Review & Giveaway: The Golden Van Dorens by Nicole Strycharz

The Golden Van Dorens by Nicole Strycharz

Publication Date: September 1, 2020
eBook a& Paperback; 355 Pages

Genre: Historical Thriller

Malcom Van Doren made his fortune in the California Gold Rush of 1849.

By 1853, he spent it all, drowning in debt, and returned to his mine out of desperation.

Steadily, over the years, he went mad.

Known for his lunacy, when Malcom claimed to have discovered gold a second time, no one believed him… not even his family. Too paranoid about his creditors to prove his finding, Malcom Van Doren told everyone he hid his fortune away.

Now, in the year 1880, twenty-seven years after his second discovery, his daughters are each as desperate as he once was for wealth. All of them, for different reasons; revenge, love, or greed.

Three sisters battle to discover their dead father’s gold, but only one will win this race as their own little gold rush ensues.

God help the man that stands between a Golden Van Doren and all that glitters.

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A father gone mad. Hidden gold. Three sisters at each other's throats and on the hunt for buried treasure.

Sibling rivalry takes center stage in The Golden Van Dorens! I gotta say, in the past I've felt cheated out of being an only child, but after reading this I'm sure glad I am!

Tabitha is the oldest, married rich, and the bitchier of the three. She had to endure the insanity of her father far longer than her sisters so as you are reading the book you can see why she is the way she is.

Morgan is the middle child and is married to a man she loves and is carrying his child. She works at a newspaper with her husband and is a reporter in a time when it was not the norm for a woman. Their happiness at becoming parents soon is tainted when her husband is arrested for the rape and murder of a woman.

Verity is the youngest and a gold digger. She is working as a governess to young children and trying to seduce her wealthy, widowed employer and dreaming of a day where she is taken care of. Though she's not the nicest I did feel for her. I can't imagine losing a mother and two sisters and then being sent away to work as a maid at 9 years old.

When the sisters get word that their estranged father has passed they are summoned home for the reading of the will. Rumors of the buried gold that their father mentioned is brought up and each of them want to try to find it for themselves.

These sisters are stubborn, proud, and tough as nails, and I loved getting to know them. All three sisters are nuanced and complex and each unique, but my favorite definitely has to be Morgan.

I absolutely loved The Golden Van Dorens! It was so much fun to read and kept me rapt throughout! I cannot wait to read more by Nicole Strycharz!

About the Author

Nicole is a multi-genre author of over a dozen books.

"The Divorce" was nominated in the 2016 Indie Book Awards and won second place in the 2016 Best Cover Design in 'Urban Literature Magazine.'

She was featured on the cover of Words + Magazine for her book "The Affair."

She’s known for delving into sensitive and real topics such as in her title “The Love That Hurts” which explored domestic violence with the hopes of giving victims a voice while exposing the red flags of an abusive relationship. Most of her lead female characters are depicted as survivors or evolving overcomers of trauma. Sending a message to readers that every moment and every day they fight for is a victory.

Being of mixed ethnicity, she keeps her cast of characters diverse and tries to highlight the different cultures around the world.

Nicole lives in Virginia with her partner, three children, three stepsons, their amazing Grandparents, and one pretty Pocket-Pittie. She is always reading or working on the next book between mommyhood adventures.

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Tuesday, September 1
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Review at Book Bustle
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Review at Reading is My Remedy

Monday, September 7
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Tuesday, September 8
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Wednesday, September 9
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During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a 12" by 8" canvas painting of The Van Doren Sisters! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on September 9th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

The Golden Van Dorens

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