This book introduces readers to Miss Jane Mutta, a twenty nine year old “spinster” who studies dentistry at University and aspires to open her own practice. Since she has the misfortune to be living in the mid-1800s Jane finds it extremely difficult to carry through with her plan. Women weren’t exactly first-class citizens during this time.
When she’s paid to travel and set up shop in the Australian colony, Jane is accompanied by her parents and a lawman since it’s determined she needs chaperoning and protection. Unfortunately, things go horribly wrong and Jane is left to her own devices to continue on her quest, which has become a much more dangerous undertaking than she’d ever thought possible.
This is a short book with an old-fashioned feel. I found it interesting and entertaining. It’s easy for modern women to forget how far we’ve come over the centuries and I appreciated Jane’s spunky refusal to be treated so poorly by men.
The book is told in bits and pieces and I was confused once or twice that I’d missed something. Then a few chapters later the author would insert some information and I was able to catch up again. I would have liked a bit more backstory about Jane’s parents and what actually happened to them. I got the gist, but I think that part of the story should have been made a bit clearer for readers.
Douglas Fife’s character doesn’t appear until closer to the end of this book. It seemed that I was just getting interested in Jane and Douglas’s relationship and the book ended. Clearly this is in anticipation for the next book in this series. Therefore, I would hesitate to call Gold a standalone novel. While I really did enjoy reading about Jane’s life before she’d met Douglas, if readers want to find out more about how this relationship progresses they’ll have to purchase the next book.
4 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton