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Meet Amanda Dykes at Rendezvous ’24

Join authors and readers at JustRead Rendezvous on November 15, 2024, near Chicago, to celebrate stories and enjoy encouraging fellowship. Meet Amanda Dykes, a keynote speaker and participating author, and discover what she’s reading!


About the Author

Amanda Dykes

Amanda Dykes is a spinner of hope-filled tales who spends most days chasing wonder and words with her family. She’s the winner of the 2020 Christy Award Book of the Year, a Booklist 2019 Top Ten title, and the winner of an INSPY award for her debut novel, Whose Waves These Are. She’s also the author of Set the Stars Alight (a Christy Award finalist), Yours is the Night (recipient of the Kipp Award, Christy Award finalist), All the Lost Places (Christy Award finalist, starred reviews from Booklist, Library Journal, and Foreword), and her newest novel, Born of Gilded Mountains.

You can learn more about Amanda and her books on her website at

Genre: general fiction, historical fiction, dual/multiple timeline fiction

Currently reading: I have several audiobooks going at once—Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder (with the kids), How to Be Like Walt by Pat Williams and Jim Denney (I like to learn from pioneers in creative fields), Music in the Hills by D.E. Stevenson (a title from decades gone by, for enchanting immersion in Scottish farmland), and The Life of Trust by George Mueller (what an inspiration!) …plus some research books I can’t disclose yet. 😉


About the Featured Title

Born of Gilded MountainsBorn of Gilded Mountains

A lost treasure. A riddled quest. The healing power of friendship.

Legends are tucked into every fold of the Colorado mountains surrounding the quaint town of Mercy Peak, where residents are the stuff of tall tales, the peaks are taller still, and a lost treasure has etched mystery into the very terrain.

In 1948, when outsider Mercy Windsor arrives after a scandal shatters her gilded world as Hollywood’s beloved leading lady, she is determined to forge a new life in obscurity in this time-forgotten Colorado haven. She purchases Wildwood, an abandoned estate with a haunting history, and begins to restore it to its former glory.

But as she does, her every move tugs at the threads of the mountain’s lore, unearthing what became of her long-lost pen pal Rusty Bright, and the whereabouts of the infamous Galloping Goose Railcar No. 8, which vanished years ago–along with the mailbag it carried, whose contents could change the course of countless lives. Not to mention the fabled treasure that–if found–could right so many wrongs.

Among the towering mountains that stand as silent witnesses, the ghosts of the past entangle with the courage of the present to find a place where healing, friendship, and hope can abide amid a world forever changed.

Also Available: Set the Stars Alight, Yours is the Night


Amanda Dykes 2024 JustRead Rendezvous Author

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Have you read any of Amanda’s books? Let us know your favorites and which titles you add to your TBR!

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  1. lindajhutchins

    I can’t say i have a favorite Amanda Dykes book, they are all wonderful and if you haven’t read them they need to go on your TBR list now! I am looking forward to meeting her (again), she is just as lovely as her books.

  2. Staci

    I haven’t read all of Amanda’s novels, but so far my favorite is Yours is the Night. Look forward to meeting her!

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