Aspen Gold Author:Janet Dailey In Aspen Gold, the breathtaking terrain of Aspen, Colorado - once a frontier town, now a playground for the wealthy and powerful - serves as the backdrop for the enthralling story of a beautiful "urban cowgirl" who must decide between a glamorous career and the handsome man she has secretly loved all her life. — Blond, outgoing Kit Masters, born ... more »and brought up on an Aspen ranch, is both county girl and city girl: her beloved father taught her to ride and hunt, while her mother took her to ballet and music lessons, theater and concerts. As a young woman, Kit left Aspen to pursue an acting career in Hollywood. She also left behind handsome rancher/lawyer Tom Bannon, who grew up on the ranch next door, the man Kit thought she would marry - and who broke her heart by marrying someone else.
Now, after years of bit parts, Kit has been offered her first really big break: the lead role in a movie opposite famous actor/producer - and ladies' man - John Travis. By coincidence, the movie will be filming in Aspen. Except for her father's funeral, Kit has not been back to Aspen - or seen Tom Bannon - in many years. Upon her return, she inevitably meets Bannon again, and they rediscover their romance. Both of them, however, are haunted by the past: Kit by the pain he caused her, Bannon by the memory of his dead wife. In addition, John Travis has begun to pursue Kit, ardently.
Kit has managed to remain unspoiled by her newfound success and her surroundings: beneath her sunny facade, she is a woman with a strong sense of family, loyalty, and integrity, with deep ties to the land where she grew up and that she still considers her home. Now she faces several difficult and dangerous decisions gauranteed to test the values she holds so dear. What will Kit choose to pursue - fame or love? If fame, is she willing to pay the price it demands? And if love, which man does she truly love? How will she provide for the future - by holding on to the land that is the bedrock of her family, or by responding to the pleas of environmentalists and developers for the good of larger numbers? And what of the threat that the diabolical Sondra Hudson holds over both Kit and the men in her life? Can she really wreck the happiness Kit sees within her grasp?
With Aspen Gold, Janet Daily has created her most lively and absorbing story, a novel that captures perfectly the values of the ninties, the romance of a particular magical place, and the passions of a love that lasts a lifetime.« less