Veins of Gold by Charlie N. Holmberg (Review & #Giveaway)

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Veins of Gold
By Charlie N. Holmberg
YA Historical, Urban Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 310 Pages
July 17th 2018 by Mirror Press


A new historical fantasy novel from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Charlie N. Holmberg:

Desperate to save her siblings from poverty, a young woman discovers magic fueled by gold . . . and a love for the man who wields it.

Abandoned by their father for the gold rush, Gentry and her siblings labor to survive alone in the inhospitable west. When bizarre natural disasters begin wreaking havoc on the land, Gentry discovers a world of magic. Desperate for help, she accepts aid from a mysterious stranger.

Winn not only sees the magic, but controls its hunger by feeding it gold—the very thing Gentry’s father left to acquire. But the earth’s unrest only grows worse, and Gentry’s fear leads her to a terrible choice: marry a wealthy man she does not love, or trust in Winn’s unpredictable power to save her family.

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My Review

VEINS OF GOLD is the perfect title for this story that takes place during the Gold Rush in the Utah desert. It's a bittersweet tale of a young woman and her siblings who are just trying to survive. There is friendship, romance, hardship, sorrow, and some magic that is all woven through the story. It's a good mix of historical realism and fantasy, with characters the reader can't help to empathize with and love. A beautiful story that is equally enjoyable.

These characters were so well done! I loved Gentry pretty much from the start. She has so much on her shoulders and cares so deeply for her siblings. She's tough, sweet, and determined. I loved how Winn challenges her and brings out her more daring, fun side. Winn is an intriguing character. He's mysterious and as the story unfolds, so does his history and personality. I wasn't quite sure if he could be trusted or if he was real. Both he and Gentry have some things to figure out. I also really liked Gentry's siblings, Pearl and Rooster, her friend Hannah as well as Hoss.

The story was very evenly paced. There wasn't a whole lot of action per se. There were discoveries, particularly as Gentry tries to figure things out, and some major challenges and hurts that these characters have to persevere through that made some parts very emotional and lent a seriousness to the story. Overall, the story continued to peak my interest in wondering about Gentry and her family, about the magic, about Winn, and how things would end.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was somewhat different than I expected, but it was definitely an enjoyable read and I plan on reading more from this author. Grab this one if you enjoy historical romance with a touch of magic.

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Source: I received a complimentary copy from the tour host, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

About the Author

Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie N. Holmberg is the author of Followed by Frost; Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet; The Fifth Doll; and The Paper Magician Trilogy, which includes The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician, and The Master Magician. A RITA Award finalist, she majored in English and minored in editing at Brigham Young University. Raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters who also have boy names, Charlie plays the piano and ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and finally adopted a dog.


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