Thanks to the author for sending me a free copy of the book.
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
One look at Baby Doe and you know she was meant to be a legend! She was just twenty years old when she came to Colorado to work a gold mine with her new husband. Little did she expect that she’d be abandoned and pregnant and left to manage the gold mine alone. But that didn’t stop her!
She moved to Leadville and fell in love with a married prospector, twice her age. Horace Tabor struck the biggest silver vein in history, divorced his wife and married Baby Doe. Though his new wife was known for her beauty, her fashion, and even her philanthropy, she was never welcomed in polite society.
Discover how the Tabors navigated the worlds of wealth, power, politics, and scandal in the wild days of western mining.
2019 was the year I learned about “Baby Doe” Tabor and the fact that she started where I’m from. (Sconnie for life!) So when I was presented with the opportunity to read a book based on her life, I jumped on that opportunity like a fly on poo.
And oh, what a ride it was. Rosenberg’s writing sucked me right in. I will admit to being skeptical about historical fiction that takes place during the 1800s because I find myself losing interest. But that was definitely not the case with Gold Digger. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Baby Doe’s personality + the mining world + Rosenberg’s writing style fully transported me.
My favorite part about this book was the fact that it’s based on Tabor’s actual life. I had so much fun reading several chapters of Gold Digger, then bouncing over to the internet to do some research about the different situations that were playing out in the book. Fans of historical fiction are going to want to check out this book. Tabor’s confidence, ambition, and strong personality made for a fantastic novel.
Highly recommend. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
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Book stats: paperback, 318 pages, Lion Heart Publishing, May 29, 2019