In the Land of Gold

By Angela Christina Archer

In the Land of Gold

My Review:

When Cora Colton travels from her home in Seattle to Tacoma in response to a letter from her father’s widow Anne Colton, she leaves behind her mother and her fiancé, the very wealthy and much sought-after Christopher Payton.  What she never imagined was that she would break her engagement and turn her back on her past.

As Cora departs Tacoma to claim her inheritance in the wilds of western Canada, she is unprepared for the hardships and danger she will face.  In the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1800’s, she convinces guide Flynn O’Neill to take her to Dawson City, Canada to stake her claim.

Archer uses not only visual portrayals, but also olfactory and auditory descriptions in her writing.  You visualize the majestic mountains and treacherous terrain, Anne’s quaint home in Tacoma, and the dusty, rowdy town of Dawson City. You can to envision the hotel, smell the musty mattresses, and hear the sounds of people snoring beyond the canvas. You easily sense the stench of the mud and perspiration, the aroma of coffee, and the fragrant forest renewed by the rain.  You can hear the crackle of campfires, the waters rushing through the canyon, and the ominous howl of wolves.  Her vivid depiction of the icy cold will make you shiver.

This tremendously engaging story with its history lessons woven into the plot with a bit of mystery, adventure, and romance is captivating.  The accounts of the violent and remote terrain and the folks who journeyed there, the lawlessness of time and place, and the portrayal of the Tlingit tribe who inhabited Southeast Alaska and Western Canada gave credence to this astonishing tale.

I honestly cannot think of anything I did not like about IN THE LAND OF GOLD. It more than fulfilled my expectations. It was impossible for me to put IN THE LAND OF GOLD down.  I got up early and started reading it, hopped on the treadmill with the book in hand, and when my workout was finished, I stood, mesmerized on the now stopped treadmill, unable to stop reading.

Book Blurb:

Cora Colton can’t believe she even doubts saying yes to Christopher Payton’s proposal. From a good family, wealthy, and charming, Christopher is perfect for her. However, seeing his band of gold and diamonds, she hesitates. Something is missing, something is wrong, but she just doesn’t know what that something is.

After her father’s sudden death, Cora travels to Tacoma and learns that she is now the owner of his gold claim in Dawson City, Canada. Throwing caution to the wind, she leaves her engagement ring on the table, and departs for Canada and the adventure of a lifetime.

Arriving in the canvas tent town of Skagway on the Klondike trail, Coral catches the attention of Flynn O’Neill, an Irishman who has lived on the trail, guiding stampeeders for a few years. A bond thrusts them together, but their pasts could be what tears them apart—if they can survive the hardships and death on the trail to the land of gold.

A sample chapter can be found here:

  • Book Type: e-book
  • Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
  • Published Date: November 19, 2014
  • Pages: 201
  • Genre: Historical Romance/Woman’s Adventure


About the Author:Angela Archer

Living in a small town in Oklahoma with my husband and two daughters, I spend my days enjoying the outdoors with my family and chasing around two horses, a goat, six chickens, a dog, and two cats. I live life on a farm, and it is hectic, at times, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Growing up, I always wanted to write a novel. I never believed I could, though, so every time the desire flickered, I shoved the thought from my mind. Burying it deep down and ignoring it until one morning I awoke with the determination to finally follow my dream.

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