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by Frank Yerby

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ISBN: 0330247743
ISBN13: 978-0330247740
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Frank Yerby
Language: English
Publisher: Dell; New Ed edition (1976)
Pages: 224 pages
ePUB size: 1970 kb
FB2 size: 1273 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 326
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long await read. ,loved it.
The Treasure of Pleasant Valley is one of those books that gets under your skin and you find yourself anxiously returning to its pages to learn what comes of this newest development. At the center of the story is Bruce Harkness, a peace loving southern man returning home from war to find his beautiful bride-to-be married out of convenience to another man, a man country ignorant and jealous. Heartbroken and still in love Bruce goes west during the 1849 gold rush days to start a new life and keep scandalous tongues in town from spreading more rumors about he and the wife of another. Author Frank Yerby gives us a strong character in Bruce, one who's seen enough violence in the war in Mexico (1846-1848) and now just wants a good woman and good land to farm and call his own home. California was just becoming the land of dreams and opportunity as gold was discovered and the territory gained U.S. statehood in 1850.

The California of 1840s-1850s is one rough and tumble place for a man of moral values and integrity like Bruce. A man who detests violence so much that he refuses to carry a gun. The wild west with its questionable Spanish land grants and hills of gold has lured the good, bad and ugly of humanity; many of them miners stricken with the "gold fever"; a fever that can drive a man chasing dreams of riches that elude him or is wasted away on vice as quickly as he can cash in his gold findings in cities of sin like San Francisco and Sacramento. Its a place full of desperate men, mostly prospectors looking to get rich quick. There aren't many respectable women, unless you'd consider the whores of fifty-one respectable; maybe once upon a time, maybe not. And there's next to no children, so much so that when some are spotted in the city streets men come running to gawk and stare at them, remembering the little ones they might've left behind or maybe their own childhood. Imagine, to see a child as if it were a rare endangered species.

Throw into the story a newly found loyal friend, a faithful servant and his lustfully beautiful wife, a greed-filled, murderous adversary by the name of Rufus King, and you've got yourself a book that needs only the descriptive skills of a seasoned author to bring the story to life. Frank Yerby proves yet again that he is an author that can paint a story full of vibrant characters set in historically authentic times and doing what love, money and friendships force men and women to do. I'm glad to have found another Yerby treasure and will keep it on my library shelf for future visits.

"The miners came in forty-nine, The whores in fifty-one; And when they got together They produced the native son."