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Treasures of the North

(Yukon Quest #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  3,576 ratings  ·  194 reviews
Could They Fulfill Their Dreams in this Untamed Land?

Driven by desperation, Grace Hawkins must forsake the affluent comfort of her upbringing to save herself from an arranged marriage. Disillusioned by her father's insistence, she forges a daring plan to escape the sinister hand of her intended.

Peter Colton sees the Alaskan gold rush as an opportunity to establish his fami
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Bethany House Publishers
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I've never given a one start review, and to be honest, had this not been for a challenge, I probably would have just removed it from my books entirely, since it's my preference to do that instead of giving a 1 star rating.

I kept thinking that maybe something would click and the story would start working for me, but that just didn't happen. I didn't enjoy the characters, the plot was lackluster, the romance was a definite case of insta-love, the villain was over-the-top evil and unrealistic and t
To start with, I don't think this was a bad book. I found the premise interesting and was eager to dive into it.

There were a few things I took issue with within the first few chapters. I found Grace's mother to be inconsistent, going from who she was when we meet her in the first few pages to who she became upon learning what Paxton did to her daughter. To me, it opened with Mom being one personality and quickly changing to another. Initially, I liked Karen, Grace's governess, but as the book we
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
Five stars for the first book of the Yukon Quest series! A fanastic adventure in the North full of love, convictions, faith in God, and suspence! One of my all time favorite done by Tracie Peterson, Treasures of the North is a book to take and cuddle up by the fire with a hot chocolate!
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall, this was good. The heroes were likable, the villain was utterly despicable, and the historical setting was fun. However, the ending was rather abrupt.
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Despite my poor rating, this was a very enjoyable read. The colorful cast of characters have depth and mystery in such a rare way that good or bad, the reader wants to know more.

The story is exciting and jumps around so much that the reader is never bored.

The reason for the two star rating is the enormous amount of pages spent on religion.

While it makes perfect sense for the protagonist to be defined by her faith, it doesn't make sense as to why greater than 1/3 of the words in the book are o
Oct 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: girls ages 14 and up
Shelves: historic-fiction
This was a really great adventure/romance story. It's a Christian novel that I really really enjoyed. I plan on reading the other two books of this series. This one was definatly good. there was one thing that I didn't like too much, but if I told you, it would ruin the story. so just read it, and see what you think. Mostly, it was great. ...more
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
I really struggled with this book. It was, as a whole, pretty disappointing. I was interested in reading this book because it deals with a place and time I'm not as familiar with. The Yukon Gold Rush wasn't something I read about much and only had a bit of it mentioned in school.

I did like how the time and place was portrayed, though there wasn't much on the "trail" and it mostly took place in Harbor towns. I didn't care for ANY of the characters.

-The villain, Martin, was so over-the-top evil
Jun 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Shelves: hea
I am 100% not the audience for this work of Christian fiction (Amazon didn't let on that this is part of that genre). Even if I were the appropriate audience, the cliched writing and tropes might only bump this up to two stars. If you've read a smattering of Christian fiction, you've already read this one, just with different names and settings.

The sweetly naive and virginal main character? Check.
Her evil, evil non-Christian antagonist? Check.
Her intended love interest, who naturally doesn't hav
The book cover is absolutely beautiful.

I was hoping for a story more about the struggles Grace (and party) had to face while trying to reach and live in Alaska. Not so much, as the issues they faced really had nothing to do with the environment and their survival.

Loved the character Grace - Karen was a bit hard to take at times and Aunt Doris was regulated to small spotlights. Andrik could be fun - I may just read the next book for more of him. And Peter ended up the perfect hero I expected him
Enjoyable but I'll have to read the next book in the series if I want to know how it all turns out for the characters. ...more
Gwenyth Lynes
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An absorbing read of complex relationships in North America in the 19th century where secrets build mistrust and many wills battle with faith and self-will
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Women of Faith

Women of faith, holding together and surviving in a harsh environment. An easy read, that beckons one to continue in this series.
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it
The synopsis states this is about Grace and Peter but when reading it feels more centered around her friend Karen.
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
There was way too much preaching throughout the book! A little God talk goes a long way. Good story line.
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this story very enjoyable. The different characters and the way they fit into the story was not a typical arrangement. Grace coming out of her shell, her mother's complete turn around, Peter's stand against faith, Bill's relationship with his children, and Jacob's coming to faith all wove together to make a story that still has a lot to tell. Many things were accomplished in this book. Learning about life in the early Alaskan wilderness was very interesting. The escape plans were very en ...more
Sep 16, 2008 rated it liked it
I really liked this book, although it did talk a lot about Christian values and beliefs that are not exactly the same views I have being LDS, for instance the whole being "saved" issue. But other then that this was a good book, I had to run out and get the next book because it left me hanging!
I learned a lot about the Alaskn gold rush which I found very intresting.
I am finding that I love reading books set back in the 1800’s, there is something to be said of the respect and proper educate as w
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is good because it has emotional depth. The story line is fairly interesting and has some unexpected turns. I really liked the women Karen and her Aunt Doris throughout the story. Overall this is a simple read about the pressures young women faced around the turn of the century during the gold rush. I felt sad for Grace, the main character who is being pushed into an arranged marriage for a business merger and a payment of debt. She escapes this harrowing experience by joining two othe ...more
Nov 23, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF I just can't take brazenly preaching novels. ...more
Treasures of the North, book 1 in the Yukon Quest series by Tracie Peterson, was well written and had a lot of variety in each character's personality and story. This is one of the very few
series books that I actually want to read the next book from! Tracie Peterson published this in 2001, which was 19 years ago! I knew this would be one of her earlier works, and was happily surprised that her natural skill in telling a good Christian historical fiction story was already blooming profusely in Tr
Lisa Fisher
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
My own rating system is 3 stars = ok I like it, stars = I liked it very much, 5 starts = I want my own copy! Going down, 2 stars = I read it and it was ok, but I'd not read it again. That's what I think of this book.

I generally avoid overtly Christian novels, however I was out of town and this was on the giveaway table.

First, what I liked - the genteel feel of Grace's character, her awakening to be assertive and how to adapt to new situations. I liked the characters of Karen and her aunt. The
Jen Lanam
Somewhat interesting story with uneven pacing and only fair editing

I wavered between 3 and 4 stars. The book wasn't that bad or that good. Ultimately I gave it 3 because I couldn't give it 3.5 and to compensate for other overly high ratings.

First, it was hard for me to believe that a father would sacrifice his only daughter for himself that way. Secondly, the strong Grace from the first part of the book and the wimpy one on the ship seemed to be totally different people.

It also surprised me tha
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Treasures of the North tells the story of Grace Hawkins who along with Karen, her nanny, and Karen’s Aunt Doris, travels to Alaska to escape an arranged marriage with a horrible man. While boarding the ship to Alaska they run into the captain, Peter Colton, who helps run his fathers shipping business. Both become friends but Peter soon learns that the very man who’s his fathers friend isn’t the most trustworthy person.

I enjoyed this book so much that I couldn’t put it down and finished it within
Linda Branich
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book back in February on my phone's kindle app, but it disappeared! I started over again when I came across it at the library recently.

Tracie Peterson is a new-to-me author and this is the first of her 3-book series, Yukon Quest.

I loved it! I love the strength of her female characters in a time and place where strength was needed. I love that her characters stand by their convictions, no matter the cost, and that her Christiann characters admit their mistakes and occasiona
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Could They Fulfill Their Dreams in this Untamed Land?

Driven by desperation, Grace Hawkins must forsake the affluent comfort of her upbringing to save herself from an arranged marriage. Disillusioned by her father's insistence, she forges a daring plan to escape the sinister hand of her intended.

Peter Colton sees the Alaskan gold rush as an opportunity to establish his family's fledgling shipping business. An unexpected partnership enables him to pursue those dreams and opens the door to an aquai
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Since I am going to visit Alaska next year (God willing) I thought it would be fun to read this series of books by a familiar Christian author. Since it's historical fiction, of course, I know present-day Alaska will be quite different than the beautiful but deadly territory described in this story. I thought the plot was fairly original, but not always believable. Some of the characters were more like caricatures but there was certainly enough good things about the story to keep me interested. ...more
I recently cleaned out my Kindle backlog of ARCs and found Treasures of the North buried in the electronic stack. I don't remember purchasing, but that's ok. Thought I'd try it anyway. Like so many other Tracie Peterson and Lauraine Snelling books (I read both and tend to group them together as buddies in the genre) it's heavy on chaste romance and Christian morals and light on character development. Nevertheless, I somewhat enjoyed the fluffy read and found the setting to be interesting: Yukon ...more
Jan 31, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fairly well written historical Christian romantic suspense novel. I liked the main characters and the story well enough, (view spoiler) The main problem I had with this novel though was that there were too many changes of whose point-of-view you were seeing. It felt like there were far too many plot threads shoved into the one book, and while I know that it's the first in a series, it annoy ...more
Joy Kidney
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Yukon gold rush, three women traveling alone, at least two of them outspoken women who tend to tangle with men in authority (like a ship's captain, and a man who's out for revenge). One needs to escape the one out for revenge, so the other two conspire to help her and they end up in Alaska. He'd never find them there. But he does! The characters, even two children, are fun and interesting, and you're kept in suspense to learn how it all unravels, but also keeps your interest for the next book in ...more
Feb 03, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with Karen in the 'Alaskan Quest' series, so it was intriguing to me that she was also featured in this series. However, I didn't much like her at first. She seemed very 'shrill', especially in her initial dealings with Peter Colton.
I did like Grace, though. She was strong without being strident, and was determined to follow the Lord's leading in her life, even when it took her in unexpected directions.
Note that this book ends with some key points of unfinished business, which I s
Norma Mitchell
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I truely enjoyed this book.. i'm anxious to read the following sequels. It showed not only the hardships of the time but also friendships and beauty of the times. I am hoping the following books will of equa inter we shop o equs

I truly enjoyed reading this book. I'm anxious to read her sequels. It showed not only the hardships of the time, but also the friendships and beauty of the time.
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Tracie Peterson is a bestselling author who writes in both historical and contemporary genres. Her novels reveal her love for research as well as her strong desire to develop emotionally meaningful characters and stories for her readers. Tracie and her family live in Montana.

pen name: Janelle Jamison

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