Wilhelmina Sukovich is curious and determined to have her own byline in the Sacramento Bee. Aged out at the Children’s Home Society orphanage, she attends night school and works herself up in the newspaper hierarchy.
Her first big break comes as an assignment takes her to the small mountain town of San Andreas in the Gold Country of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. She searches out her father’s gravesite only to mysteriously be drawn to the artistry of an ancient tombstone nearby, Eliza Osbourne, 1868.
Formidable ranchers and a widow befriend her in her quest to fulfill her assignment for school children and search for Eliza’s roots. World War II veteran, Charles, rescues Will from her misadventures. Who is he and why is he such a recluse? Why has he taken it upon himself to see she is safe?
About the Author
Betty Ruth Weatherby holds a BA from California State University, Stanislaus. She earned her teacher’s credentials from Chapman University, as well as a cross-cultural language and academic development certificate from Sacramento State University.
She is an active member of Sierra Baptist Church, in Pioneer, California and travels extensively. Betty Ruth Weatherby currently lives with her dog, Buttons, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Find her on Facebook.
Although it took several chapters, this story slowly grew on me and ultimately won me over by the end. A long, somewhat rambling but clever story of a young woman valiantly on a journey of self-discovery, professional pursuit, and, ultimately, faith. I must admit that the persistent narrative switch from first to third person perspective threw me at times. Interesting story premise, setting, background and perspective in this novel from a new to me author.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book. A favorable review was not required, no compensation was received, and all views expressed are my own.