In the Land of Gold by Angela Christina Archer

In the Land of Gold by Angela Christina Archer
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (205 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Camellia

Looking down upon Christopher Payton, Cora Colton can’t believe she even doubts saying yes to his proposal. From a good family, wealthy, and charming, Christopher is perfect for her. However, staring down at the band of gold and diamonds, she hesitates. Something is missing, something is wrong, but she just doesn’t know what that something is.

After her father’s sudden death, Cora travels to Tacoma and learns that she is now the owner of his gold claim in Dawson City, Canada. Throwing caution to the wind, she leaves her ring on the table, and departs for Canada and the adventure of a lifetime.

Arriving in the canvas tent town of Skagway on the Klondike trail, Cora catches the attention of Flynn O’Neill, an Irishman who has lived on the trail guiding stampeeders for a few years. A bond thrusts them together, but their pasts could be what tears them apart—if they can survive the hardships and death on the trail to the land of gold.

In the Land of Gold is told in first person. The heroine, Cora Colton, at first, appears to have little backbone and is pretty much a puppet that her mother manipulates. Cora does whatever her mother deems “proper.”

But then … SHE CHANGES!

With the help and encouragement of the “outrageous” Grace, Cora does what she really wants to do, all the while knowing her mother and her very “proper” fiancée will disapprove vehemently. Next, when she receives an inheritance from her father whom she has not seen nor heard from since she was nine years old, she goes to claim that inheritance.

In the late 1800s Klondike gold rush, she sets out to claim her inheritance near Dawson City, Canada. Her ignorance keeps her in danger most of the time. Only when the reluctant hero, Flynn O’Neil, comes to her aid, does it seem she has a chance to make it or even survive in the beautiful but deadly conditions of the far north.

The reader gets to know Flynn a little at the time, but the feeling he will take care of Cora and get them to their destination, even when she is stubborn in her ignorance, keeps one turning pages. Snow, Flynn’s she-wolf companion, proves to be invaluable at times.

Ms. Archer describes the environment so that the reader’s senses are assailed with the odors, sights, sounds, and the feel of the awful cold, wet misery. But she also reveals the majestic views and beauty of the perilous country. It is breath-holding at times and breathtaking at other times.

The love story that develops is subtle and solid. Cora‘s rite of passage into womanhood is a challenge every step of the way, but she emerges a strong woman with a “can-do” attitude.

In the Land of Gold is a cold, wet vicarious trip over perilous terrain where lawlessness makes staying alive even more perilous—an attention keeping read.

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