RIVERS OF GOLD (4), the final book in Tracie Peterson's series, finds Miranda Colton alive and well, under the tender care of a Native woman and an English botanist, Teddy Davenport. As the cold winter sets in, she and Teddy travel to Dawson where Miranda anxiously hopes to find her friends and her sister-in-law, Grace Colton. As the weeks turn into months, Miranda remains at the hotel in Dawson, helping Teddy with his work. Though she longs to be reunited with Adrik, Karen and Grace, the frozen cold allows few opportunities to venture out. Meanwhile, back in San Francisco, Peter Colton, who believes his wife has perished, tends to the family business. The simplicity of the love story between Miranda and Teddy is truly heartwarming and well-written. Though Miranda's need to find her friends and advise her family she is alive seems to lack urgency, neither the plot nor pacing are hindered as a result. (Feb., 384 pp., $11.99)

Reviewed by: 
Bev Huston