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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
A heartfelt novel with a riveting plot, Black's Gold by Lori Power follows the life of a destitute young woman after the cruel death of her mother. Following the violent events of the previous night that leaves Flora’s mother, Maggs, hanging on to her life, Flora wakes up to the reality of trying to survive on the streets by herself. The incidents of the night before have attracted the unwanted and alarming attention of powerful forces that seek revenge and others who want what Maggs managed to take from her assailant. Using the contents of the stolen purse, Flora courageously moves to strike a deal with privateer Mackenzie McGuire in the hope of fleeing 1767 Halifax to search for a better life and to escape her pursuers.
Flora’s difficult circumstances and her desperation as she tries to find her way out of the city are made apparent by the story’s background which captures the deprivation and crime that is evident on Halifax’s streets. Black’s Gold is also gripping from the beginning. The opening scene involves the dangerous incident that precedes Maggs’s death. The romance in the novel is skillfully developed. Both Flora and Mack are interesting main characters with varied motives. Mack is after hidden treasure while Flora wants to leave Halifax. Their romance blossoms beautifully throughout the plot. As the lead character, Flora is unique, intelligent, and brave. More captivating scenes follow after Mack accepts her onto his ship including scenes in which Flora has to pretend to be a lad. Black’s Gold by Lori Power is an exciting romance novel that will leave any reader wanting more of Power’s work.