Friday, September 5, 2014

Book Review: A Heart of Klondike Gold by E. Davies (Love's Landscapes 2014)


Blurb:

Dear Author,

These two men traveled to the Klondike during the Alaskan Gold Rush in hopes of striking gold. What they found… was each other. Please tell me their story.

Please include the scene depicted in this photo at some point in the story.

Photo Description: Two bearded men, one in a knitted cap and the other in an insulated undershirt, hold each other in bed. They look like they are about to kiss.

This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group's "Love’s Landscapes" event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.

Dani's rating:




This story is set in a historically accurate world of gold-rush Alaska at the turn of the century. Small details about gold mining and town life seep into the narrative, and, together with the dialogue, help create an authentic portrayal of two lonely men wanting to find more than just gold. I appreciated the lack of anachronisms (I was a little worried considering the image prompt) and the quiet intensity of the setting.

When Walt and Edwin meet, Walt is already a successful gold miner and store owner. After having his heart crushed, Edwin accepts the offer of a friend and leaves Seattle to become half owner in a gold claim.

Edwin inadvertently insults Walt, and antagonism blooms on sight. But a tentative working relationship, followed by friendship, eventually develops. There is a lot Edwin doesn't know about Walt, and many assumptions that Walt makes about Edwin.

There is no insta love here, just a slow, sweet tension, an awareness. There is some steam at the end, which was lovely and very much necessary to the story.



Davies' prose flows beautifully. I really connected with the setting and MCs. This was a lovely, tender, romantic read; very much recommended.

Bonus: Rugged men with scruffy beards and hair, muscles bulging out of torn shirt, living in cabins, bathing in a creek, and digging in dirt.

Original BEARS (without the bellies), anyone?


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