Bridge House Books Catalog
The California Gold Trilogy box set
Purchase all three volumes (Eye of the Bear, River of Red Gold, and Rest for the Wicked) in a box set. The slipcase may also be purchased individually for only $2.50 with purchase of 1 or more books.
Rest for the Wicked (Book 3, California Gold Trilogy)
by Naida West
This final novel in the California Gold trilogy carries forward the family sagas of Indian Mary and the first settlers, while introducing fictional Mae Duffy, 16. Mae breaks free of Sacramento’s urban underworld and corrupted government, where girls are political favors, and learns about life from two old women: Ah Sen and Indian Mary. She also finds love with Mary’s son Billy McCoon, the last man of the People — until her past comes to haunt them. An action-packed romp through Victorian times.
This sweeping, turn-of-the-century epic is at times terrifying, and yet intimate and deeply satisfying. 1893-1910, with epilog beyond.
“With her strong academic background and her unique abilities as a story-teller, West delivers another novel set in California that is bound to please both her established fans and those who are meeting her world for the first time.” — Persia Woolley, author of the Guinevere Trilogy
River of Red Gold (Book 2, California Gold Trilogy)
by Naida West
Now being slightly updated — new cover, expanded endnotes, and the addition of relevant information provided by readers whose ancestors bequeathed them letters or journals with heretofore unpublished facts. Expected new edition to launch February 2013.
The fates of Miwok “Indian Mary,” Elitha Donner of the Donner Party, and proud Californio Pedro Valdez entwine in a drama of passion and power on the ranch now owned by the author. 1844-1853.
“River of Red Gold is marvelous, but what lifts it apart from other historical novels is the sense of a spiritual reality that suffuses the landscape . . . Many have attempted something like it, but nobody, in my experience, has even come near to the achievement.” — Jon de Cles Reviews
Eye of the Bear (Book 1, California Gold Trilogy)
by Naida West
Grizzly Hair leads his formerly peaceful people to fight for freedom from the missions. With bows and arrows they defeat the Mexican military equipped with cannons and guns. 1825-1829.
“If you’ve enjoyed adventure books like Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel, you will love this book.” — Colfax Record
Murder on the Middle Fork
Based on a true-life murder. Frieda is isolated in a wilderness with a husband who hunts more than big game. Set in 1917 along the Salmon River in Idaho’s River of No Return Wilderness.
“Murder on the Middle Fork is not for the faint of heart, but this little book is a wonderful and bittersweet read.” — Midwest Book Review
The spunky daughter of a Scottish Presbyterian minister immigrates to Utah, keeps her father’s faith and her sense of humor while teaching school and mothering six children during the Great Depression. 1887-1905 in Scotland. 1905-1976 in Utah and Idaho.
“I couldn’t get my nose out of that book! I read it during every break I got from work. I especially loved thinking about the way people did things, the way they lived, and the issues they were involved in.” — A typical reader
Award-winning coffee table book illustrated with full-color western artwork. Condensed biographies and delightful tidbits spanning the entire West, from the Conquistadores to John Wayne. Art includes works by Georgia O’Keefe, Charles Russell, Albert Bierstadt, James Earle Frazer, and more.
“Highlights on every damn page . . . You’ll find yourself quoting it to friends.” — James C. Work, Editor, Prose and Poetry of the American West