The 1849 Gold Rush is no place for a refined young woman on her own, but Quinn plans to become a businesswoman, independent, and capable of earning her own way. First, though, she must escape her wealthy but abusive father with her inherited dowry intact.
With her hopes and dreams buried deep by secrets, she flees to California’s gold country, a rugged man’s land where only the strong survive. Battling blackmail, fraud, and deception, Quinn must face the most divisive lie of all—her own.
It is May 1932 and life in the timbered rise and fall of Western Arkansas has just gotten harder for sixteen-year-old Sooze Williams. With debt mounting and both friends and family fleeing, Sooze is determined to “do the right thing.” She promises her heart to a well-to-do man believing true love is just another loss along the way. But when her uncle is murdered and family is accused of the crime, Sooze faces a battle worth far than money.
A fateful decision spurs a perilous journey to save a life…
It’s 1932, and America’s Great Depression is ravaging the nation through poverty, starvation, and homelessness, but frankly, more important things are happening in the small town of Coaldale, Arkansas.
Sixteen-year-old Sooze Williams and her family are barely eking out a living on their inherited family farm in Western Arkansas. Many less fortunate families have already lost their homes and farms to the banks, the drought, and the times.
When older brother Henry reveals to Sooze a secret plan, she makes a fateful decision in an effort to keep her family close. A twist of fate–and a desperate lie–sends Sooze on a perilous journey to save someone dear to her. Dangerous as the journey may be, Sooze discovers that, in the end, few things in life matter more than love, hope, and trust.