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Gold Nuggets Paperback – June 23, 2015
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I loved the talkative back east hero, Henry, who considered himself an outdoorsman because of his time spent hunting and fishing in the Adirondacks of New York. I felt drawn to the intelligent, thoughtful heroine, Charlotte, comfortable living in the wilds of Alaska. She recognized that as far as hunting and surviving in Alaska goes, Henry was a cheechako--a greenhorn.
Enthused by the efforts of Charles Sheldon, who submitted the bill in Congress to preserve McKinley park and the Kantishna region, plus the influence of Browne and the Alaskan representative, Wickersham, Henry comes to see the area for himself. He refuses to let his asthma hold him back from exploring this wilderness wonderland. In the end, Henry, with the help of Stinky (his guide) and Shakespeare (known for quoting poetry), earned the right to his own nickname, a token of acceptance by his Alaskan friends. At the same time, he struggled to decide what to do with his future. Should he follow the course his business magnate father has detailed for him, or a different one of his own design?
Charlotte, immersed in the study of Emerson as part of her home schooling, also made decisions about her future which took her for a time away from the remoteness of her beloved Alaskan life. Friends and family members added depth and color to this sweet coming of age romance.
Charlotte, who loves her Alaskan home, isn’t sure where her future will take her, but wants to become a writer and to accomplish that she must either find a job in Fairbanks or go to college in the East. While the family is preparing for Charlotte’s sister’s wedding, they have an unexpected visitor, Henry, who passes through their small town.
He has heard about the land at the foot of Denali and he wants to visit. He is enthralled by what he sees and has aspirations to become part of the political movement to save the land and its wildlife by with the creation of McKinley National Park.
When Henry leaves, Charlotte can’t stop thinking about him. She’s all he thinks about on the trip into the wilds. They’re from different worlds and different backgrounds but they both want to save the Alaskan wilderness and both secretly hope they can do it together.
I have very much enjoyed this series from Lynn Lovegreen. Her well-written prose wraps the reader into a grand view of Alaska. The tundra, the wildflowers, bears, caribou, and even the mosquitos make for an interesting adventure. The historical aspect of the novel brings a heart rendering glimpse at how the people might have felt when they thought they might lose what was most precious to them.
Ms. Lovegreen painted a magnificent word picture of the tundra and the people I won’t soon forget. In our day of instant everything it was insightful to consider travel and communication difficulties. Not to mention everyday challenges, like food provision and preparation. Gold Nuggets cuts through the prosperity of our generation and sweeps us back to basics—life and relationships—A sweet, sweet story of love.