Maybe because I just had a baby, but the title of this one intrigued me…
Rebecca Rosenberg’s novel, Gold Digger, The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor is the fictionalization of a legendary character who lived in Colorado during the Gold Rush era but who became more than just another woman following her husband’s prospecting dreams. Going West with her new husband was not just a way for her to expand her horizons but also to rescue her family’s dire finances. Yet this strong woman nicknamed Baby proved just how much feminine power is capable of accomplishing, some good, some bad, all fun to read.
Synopsis from the Publisher
One look at Baby Doe and you know she was meant to be a legend! She was just twenty years old when she came to Colorado to work a gold mine with her new husband. Little did she expect that she’d be abandoned and pregnant and left to manage the gold mine alone. But that didn’t stop her! She moved to Leadville and fell in love with a married prospector, twice her age. Horace Tabor struck the biggest silver vein in history, divorced his wife and married Baby Doe. Though his new wife was known for her beauty, her fashion, and even her philanthropy, she was never welcomed in polite society. Discover how the Tabors navigated the worlds of wealth, power, politics, and scandal in the wild days of western mining.
Without spoiling any more plot details, I recommend that you also pick up this book. As historical fiction, it captures the essence of the time period and the author skillfully communicates the compromises women made in order to be acknowledged. The multi-perspective narrative provides a stronger case for how society treated women during this tine but also helped make the characters more deserving of the reader’s sympathy. As it is an independently published work, my copy came straight from the author who personalized the package to include an autographed book, recipe cards for dishes authentic to the book’s setting, as well as mask and feather to replicate the vaudeville scenes.
Gold Digger, The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor would be a perfect read for fans of Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries.
Thanks to TLC Book Tours for connecting me with the author. I received a complimentary copy of the novel in order to complete this review but I was not otherwise compensated. All views expressed above are my honest feedback from reading the book.