As elegant as the Sacramento residence she operates, Isabelle Labrie keeps her past concealed, like the treasure she hides under the Golden Hotel. It's 1853, the heyday of the California Gold Rush. Isabelle is full of hope, staking her claim on the city's refined clientele and her future on a sweetheart's promise to marry her when he returns from the gold fields. Then, unexpected guests - fugitive slaves seeking safe passage to the North - force her to confront her past and reconsider her path.
While Isabelle learns to trust God's provisions, a law student in Virginia must confront his father's cruelty and rescue a young slave from his family's tobacco plantation. As the two escape to freedom, and Isabelle risks everything to harbor runaway slaves, the past and present are set on an inevitable collision course - one that reveals hidden treasures of the heart.
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Couldn't stop listening!
I will listen to this story again and again. As always, Melanie Dobson delivers on character development. You find yourself easily in the story, watching these people as they struggle and win. You can't stand the bad guy. You love the heros.
How can you not love Isabelle? Her heart and tenacity grab you. But Aldon Payne is another favorite. A man struggling against the times and fighting for what is right.
I have listened to other books performed by Carly Robins. She is pretty good. Not my favorite. She did well on this.
Victor perhaps was the most memorable as a tyrant and a man with mental issues to be sure! Issac is a great kid. You just want to grab him up and have a wild chat. Each character seems to be with me still weeks later.
Though this is Melanie Dobson's first audio title, she is not a new author by any means. Her work is always willing to look at reality eye-to-eye and still find hope. Always entertaining, her characters become friends. This book is worth your time. I would also suggest the paper versions of Melanie Dobson's other books.
- Mommy Mel of CO