This unusual story starts in 1874, when Garrett Rowe sees Kaye Burns and decides that they were meant to be together. Kaye is having none of this; she just wants to go where there is civilization and folks with dreams - but not pipe-dreams. She sees anyone interested in mining to be a pipe-dreamer.
I was a bit alarmed by the whole discussion of reincarnation and the fact that Rowe KNOWS he's lived a previous life with Kaye. I thought we were heading into time-travel or fantasy (2 genres that I find bewildering; sad-but-true, I've never acquired a taste for either). Gradually, the reincarnation thing was dropped, as Rowe found other ways to entice Kaye to become interested in him.
Dorothy Garlock used an interesting device to resolve the problem of Garrett's brother, Justin. Actually, Justin was interesting until I realized that Garlock had created the man without any redeeming characteristics.
So often, authors write a story leading up to the marriage of the main 2 characters and then close the book. This is the 3rd story by Garlock I've read where the story continues long after the marriage. The author does this deftly because I was absorbed in the story until the end. 4 stars