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Laying Claim (Halsey Homecoming Book 1) by [Jager, Paty]
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About the Author

With sixteen published books, three novellas, and an anthology, award-winning author, Paty Jager is never at a loss for story ideas and characters in her head. Her rural life in central and eastern Oregon, and interests in local history and the world around her, keeps the mystery and romance ideas flowing. She not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.

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  • File Size: 2775 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Windtree Press; First edition (December 12, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 12, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GK50QWG
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By Jeannie Zelos TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 25, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Laying Claim. Halsey Homecoming Book 1.Paty Jager
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This is the first in a trilogy, but is complete in itself. I’m guessing the other two will feature other members of the family. Many years ago I read a book ( called Tara Kane I think.. just looked it up and I’m right. Wish it was on kindle as I’d love to read it again ) which featured a lady on a journey in the Yukon in the 1800's, and this book was reminiscent of that. In both I could feel the cold, smell the sweat of unwashed bodies, hear the howling of the dogs. I loved it and remembering that book is one of the reasons I was drawn to this one.
So, Clara, incredible woman, she's searching for her brother to bring him back to run the family business after their father has died. Clara is one of those outspoken ladies, in a time when ladies should be seen and not heard. She's clever though, and determined not to be put down because of her sex. That gender issue though brings real problems in a place where there simply aren't enough women to go round, and society is basically lawless; it's a time where possession takes all. Luckily Jeremy is in the right place when Clara needs a guide. He's not like the rough and ready miners, who are mostly gold addicted, drink addled and with few morals, and he can quickly see that Clara is simply too naïve, too trusting to make the journey with any of them. He doesn't want company, doesn't want to be responsible for her, but knows his sister would be ashamed if he left her, so though he really doesn't want to he offers to be her guide to take her to her brother.
Its a tough journey, hundreds of miles by foot and dog sled, in temperatures far below freezing.
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Laying Claim is a good story of a strong willed young woman who is quick to learn about the outside world she has been sheltered from. Clara hired Jeremy to be her guide to take her over the pass to find her brother so they can save the family business. Clara puts her innocence and trust into a man she has just met. The trip over the pass was eventful and an adventure most women would not have made. The cold, the tough scary looking men who haven't seen a women in months makes Jeremy feel more protective of Clara and the heat starts to build.
This was a true adventure and romance that I enjoyed. Looking forward to the next book in this series.
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A romance set against the time of the Klondike Gold Rush Days of Alaska sounded so exciting that I just had to pick it up. It was an interesting blend of a frontier adventure and romance. I love all the little details like uproarious mining camps, sled dog journey, cold wilderness survival on the trail, and just life in general during that time.

The story opens in 1898 when Clara Bixbee intrepidly sets off alone from Seattle to make her way to Skagway with the intent of finding her brother who has disappeared into the wilds of Alaska during the Gold Rush. Her father died and left the family business in the hands of an unsavory business manager, but Clara's hands are tied because she's a woman and the business is in her brother's name. She has made it to Skagway and now needs to find her way over one of the passes and down into Gold Country. A woman alone is fair game for all the unscrupulous sorts and Clara definitely looks like a lamb among wolves. She is fortunate to meet up with one of the few honorable men in town to act as her guide to the interior.

Jeremy Duncan is parts impressed by Clara's courage while at the same time exasperated by her ignorant stubbornness which is why he can't in good conscience deny her need to take her along when he packs in his last supply trip to Dawson. He has been away from his family in Oregon long enough. He went away to prove himself and now has enough money to start his own business. The trip over the past and through the interior is brutal and many die from the elements and the rugged trail, but he can't change her mind so he helps outfit her and prepare her as best he can with her snipping at him the whole way just in case he gets the idea that he's in charge.
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By Danita Cahill on November 9, 2013
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When Jeremy agrees to take Clara over the pass into the interior of the Yukon to find her brother, it isn't long until the sparks start to fly.

Paty Jager is queen of the western historical romance genre.

This book is pure gold. It will not disappoint!
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Laying Claim by Paty Jager was a wonderful plunge into the Alaskan gold mining era. I felt the cold down to my toes as I trudged along with them over the Pass into the Yukon. At least it seemed that way. Jeremy Duncan is the perfect hero; strong, confidence, intelligent, discerning, kind and just worldly enough to survive the dishonest people and harsh environment. Paty Jager gives us all we could wish for in him and just what smart naïve Clare needs. Loved their story and hope each of his other brother-in-laws get their own story in the further. My first read of Paty Jager, but now she’s on my to buy list.
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