In 1864 Columbia, California, the gold rush is over. Spirited Katie MacKenzie helps her father run a saloon and writes articles for the local newspaper about the Griffin, a Robin Hood-style highwayman who robs the unscrupulous mine owners and gives back to the townspeople.
Roguish Jack Adams, an adventurer with a dark secret, rides into the sleepy Sierra town one summer day and changes everything.
A powerful attraction smolders and burns between Jack and Katie despite their efforts to resist, but when a tragic death occurs during one of the Griffin's stagecoach robberies, Katie is haunted by thoughts of revenge.
Can Jack reconcile his life in Columbia with his surprising true identity in San Francisco… and will this couple find their way to happiness in spite of the dangerous secrets that separate them? Journey back to Civil War-era California with Jack, Katie, and historical characters like Samuel Clemens for a passionate & adventurous romance that will keep you turning the pages to the very end!
“BRIGHTER THAN GOLD delivers what Cynthia Wright fans expect from her unforgettable romances – a tender, sweet, exciting, and sensual story of a love that is so strong nothing can harm it. She skillfully combines accurate historical details, brilliantly evoking the post-goldrush era in Columbia and San Francisco, along with an irresistible deception & disguise romance!” ~ ROMANTIC TIMES MAGAZINE