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Reviewed by Dianna Skowera for Readers' Favorite
In the untouched border wilderness of Nome, Alaska, Jeannie Kelly is not your everyday 1900s young woman. Jeannie lives to survey the next big gold strike, a passion she shares with her father, while she and her brothers follow his lead on their gold claim. Struggling to prove to her father she’s become a worthy and capable adult, Jeannie finds an added dilemma when a handsome man, Clint Tilghman, stakes the neighboring claim to the Kellys. Is Clint the man for her? How can she win his attentions in her eighteen years of practice as a trouser-wearing tomboy who knows more about panning for gold than he does? Jeannie’s quest for self-worth with her father and the affections of Clint is vexed even further with a common crisis of the times after both parties are run off of their claims. The Kellys and Clint must weigh survival and practicality in a lawless land that holds promise for only the most patient and wise.
Lynn Lovegreen’s Quicksilver To Gold takes you back in time when the law was young, survival was an everyday chore, and family hierarchies ruled over individual thought. Quicksilver To Gold immerses the reader knee-deep in the gold rich waters of early 20th century Nome and the mindsets of those who lived that precarious lifestyle. Lovegreen’s characters are your friends, neighbors, and family through a window of time accurately portrayed by the author’s knowledge of her own homeland. Quicksilver To Gold doesn’t cheat you with grandiose romances or boisterous heroes, but rather lays out endearing webs of love through earnest hardworking faces that become your own allies. Lovegreen makes you appreciate the complexity of falling in love with two characters who grow and blossom through their own inner turmoil with each chapter.