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Golden Days Paperback – November 11, 2014
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From the Author
Golden Days is the fourth book in my Gold Rush series. You'll see some familiar faces, including Ralph and Jim who are in every book, and Jeannie and Clint from Quicksilver to Gold. :-)
About the Author
Lynn Lovegreen was lucky enough to grow up in Alaska. Her family was stationed there when she was six, and they fell in love with the place. Alaska’s been home ever since. She’s always felt the power of words; she taught English for 20 years before retiring to make more time for writing. When not writing, she loves to spend time with family and friends, read, travel, and shoot at targets with her cowboy action shooting club, the Alaska 49ers. Her young adult historical romances are set in the Alaska Gold Rush, a great time for drama, romance, and independent characters who made their own way in the world. See her website at www.lynnlovegreen.com. You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.
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As the family moves to Fairbanks where her father will manage a store, she and her sister, Victoria, are in a sledding accident. No one is harmed, but she meets James. He’s bringing a boiler to his uncle where they’ll work on a claim together. James wants to return to the states and become an engineer.
During the following year she sees James when he comes in for supplies. She is weighed down by the responsibilities given to her during flood, fire, and the tragic death of her mother. But her budding love for James is unfairly cut short by unfair ridicule. They both have dreams, but are they worth pursuing if they cannot be together?
Ms. Lovegreen keeps the reader involved in the story and historical knowledge that is brought in as well as the visits from characters in her other novels set in the Alaskan Frontier make for an enjoyable read.
Elizabeth is a well-rounded protagonist who sprung to life in my imagination before the first chapter had ended. Not only did her personality flaws help me to get to know her better, they also provided a lot of fodder for plot development later on. This is one of the things I look for when deciding what to read next, so I was pleased to see how much time had been spent on describing what Elizabeth’s personality is like and who she is as a individual.
The romance moved so quickly that I had trouble understanding how Elizabeth transitioned from being annoyed by James to finding him handsome and mysterious. They do appear to have a lot in common, but it took a long time for me to see any chemistry between them. Holding off on the romantic elements for a little longer would have given me a better chance to understand why these characters should be together.
All of the descriptions of food in this story made my mouth water. Elizabeth and her family don’t have access to as many different types of food as we do in the twenty-first century, but they’ve certainly learned how to make what they can grow or barter for in Alaska into some unforgettable meals. I was especially intrigued by chess pie. It isn’t something I’d ever heard of before, but it sure sounded delicious!
I’d recommend Golden Days to anyone in the mood for a sweet, young adult romance.
originally posted at long and short reviews