Tuesday, September 15, 2020

A Heart of Gold by Stacy Henrie


They'll have to conquer more than the Klondike Trail to reach her father in time; they'll have to overcome their past too.

After months of silence from her father in the Klondike, Tava Rutherford finally receives word from him. Only the outdated letter reveals that her father is ill and may be dying. Desperate to discover his fate, Tava resolves to make the journey to the wilds of northwestern Canada. But Jess Lawmen, her ranch foreman and the man who broke her heart, insists she doesn't go alone. Jess intends to keep his promise to look out for her—even if that means traveling thousands of miles with Tava, the woman he claims to feel just friendship for but has never stopped loving.

With their own ragtag group of travelers in tow, Tava and Jess confront one challenge after another as they join the hundreds of stampeders scrambling to reach the goldfields. But as the two of them come face to face with their past hurts and mistakes in their race to reach Tava’s father, they will have to decide whether to cling to safety or risk their hearts for something even greater.

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This book is very sweet and very gentle.  Those are the two very best words I can come up with to describe it.  The characters are believable, their motives are mostly believable and genuine.  It was very easy to like both Tava and Jess.  I liked how Jess's story unfolded and how it came around in the end.

I guess I thought this story would be more.  The blurb makes it sound like a grand adventure through Canada but the adventure and the danger felt gentle.  The characters, gentle.  I wanted more build, more emotion, just more.  The story does have a nice, steady pace that stays consistent throughout the book.

If you like your books gentle, this is definitely one to pick up.
3/5 stars

Content:  mild peril, mention of drinking and alcohol abuse, a couple instances of kissing.

- I received a complimentary copy of this book.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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