Fool’s Gold is a sweet adventure and romance, set in the late nineteenth century Alaska.
Although not set on adventure, Ellie Webster and her brother are forced by circumstances to join the great Yukon gold rush.
Ellie hardly seems the type for such an adventure. She longs to be elegant, to be with the right people, even as she acknowledges she’s heading for a ‘rough place, full of rough characters.’ Duke Masterson is, right off, not the sort of person she plans to associate with – yet she hardly seems to grasp that where she is going is not full of ‘elegant people.’ Whether or not Duke has the best of intentions doesn’t even enter her head. She knows he’s handsome but she has her own goals.
Duke recognizes Ellie’s strength of character…but he knows the challenges they will all face on the trails north.
Their adventures start almost the minute they set off, and their relationship remains a bit rocky. Other characters pose somewhat unpredictable challenges and events change Ellie’s goals and outlook.
Although this starts off a touch slowly, reader’s interest in the characters steadily builds and you will read with greater and greater interest. The setting itself is enthralling, from the seas, wildlife, to Skagway and the very accurate description of The White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad.
Teens and young readers interested in the time period will enjoy Fool’s Gold.
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