Thursday, September 18, 2014

Quicksilver to Gold by Lynn Lovegreen

It is always a pleasure to have Lynn Lovegreen. She's writes about the state she loves, Alaska. Her historical novels laced with authenticating details are enjoyable for all ages.

A little bit about Lynn:  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 at You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.

Gold mining is in Jeannie Kelly’s blood. But it’s a dangerous time to be an honest miner in Nome, Alaska—claim jumpers have invaded the territory. Jeannie has set her sights on Clint Tilghman, the strong, quiet man next door to her family’s claim. Clint fights his feelings for the impulsive lady miner, fearing he’ll lose his independence. Jeannie tries to change her tomboyish ways to attract Clint and gain respect from others, but there’s a lot to learn amidst gunplay and bar fights. Jeannie must woo Clint and beat the claim jumpers before summer’s end.

My Review:  The story of Jeannie Kelly and Clint Tilghman unfolds against the majestic background of Nome, Alaska. Jeannie has mining in her blood, but being a young woman on the verge of blooming into an adult, she’s disappointed no one will listen to her.
            In a claim next to her father’s, Clint and his partner, Frank, work to fulfill their hopes of a major find. Clint and Jeannie soon meet and while they’re both taken with each other, their romance falters. Clint doesn’t want to give up his freedom and right to do what he wants and Jeannie isn’t exactly sure he’s the one. With sage advice from two women friends, she becomes a lady hoping to win Clint over and to secure other’s respect.
            Unfortunately, claim jumpers move in and take their land and the judge has turned over the property to someone dishonest. For months they’d don’t know the outcome. A big storm hits Nome and Clint and Jeannie pitch in to help the others, but what will become of their future?
            Ms. Lovegreen gives the reader a real feel for what a miner of 1900 Alaska would have endured. The historic accuracy of the novel is precise. The details and the endearing story make this a great read for anyone from YA to adult.


Gay Lewis said...

Lovegreen's books entice the reader. I like Alaska but can't imagine how a woman could endure the hardships during the mining days. I've enjoyed the previous books and look forward to this one.

Victoria Pitts-Caine said...

Thanks for stopping by, Gay.

Lynn Lovegreen said...

Thanks, Gay. We are so spoiled in our modern towns today. And I appreciate your hosting me and reviewing the book, Victoria!

Sandy Tilley said...

I live in southern Alabama. Just the words Nome, Alaska, sent me cool breezes! I would love to visit Alaska but can't imagine dealing with REAL snow and ice.
Sounds like a wonderful read.