Book Reviews: The Hills of Gold Unchanging

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From Deborah Challinor, Number one bestselling author and historian

This second volume in The Long Trails series, The Hills of Gold Unchanging, begins in 1860 immediately after the close of the first volume, A Long Trail Rolling. Aleksandra Lekarski and her lover Xavier Arguello are heading for California as Xavier plans to return to his family’s estate, Rancho de la Pulgas, near San Francisco.

But tension between the southern and northern states is increasing, fighting between settlers, soldiers and the Indian nations is ongoing, the Pony Express has collapsed, and still the trails from east to west are cluttered with wagon trains full of ill-prepared emigrants.

Like the first volume in this series, a huge amount of research has gone into The Hills of Gold Unchanging. There is a very real sense of being there for the reader in terms of landscape and place, and contemporary society, culture, industry and politics. For someone like me who hasn’t read much American history it was all fascinating, and makes me want to read more.

The pace is fast, there’s plenty of action and adventure and a few twists I didn’t see coming. Lizzi Tremayne writes good characters, and that definitely includes the horses. For me, though, it’s the history that’s the star in this story. Good characters plus excellent history equals a great read, which is what this is. But I do suggest you read the first book in the series first, because it will enhance your experience of this one. I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series, A Sea of Green Unfolding.

Deborah Challinor


From Shelagh Merlin,  NetGalley Reviewer

5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking good yarn, February 28, 2017  Shelagh
This review is from: The Hills of Gold Unchanging (The Long Trails Series Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
This is the first time I’ve read one of Lizzi Tremayne’s novels, and I was pleasantly surprised. There are so many things to like about this story. Lead characters, Aleks and Xavier, are well rounded and strong. Aleks has a stubborn streak and a determination to survive, no matter what. Both inspired me to cheer them on as they faced one problem after another along the way from Utah to California. The plot is well developed, and I particularly liked the attention to historical detail along the way. This is an author who does her homework, and it shows. I was intrigued by this story, and wish I’d read the first in the series before venturing onto this one. Despite that, this story does stand alone well, and is a cracking good yarn.

Jude Knight, Editor

“The Hills of Gold Unchanging is superb storytelling. As Aleksandra and Xavier faced and survived human malevolence, natural disaster and accidents, and their own doubts and insecurities, I kept turning pages to find out what happened next. I love books in which adversity sculptures character and where challenges to relationships bend them to breakpoint and rebuild them stronger. This is one of those books. I can’t wait to read the sequel.”


Greta on Goodreads

5.0 out of 5 stars It was amazing.

A great read from a New Zealand author. Shades of Diana Gabaldon in the strong female lead character and the historical setting that you can almost taste.




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