Suzanne Lilly writes lighthearted stories with a splash of suspense, a flash of the unexplained, a dash of romance, and always a happy ending. Her short stories have appeared in numerous places online and in print, and she has placed and received honorable mentions in writing contests. She lives in Northern California where she reads, writes, cooks, swims, and teaches elementary students.
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Gold Rush Deluge is about the 1850 flood that inundated Sacramento. Old pictures show the tops of buildings in neat little rows with water everywhere else. The only way to travel in town after the flood was by boat. Many people fled to the foothills and came back when the water receded, but many stayed in town in the top floors of buildings. Sacramento became the Venice of the West.
Sacramento suffered many more floods, including another devastating one in 1862. These floods, and the people who settled here in spite of the hardships, leave me in awe. California history is a testament to the human will to overcome and prosper. I hope that Gold Rush Deluge shows the courage of those pioneer men and women as it entertains the reader with its romance and suspense.
Lucinda Martin York and George Arnold Jr. have been through floods, fires, and freezing cold together in their pursuit of gold in California. Lucinda dreams of becoming one of the first women doctors. George dreams of building a mining empire. They are deeply in love and their friends and family are in Sacramento ready to celebrate their marriage. Only one thing can tear them apart.
Sacramento is underwater. A deluge of epic proportions has engulfed the town. Lucinda uses her medical skills working as a physician’s assistant to Dr. Mitchell Kersey. When she uncovers lies and treachery in the doctor’s past, she becomes enmeshed in dangers even more deadly than the flood. Lucinda must fight to save her life, her dreams, and her future with George.
Lucinda Martin York and George Arnold may be at odds about how to make money during the California Gold Rush, but they have one thing in common, and it is the desire to survive and thrive at any cost. In this historical novel, two strangers join forces to fight against thieves, fire, and the elements, but the hardest fight is for the survival of their relationship.