Book Review: Gold Digger, The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor by Rebecca Rosenberg

gold digger the remarkable baby doe taborAbout the Book

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.

Format: Paperback, ebook (290 pp.)    Publisher: Lion Heart Publishing
Published: 28th May 2019  Genre: Historical Fiction

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My Review

In her Afterword, Rebecca Rosenberg confesses that Baby Doe Tabor ‘captured her imagination’ from the time she was five years old. Her enthusiasm for her subject shines through in this book although I’ll admit I’d never heard of Baby Doe Tabor up to this point. As the book description sets out, Gold Digger is a rags to riches, riches to rags (and possibly back again) story of a woman determined to control her own destiny and prove she has brains to match her beauty.

Along the way, Baby Doe (the nickname she acquires on account of her beautiful doe-like eyes) endures personal tragedy, estrangement from her family and the scorn of members of society, mainly other women. She also finally meets her soul mate and encounters some famous figures from history, including Doc Holliday and Oscar Wilde.

What I hadn’t realised is that the story of Baby Doe Tabor does not end with Gold Digger. In fact, the book concludes at a pivotal moment in her life. The author freely admits it’s ‘only half the story’ and promises the rest will unfold in a sequel, Silver Dollar (the name of Baby Doe’s second daughter), planned for publication in 2020.

I have to say Gold Digger didn’t quite capture my imagination in the way that Rebecca Rosenberg’s previous book, The Secret Life of Mrs. London, did. I think that’s because the male characters in Gold Digger, Harvey and Horace, can’t help but be pale shadows in comparison to the larger than life figures of Harry Houdini and Jack London in the earlier book. Having said that, Gold Digger is a well-told, clearly well-researched story of a remarkable woman with an admirable determination to make her own way in a man’s world.

I received an advance review copy courtesy of the author.

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In three words: Engaging, dramatic, well-researched

Try something similar…The Moral Compass by K. A. Servian (read my review here)

Rebecca RosenbergAbout the Author

Rebecca grew up in Colorado exploring old mines, ghost towns and honky-tonks with her family, sparking her life-long love of the Rocky Mountains and obsession with the Tabors. Now, Rebecca lives and writes on her lavender farm in Sonoma, California.

Rebecca’s other books include The Secret Life of Mrs. London, Lavender Fields of America and Champagne Widows. (Photo credit: Goodreads author page)

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