Author: Stacy Henrie
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: Audio, eBook, Print
Date: September 15, 2020
Publisher: Mirror Press
They’ll have to conquer more than the Klondike Trail to reach her father in time—they’ll have to overcome their past too.
After months of silence from her father in the Klondike, Tava Rutherford finally receives word from him. Only the outdated letter reveals that her father is ill and may be dying. Desperate to discover his fate, Tava resolves to make the journey to the wilds of northwestern Canada. But Jess Lawmen, her ranch foreman and the man who broke her heart, insists she doesn’t go alone. Jess intends to keep his promise to look out for her—even if that means traveling thousands of miles with Tava, the woman he claims to feel just friendship for but has never stopped loving.
With their own ragtag group of travelers in tow, Tava and Jess confront one challenge after another as they join the hundreds of stampeders scrambling to reach the goldfields. But as the two of them come face to face with their past hurts and mistakes in their race to reach Tava’s father, they will have to decide whether to cling to safety or risk their hearts for something even greater.
Rating: Mild. Mild substance use; mild kissing; mild (nonsexual) violence or horror.
I was happy to win this book in a giveaway and though it took a while to reach the top of my TBR pile I did enjoy the book. I don’t recall having read a Yukon setting romance before so that was a new experience for me. It was interesting to see what people went through to get to potential gold. I kept wondering how any one of their group would have managed the trek without the rest of the group. They all became essential to each other.
I liked the main characters but found myself a little frustrated in the middle of the book that nothing seemed to really progress in their relationship and when something did move a little forward, it wasn’t long before something pushed it back again and the underlying cause was pretty much always their own insecurities. It started to feel bogged down a bit with lots of self recrimination. Maybe some of that could have been cut down or varied.
That being said, I did enjoy the story and was happy for the happily ever after ending. I would love to know more about what happened to the rest of Jess’s family but they aren’t the focus of this story so I can’t complain.
Violence: a bit
*I won this book in a giveaway and voluntarily chose to review it.