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Review – The Lucky Hat Mine by J.V.L Bell

Review – The Lucky Hat Mine by J.V.L BellThe Lucky Hat Mine by J.V.L. Bell
on October 1st 2016
Pages: 304
Source: Author

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


A recipe for true love or murder? Ingredients: one Southern belle, one Colorado gold miner, a wife wanted classified, and a fainting goat. Let simmer.
What's a Southern belle to do in 1863? Wife-wanted ads are always risky business, but Millie Virginia never imagined she'd survive the perilous trip across the Great Plains to find her intended husband in a pine box. Was he killed in an accident? Or murdered for his gold mine? Stuck in the mining town of Idaho Springs, Colorado territory, without friends or means, Millie is beleaguered by undesirable suitors and threatened by an unknown assailant. Her troubles escalate when the brother of her dead fiancE, Dominic Drouillard, unexpectedly turns up.
Dom is an ill-mannered mountain man who invades Millie's log cabin, insists that his brother was murdered, and refuses to leave until he finds the killer. Compelled to join forces with her erstwhile brother-in-law, Millie discovers the search for Colorado gold is perilous, especially with a murderer on their trail.
The Lucky Hat Mine interlaces the tale of a feisty heroine with frontier legend and lore making for an arousing historical murder mystery.

Millie Virginia works for a family in the south. Not much better than a slave she embarks on adventure out west when she answers a wife want add for a man in Colorado. After arriving from the treacherous trip she finds that her betrothed is dead. He left her all that he had and she decides to stay. Though it seems that someone doesn’t want her there and people are starting to suspect that her husband to be death was really murder. She’s survived the great trip there will the Southern Belle survive the crude conditions of Colorado with a murderer on the loose?

In ” an Oyster Shell – It was an interesting, intriguing book with a confusing ending.

The Pearls – I am not a fan of historical fiction and I found myself liking this one. I am always impressed when someone can get me to like something that I don’t usually like. I don’t like historical fictions because I feel that they can get bogged down by historcial facts. The author of this book worked the necessary facts seamlessly into the narrative.

The setting of the trail west and the Colorado territory was interesting in comparison to the South that Millie is used to. It made for a great story seeing her in every setting and how she adapted.

The romance was fun and unexpected. Though I had my suspicions. It was contentious at times but ends in a HEA which was nice. The contrast between the two love interests made for great narrative.

The Sand –The ending was not ideal. It’s like it ended in the middle of a conversation.

3.5 Pearls!

3.5 Stars

About J.V.L. Bell

Author J.v.L. Bell is a Colorado native who grew up climbing 14,000 ft. mountains, exploring old ghost towns, and backpacking through the back country. She and her family love to hike, raft, and cross-country ski together.

She loves reading and researching frontier history and incorporating these facts into her novels. Her historic mysteries are interwoven with amusing historical stories and lore, interesting characters, and historic events.

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