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Leah Lindeman
Wisps of Gold

Rose Wood is fresh out of finishing school where her father, taken by gold fever, deserted her five years ago. She journeys the Cariboo Wagon Road to return to her father’s side at the 108 Mile Hotel. Once she arrives, a rotting stench greets her at the door—her father’s corpse left for her to find.

Whispers abound he was killed for his treasure. Blackmail and veiled threats from an unknown enemy compel her to search for her father’s hidden gold vein. Eager to squash the rumours once and for all, she sinks deeper into the mystery of her father’s death. The lines between friends and foes become blurred. Will she find the infamous gold vein? Will she uncover where the treasure of her heart truly lies?

Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 8 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 8.25 out of 10


Plot: Wisps of Gold is fast-paced and plotted with care and detail. The storyline of this exciting period novel offers an easy blend of romance, murder, and betrayal.

Prose/Style: Lindeman’s prose is engaging and at times, poetic. Rose’s voice feels authentic throughout the light, atmospheric novel, and her dialogue with Dave is electric.

Originality: Lindeman’s mystery is set apart by its well-realized setting, heroine Rose’s courage, and the clearly developed secondary characters.

Character Development: The characters in Wisps of Gold are memorable and relatable. Rose Wood is an intelligent, fearless protagonist. Readers will enjoy following her escapades with Dave Clayton and Daniel Shaw.

Date Submitted: July 06, 2020