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The Lucky Hat Mine by [Bell, J.v.L.]
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4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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About the Author

.v.L. Bell is a Colorado native who was raised climbing Colorado's 14,000 foot mountains, exploring old ghost towns, and reading stories about life in the early frontier days. She enjoys hiking with friends and family, visiting new places and meeting new people, rafting the rivers of Utah and Colorado, and reading great historical fiction. She lives in Louisville, Colorado with her two daughters and her husband.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1452 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Hansen Publishing Group (7 Sept. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LW4ZB01
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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The Lucky Hat Mine is a fun historical Romance, set in the 1860s in Colorado. Millie is twenty three; answering a “Wife wanted” ad, she leaves life as a family servant in New Orleans and heads out west. She may have escaped the raging War of Independence, but soon experiences a loss of civilised comforts and standards as she knew them.

After a mighty three month travelling ordeal, Millie arrives in Idaho Springs to fulfil her role as the new wife of miner J W Drouillard. However, she soon discovers that Mr D recently died in a mining accident; luckily he had already bequeathed his cabin and mine to Millie as a precaution.

What should Millie do? Head back east straight away? Sell the mine and find a place to live, perhaps in Denver? Or marry one of the many townsmen eager for her hand? Wisely Millie decides to take her time and not rush into any decisions. Mr D’s cabin surprises and delights Millie; once an orphan she now owns her first home. Mr D had previously installed some new mod cons at great expensive, in preparation for his new wife.

There is a sense of fun to the storyline: Millie is proposed to on a daily basis by a stream of miners, all anxious to buy Mr D’s mine and take a wife. However, there is also a more sinister side as Millie receives threats from an unknown source, trying to scare her away. Another danger comes with the arrival of a man who knew her father; parents whom Millie never knew. Her illusion of them is shattered when the bandit explains he’s after the silver her father stole. Resourceful and independent Millie deals with him and has him arrested.

When Mr D’s brother turns up, Millie must tell him about her fiancé’s death, but Dom refuses to believe it was an accident and is determined to find the truth.
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I was asked to review The Lucky Hat Mine for Rosie’s Book Review Team. Because I was traveling, I wasn’t able to download it from Netgalley or even download the offered copy of the audiobook. But when I heard that the audio was narrated by Nancy Wu, I went straight to my Audible UK account and bought a copy. And I’m so glad I did, although the mix of humor, historical detail, and great story earned me some odd looks as I laughed out loud while walking the dog.

This is a western, both due to its historical period and initial tales of crossing the prairie by covered wagon. But author JvL Bell takes on almost every western trope and makes it her own. For example, in your standard Western, women come in two kickass models: good (frontier wives/ preachers’ daughters) and bad (dance-hall girls/Soiled Doves such as Big Nose Kate, Doc Holliday’s common law wife). Occasionally, the Soiled Doves—if they had a Heart-of-Gold—become good saloon owners (like Miss Kitty in Gunsmoke) or even wives. But Miss Permelia Abingdon Virginia—Millie to her friends—is a genteel Southern lady. Despite being raised in an orphanage, she’s worked darn hard to become one, memorizing and frequently quoting from her two bibles: THE LADIES’ BOOK OF ETIQUETTE and MANUAL OF POLITENESS: a complete handbook for the use of the lady in polite society by Florence Hartley, (actually published in 1873, whist the story is set in 1863), and TRUE POLITENESS, A hand-book of etiquette for ladies by An American Lady (1847).
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"Ahhhhhhh" (That's the sigh of a contented reader who just found a book that was exactly what she hoped it would be.)

The Lucky Hat Mine is a classic old west tale complete with miners, murder and mail order brides.But... the mail order bride's husband-to-be was the murder victim and all the miners are lining up to propose.


And repeatedly.

Fortunately, our heroine is made of stern stuff and despite the fact that she spouts off rules of etiquette at every occasion and constantly reminds the men to watch their language, she gets along just fine, and even thrives, in the Colorado mining town she has landed in.

Would I recommend it?
There is a goat in this book! A fainting goat. So, clearly, yes. Also there is a great strong female lead, humor, a smidgen of romance, a murder mystery all wrapped up in a western. What's not to love!?!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I discovered this book because I’m a proud member of Rosie’s Book Review Team!
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I loved this book. I enjoyed the banter between Millie and Dom and all their little arguments. I found it quite funny in places.
The side characters were also well written and provided much amusement. The darker characters were menacing enough that the suspense and intrigue had me on the edge of my seat. I really enjoyed this book and would certainly look out for more by the author.
I listened to the audio book and the author's performance of Millie when she was arguing with Dom amused me a lot. The characters were brought to life and I found the couple to be that little bit more adorable than if I had read the story in my head.

I voluntarily received a review copy of the audio book.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 44 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Historical Cozy 4 Jan. 2017
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A fun historical cozy based in gold mining country in Colorado during the Civil War. Where the men outnumber the women by huge numbers as you can imagine. The hardships of living in the Rockies and the winters. There must have been a lot of research done as the book starts in New Orleans and then travel to a small mining town in the territory of Colorado. All the men courting this one single woman. There are some laugh out loud funny moments. There are times you want to cry. The ending is the best, it's what you hope happens. Loved it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book has everything to keep you completely immersed: adventures, mystery, interesting historical details and romance! 12 Oct. 2016
By AnnaS - Published on Amazon.com
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The book has everything to keep you completely immersed for hours: adventures, mystery, interesting historical details and, of course, romance. The romantic plot between Ms. Virginia and Mr. D. is developing on the background of Colorado Gold Rush in 1863, where at first Mr. D. appeared as a rude uncivilized miner. But as the time goes by in search for gold, a murderer and an answers about Ms. Virginia’s parents, Mr. D. shows up as a kind, caring and gentle man, saving Ms. Virginia’s life several times.

In my opinion, the book is very well written, has many interesting historical details; it is funny and makes you feel good while you reading and long after that. I would definitely recommend it to my friends, it is a good entertaining read, especially for a coming holiday season.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed it! A brave 21 Sept. 2016
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I really enjoyed it! A brave, mail order bride who gives up everything she knows to go to Colorado and become the wife of a gold miner in the 1860's. It has all the elements that I enjoy in a book. Mystery, humor, romance, fast moving plot with a few twists and great, colorful characters. I also liked the large amount of science and geology information around mining, along with a lot of Colorado history. This book is definitely worth taking time to read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book with interesting historical tidbits. 16 Jan. 2017
By Three Sons - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this book. It is light reading combining some Colorado history, with humor and a mystery. I live very near Idaho Springs, Colorado and especially enjoyed the stories and references to local history and landmarks such as Jackson's discovery of gold and the mineral hot springs. It was easy to relate to the story as many of the old buildings from the 1800's are still standing in Idaho Springs. Thanks to Sandra Dallas for reviewing the book in The Denver Post and thus making me aware of it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 9 Feb. 2017
By Bev - Published on Amazon.com
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This is totally not what I expected. Can't quite figure out where the author is going with the story....Can't decide if it was supposed to be a comedy or a semi mystery- history story. Was interesting in that I am 4th generation Coloradoan and the book took place around Denver and Idaho Springs.
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