Gold Digger by Rebecca Rosenberg
Publication Date: May 28, 2019
Lion Heart Publishing
eBook & Paperback; 312 Pages
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.
Praise for Gold Digger
“Rosenberg’s rollicking Western adventure strikes gold with a gutsy, good-hearted spitfire of a heroine and action aplenty.” —THELMA ADAMS, bestselling author of Bittersweet Brooklyn and The Last Woman Standing
“Gold Digger tells the true story of Lizzie ‘Baby Doe’ Tabor, a beautiful young woman who in 1878 marries the son of a wealthy miner in order to save her family from penury. Shrewd and stubborn, Lizzie fights back-biting Victorian society, wins and loses vast fortunes, and bests conniving politicians in her larger-than-life story. A twisting tale worthy of Mark Twain, with a big-hearted heroine at the center.” —MARTHA CONWAY, author of The Underground River
My Review: Y’all, I’m going to be honest. I have been going through it these past two weeks. And so, as I often do when I’m needing a pick-me-up (or if I’m happy…or celebrating…or angry…or bored…or hungry…), I went to my bookshelf in search of a good story. But this time, I was looking for a good story with a strong female lead to give me some inspiration. And I knew that Baby Doe Tabor was just the female I needed. Because anything by Rebecca Rosenberg is bound to inspire.
And Gold Digger in no way disappointed.
My great-grandfather supported his family by working in a mine. My grandmother would tell me often about her childhood; about their farmhouse, their cozy (though not wealthy) existence, her adventures with her siblings, her mom holding it all together while their dad worked long hours, as well as the death of her father in that very mine. So I have to admit, I was pretty excited to meet Lizzie, AKA “Baby Doe.” Having read (and LOVED) The Secret Life of Mrs. London by Ms. Rosenberg, I knew without a shred of doubt that I would feel as though I was personally getting to know Lizzie, and maybe would get a glimpse into the life that my great-grandmother lived.
I could not. put. this. book. down. I fell hard for Baby Doe. She survived the ruination of her future dreams, the abandonment of her husband, the loss of her child through miscarriage, a divorce and the scorn of the local women. She wasn’t afraid of hard work or getting her hands dirty, and she didn’t give up on herself, for herself. This novel was such a beautiful reminder that life isn’t always a Disney movie. Sometimes, you have to walk through the mire. People might sneer at the mud on the hem of your dress, or make fun of you for having mud on your shoes. But oh, the victory when you make it through to the other side. The strength that you possess, the pride you feel for pushing yourself. And how I loved Lizzie for being the strength that I was needing in that moment.
You simply must acquaint yourself with the impeccable writing of Rebecca Rosenberg. And then? Allow her to introduce you to the remarkable Baby Doe Tabor.
A California native, Rebecca Rosenberg lives on a lavender farm with her family in Sonoma, the Valley of the Moon, where Jack London wrote from his Beauty Ranch. Rebecca is a long-time student of Jack London’s works and an avid fan of his daring wife, Charmian London. The Secret Life of Mrs. London is her debut novel.
Rebecca and her husband, Gary, own the largest lavender product company in America, selling to 4000 resorts, spas and gift stores. The Rosenbergs believe in giving back to the Sonoma Community, supporting many causes through financial donations and board positions, including Worth Our Weight, an educational culinary program for at-risk children, YWCA shelter for abused women, Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center to provide performances for children, Sonoma Food Bank, Sonoma Boys and Girls Club, and the Valley of the Moon Children’s Home.
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