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Monday, June 28, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway Gold Rush Bride, Hannah Author: Linda Shenton Matchett on Tour with Celebrate Lit


About the Book

Book:  Gold Rush Bride, Hannah

Author: Linda Shenton Matchett

Genre: Historical Romance

Release date: May 18, 2021

GoldRushBrideHannahRecently widowed, she’s doesn’t need another man in her life. He’s not looking for a wife. But when danger thrusts them together, will they change their minds…and hearts?

Hannah Lauman’s husband has been murdered, but rather than grief, she feels…relief. She decides to remain in Georgia to work their gold claim, but a series of incidents make it clear someone wants her gone…dead or alive. Is a chance at being a woman of means and independence worth risking her life?

Jess Vogel never breaks a promise, so when he receives a letter from a former platoon mate about being in danger, he drops everything to help his old friend. Unfortunately, he arrives just in time for the funeral. Can he convince the man’s widow he’s there for her protection not for her money?

Gold Rush Bride: Hannah is the first book in the exciting new series Gold Rush Brides. Steeped in romance, intrigue, and history, the story will keep you turning pages long into the night.


Click here to get your copy!


About the Author

Linda Matchett Head ShotLinda Shenton Matchettwrites about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. A volunteer docent and archivist for the Wright Museum of WWII, Linda is a former trustee for her local public library. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry. Linda has lived in historic places all her life, and is now located in central New Hampshire where her favorite activities include exploring historic sites and immersing herself in the imaginary worlds created by other authors.

More from Linda

Dear Readers,


Have you ever heard the quote about Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers that says, “Sure he was great, but don’t forget that Ginger Rogers did everything he did, backwards…and in high heels?” Originally seen in a 1982 Frank and Ernest comic strip, the line has been used by many people from comedians to politicians.


A slight twist on the statement can be made about women in the centuries before modern attire allowed them to wear slacks…they did everything men did, but in floor-length skirts (to say nothing of when they had to wear corsets!). A few examples include cooking over an open hearth, hauling water before the invention of pumps and indoor plumbing, farm work such as milking cows or gardening, and riding a horse.


One of my favorite aspects about writing is developing the characters, especially the female protagonists. Mine are typically…well, untypical. The gals in my books are war correspondents, mechanics, spies, doctors, pilots, and midwives, just to name a few. While thinking about what to write next, I stumbled on an article about female prospectors, and I knew I had my story.


I continued to dig and was delighted to find journals and diaries of these stalwart women who either followed their husbands, brothers, or fathers to the gold field or actually set out on their own. Instead of setting my novel during the well-known California gold rush of 1849, Gold Rush Bride Hannah takes place two decades earlier in northern Georgia where more than one million dollars of gold was unearthed.


The few images I found confirmed my suspicion. These women prospected alongside the men,  swirling their pans of silt hour after hour…all while wearing a dress.


I hope you enjoy Hannah’s story.

My Thoughts 

Gold Rush Bride, Hannah is a Historical Romance that is written by the very talented 

Linda Shenton Matchett.  This is book 1 in the Good Rush Brides series. This book is set in 1829 in a place that is semi close to me. Well about 4 1/2 hours from me. This book is set in  Dahlonega, Georgia. 

Hannah’s husband has been murdered. Hannah chooses to continue to work their gold claim and doesn’t want to let her gender roles stand her way. However it’s clear that someone doesn’t want her succeed. 

Jess Vogel arrives in town after receiving a letter that his former platoon mate was in trouble. He’s shocked to find out that he’s already gone.  Now the catch is convincing Hannah that he wants to help protect her. He doesn’t want her gold claim. 

I loved Hannah. She’s strong. She’s independent. She doesn’t let the fact that she’s a woman stop her. When she went gold panning. She wore pants. I love how the author writes how she’s angry with God. This time period wasn’t kind to women and I appreciated the author putting that aspect into the story. 

The author puts a great deal of research into her stories. My husband who is from Georgia and knows the area told me all about the history which matched the story the author told us. I will be planning a trip with the kids to check it out in the near future. 

As always this book contains well written characters. The storyline is unique and intriguing. I learned a lot about the gold rush in Georgia. I loved the characters. I’m very excited about the next book in the series. 

I received a copy of this book from the Celebrate Lit Blogging Program. All thoughts are my own. 

Blog  Stops

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, June 22 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 22

deb’s Book Review, June 23

For Him and My Family, June 24

Texas Book-aholic, June 25

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, June 26 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 26

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 27

Connie’s History Classroom, June 28

Inklings and notions, June 29

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 30

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, July 1

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, July 2

Artistic Nobody, July 3 (Author Interview)

Reviewingbooksplusmore, July 3

Splashes of Joy, July 4 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, July 5


To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Visa Gift Card and signed copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Connie: Thank you so much for being part of my blog tour. I'm so glad you enjoyed Hannah's story, and that you were able to learn some interesting things from the past. I love that your husband is familiar with the area.

    1. He is! We are going to take the boys (10 and 8) up there real soon and check it out. He said that it's a cool place to visit!

  2. Thank you for sharing! I'm adding this to my tbr!

  3. Connie, Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

  4. Hannah sounds like a very strong woman who is determined to make her own way despite the limitations society at the time would place on her.

  5. This book sounds like an excellent read.

  6. I love the cover. It sets the tone for the book.