Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety?
Walk on Earth a Stranger, the first book in this new trilogy, introduces—as only Rae Carson can—a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a slow-burning romance. Includes a map and author’s note on historical research.
“Now that I’m a girl, I’m treated like I’m nobody again, to be owned or herded or strung along, so helpless and awful that I must be redeemed or married off because it’s convenient for someone.”
I’ve been looking forward to Walk on Earth a Stranger for so long. And I am happy to say it did not disappoint!
Walk on Earth a Stranger is about a girl named Leah Westfall who can sense gold. After her parents are murdered, Leah disguises herself as a boy and decides to head west to find gold and start a new life.
This book had me hooked from the first page. I was a little worried about this only because I’ve never been a huge fan of westerns, but Carson has written a fast-paced historical novel with some paranormal thrown in there that makes for an exciting read.
What I liked most about this book though was Leah.
“It’s a testament to my fine character that I don’t smash that Bible right into his nose.”
Leah is definitely one of the most determined characters I’ve ever read about. She’s not perfect but she’s someone you can respect and even look up to. She wants to be seen as an equal, not some damsel in distress. So she decides to disguise herself as a boy because she knows nobody will take her seriously as a woman.
“I’d rather be treated with respect than treated like a lady.”
Since this did take place in the 1840s, the majority of the story is Leah and her friends trying to survive the trek to California. I mean, there were no planes so… it took a while to get there. They encounter thieves, buffalo’s, measles, you name it. They meet all types of people along the way, and Carson manages to portray most of them in a realistic way.
The point is this book has such an amazing concept, lots of action, a slow-burn romance, and a kick-ass heroine that all I have to say is trust me when I say you should read this.
Also, that cover is amazing.