In The Land Of Gold

Angela Christina

Cora Colton, engaged to a wealthy, charming man from a good family, knows something is missing in her relationship but can’t put her finger on it. When she learns of her father’s sudden death, Cora travels to Tacoma to discover she is the new owner of his gold claim in Dawson City, Canada. Throwing caution to the wind, she calls off her engagement and departs for Canada and the adventure of a lifetime. In the canvas tent town of Skagway on the Klondike trail, Coral catches the attention of Flynn O’Neill, a trail guide for prospectors. An unlikely bond thrusts Coral and Flynn together, but their relationship is tested by hardships and death on the road to the land of gold. 


This realistic, revealing chronicle of the Canadian Gold Rush is informative as well as entertaining. Cora’s plight to exert her independence might have readers losing focus in the beginning of this book, but historical lovers will persevere and be delighted with the vivid details of roughing it on the trail during the Klondike Gold Rush. With adeptness as a guide, rugged good looks and a stubborn streak a mile wide, Flynn’s characteristics are only ascertained from the heroine’s perspective in this narration. However, the dynamics between the two main characters, along with the hazards faced in the wild, are the main challenges. At times, the transitions between scenes appear choppy, but they are so chock-full of intricate details that even non-historical buffs will appreciate the extent of research employed by the author. This endearing tale strikes it rich in love and gold and keeps one turning the pages. 

Roberta Gordon