Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more.
She also has a secret.
Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it.
When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.
The acclaimed Rae Carson begins a sweeping new trilogy set in Gold Rush-era America, about a young woman with a powerful and dangerous gift. @goodreads
I really loved the character Lee. She's so strong and goes through some terrible things that I just can't imagine. I felt sorry for what happens to her and all because of greed. But, she figures out what she needs to do to make sure she survives.
As we all know, Lee can sense gold. She can feel it's pull in the ground, in someone's pocket, it doesn't really matter.. it calls to her. That would be nice wouldn't it? The best version of a metal detector I can think of!!! But she finds nuggets by just feeling the pull and this can be a blessing and a curse!
What ever you do.. DON'T. LET. IT. LEEK. OUT. THAT. YOU. HAVE. THIS. POWER.
So Lee has a best friend named Jeff and she decides she's going to meet him when he runs off to go with all of the travelers to California to find gold. Lets say she really doesn't have a choice!
There are a lot of really good characters in the book, even the bad ones are made out really well, even though I want to shoot them, but I digress.
Even though I only gave this book a 3.5, I intend on reading the whole trilogy as I do like the book. But let me tell you right now, my favorite character in the book is Peony! See image below :)
Yes, Peony is Lee's Palomino and I love her and nothing better happen to her!!
Oh and I love the fact the author mentioned Lee traveling through my city of Chattanooga and some of the towns close by and I think the cover of the book is absolutely beautiful!
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