Thursday, May 8, 2014

Worth Her Weight in Gold by Lynn Lovegreen

Excerpt:  Tom Hickok enjoyed the salty tang in the air as the ferry chugged across the channel from the Treadwell Mine on Douglas Island. The clean air washed the stuffiness of the mining shafts from his system.
He surveyed Juneau, their destination on the other side of the Gastineau Channel, and picked out Front Street next to the wharf and the lines of buildings where the main businesses were. He could just see the two-story Juneau Opera House on Second and Seward. He breathed in sharply as he thought of Ada Weiss performing there with her family. What a lovely girl. He could see her brown curly bangs and blue eyes, and that sweet smile. But she probably wouldn’t remember him, even though he defended her honor the night they met. A beautiful girl like that…she was probably used 
to tons of men hanging around her, and he’d just be one of hundreds she met in Juneau.
That was all right, though. He could still see her sing and make small talk after the performance. He didn’t have to be the be-all and end-all in her life.
The thought led to a vision of him holding her hand, Ada looking on tenderly. Her clear blue eyes shone at him. No, that would never happen. He shouldn’t even think about loving her. An ordinary miner like him couldn’t mean anything to a famous singer like Ada Weiss.
Men shouted and the ferry bumped against the dock. Tom walked off the gangway, whistling an old tune. Maybe he’d never be Ada’s sweetheart, but the show would be a nice break from work at the mine. He was going to enjoy his leave day today. He decided to walk by the Opera House first, just to get a glimpse before getting a bite to eat.

My Review: We visit 1886 Juneau, Alaska as Lynn Lovegreen shares the day to day life of a miner and the star of the local Opera House, Tom and Ada. Their romance blossoms and the old fashion customs of chaperone dating and “calling” on a young woman will put a smile on your face.
            The story also tells of an event at the Treadwell Mine where the Chinese workers are forcibly removed. This plays into the story well as the hero and heroine get involved to save their friend.
            I enjoyed the historical information and once again Ms. Lovegreen has told an inspiring tale from an exciting slice of our past. Ada and Tom are supporting characters in her novel, Fools Gold which I also recommend.

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 You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.          


Gay Lewis said...

I've read this book and enjoyed it. It's a novella but with fully developed characters. I love reading about Alaska, and the historical details are interesting.

Heather Lindsey said...

I've read this novella and it's a enjoyable read. The characters are interesting and the plot is fast-paced against a spectacular backdrop of Alaska. I loved 'Fools Gold' too so I'm waiting for the next one!

Carlene Havel said...

Cute book. I enjoyed reading it.

Lynn Lovegreen said...

Thanks for the nice review, Victoria! And thanks to the other readers for posting too! We hope to have the next novel, Quicksilver to Gold, out in June. :-)

Victoria Pitts-Caine said...

Thanks for stopping by, ladies. I've enjoyed Lynn's historical novels and I'm looking forward to more.

Bonnie McCune said...
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Bonnie McCune said...

I love novels with lots of history and places I haven't visited. This one' a winner.

Lynn Lovegreen said...

Aww, thanks, Bonnie!