Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Days of Gold by Jude Deveraux
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the story of how Edilean, Virginia, the town around which Jude Deveraux' Edilean series is centered, came to be. It starts out in Scotland where Angus McTern lives with his clan on land that used to belong to the McTerns until Angus' grandfather lost it gambling. Of course, the new owner is a good-for-nothing Englishman. His niece comes "visiting" and her uncle plans to give her to one of his cronies on her 18th birthday when she inherits trunks full of gold from her father. In turn, the crony will give the gold back to her uncle. Well, the girl - Edilean (sound familiar) - plans to escape with the gold to a man she thinks she is in love with, but it all goes wrong. Angus ends up rescuing her and traveling with her to America. I don't want to give everything away, but Edilean turns out to be a very feminist-type woman and fends for herself quite well after Angus leaves because he is being pursued by her uncle and the man she was supposed to marry. The story takes us to the frontier, to Connecticut to buy a fruit farm, and eventually to Williamsburg. I really enjoy reading Jude Deveraux' novels. They are exciting, amusing and the characters are true. I especially like her time travel novels, but this one was quite good as well.

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