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.
About the author
Genevieve Graham graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in music in 1986 and began writing in 2007. She is passionate about breathing life back into history through tales of love and adventure and loves the challenge of re-living Canadian history in particular. Her previous novel, Tides of Honour, was a Globe and Mail bestseller. When Graham is not writing, she can be found relaxing with her husband and two grown daughters, teaching piano to children in the community, or tending the garden along with a friendly flock of heritage chickens. She lives near Halifax, Nova Scotia. Visit her at GenevieveGraham.com.
Excerpt: At the Mountain's Edge (by (author) Genevieve Graham)
“In Come from Away, Graham once again weaves a captivating story and romance built around actual events. With smooth prose and deft attention to detail, she creates a slow-burning but engaging romance and brings the reader right back with her to the beautiful coast of Nova Scotia—and to the horrors and hardships of war.”
Sally Christie, author of The Mistresses of Versailles trilogy
“Graham continues her worthy crusade of recounting pivotal Canadian history; . . . this poignant story [depicts] the travesties of war both on the battlefield and the home front.”
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Praise for Come From Away
“Taking inspiration from an old Maritime legend, Come from Away is gripping from its first page to last. Impossible to put down.”
“Set during the Klondike Gold Rush, At the Mountain’s Edge is a story of resilience and fortitude in the face of nature’s harshest conditions, and of love breaking through the barriers of battered hearts. I practically read it in one sitting, savoring every page.”
Kim van Alkemade, international bestselling author of Bachelor Girl and Orphan #8
“From icy gales on the Chilkoot Trail to the mud and festering greed in booming Dawson City, At the Mountain’s Edge gives new life to one of the most fascinating chapters in Canada’s history. Fast-paced and full of adventure, this novel is an exciting take on the raw emotions that make us human and the spirit required to endure.”
Ellen Keith, bestselling author of The Dutch Wife
“Nova Scotia’s favourite historical fiction writer, Genevieve Graham, has outdone herself with At the Mountain’s Edge—the latest and greatest of her stories.”
Maritime Edit Magazine
“At the Mountain’s Edge is a vibrant and engrossing tale about our capacity to love and withstand hardship lifted from the forgotten pages of history. Time and time again, Genevieve Graham shows us just how fascinating our shared past as Canadians is.”
Jennifer Robson, bestselling author of The Gown
“The talented Genevieve Graham once again calls upon a fascinating true story in Canadian history to remind us that beneath the differences of our birth, and despite the obstacles we face, we’re all human underneath. Vividly drawn and heartwarming, Come from Away is a beautiful look at the choices we make in the face of both love and war.”
Kristin Harmel, internationally bestselling author of The Sweetness of Forgetting
“A master at mining our country’s colourful past, Graham has done it again.”