Romancing the Klondike: Canadian Historical Brides

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To fulfill her dream Pearl is on her to the Yukon River area with her cousin, Emma, to write articles and do illustrations about the woman and men who are looking for gold in the far north. More

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About Joan Donaldson-Yarmey

I began my writing career with a short story, progressed to travel and historical articles, and then on to travel books. I called these books my Backroads series and in the seven of them I described what there is to see and do along the back roads of British Columbia, Alberta, the Yukon, and Alaska. I have now switched to fiction writing and am proud to be one of Books We Love Ltd published authors. Through BWL, I have had three mystery novels, Illegally Dead, The Only Shadow In The House, and Whistler's Murder published in a boxed set in what I call the Travelling Detective Series. In my fourth novel, Gold Fever I combine mystery with a little romance.
I was born in New Westminster, B.C. and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. I married soon after graduation and moved to a farm where I had two children. Over the years I worked as a bartender, hotel maid, cashier, bank teller, bookkeeper, printing press operator, meat wrapper, gold prospector, warehouse shipper, house renovator and nursing attendant. During that time I raised my two children and helped raise my three step-children.
I love change so I have moved over thirty times in my life, living on acreages and farms and in small towns and cities throughout Alberta and B.C. I now live on an acreage in the Port Alberni Valley on Vancouver Island with my husband, four female cats, and one stray male cat.
I belong to Crime Writers of Canada, Federation of B.C. Writers, the Port Alberni Arts Council and the Port Alberni Portal Players. My short story, A Capital Offense received Ascent Aspirations Magazine's first prize for flash fiction in 2010. I have since turned that story into a stage play and presented it at the Fringe Festival in Port Alberni in 2014.

About the Series: Canadian Historical Brides
Celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday, #Canada150, the Canadian Historical Brides series celebrates the men and women who braved the Canadian wilderness to carve new homes and new lives out of a beautiful and wild land. There will be 12 books in the series, one for every Province in Canada and 1 for each territory (with Northwest Territories and Inuvik combined in one volume), released over an 18 month period in 2017 and 2018.

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About the Series: Canadian Historical Brides
Each of the Canadian Historical Brides novels features a historical event in one of the ten provinces and three territories of Canada. The books, based on actual historical times, combine fact and fiction to show how the brides and grooms, all from diverse backgrounds, join in marriage to create new lives and build a great country. Written or co-authored by some of Books We Love's Best Selling Canadian and International authors.

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Review by: Diane Scott Lewis on Dec. 26, 2017 :
Pearl Owens and her cousin Emma travel from Nova Scotia to the town of Fortymile in the Yukon. Pearl writes for a newspaper and she's drawn to the adventure of a gold strike by the letters sent from Emma's brother, Sam. In Fortymile she discovers the gold rush has moved farther north up the Yukon River. Pearl and Emma follow the desperate miners to the remote mouth of the Yukon River. Here, Sam and his best friend Donald are camped with their other partner Gordon. The three men struggle to dig up gold along with many others. Gordon becomes volatile and despondent and heads out on his own, to the worry of the others.
Pearl and Emma settle near the river. Emma's long-time crush on Donald heats up as the weather freezes. Pearl is attracted to a sawmill owner, Joseph (who will found the town of Dawson) but there's much about him she doesn't know that will change her desires. She sketches and writes, sending stories to her paper until the river freezes solid.
The author depicts well a time in Yukon's history and involves actual historical people. The descriptions of the miners using a windlass to burn through the permafrost to find gold is compelling, as well as how they survived in harsh conditions in pursuit of riches that may never come. I only wondered why Pearl didn't visit the gold claims before the weather turned cold. And her cousin Sam should have at least given her a hint about Joseph's situation. Tragedy, disappointment, success and love are all combined in this worthy, page-turner of a novel.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
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