At the Mountain’s Edge
By: Genevieve Graham
Published: April 2019
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Format Read: ARC, eBook, Kindle App
Genre: Historical Fiction
NOTE: I was sent a copy of At the Mountain’s Edge by Genevieve Graham, from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
From bestselling author Genevieve Graham comes a sweeping new historical novel of love, tragedy, and redemption set during the height of the Klondike Gold Rush.
In 1897, the discovery of gold in the desolate reaches of the Yukon has the world abuzz with excitement, and thousands of prospectors swarm to the north seeking riches the likes of which have never been seen before.
For Liza Peterson and her family, the gold rush is a chance for them to make a fortune by moving their general store business from Vancouver to Dawson City, the only established town in the Yukon. For Constable Ben Turner, a recent recruit of the North-West Mounted Police, upholding the law in a place overrun with guns, liquor, prostitutes, and thieves is an opportunity to escape a dark past and become the man of integrity he has always wanted to be. But the long, difficult journey over icy mountain passes and whitewater rapids is much more treacherous than Liza or Ben imagined, and neither is completely prepared for the forbidding north.
As Liza’s family nears the mountain’s peak, a catastrophe strikes with fatal consequences, and not even the NWMP can help. Alone and desperate, Liza finally reaches Dawson City, only to find herself in a different kind of peril. Meanwhile, Ben, wracked with guilt over the accident on the trail, sees the chance to make things right. But just as love begins to grow, new dangers arise, threatening to separate the couple forever.
Inspired by history as rich as the Klondike’s gold, At the Mountain’s Edge is an epic tale of romance and adventure about two people who must let go of the past not only to be together, but also to survive.-Goodreads
At the Mountain’s Edge has been one of my most anticipated releases from this year (2019). In fact I have been patiently waiting for any of Genevieve Graham’s books to come to the top of my TBR pile for quite some time now, as all of them have caught my interest. Needless to say I was very excited when I was accepted to read and review an ARC of this book via Net Galley.
I’ve always been a fan of historical fiction from various different eras, but I am especially intrigued by those that are set in my home country of Canada. This particular novel follows those who went north for the Klondike Gold Rush in the late 1800’s. This story was very much centered around the different settings including the journey from Vancouver to Alaska, the Chillkoot Pass and on to Dawson City. I appreciated how the author chose this approach as it interested me more than the Liza’s personal storyline. However I was fascinated by Ben’s career as a Mountie and the roles they played in the Gold Rush.
Unfortunately I didn’t fall in love with this book, like I thought I would and was disappointed by the dialogue. I thought it could have better represented the time period. Instead it came across as more modern.
Even though At the Mountain’s Edge wasn’t one of my favourite books I’ve read this year, it still kept my interest and I would recommend it. I still look forward to reading more from this author in the future.