Tuesday, June 18, 2024

BORN OF GILDED MOUNTAINS by Amanda Dykes, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise #ReleaseDay

Historical Fiction Small Mountain-Town Women's Friendship Novel Set in the 1940s

Amanda Dykes has cemented her place as one of my favorite authors with this awe-inspiring, mystical, magical story. Her writing evokes vivid pictures and profound concepts with its lyrical prose.

The story revolves around the friendship of Marybeth/Mercy and Ruby/Rusty starting out as 10 year old pen pals from a school project. Many years and life experiences later, they finally meet in Mercy Peak, a remote village in the mountains. The story is mesmerizing and sets the now grown women on a complicated treasure hunt. But they find much more than earthly treasure, they find the treasure of true friendship. *I have had very few friends in my life, and the close ones I have known have taught me one priceless thing: hope.* Marybeth.

The author takes the ordinary lives of the characters and teaches deep lessons of priorities, love, life and what matters most. *I think God made each moment and each moment matters.*

Another not-to-be-missed offering from an author who writes from the heart.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the author and via NetGalley. I was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are mine alone.* 5 stars and a solid faith thread

BackCover Blurb:
A lost treasure. A riddled quest. The healing power of friendship.

Legends are tucked into every fold of the Colorado mountains surrounding the quaint town of Mercy Peak, where residents are the stuff of tall tales, the peaks are taller still, and a lost treasure has etched mystery into the very terrain.

In 1948, when outsider Mercy Windsor arrives after a scandal shatters her gilded world as Hollywood's beloved leading lady, she is determined to forge a new life in obscurity in this time-forgotten Colorado haven. She purchases Wildwood, an abandoned estate with a haunting history, and begins to restore it to its former glory.

But as she does, her every move tugs at the threads of the mountain's lore, unearthing what became of her long-lost pen pal Rusty Bright, and the whereabouts of the infamous Galloping Goose Railcar No. 8, which vanished years ago--along with the mailbag it carried, whose contents could change the course of countless lives. Not to mention the fabled treasure that--if found--could right so many wrongs.

Among the towering mountains that stand as silent witnesses, the ghosts of the past entangle with the courage of the present to find a place where healing, friendship, and hope can abide amid a world forever changed.

Bethany House, June, 2024
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