Spoiler alert: Like a River Glorious is the sequel to Walk On Earth a Stranger, which tells the tale of Leah Westfall’s dangerous journey west from the gold mines of Georgia to California during the Gold Rush. I’ll try not to be too spoiler-y, but this review will reveal some of the survivors of the first part of Leah’s journey!
Leah Westfall, her best friend Jefferson Kingfisher, her beloved horse Peony, and the remnants of their wagon train company have finally arrived in California, where the siren song of gold thrills through Leah’s veins – and sparkles in the rivers and just beneath the surface of the earth. It’s not difficult for a hardworking man – or girl – to strike it rich, but for a girl like Leah with a witchy sense for gold, prosperity is only a matter of closing her eyes and listening to its call.
But Leah isn’t free yet – her uncle Hiram, who murdered her parents so he could claim his niece, and her power, for himself, has stalked her across the continent, and Leah knows it’s only a matter of time before he, and his men, finds and destroys her and everyone she loves. Even as Leah, Jefferson, the Major, and the rest of her newfound family begin to make a home along their claim on the American River – panning, prospecting, building shanties and lean-tos, laying the foundation for a cabin and stocking up for the winter, and even adding a box stove to make it easier for Becky Joyner to cook up many truly terrible flapjacks for the hungry miners from nearby claims – Hiram and his men circle ever closer. And when the worst happens, Leah is ready for it – she just isn’t ready for her friends to be plunged into the nightmare with her.
If you love epic Westerns (think Lonesome Dove or Legends of the Fall), historical fiction, adventure, and just a spark of magic, you don’t want to miss Rae Carson’s newest series! Leah is fierce, whip-smart, tough, and loyal to the end – my favorite kind of book friend and heroine. I absolutely could not put this down and leave Leah in danger, and you won’t be able to either – make sure you check Like a River Glorious out to settle in with on a cold January night!