The small settlement isn't much to look at. Just a saloon, a half finished chapel and a ramshackle collection of miners' shacks but to Emaline it's the centre of all her hopes and dreams. To the mines who olive there she's mother, love, nurse, confessor and queen of the Victorian Inn.
Into this tough world of men comes Alex, on the run from her past, from her childhood and from a terrible secret. As she is drawn ever closer to strong contemplative David, her story cannot be kept hidden forever.
But as Alex discovers gold, the first in Motherlode, her strength is to be tested to the limit. Gold fever hits and outsiders pour into the small town, bringing with them a new set of rules, divisions between men and women, black and white, which threatens to rip the town apart. Can Motherlode withstand the influx and survive the gold rush?
About the Author
Mary Volmer was born in Grass Valley, California and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received a BA from Saint Mary's College, California, before completing a Masters degree at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth as a Rotary Scholar. She is currently the Agnes Butler Scholar at Saint Mary's College where she is pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and lecturing in English/ Composition. This is her first novel.
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 3rd July 2006
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Dimensions (cm): 19.700 x 13.000 x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.195