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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Francine Rivers returns to the California frontier in this sweeping, romantic tale of a displaced New England suffragette, a former Union soldier disinherited by his Southern family, and the town they join forces to save.  

1875. When Kathryn Walsh arrives in tiny Calvada, a mining town nestled in the Sierra Nevadas, falling in love is the farthest thing from her mind. Banished from Boston by her wealthy stepfather, she has come to claim an inheritance from the uncle she never knew: a defunct newspaper office on a main street overflowing with brothels and saloons, and a seemingly worthless mine. Moved by the oppression of the local miners and their families, Kathryn decides to relaunch her uncle’s newspaper - and then finds herself in the middle of a maelstrom, pitted against Calvada’s most powerful men. But Kathryn intends to continue to say - and publish - whatever she pleases, especially when she knows she’s right.  

Matthias Beck, owner of a local saloon and hotel, has a special interest in the new lady in town. He instantly recognizes C. T. Walsh’s same tenacity in the beautiful and outspoken redhead - and knows all too well how dangerous that family trait can be. While Kathryn may be right about Calvada’s problems, her righteousness could also get her killed. But when the handsome hotelier keeps finding himself on the same side of the issues as the opinionated Miss Walsh, Matthias’s restless search for purpose becomes all about answering the call of his heart. Everyone may be looking to strike it rich in this lawless boomtown, but it’s a love more precious than gold that will ultimately save them all.

©2022 Francine Rivers (P)2022 Recorded Books
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A good read.

I have read almost everything Francine has written and have enjoyed every book. This one was no different. The narrator is a bit slow so I recommend increasing the speed. I started out at 2.0 speed and increased to 2.5. If you are a fan of Francine's work, read this one. It's worth it.

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Ok story, not the novel of faith expected

I have loved Francine Rivers because through a story, she tells a story of faith. I find general Romance novels a waste of time, but hers I will go back to because my faith is challenged, encouraged, and usually the dialog is scripture that her characters have anchored to. Although this was a good story, I waited for this element. The reason I listen to Francine Rivers. It was 99% absent. I'm returning it it was a waste of time. And I'm so incredibly sad to even have to say that. I have loved Francine Rivers and do not even know who this author is.

The story was about a dynamic woman who is sent out west during the gold rush era. She is closed off to all men determined to prove women can do anything a man can do. The very beginning of the women's rights when it was about their right to vote. And that was the focus . This woman could do anything a man could do. Nothing really about faith. oh, She goes to church. There was a few mentions of God. Nothing deeper than our sometimes casual prayer before dinner. And, but of course it is a Romance novel... so as not to spoil the shallow ending, I shall say nothing.

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Not what I was hoping for

I thought this would be like Francines Christian books but it was more of a male bashing women’s lib book. More on highlighting how men are drunk, immature and upper handed. Seems more like a book written by a bitter feminist than a Christian writer.

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a huge miss for me.

I love reading Francine Rivers stories. I become encouraged and often by the end of the booked my own faith is uplifted. but I feel like this was more romance with a sprinkle of God. but even the romance was a miss for me. as a Christian the main character was anything but. maybe that's why I had a hard time finishing the book. the Main character was on a male batshing rampage through the whole book except for the last chapter which got annoying. we get it you hate men.... just, not worth the read IMO.

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Loved it!!!!!

I have been reading Francine River's books for a long time, but knowing this was a true story, makes this one really special. While waiting for my first grandchild, I read Voice In The Wind to my daughter and my Hadassah just turned 20, has always loved to read and write stories, and now works in the small library at a Christian radio station. I think I'll have to buy this book for her. I listened to it on Audible.

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Unlikeable characters

I generally love Ms Rivers stories. Her characters and plot lines are usually compelling. This story however is a bundle of frustrations and unlikeable characters. I just can’t seem to get behind Mr Beck and Katherine. He is unlikeable and high handed and a completely unattractive character. Katherine is predictable and a generally dull character. Having a whole book about political angst, injustice and feminism has not been a welcome escape for this reader.

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Loved this charming book

Witty writing and a captivating storyline. Francine Rivers had created yet another masterpiece! It's a MUST READ! (or listen)

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not what I expected from one of my favorite author

Regardless of this being a true story, I didn't like this one. I love Francine rivers but this one was not something I expected from her. I love her for her faith filled stories. This one was sorely lacking that. God was obviously not guiding the characters in the story. There was no mention of God's guidance anywhere. I'm very disappointed.

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  • 04-16-22

The ladies mine review

As a writer Francine Rivers is excellent! I loved all her books and would love to see a sequel to this one. As a performer the reader stops at every. And it is not easy to listen to especially in the beginning when the story is developing. It is as if she does not know how to read ahead and get the gist of the sentence before she actually read it. Not wild about the performance but loved the story.

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Boring

I was so looking forward to a new Francine Rivers book, but this was boring! I think the only way I got through it was Kate Forbes reading it.

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  • Mrs O
  • 03-20-22

Another great book

I really enjoyed going back to the gold rush era. A good story, well read.

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  • LJ
  • 03-08-22

charming. Refreshing!!

Romance that tickles the spot. Beautifully written. Truths of life and God weaved throughout. Easy relatable characters. Thankyou Francine Rivers

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  • Nzilani K.
  • 09-15-22

Disappointing

Was unable to get past 4 hours of this book. Story line is quite predictable. Was mostly disappointed by how badly the main male character behaves yet that somehow leads to a romance. Refusing to leave a lady's house after being asked is harassment. Holding her on your laps after she falls on you in the train then telling her she's better off staying there is sexual harassment. None of this should be a prelude to romance. Francine Rivers can surely do better than this.

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  • Sophie Tee
  • 08-04-22

Perfect balance of faith building fiction

This book is just the boost I needed. Easy to listen to.
Great tone and volume of voice.
Easy to pick up the character nuances so essential to climb into the story. It had enough challenges and blessings in life for faith building and stimulus throughout. I loved Kate’s spicy character and feisty determination with a few raw, vulnerable edges to blend beautifully for a modern life too - truly transformational. I felt compelled to offer this book to my daughter. A new believer in God, I sensed it would be a good uplifting, faith building read for her fledging journey.

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  • Thomas Kennedy
  • 07-30-22

Great 👍

I love Francine Rivers. Even more on audiobook performed by this particular lady. (Sorry I can’t remember her name)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-04-22

Lovely!

I looooved it! I'm actually sad it ended! The story griped me and held my attention until the very end. I really enjoyed this book, thanks Mrs Rivers

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  • Shireen
  • 05-31-22

Did not enjoy this at all

Having read every one of Francine Rivers books and so looked forward to this her latest! Such a disappointment!! Wanted to give up right through it but kept hoping it would improve! Sadly it didn’t! 😥

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  • Penzy
  • 05-24-22

Captivating

Love story, with loads of twists.
Friendships, community, determination
Great plot, holds your attention x

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  • Pia Horan-Gross
  • 09-06-22

A delightful story beautifully written !

A delightful love story with a fascinating heroine. It is written at a time when women enjoyed few rights and were considered men's property. Francine, the author, depicts with insight how this injustice towards the female sex affected girls with intelligence, insight and self-drive, such as our heroine.

I also loved the portrayal of her faith and its impact upon those around her and in overcoming some of her own struggles.

Well worth a listen to!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-24-22

very enjoyable

I was engaged from start to finish, excellent book, great story line and difficult to put down.

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  • Sonia
  • 07-22-22

Great story

Very enjoyable listening about a strong determined lady!
Another great story by Francine Rivers
Well narrated by Kate Forbes

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-15-22

loved it!!

I loved this. so pure but not really fluffy. Had a great storyline that was well thought out. my favourite quote was "she had a pure heart, but she was poised for war". I Love it, it was such a lovely read and didn't shy from real life situations.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-05-22

Lovely as always

Predictably strong and interesting storyline. Doesn’t shy away from real life issues, but spares you the gratuitous violence and swearing.

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  • Heather
  • 03-23-22

Worth Waiting For!

Another great read by Francine Rivers!
The story holds romance, history, suspense - in fact the latter had me tempted on occasions to turn to the end and check that all would be well! I’m glad I resisted.
There’s also great character development. Just a thoroughly good story. I loved having the epilogue at the end too - thanks Francine!
A minor complaint: I would’ve loved the narration to be more than a female voice. It loses something when it’s a man speaking from the story with a female’s voice.

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