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Eliza Waite: A Novel Paperback – May 16, 2016
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“Cast off by her family and living in the shadow of unthinkable tragedy, Eliza Waite finds the courage to leave her remote island home to join the sea of miners, fortune hunters, con men, and prostitutes in the Klondike during the spring of 1898. Ashley Sweeney’s exquisite descriptions, electrifying plot twists, and hardy yet vulnerable characters will captivate historical fiction fans and leave them yearning for more. Eliza Waite is a stunning debut!”
—Kristen Harnisch, award-winning author of The Vintner’s Daughter and The California Wife
“Meticulously researched, Eliza Waite transports us to the Klondike Gold Rush, where a resourceful young widow searches a more elusive prize: happiness in a re-forged life.”
—Pamela Schoenewaldt, USAToday Bestselling author of When We Were Strangers
“This book hooked me from the first page. Just beautiful.”
—For the Love of Books
“Eliza Waite is a lively and compelling narrative of one woman’s quest to navigate the social turmoil of the late nineteenth-century Pacific Northwest. Traversing the San Juan Islands, Seattle, and the Klondike, Ashley Sweeney offers an insightful look into the challenges and opportunities of the Gold Rush for charting a new course in life.”
—Polly M. Myers, University of Washington History Department
“Sweeney’s debut novel is a beautifully written work of historical fiction tracing one woman’s life in the wilds of nineteenth-century America. Readers will be immersed in Eliza’s world, which Sweeney has so authentically and skillfully rendered.”
“I can confidently say that Eliza Waite will easily be in my top 10 books of the year for 2016. The writing is so stark and beautiful, the story so compelling. I couldn’t put this book down, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it when I finished reading.”
—A Southern Girl Reads blog
“Eliza’s adventures and her awakening are enlivened by real diary entries and authentic pioneer recipes evoking this unique era in American history. . . . If you enjoy well-researched historical fiction with plenty of engaging plot twists, you’ll love Eliza Waite.”
—Hungry for Good Books
“Eliza Waite is carefully crafted, beautifully edited, and masterfully formatted. And all of the old-school baking recipes are an unexpected plus. I highly recommend this story, especially for women. It truly helps give a context for the suffering and struggles of women throughout our American history. Five stars.”
“Sweeney has written a brilliant piece of historical fiction whose lead female character has it all. She is a woman who refused to bow to the cruelties of a misogynistic society, only less damnable than her own family. This is a woman who reached down inside and found herself. She is a character who deserves, no, is due the right of having a book named after her. And so it is.”
—The Anchorage Press
“Eliza Waite is a gritty young heroine. The narration captures the landscape of the region better than I've seen done in a long time. Honestly, I didn't want it to end. ”
"It's no wonder critics have lauded Ashley Sweeney's novel for beauty and accuracy."
—Black Dog Speaks
"Eliza Waite is a beautifully written historical novel. The perfect choice for a reader's group."
About the Author
A native New Yorker, Ashley E. Sweeney lives and writes in La Conner, Washington. She is a graduate of Wheaton College in Norton, MA and is an award-winning journalist in Washington State. Eliza Waite is her first novel.
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Ms. Sweeney writes beautifully-- I hope there is another book in the works.