she loves playing medieval matchmaker and transporting readers to a place where the bold heroes have endearing flaws, the women are stronger than they look, the land is lush and untamed, and chivalry is alive and well!

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Native Gold (Book 1 of the California Legends Trilogy) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautifully written story of Mattie, talented artist, orphaned as a young child, who does not fit in with the rigid outlook on life of her wealthy, New York relatives. She surprises herself as she had always been biddable, to find the strength & determination to run away to california as a mail order bride which does not work out. She begins a fascinating life that encompasses the lives of the goldminers & native americans. The goldminer characters are a crackup. She meets Sakote & boy! does his beauty & charisma make Mattie's heart & my heart palpitate! Wonderful desciptions & appreciation of nature by the author through Mattie's & Sakote's eyes. Heartbreaking clashes between the two cultures that tear the two apart. Tastefull & beautiful love scenes. I live in California & appreciate such a well written, historical romance story on old California. Now that I've read the sample of the next in the series, Native Wolf, my heart is palpitating again!
Sharrie More than 1 year ago
This book captures the California old west like none I've read before.  I grew up in an old mining town in Tennessee and often fantasized about the interactions between upper and lower class, immigrants and natives, and this book brings many of my own fantasies to life.  I've always been a fan of old California, often ignored in stories of the "old west.  Can't wait for the next California Legends release!
Anonymous 8 months ago
Loved the book. I couldnt put it down. It was not the usual violence you find in books about this time in history between American Indians and the white man but rather a beautiful love story giving you insight into their different traditions and how the two can come together.
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Great plot
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Enjoyable from beginning to end. Looking forward to reading more by this author.
Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
Breathtaking! OMG I just finished reading a breathtaking American historical adventure! I needed something different to read and discovered NATIVE GOLD, #1 of the California Legends Trilogy, written by Glynnis Campbell. This is the first book that I read by this author, and it won't be the last one. I really liked, this story, because it was set in the Gold Rush period; I loved her two main characters Mattie, a sketch artist and Sakote, a brave Konkow warrior who found love where two worlds collided. It's pace paced, very well written, beautiful sensual chemistry between her characters, lots of powerful emotions! Ms. Campbell is a very talented storyteller, I could not put the book down. She is also a very descriptive writer, her words flow! I highly recommend this book, if you love an historical romance filled with passion and adventure. I am looking forward to read her next book NATIVE WOLF #2 of the California Legends Trilogy. You need to add this book to your TBR list!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! I grew up in Paradise California and I have often wondered about how life was like back in the gold rush days. Our town is rich in history and tradition and we celebrate the gold rush days every April. Being from here I was able to picture the locations and story she was weaving. Even if you are not from here (I think everyone should visit a small town at least once in thier life time) you can picture the story in your mind. I can not wait for the next book!!
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
NATIVE GOLD by Glynnis Campbell is an exciting American Historical Romance set in 1850 Paradise California. #1 in the "California Legends" Trilogy and what a beginning. With Ms. Campbell's usual style of vivid descriptions,engaging,realistic characters you can not go wrong. When Sakote, a Konkow warrior,meets Mathilda Hardwicke, "Mattie",a rebellious artist, you have NATIVE GOLD. Tarzan meets Jane, Indian style. Written with descriptions so vivid and details so sound, you feel you are there among, the miners,landscape,Indians, as they navigate their heartbreak,tragedies,triumphs,joys,sadness,hopes,dreams,and their fears. Mattie is a mail order bride,but when she arrives in Paradise,she finds, her intended has died,and so the story begins.... "Native Gold" is filled with the California Gold Rush of 1850's,prejudice,culture differences,passion,friendship,and love. As two world collide,the white man's world and the Indian world, so does Mattie and Sakote's. A powerful story of overcoming prejudice,the power of love and friendship. I can hardly wait to read the rest of the story..... Loved it! A must read for any reader who enjoys the American Gold Rush days, romance, historical facts,the danger of the "old West" and two cultures coming together. You will not regret this fast paced story of love and culture. Received for an honest review from the author. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Anonymous More than 1 year ago