by Hilary McCollum

Everything that mattered to Frances Moriarty was left behind in famine-ravaged Ireland, including the love of her life. Beset with grief and guilt, she is scraping out a shadowy existence as a New York shoeshine boy when word spreads like wildfire: gold nuggets line the riverbeds of California.

Eager to stake a claim, Frances boldly sets out on the overland trek to California’s gold fields, praying that her journey will lead her to riches—and a place a woman like her can call her own.

Rich with historic detail and steeped in the secret passion of women-loving-women, Hilary McCollum’s debut novel is an epic story of love lost and found in a daring life.





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Genre Historical Romance
Length 332 pages
Publication Date May 15, 2015
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781594934421e
Editor JoSelle Vanderhooft
Cover Designer Judith Fellows



GCLS Goldie Awards
GolddiggerWinner, Lesbian Historical Fiction, GCLS Goldie Lesbian Debut Fiction, Finalist.

North West Culture
Hilary McCollum has excelled in penning this novel….There were times when I had goosebumps: there were times when I laughed: but unfortunately there were so many times when I cried. It is a story of love and loss, but more importantly it is a story of hope.

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1 review for Golddigger – eBook

  1. Mary from Summit

    When I saw this book I knew I had to read it. I had family who emigrated from Ireland during the years this book took place. It was quite moving. I was a bit put off at first by the chapters switching between Ireland and America. By the time the book ended I understood the need for it and it worked well as a plot device. Rich in historic detail and the hopes and dreams of youth. Bold and brave I’d like a friend like Frances Moriarity. I await Ms. McCollum’s next book.

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