BY REBECCA ROSENBERG
Publication Date: May 28, 2019
Lion Heart Publishing
eBook & Paperback; 312 Pages
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.
AMAZON | BARNES AND NOBLE
Praise for Gold Digger
“Rosenberg’s rollicking Western adventure strikes gold with a gutsy, good-hearted spitfire of a heroine and action aplenty.” —THELMA ADAMS, bestselling author of Bittersweet Brooklyn and The Last Woman Standing
“Gold Digger tells the true story of Lizzie ‘Baby Doe’ Tabor, a beautiful young woman who in 1878 marries the son of a wealthy miner in order to save her family from penury. Shrewd and stubborn, Lizzie fights back-biting Victorian society, wins and loses vast fortunes, and bests conniving politicians in her larger-than-life story. A twisting tale worthy of Mark Twain, with a big-hearted heroine at the center.” —MARTHA CONWAY, author of The Underground River
Elizabeth McCourt's family knew she was destined for greatness based on her beauty, but Lizzie knew she could do even more. Lizzie was married to Harvey Doe and went off to Colorado to make a fortune from the mines Harvey's family gave him. Only, Harvey wasn't cut out for mining work. Lizzie found herself striking deals and even going in the mines to help keep the mine going and money flowing. Her beauty and ingenuity earned her the name Baby Doe. Harvey soon found mining to be overwhelming and escapes back home abandoning Baby Doe. She decides to stay, get divorced, finds work at a haberdashery and takes up with silver mining mogul Horace Tabor creating a scandal. However, Baby Doe and Horace are happy as they excavate a place for themselves in society.
A true woman of the Wild West, Baby Doe Tabor's story reads as larger than life, but is all fact based. Passion for Baby Doe's story seeps through the pages of Gold Digger with the emotion conveyed through her trials and triumphs. Through Baby Doe a vibrant picture of the mining towns were created, along with the hardships faced there. I was amazed at how Baby Doe always came through whether it was making her way into mining in order to understand the business, finding a way to divorce, running a store, breaking down barriers to society or helping to build her community, Baby Doe was a force to reckoned with. For a woman of her time, Baby Doe accomplished a great deal, especially with the ups and downs in her life. The constant unknowing of what would happen led to a excited feeling the whole way through. The book wraps up at a turning point in Baby Doe's life, but not nearly the end; I'll be looking forward to the next book, Silver Dollar.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
A California native, Rebecca Rosenberg lives on a lavender farm with her family in Sonoma, the Valley of the Moon, where Jack London wrote from his Beauty Ranch. Rebecca is a long-time student of Jack London’s works and an avid fan of his daring wife, Charmian London. The Secret Life of Mrs. London is her debut novel.
Rebecca and her husband, Gary, own the largest lavender product company in America, selling to 4000 resorts, spas and gift stores. The Rosenbergs believe in giving back to the Sonoma Community, supporting many causes through financial donations and board positions, including Worth Our Weight, an educational culinary program for at-risk children, YWCA shelter for abused women, Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center to provide performances for children, Sonoma Food Bank, Sonoma Boys and Girls Club, and the Valley of the Moon Children’s Home.
For more information, please visit Rebecca’s website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook and Goodreads. Visit the Facebook page for The Secret Life of Mrs. London.