Two sisters, two dreams.
Vivian Connor wants nothing more than peace and contentment. She is the generous, caring older sister who does her best to look after her younger siblings and her parents. But her younger sister Virginia—Ginny—“will suffocate if I have to stay in this house one more minute.” Her dreams prove to be much broader and wilder than any of her friends or family can guess. No matter what Vivian says, Ginny cannot be dissuaded from forging ahead toward her dreams.
When Ginny gets herself into more trouble than she bargained for, believing that her “friend” Logan will truly strike it rich in the Klondike, Vivian determines to rescue her, with God’s help. But how can she leave to follow Ginny when her father’s health is failing, and her parents struggle with enormous financial burdens?
Alistair, a young doctor from the town where the Connor family now lives, has also been seeing Ginny and has fallen for her. When he realizes her dangerous situation, he determines to find and give what aid he is able.
Ben McCormack, a local farmer whom Vivian has met in town, has arranged to marry a girl from Dawson City, although he’s never met her. He ends up traveling the same route as Vivian and discovers that, against his will, he has feelings for her.
Author Lisa Flickinger writes a riveting historical fiction set in the time of the Klondike Gold Rush, a time when vast numbers of men—and women—are consumed with greed as they risk all to seek their fortunes. She has done her research well, making the situations and locations real and believable, from the busy and dangerous waterfront, to Dawson City and the desolate tent communities nearby. Lisa writes from a Christian worldview, offering hope in the face of extreme distress.
The main characters in this book are individual and distinct, but they also grow and change as they meet with obstacles in their paths. The wide variance in characters adds to the tension in the book, especially between Vivian and Ginny. How can you help someone who doesn’t wish to be helped?
I think the plot is the strongest element of this story. The reader truly cannot foresee what will happen next. The twists and turns defy imagination. This story kept me flipping quickly through screens as I read, wishing I could warn Ginny, encourage Vivian, applaud Alistair and ask Ben what he was thinking.
I’d recommend this book as a good read for anyone who appreciates historical fiction with a strong plot, a Christian message and a positive takeaway.
Wife of one, mother of three, and grandmother of seven, I live and write in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains of Alberta. My journey to publication began in the stacks of our local library where I devoured fiction as a young girl and created small books out of construction paper.
When I’m not writing or reading, you will find me combing through antique shops, walking in the woods with my faithful Labrador Zeke, or sipping a Creme Brulee latte with friends.
The release of my first novel All That Glitters fulfills the lifelong dream of sharing the characters in my head with you, dear reader.