Whisper Of Gold by Meg Hennessy
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (328 pages)
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Water Lily
He came in search of gold but discovered a treasure worth far more than he had ever imagined.
Eaten up with bitterness after rotting in prison for six long years—for a crime he didn't commit—Nathan Stadler wants nothing more than to claim his cellmate’s hidden gold and recoup all that he's lost. But there is one beautiful obstacle—Kent's daughter. When desperados arrive, Nathan must choose to either fight for the gold or for a chance to share a future with the woman who has captured his heart.
Maggie Kent needs a vaquero to get her herd on the first cattle drive to Abilene. Determined to prove she’s more than just an outlaw’s daughter, she's vowed never to love a man like her father. But when a tall, handsome stranger rides in on the soft Texas wind and asks for the job, the question is, can she trust him? Or is he in search of her father's elusive gold?
Whisper of Gold roped me in from the start.
Both Maggie and Nathan have great reasons not to trust. The gold her father buried on the land calls to everyone and Maggie wishes it would simply shut up. She loves the land and the life of a rancher, but that stupid gold causes circumstances which put everything at risk. Maggie is a wonderful contradiction of strength and vulnerability, of royalty and poverty, of modern ideas about equality and the realities of life in 1868 Texas. She’s perfectly imperfect and to some, irresistible.
As an ex-con, Nathan wishes he could ignore the gold. Wishes he didn’t need the money to save his family from ruin. Wishes he were free to love Maggie. Or better yet, wishes her father had never told him about her at all. But wishing changes nothing. And being a good man doesn’t stop temptation from lurking around every corner waiting to pounce.
Meg Hennessy paints the west in bold strokes and vivid colors allowing the reader feel the heat, taste the gunpowder-laced coffee, smell the dusty trail, and feel the growing attraction between Maggie and Nathan. I became so engrossed in this book there were times I forgot I was reading.
Well done, Ms. Hennessy.