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.
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Gold Digger tells the story of Lizzie "Baby" Doe, who travels to Colorado with her husband Harvey because he wants to try his hand at gold mining. Life is far different than either of them expects, and her husband leaves Baby Doe when she is pregnant and struggling to make a living on her own. She meets the charming Horace Tabor, a wealthy man who is involved in mining and eventually politics as well. Unfortunately, he is married. They fall in love and life changes once again for Baby Doe.
I wanted to read this book because I was interested in the the western frontier and the California Gold Rush as a young girl. I had never read about gold prospecting in Colorado, and both the subject matter and time period really interested me.
This was what I would call a rollicking read. It is really fun and lively, and would make a great movie. I have been trying to cast the movie in my head and have regretfully decided that Sam Elliott is a bit too old to play Horace Tabor. Perhaps Dennis Quaid would be good in that role. I am still thinking about who could play Baby Doe.
Baby Doe's fortunes go from rags to riches and back to rags -- it is a real roller coaster ride. There is another book coming up as a sequel, Silver Dollar, and I already look forward to reading it as well.
The author evokes the 1870's to 1890's with period details. I had no idea how rough mining conditions were for both miners and for the poor donkeys who worked in the mines. The frontier days of Colorado are vividly captured, including an appearance by Doc Holliday, who helps Baby Doe when she injures her ankle.
I particularly enjoyed the novel after Baby Doe and Horace met. The details of the grand opera house that Horace built were fascinating. I especially loved the visit to the opera house by Oscar Wilde!
Baby Doe later meets other historic figures in her travels, including Lillian Russell, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and President Arthur.
Baby Doe was a complex character -- involved with a married man but interested in helping others, unafraid of hard work and eager to be a participant and not just a spectator in her own life.
I recommend Gold Digger for fans of historical fiction, and especially for anyone who is interested in the American west. You have a fun and lively read ahead of you!
Author BioA 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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