I must admit that one of my favorite genres is historical fiction. I love to read about history, and reading through the eyes of the characters (real or imagined) has made me feel a little closer to the past. I especially like reading about characters based on my own history, and that is exactly what I found with At the Mountain’s Edge by Genevieve Graham.
This is a fictional story that covers the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897 set in the desolate, and almost impossible to reach part of, Yukon Territory. We see the story through the eyes of two characters. Liza Peterson is traveling with her father, mother, and older brother to Dawson City to set up a store and take advantage of the gold rush through that enterprise. Ben Turner is a young Constable in the North West Mounted Police (NWMP) who is sent to Dawson City to help keep the peace and also to help people traveling to the area as best he can. Both face obstacles that they could have never imagined. This area of the Yukon was, and is, an absolutely gorgeous but harsh and unforgiving land. Liza and Ben face hardship and tragedy on the trail and even after they reach Dawson City, the trials they endure do not end.
You will find love, betrayal, friendship, sacrifice, heroism, betrayal, and romance.
I absolutely loved this book. It is rare that I find a historical fiction novel I can feel is a part of my history written as well as this one. Mrs. Graham does an excellent job of describing the setting and the hardships of the area and time. The characters are well-drawn and believable and the story realistic and captivating. I give my highest recommendation to the book. It also gets my highest rating. This is my first novel by Mrs. Graham, but it definitely won’t be the last.
I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Canada for an honest review.
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