The gold in these hills

Reviewed by:

Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long time book discussion leader



The gold in these hills


Joanne Bischof


Thomas Nelson

Publication date:





323 pages


Prepare for a reading treat when you read this beautifully written story of love and tenacity set in 1902 California and present day California. Chapters alternate between Juniper, a mail order bride who has grown to love her husband dearly and Johnny, a modern day dad of two young children going through a divorce he does not want.

Juniper pens letters to her absent husband without knowing his whereabouts while caring for their young daughter Bethany and befriending Edie who runs a local store and is expecting hir first baby.

Johnny lives in the home that Juniper once shared with her family and discovers her letters, connecting him to those long ago residents of the home he has recently purchased. A young woman named Sonoma has a passion for history and is attempting genealogy research that may link her to Edie and the Coahuila tribe that Edie married into. She and Johnny meet and join forces to discover if she truly is descended from this long ago native family.


5 out of 5

Suggested audience:

Fans of historical fiction and time slip fiction

Christian impact:

Faith and perseverance in that faith are strong themes in this book.

Also includes:

-A note from the author

-Discussion questions



The Gold in These Hills

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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