Veins of Gold

Veins of Gold

by Charlie N. Holmberg

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ISBN-13: 9781947152229
Publisher: Mirror Press
Publication date: 01/26/2018
Pages: 310
Sales rank: 243,383
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Charlie N. Holmberg is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Paper Magician series, which Publishers Weekly called a "promising debut." Short-listed for the 2015 ALA Fantasy Reading List for The Paper Magician, she is also the author of Followed by Frost, The Fifth Doll, and Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet.

Piper Goodeve began narrating in 2011 and has since given voice to over 100 titles. As a stage actress, she has appeared Off-Broadway as well as at theaters across the country, such as the McCarter, the Weston Playhouse, and Syracuse Stage. Piper splits her time between Brooklyn and Vermont.

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Veins of Gold 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Austen-Heyer-fan 8 months ago
Veins of Gold by Charlie M. Holmberg (4 1/2 stars) Loved this book! It's just such a unique idea that it's actually difficult to fit it into any one genre. It's fantasy, magic, historical romance and western all rolled into one. Gentry and her trials are so deep and true to the times. It felt authentic. Her angst over helping her siblings and herself survive was such a motivation for the majority of her decisions in his book. I loved the Winn character. He was a different kind of hero. Not the alpha male stereotype that is so prevalent in romance novels. But a man who has made mistakes and who cares deeply about righting wrongs. Oh, and can control magic. Creative premise, talented writing, well-edited and hard to put down! *poor, **ok, ***good, ****very good, *****something special
momisreading 10 months ago
I feel like I should have liked this book more than I did. The magic of the earth and its’ relationship with the gold rush was interesting. The characters were good. The struggles of Gentry and her siblings were intense. I just couldn’t get into the book, though. There were parts that were better than others and drew me in some, but I never really connected with this book. I received a complimentary copy of the book, which I voluntarily reviewed. I have given my honest opinion.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by the author, and I didn't really know what to expect, other than she had great reviews from reader friends and authors. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of writing, and was easily drawn into the story and its characters. I always enjoy a western setting, and the addition of the paranormal/magic element made it exciting and new, with lots of unknowns. It was a nice balance of 1800's reality and imaginative fantasy. Gentry is strong and devoted to her family, and their increasingly desperate circumstances worry her to the point of anxiety. She has support from the Mormon family who adopted her half brother, and they help keep her grounded and hopeful. Winn is charming and sweet, and Gentry doesn't quite know what to make of her new friend. There are themes of self-reliance, trust, grief, and forgiveness that brought depth to the story. The concept of gold mining and the effect it had on the spirit of the land was intriguing, and I liked the way the author wove in elements of a Native American tribe, the crickets, and the seagulls- nods to the rich history of Utah. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
mara1108 More than 1 year ago
This is my first book by this author and although I read the book description, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I'm not sure what genre this one falls into because it's set in Utah during the California gold rush, but it has magical/fantasy elements to it, in addition to romance--maybe historical fantasy romance? Gentry Abrams, and her younger siblings Rooster and Pearl, are left by their father to survive on their own, while he goes to California to work with a gold mining company, taking one of their horses and their savings with him. Rooster works part-time at their neighbor's farm while Gentry tries her best to stretch every penny they have. Gentry and Pearl travel to American Fork to sell their mom's china, but run in to unexpected trouble and are rescued by Winn, who is unlike anyone Gentry's ever met. My favorite parts of this book are Gentry and Winn's friendship/romance. I also liked Gentry's friendship with Hannah, a second wife who lives in American Fork. When Gentry refuses her help, Hannah tells Gentry that she needs to humble herself because she's prideful. "But the reason God put more than one person on the earth is so we'd help each other." Gentry is strong for only 20 years old, but Hannah is right--she tries to do everything by herself without help from others and refuses to let her siblings, especially 12 year old Pearl, see her cry over anything. She doesn't trust others to help them, which I understood reading about her mom's infidelity and then their father's abandonment. What kind of man leaves a 20, 17, and 12 year old in the desert of Utah to survive on their own? I really want to find out more of where he went and what happens to him. I liked how the author wove some things from Mormon/Utah history in to the story, although it was slightly changed--the locusts and seagulls is a story most of us remember from Pioneer history. The characters are well developed and their interactions with each other and their reactions to their plight are realistic. I was extremely happy with the way it ended, because they all deserved better than what life had given them up to that point.
AE2 More than 1 year ago
When Gentry's father leaves their home in Utah to head to California to look for gold, Gentry is determined to keep their home and care for her brother and sister, but with strange natural disasters and very limited funds, Gentry doesn't know how they'll manage. As she desperately hopes for word from her father, Gentry encounters a mysterious stranger, Winn, who explains that gold being torn from the earth is what is causing the disasters, opening Gentry's eyes to a world she didn't know existed. This is very different from what I normally read (I'm more of a realistic fiction reader or a fantasy-where-the-entire-world-is-created reader); the realistic setting of Utah in the 1800s paired with the fantasy element of magic was admittedly a little bit jarring for me. I say that only as an explanation for other readers who might be like me; I think if I'd paid more attention to that from the get-go and prepared for it mentally, rather than expecting more of a traditional historical romance, it wouldn't have been jarring at all. I think it was very well-written and had an interesting plot and great characters. I read an ARC from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
RLLind More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be incredibly unique and I couldn’t put it down. I’ve never read of a Magic like the kind that lived in this tale. I was so intrigued by Winn and wanted to know more about him and the magic that he knew. Gentry was fascinating as well. She was incredibly selfless and took it upon herself to care for her siblings with little to no help from anyone else. She wouldn’t trust others, and wouldn’t trust herself. And that led to a heartbreaking loss before she could come to terms with the love she felt for Winn. I’ve enjoyed every Charlie Holmberg book that I’ve read, but I have to say, this one might be my favorite.
RLLind More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be incredibly unique and I couldn’t put it down. I’ve never read of a Magic like the kind that lived in this tale. I was so intrigued by Winn and wanted to know more about him and the magic that he knew. Gentry was fascinating as well. She was incredibly selfless and took it upon herself to care for her siblings with little to no help from anyone else. She wouldn’t trust others, and wouldn’t trust herself. And that led to a heartbreaking loss before she could come to terms with the love she felt for Winn. I’ve enjoyed every Charlie Holmberg book that I’ve read, but I have to say, this one might be my favorite.