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“Now a new generation of readers can discover the magic of Cynthia Wright, and the rest of us can fall in love all over again." - SUSAN ELIZABETH PHILLIPS, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

“Looking for a hero to sweep you off your feet? Look no further…” ~ Kathe Robin, ROMANTIC TIMES MAGAZINE

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

March 6
Boxwood Manor Books
Cynthia Challed

Customer Reviews

Montanafilly73 ,

A blessing to read

This was one of those books you never want to end. I was so caught up in Jack and Katie’s life and the lives of their friends, that I was sad to see those 2 words, “THE END”! I loved watching Katie come into “womanhood” and the struggles with it and the dashing Jack who was loyal and honest to the core with good intentions of righting many wrongs. The grandfather was a delight and I cheered when Genevieve was put in her high class place! Bravo for this book. Should’ve been made into a movie. It’s truly a book you won’t want to put down!

ZivaChavive ,

Brighter Than Gold

I don't know what to say and I'm not often speechless. Jack and Kathleen, so real so wild yet tame. Perfectly depiction of how people fall in love. All the other characters utter the same reality. Thank you Cynthia Wright for this marvelous work of literature.

Carolk1124 ,

Brighter Than Gold

I enjoyed this book very much. Jack is a very exciting & clever character. I loved watching Jack and Kathleen become a couple in love. Kathleen's strength and convictions were good to see, as well.

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