By Stephanie Grace Whitson
It truly is 1876, and 20-year-old Mattie Flynn is set to make a clean begin after fleeing from her sinister boss within the playing apartment the place she used to be hired as a singer. Mattie travels to Deadwood, South Dakota, looking for her more youthful brother, who went sooner than her in hopes of creating a fortune within the gold mines. All Mattie desires is a secure and good existence for the 2 of them, yet that does not appear to be her future as she faces extra heartache and trials. Will the suspicious bottles of gold dirt from her brother's declare be the most important to her future...or does the good-looking highway preacher, who's consistently turning the opposite cheek, actually carry the solutions to her private longings?
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McKay. ” Now that she’d met someone who’d known Dillon, she felt inclined to delay the moment when she’d actually step onto his claim . . face his empty tent . . see his unused tools . . the cot where he slept . . the little stove that kept him warm. It was all just a few hundred feet above her now, but she didn’t want to look. Not yet. “ ’Tis only another way to wash the gold out of the gravel,” the brother named Finn said as they walked over to it. ” The brother in question glowered. ” He mimicked emptying a bucket of water into the rocker.
Freddie wasn’t even Garth’s child. Strange how the adopted child had grown to be so like the man who’d taken him in and loved him as his own. Like Garth, Freddie was tall, with shoulder-length blond hair and eyes the color of the indigo sky just when the sun had set and the last of the golden light was slipping away. He was handsome, too, in a way that made women sometimes stop and stare—until they noticed the different way Freddie carried himself, the slight shuffle in his gait, the slowness of speech.
She tilted her head and ventured another guess. ” Instead of giving her an answer, English pointed to the claim they were just passing through. There was barely room for a lean-to shelter among the honeycomb of holes. “Once a claim is panned out, it’s time to start digging. Since gold is much heavier than most dirt or gravel or rock, it’s usually at the bottom of everything on what is called the bedrock. ” He paused. “Which is what will make your brother’s claim desirable to anyone really wanting to prospect.