Natty uncovers a stolen golden statue that mysteriously leads her across Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona to solve an ancient Native American mystery and, ultimately, a murder. As she travels with Ethan Blackhawk, she is running from the law, hoping to prove her innocence. More
Natty has discovered a secret on Greyrock Mountain. Is a tiny, golden statue, the ancient artifact of the Cotiquette tribe, worth dying for? In photos she has taken, she discovers she’s being followed. When her home gets broken into, she fears it is the man from the picture that is searching for the statue. By night, she dreams of a mysterious Indian man who wants her to do… something, though she is never sure what it is. By day, she begins an adventure with Ethan Blackhawk, using the tiny statue as a guide through Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and back home to Colorado to face the troubles that have been following them and to solve the mystery of the golden statue.
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on Aug. 28, 2013 :
Yes, I believe this may be my favorite by Donna Hawk. The setting reminded me of the many trips my family took to the south west when I was a child. The landscape is beautiful and the Indian people are majestic. Donna described all of these things with her beautiful words and total respect.
Natty's adventure to find the origins of the special statue, brings her closer to a deserving man and it also brings her trouble. The story had a nice flow. The romance was realistic. I loved how the tribe looks out for its members.
"Natty felt like she was really part of something wonderful as she experienced the closeness and honest admiration Ethan's people had for one another. She felt, by her association with Ethan, that she had become a part of that brotherhood. She was humbled by it."
I also enjoyed the coming together of Chinook, Awentia, and Nayati's stories. Great!
"Everything he ever knew was dead to him. Nothing I said went into his brain. He did not hate me. He did not love me. He did not know me."
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on April 28, 2013 :
This is a romantic mystery thriller with North American aboriginal mystical elements. The paranormal aspect grows as the story develops. The romance and thriller aspects are nicely done.
(reviewed 10 months after purchase)
on March 25, 2013 :
/I received a copy of this book for free from the author/
'Desert Gold' is a beautiful, old style love story. And by old style i mean good taste and no too-explicit information: there is still some space for your imagination!
Natty is suddenly pulled into a completely unknown to her spiritual world, where legends and life are too close to distinguish one from another. She has to learn to listen to her intuition and believe and trust the unbelievable.
I have to say I enjoyed chapters 13, 14 and 15 much more than the rest - there was so much action and tension in them, that i just couldn't stop reading. Also the final explanation answers well all the questions and any doubts that might have appeared.
I will definitely read another book by Donna Hawk Regehr!