About the book:
There is more than gold to be found in these hills.
Emily Carver longs to have a home of her own, but instead she endures a transient existence in the gold mining camps of Montana, where her father's hopes for riches lie endlessly buried. Promises of wealth from this wild land have brought only hardship and disappointment, causing Emily to wonder if her own modest dreams will ever see the light of day.
Caeden Thibault, a young geologist working for the government, is a man trying to escape the pain of his past, and the idyllic mountains of Montana serve his purposes well. In the course of his work, he has seen more than his share of starry-eyed gold seekers. So when Emily Carver catches his attention, he is intrigued by the fact that she isn't pinning her hopes on striking it rich.
Will an unexpected discovery come between them or draw them together?
This was an interesting story, but I have to say it was not one of my favorites of Peterson's. I had a hard time understanding Emily's father, how he could be so determined to pan for gold no matter how many hardships and tragedies they went through instead of finding a steady job. It seemed selfish to me and I felt frustrated for Emily because he wouldn't listen to her. I also felt like they made some poor choices regarding her safety. I liked Emily and Caeden and I enjoyed seeing their faith journeys. Emily struggled with doubts and anger while Caeden had a hard time trusting God after feeling like He'd failed his mother. There were a couple conversations that were really well done where the Gospel is explained. There were some sweet romantic moments. I really got a feel for what it would have been like to live very poor in the late 1800s trying to strike gold in Montana. If you like historical fiction, you would probably like this story.
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.