Like A River Glorious

Like A River Glorious

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After her harrowing journey west to California, Lee Westfall has finally found a new homéђؤone rich in gold, thanks to her magical power, a power that seems to be changing every day. But this home is rich in other ways, too: with friends who are searching for a place to be themselves, just as she is, and with love. Jeffersońђؤher longtime best friend́ђؤhasńђةt stopped trying to win her heart. And Lee is more and more tempted to say yes. But her uncle Hiram hasńђةt given up his quest to get Lee and her power under his control. When shéђةs kidnapped and taken to him, Lee sees firsthand the depths of her uncléђةs villainy. Yet Leéђةs magic is growing. Gold no longer simply sings to her, it listens. It obeys her call. Is it enough to destroy her uncle once and for all?
Publisher: New York : Greenwillow Books, [2016]
Copyright Date: ℗♭2016
ISBN: 9780062242945
Branch Call Number: YA SERIES GOL V.2
Characteristics: 406 pages : illustration, map ; 22 cm


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Jun 10, 2018

I'm happy to say that the sequel to Walk On Earth a Stranger did not suffer from sophomore syndrome. This book was just as well written as the first, and continued just where the first left off. There was sufficient character growth from most everyone central to the story, and there was enough conflict for a sequel to make sense. Lee's uncle Hiram was the natural villain of the story, as he had been in the first installment, albeit more off-stage. I was happy with the eventual comeuppance of all of the deserving villains, and am not sure where the last book of the trilogy will take us. The only hang-up I had here was Lee's refusal to admit her feelings for Jefferson. Why does every YA author assume that romantic angst is a wonderful thing that everyone wants? It's so obvious those two are going to end up together- just pull the plug already. I was happy to see all of the characters that had been in the first novel return- the Major, Becky, Jasper, Hamton, Henry, Thomas, the Hoffmans and all the children. The other thing I appreciate is characters get hurt, sick, and die- Carson keeps it very real and very raw and true to history. There is prejudice here, and racism, and torture, and death, all for the sake of money and power. She doesn't pull any punches and rather accurately describes the desperate search for gold and property in 1800's California. I will most definitely be finishing out the series this year.

Oct 16, 2017

I love this series. I can't wait to read the third one. This sequel was intense and delved deeper into the characters and Leah's powers.

The thing I appreciated the most about this book was the commentary on privilege and the prejudice against the Chinese and the Indians of the time. They were so brutally tortured and take advantage of that I greatly appreciated Carson giving the reader that perspective. It wasn't just about the gold rush or the kidnapping or Leah's history. It was also with her reaction to the prejudice and the circumstances happening in the community around her. There was a great social commentary there and it enhanced the story so much.

The third book is already out and I can't wait to read it. I want to see what happens to Leah and Jefferson specifically. I also want to see how Leah's powers and reputation continues to develop over the course of California coming into statehood.

Mar 23, 2017

Another great read with a satisfying ending.

ArapahoeElaine Dec 11, 2016

Fast Paced sequel to "Walk on Earth a Stranger", Leah is still finding gold during the California Gold Rush and dealing with hard choices when it comes to love, friends and family. I enjoyed the strong woman character in Leah, she is believable and completely in over her head. Can't wait for the next book!


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