Monday, October 3, 2011
BOOK REVIEW: Gold Rush Groom By Jenna Kernan
288 pages by Jenna Kernan
BLURB ON BACK OF BOOK:
A search for gold…Jack Snow has learned the hard way that the only person he can rely on is himself. With his family fortune gone, he'll don his best jacket and reel out the charm to bag himself an heiress bride!
…could lead to something more precious
The last person with whom he expects to travel across the Yukon is an outspoken, impoverished daughter of an Irish immigrant. Their social standing is miles apart. But Lily Shanahan proves resourceful and dauntless in the face of raging rivers and icy mountain passes, and Jack is forced to admit her passion for life is enough to tempt him from his course...
Jenna Kernan offers up another rousing western historical romance adventure in 'Gold Rush Groom.'
Lily Shanahan is a real pistol and she wears one on her hip. Lily wants adventure more than anything, and the perfect place is the Yukon during the gold rush. Earning money anyway she can. she provides hauling services in Dyea Alaska. Lily is immediately struck breathless when a tall, handsome Jack Snow steps off the boat from Seattle.
Jack Snow looks every inch the greenhorn. Lily needs a partner for the periolous trip to the Yukon and tall strapping Jack could fit the role. With her Newfoundland mix dog Nala, she offers Jack an offer he can't refuse.
Jack in his gentleman finery and his New England accent is also eager to make his fortune. Jack is very young only twenty and handsome as sin, Lily is certainly affected. She is twenty years of age as well.
Jack is trying to restore his family's fortune that his father lost. Lily is the daughter of an impoverished Irish immigrant. They are from totally different worlds, but decide to partner up for the dangerous journey to Dawson.
The attraction between them is immediate, especially when Lily catches Jack shirtless, washing up. With just a slight touch, the flame is ignited. However attraction takes a back seat while the pair start out on their journey.
The journey is great, I felt I was right along with them. Lily makes biscuits and sells coffe for extra money on the way. Night after night of sharing the same tent is taking its toll, the attraction is getting harder to ignore.
Jenna certainly did her research, great detail throughout the book. Jack and Lily give in to their passion during the journey which complicates things. The trip through the rapids was exciting and by the time the couple reach Dawson you are solidly behind them and hoping for a happy ending. Jack and Lily are such opposites but endearingly appealing,
Once they reach Dawson Jack becomes involved in an invention of his own making and how to sell it. Lily takes a job singing and life moves on. Not for long, a whole new set of adventures crop up drawing in Jack and Lily and drawing them back to each other. Jack is a fine hero, he maybe a young gentleman who went to Princeton, but he is more than up to every adventure that comes his way. Lily is a more than a match for Jack, she may come across as crusty on the outside, but inside is a soft heart. Great characters.
A solid romance/adventure, I thoroughly enjoyed this.
3.25 out of 4 for the book