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Fool's gold
Bly, Stephen A., 1944-2011.
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Wheaton, Ill. : Crossway Books, [2000]

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264 pages ; 22 cm.
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Goldfield, Nevada in 1905 is no place to settle and raise a family. It's in the middle of an arid desert -- and in the middle of a gold rush. O.T. Skinner and his family plan to stay only long enough to restock their supplies before continuing their journey to California. God, however, has a bigger purpose in mind. He's about to use this simple family and their simple faith to make a lasting impact on the entire town in these first two books in Stephen Bly's new series, The Skinners of Goldfield.

Author Notes

Stephen Bly was born August 17, 1944, Ivanhoe, California. Bly graduated summa cum laude in Philosophy from California State University, Fresno (1971). He was an American author who wrote over 100 books and many short stories, poems and articles. His books were primarily Western in genre. Bly's book, The Long Trail Home won the 2002 Christy Award in the Western Novel category.

Bly had many series that he wrote during his lifetime including: the Rivers of Arizona Series, the Stuart Brannon Western Series, the Lewis and Clark Squad Series and the Horse Dreams Series.

On June 9, 2011, Bly died at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Lewiston after a 5-year battle with prostate cancer. He was 66 years old. At the time of his death, he was working on his last fiction book, Stuart Brannon's Final Shot. His wife, Janet, and three adult sons finished the novel for him; it was released in 2012.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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In 1905, the Skinners are traveling to California to live near O.T. Skinner's brother when they decide to pass through Goldfield, NV, the last gold-rush boomtown to spring up. O.T. and his wife, Dola, don't plan to stay; they want to build a good life for their four children elsewhere. However, circumstances and their belief that God leads them end up keeping them in Goldfield, where they quickly shut down a water monopoly, befriend both sides of a feud, and help another poor family get back on its feet. Bly (Proud Quail of the San Joaquin) provides a rip-roaring Western in the tradition of Louis L'Amour, filled with humorous characters and an abiding appreciation for the Lord's mysterious ways. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.