River of Red Gold: A History Novel (Book 2, California Gold Trilogy)
This update adds details unavailable when originally researched in the early 1990s. Based on a true story, this is the California Gold Rush as you never imagined. The fates of Indian Mary, Elitha Donner (survivor of her father’s wagon-train disaster), and Pedro Valdez (a proud Californio) 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
“. . . a fascinating, gripping story that is firmly rooted in historical research yet reads with the power of good fiction.”
— Journal of Western American Literature
“Exceptional in the genre of California historical fiction . . . West paints a world of nature and civilization, love and violence, spirituality and bigotry on the California frontier.”
— Journal of the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges
“California’s history has been presented in an illustrious haze of land conquered and people tamed . . . These notions and more are challenged in River of Red Gold, a compelling saga.”
— California Geology
River of Red Gold (Book 2, California Gold Trilogy)
by Naida West
641 pages; trade paper; endnotes; maps of ranchos and early settlements in California
Now available in a box set!