The Gold in These Hills
Two second chance loves stories and the legacy that binds them together
Coming August 2021
Upon arriving at Kenworthy, California, mail-order-bride, Juniper Cohen, was met by the pounding of the gold mine, the rowdiness of its prospectors, and her greatest surprise of all: the love of the kind man who awaited her. But when the mine proves empty of profit, questions surface as to who illicitly embedded gold inside the shaft to begin with, and when Juniper’s husband vanishes, doubt and discouragement are as prevalent as the pioneers fleeing this dying boom-town. As winter blows in, Juniper pens a series of letters to her husband, but fears she is waiting on a ghost—or worse, an outlaw.
A century later, Johnny Sutherland, throws himself into restoring a 100-year-old abandoned farmhouse in California’s San Jacinto Mountains. While exploring its secrets he uncovers the letters Juniper wrote to her Dearest John and is moved by the handwritten accounts that bear his name. He draws courage from the acquitted prisoner and courageous bride whose love survived heartbreak, scandal, and sacrifice in the wild territory that is now his home.
Aided by the detail in Juniper’s letters, and with a little help, Johnny reunites the legacy that stems from the heroic writings of a love-story that touched history. One between a gold miner and his bride, and the faith that held them together.