Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
paperback edition 2016
The first book in the Gold Seer trilogy from acclaimed author Rae Carson features Leah Westfall, young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold as she makes a sweeping and dangerous journey across Gold Rush–era America.
A well-researched historical fantasy that subverts both our own history and familiar fantasy tropes. Lee Westfall can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. 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.