The Dahlonega Sisters

Veins of Gold

Fiction - Womens
256 Pages
Reviewed on 04/26/2021
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Dahlonega Sisters: Veins of Gold is a work in the women’s fiction, interpersonal drama, and family saga sub-genres, and was penned by author Diane M. How. The work is intended for the general adult reading audience and tells the tale of the titular sisters: Marge, Rose Ellen, and Mutzi. Following on from The Gold Miner Ring, we find the sisters poised at the start of what may be a terrifying or affirming discovery, as Marge prepares to take a DNA test. Mutzi is fearful that the rumors may be true, and that the sisters are not true sisters after all, whilst Rose Ellen encourages her younger sister to take the plunge.

Author Diane M. How has crafted an utterly charming work of fiction with a fascinating journey into family ties, loyalty, and love to offer its readers. One of the things which I loved the most about this novel was the way that the town itself has a unique personality, and how the history of the Gold Rush is woven into the contemporary storyline. It was also highly refreshing to read a women’s fiction novel which isn’t all about mushy romance, but instead explores the multi-faceted world of family emotions in a realistic way that brings joy, but also plucks at the heartstrings. The dialogue was also very effective, serving to display the unique traits of life in Georgia, whilst moving the plot forward in a natural and entertaining way. Overall, I would highly recommend The Dahlonega Sisters: Veins of Gold to fans of endearing family dramas, well-penned female characters, and Southern fiction enthusiasts everywhere.

Deborah Lloyd

Most people are not aware that the first major gold rush in this country occurred in Dahlonega, Georgia, a small mountain town. Three sisters, Rose Ellen and twins Marge and Mutzi, live in this town, and each has a distinctive personality. They continue to have a strong bond as sisters, although one has a boyfriend, one is newly married, and the other is a widow. When Marge decides to send her DNA to an ancestry website, she did not know what surprises may be in store. In the second book of the Dahlonega Sisters series, titled Veins of Gold, author Diane M. How has penned a heartwarming story depicting the importance of family and friends.

While the three sisters are the main characters of this tale, there are several other significant characters. For example, Sam Parks (Mutzi’s husband) met a homeless man, Chuck Hansen. Sam assisted Chuck’s efforts to get back on his feet, adding an interesting aspect to the plot. Likewise, the freshman college triplets who are temporarily living with Marge add another insightful element of the special bonds between sisters. The author skillfully interweaves the individuals’ life histories and personalities with a fascinating plot set within a charming town. The title, Veins of Gold, is clever as it can apply to several situations in the book. Author Diane M. How has written an entertaining read in The Dahlonega Sisters: Veins of Gold. Every reader will want to read the first book, if not yet read, and will hope this series continues to see what is next for these sisters!