- File Size: 1024 KB
- Print Length: 418 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Briar Rose Publishing (April 1, 2020)
- Publication Date: April 1, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0846FBM85
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,138 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Wildflowers at the Edge of the World: A Novel Kindle Edition
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In this story, the author's descriptive imagery pulls the reader into the rough-and-tumble world of the Klondike Gold Rush, where men and women struggle to find wealth and forge new lives in the Canadian wilderness. The story revolves around Sophia, a circus sharpshooter with a broken heart; Annie, a feisty Texan fleeing from a bad marriage; and Temperance, a woman seeking redemption for a tragic death. Lacking money or mining skills, they find work and a home in The Scarlet Blossom, a brothel in Caribou Crossing--a popular stopping place for miners heading to the gold fields. (The town still exists.)
Enter Reverend Gray, a mysterious con man who claims the Blossom is rightfully his; Mountie Corporal Connor O'Cahill, a man with a deeply wounded soul; and the Professor, a mathematically brilliant but rather odd fellow who tends the bar and conceals his love for Annie.
There's plenty of action and surprising plot twists as these three indomitable women fight to keep the Blossom out of the Reverend's grasping hands. Sophia puts her shooting skills and twin long-barreled Colt revolvers to good use against the bad guys, but she has no defense against the traitorous yearnings of her own heart. Far more than an action/adventure story, Wildflowers is a testament to the power of love's redeeming grace.
Set amidst the stunning natural splendor of Canada's Yukon Territory, Wildflowers has something for everyone: rip-roaring adventure, heart-pounding suspense, engaging characters, authentic history, tender romance, and an unforgettable ending. The story is laced with humor, spirituality, and the rich similes and metaphors that characterize Ms. Gandhi's exquisite prose. Some of her descriptions brought me to tears, not from sadness but from the sheer beauty of her words. I must share a few examples:
"In the shifting amethyst dawn, the trees gleamed earthen blue. Overhead, the sky announced its majesty with a waterfall of newly minted sunbeams." "In the distance, lonely naked mountains reared up, scraping jagged dark teeth against a limitless turquoise sky. . . Here and there, a few pines clustered together like spear-tips thrust into the earth. But mostly, wildflowers dominated the landscape, tossing in the breeze like a squalling patchwork sea." "Her profile sketched a graceful line against the morning, her loose hair like streaming ink." "Though the sun sank to its lowest point, light still bubbled over the horizon, painting the roots of the sky crimson." Simply beautiful.
That's enough from me. Pick Wildflowers, settle back and enjoy this truly remarkable story of courage, determination and love. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Fast forward to The Wildflowers at the Edge of the World, this authors second book. It's a hefty read, I will give you that. Building up each character one line at a time so that us the readers can get a feel for who are all the players in this book.
Set in Yukon Territories, 1898, we travel back in time where women are not held high in men's eyes. We meet a group of ladies who run the local brothel each one coming to work there has a background for being there. Escaping one bad thing after another.
While this book seemed like it went on forever, I never felt connected to any of the characters. The writing wasn't as free flowing as this authors first book. Seemed more thoughts that were written down at times were then placed in a book.
It was an ok read for me this round. Anxious to hear what is up next from this author as I will continue to read her work. Just this one, this time was a miss for me.
Wildflowers at the Edge of the World is an evocative title, and there were many evocative moments in the novel, both emotional and physical. But given the unusual setting, I think more could have been done to convey the wildness of the territory (for example: I never really felt the undoubtable harshness of the winter weather).
In a strange coincidence, I recently read a novel wherein the protagonist, a middle-aged author, is told by his editor to cut out the bisexuality of the main character. I paraphrase here, but the editor told the writer: "your readers--the ones that provide you an income by buying your books--are middle-age women who don't appreciate or understand bisexuality." This thought came to my mind while reading Wildflowers. I'm a middle-age woman, and I didn't find the bisexual nature of a few of the characters added anything to my appreciation of the novel. Obviously, I should be a social pariah for saying so, but I do buy books.
Am I glad I persevered and finished Wildflowers? Definitely. Will I seek out more of Shaylin Gandhi's work? Certainly. And I wholeheartedly recommend Wildflowers to other readers. Just remember that as on some demanding nature hikes, not all the beauty is revealed when you first set out.