Like a River Glorious continues with Lee (Leah) and the remainder of the wagon train reaching California territory and setting stakes in a promising valley. Hiram isn't willing to let Lee go so easily, though, and kidnaps her and tries to force her to bend to his wishes and act like a "proper" lady as well as finding all the gold in his mine. Lee's ability to sense gold is growing, and she begins to call back to the gold as it has always called to her.
There is soooo much development going on for Lee in this book. So much growing, so much discovery of herself, what makes her vulnerable, and where her own privilege lies as she meets the Maidu tribe members who are forced to work in Hiram's mine, and the Chinese immigrants who also work in Hiram's camp. Lee learns what she is willing to do to free herself and others from Hiram's grip, as well as bearing the consequences of her actions when things go wrong. As with Carson's first in the Gold Seer trilogy, the world is well researched and fairly accurate, and very engrossing- it was hard for me to put this one down to do mundane tasks.
I highly recommend this trilogy if you enjoyed Carson's A Girl of Fire and Thorns, historical fiction (especially that set in the time of the Gold Rush), and general young adult fiction.