I am now on the final day of my "Oskar Awards" for my 2019 books. Today, I am featuring five of my six books published last year. I chose them, not based on my favorites, because I greatly enjoyed writing them all. I selected these mainly based on the reception to them I received from my readers. These are the top five books I wrote in 2019:
A widow, Diantha runs her late husband's hotel she inherited and the post office until Hank Cauley shows up bearing the news that he has been awarded the postmaster's position in place of Diantha's late husband. In a secondary romance, Buck returns to Wildcat Ridge to see if there can be a serious relationship between him and Hilaina. If so, can he find enough paying work to someday ask her to marry him?
Unwilling to settle for the expected role of women, Virginia uses her talent for writing articles published in a political magazine of the day. When her older brother and guardian decides to move west to Kansas Territory, she chooses to attend Oberlin College. There she meets Avery, one of her instructors and an aspiring writer who is envious of the success of Virginia pseudonym.
Escape from Gold Mountain:
Based on real events and people, this tale of the stagecoach abduction of a Chinese woman held for ransom for eight days was taken from newspaper accounts and local histories. Woven with fictional characters and events, it is an alternative history bordering on the truth.
Two Sisters and the Christmas Groom:
Annie comes to Jubilee Springs to work as a maid for her former employer's daughter. Kate writes to a miner in Jubilee Springs in her attempt to escape the dead-end poverty of lower east Manhattan. Michael has been selected to live in company housing provided by Prosperity Mine as soon as he marries. As he gets to know both sisters, which will he choose?
Nothing at home for her after the death of her father, Dahlia agrees to write to men for the intent of finding a husband. Nathan offers a company house provided by his employer, Prosperity Mine, as soon as the two are married. Just before Dahlia arrives, he is injured in a mining accident and ends up in a coma. Between his injuries and a questionable marriage by proxy, the future does not look promising for this couple.
And my choice for my best novel for 2019 is:
Escape from Gold Mountain
Escape from Gold Mountain was not historical fiction as much as it was fictionalized history. I spent more time doing research for this book than any other to date. I read several fiction books set in the same era which were written by Chinese-American authors to get a feel for the Cantonese Chinese culture. This book was almost a three year project. It is my longest novel to date.
In my opinion, it is my best work, not just for 2019, but to date.
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