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Book By Author:  Billie I Johnson

Lost Gold of the Shenandoah
 Lost Gold of the Shenandoah
 1453879684 9781453879689
 A lighthearted tale of mystery and adventure set against the historical legacy of the American Civil War. In the late summer of 1864 a Confederate payroll train out of Richmond, Virginia is attacked and plundered by a Union raiding party near Waynesboro, Virginia. The successful band of raiders, with their booty of strong boxes full of gold coins, headed northwards towards the Union lines near Winchester, Virginia. They never made it back. One hundred and forty-six years later this tale of the lost gold is regarded only as legend, except in the small Shenandoah Valley town of Apple Grove. The descendents of the town’s founding families, the Sons and Daughters of the Stars and Bars have never stopped looking for the gold. But the trail of clues to its whereabouts has long grown cold, until the summer of 2010. Lauren Reynolds had recently moved to Apple Grove and purchased the old White Swan Inn. She loved the town’s old houses and battlefield-park, the working period steam locomotive and the numerous shops that catered to tourists and Civil War enthusiasts. It was a town where Civil War Reenactors came each year to relive the romance of times gone by. But when Lauren accidently stumbles across hidden secrets from the Inn’s past, she discovers that there is a darker side to this picturesque Shenandoah Valley town.
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A lively adventure filled ‘whodunit’ that will keep you guessing and laughing.


Lost Gold of the Shenandoah by Billie Irene Johnson is an adventure filled ‘whodunit’ that takes the quirky residents of modern day small town Apple Grove, Virginia down a historical civil war treasure hunt. Starting in war torn 1864 with a stolen gold shipment, the story quickly goes back and forth to present day, revolving around a heritage B&B recently bought by Lauren Reynolds. Lauren gets more than she bargained for when the whole town develops gold fever from a find on her property.

Johnson's humorous writing style makes this an entertaining page-turner filled with secret passageways, jealous fury, romantic gallantry and murder. Mix that in with the memorable characters: a power hungry mayor; a conniving Southern Belle; a handsome town sheriff and a whole town filled with Civil War reenactors, and you get mayhem. Not only is she a great story teller, she also has a unique insight into men and women that had me laughing out loud several times. I now know it is the women that really run the South. Lost Gold of the Shenandoah definitely gets my vote for a great read.


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Billie Johnson Author:  Billie I Johnson


Billie Irene Johnson is a native of Huntington, West Virginia. She has a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology and a B.S. degree in Liberal Arts from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. She is married to a U.S. Government Senior Foreign Officer and has two sons and three grandchildren. Billie has had a life-long interest in history and archeology. Her inspiration for Lost Gold of the Shenandoah was rooted in a deep appreciation for American history, especially that of the Appalachian Mountain region and, in particular, the antebellum and Civil War era southern cultures.