I have had this book in a special place on my bookshelf and every so often I dust it off and read it again. It's a real keeper, full of drama ( some of it not so pleasant), and well written. It is a tale of one's woman's journey to get back what she once had despite all the trials and tribulations on the way. A great book!
I thought the first part of the book was well-done with the heroine's revenge motive tautly plotted, but then the sheer number of characters and meandering side-events that seemed to exist simply to show the author's research really bogged it down by the end. The final showdown was a real letdown as well. 3 stars.
From the hills of New England to the savage sierras, from the virgin wilderness to the golden gate, she embraced her bold destiny...
She left New England a radiant bride, her future as bright with promise as the majestic frontiers. But before she reached California, she had lost everything but her indomitable courage and will to survive.
Esther Cable Carter emerged from the frozen Sierras bearing the scars of an unspeakable crime. A burning passion for revenge drove her to discover gold...to build a vast commercial empire, to finance the men who built the railroad and united the nation. Shadowed by searing guilt and shame, living for vengeance, yearning for love, in a virgin world where rugged men forged America's destiny, she was the...California Woman.