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Toward the Midnight Sun

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  2,242 ratings  ·  175 reviews
From the bestselling author of White Rose, Black Forest comes a page-turning epic of adventure, suspense, and romance set against the rich and ruthless backdrop of the Klondike gold rush.

Seattle, 1897. Anna Denton is not like the other prospectors traveling to the Yukon on the promise of riches. It’s duty—not profit—that calls her into the wild unknown. With her family
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2.5 stars
The writing style and dialogue was extremely dry. The first half which details their trip to Dawson City was really boring. I thought that would be the exciting part, but it wasn't until Anna reached Dawson City and the drama between her and her fiance ensued that the plot started to pick up the pace; moving slow rather than dragging. There was a small twist at 65% (on a kindle) but it the plot still continued to be isn't until 86% that anything of great interest occurs.

Fred Shaw
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anna Denton is on a steamer departing Seattle for the Klondike in the late 19th century. A wealthy gold rush prospector has purchased the right to her hand in marriage from her family, and Anna is on the way to marry him. This is the story of Anna’s trek into the northwest.

I compare this story of the gold rush in the Yukon and Alaska to those written by Jack London. Eoin Dempsey has done as Mr. London did many years ago which is capture the tales of the hardships of men and women as they made
Susan P
Disappointing. Really liked White Rose, Black Forest by this author and have traveled several times to Skagway, Alaska, and Dawson City, Yukon, so I thought this book would be a winner. However, because the characters were one-dimensional and many of the situations were so far-fetched, the book became a chore rather than enjoyment.
Angela Juneau
Dec 06, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not what I expected

This was a waste of time. Stupid and farfetched at best. Vile and not reflecting the timeframe. I would be embarrassed to share among my friends.
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
I loved the depiction of life in the Klondike at the turn of the century- the author really painted a vivid picture. But the story and characters just lacked oomph for me.
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I was looking forward to reading this because I really liked White Rose, Black Forest, however, I was really disappointed. Though the struggles of the gold rush in the Klondike were good, the story around it was contrived and not believable.
Morgan Leafe
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous! A wonderfully told story about strength and perseverance
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Not much happens until late in the book. The first 45% of it on my Kindle was travel. I was hoping for adventures in the Klondike, but it was more like a soap opera that started out bland and became unlikely. There were comments about the rugged beauty of the area, but it was never described adequately. The conversations were stilted, and the characters changed their behavior abruptly. An attempt was made to convey passion, but there was no buildup, and it fell flat. I hated the
Dec 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alaskan Gold

I would have given this book 5 stars had it not been for the affair between Anna and Will, and the gay episode thrown in the story line mid way through the book. I read daily and love well written books that hold my attention. This book is interesting and well written except for the above mentioned.
Carlee Forbes
Billed as historical fiction, this is really more of a cheesy romance book meets historical fiction meets bad thriller. The first part following the main character's trip to Dawson City on the Chilkoot Trail was interesting, but mostly I found the characters to be flat and predictable. There are few descriptions of the actual lives of those of working Klondike Gold Rush, rather it is a romanticized view of the experience. Thankfully it is a pretty short book and easy to breeze through.
Sarah De Beer
Enjoyed this. It's a story of two parts the first being the hard trip over the mountains and the second their exploits in the mining town. I enjoy historical fiction and this was an interesting part of history that I haven't read much about.

The story wasn't hugely original however it was an easy read. Got this as part of Amazon prime first reads where the books are usually a bit rubbish. This better than some of the others that I've chosen in the past.
Gold Fever on the Klondike

I really enjoyed this book. The history of the miners and the journey they made to reach the Klondike gold fields was very interesting, especially the trek over the Chilkoot trail and the stair steps, then the dangerous trek down the half frozen river in a homemade boat. The description of the emerging mining towns with their loudness, whiskey, gambling and girls of the saloons. The mud sticking to the boots, the extreme cold and the disillusion of many.

The characters
Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A simple read. I was expecting more from this because I loved White Rose Black Forest.
This took place in the brutal and lawless area of the Yukon in the late 1800’s Klondike gold rush, of which I wasn’t aware of. I enjoyed the historical aspect. The plot line was sort of predictable. I’m glad I read it though
BestBooksy Reviews
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Even if you're not a big fan of historical fiction, Toward the Midnight Sun, is a book that everyone can enjoy, action-packed historical adventures through the goldfields of eighteenth-century Canada and Alaska. That's not all, throw in some gripping romance and it creates an absolute gem of a read.

The author, Eoin Dempsey, has created a believable and vibrant cast of characters. The lead character Anna is the epitome of a strong woman, overcoming the harsh Klondike and the men who try to keep
Dennis McClure
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The thing is... His history sucks. It’s a fine and exciting novel, but he should have at least visited the area before he wrote about it.

What do we require of an author? Maybe I’m being unfair. But this particular bit of history means too much to just let it go.
Dec 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've never read anything about the Klondike gold strike of 1897 so those aspects of the story were really interesting especially getting there. The romance part was ok but I thought the way the author ended it was a little flimsy.
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining for the most part

Didn’t love some of the subplots but it all made sense in the end. Quite predictable but still enjoyed reading it.
Received free Kindle version of novel from Goodreads Giveaway.

3.5 stars.

To be perfectly honest, I really didn't know what to expect when I first started reading Toward the Midnight Sun. Yes, I understood what the novel was going to be about from the blurb, but really I had no clue how easy or challenging, how interesting or boring this novel was going to be. Was it going to be dry and slow moving? * shrugs * I had no clue.

I'm happy to say that Toward the Midnight Sun was pretty interesting. I
Astrid Turner
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. I received this as an Amazon First Reads (free) book and found the plot to be interesting enough to finish, but the story itself was very dry and shallow. The characters are extremely flat and I didn't get the feeling that I was given more than the absolutely necessary details about any of them; he's a man with a beard, she's an attractive woman. That's about it as far as descriptions go. They are so bland that at times I actually couldn't distinguish any of them from one another ...more
Jack Johnson
Dec 30, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Carolina Firefly
Disappointing execution of intriguing plot

I wanted to like this book, I did. The premise is excellent: woman sent to marry a man she didn’t know in the Gold Rush Klondike. Sadly, the writing never made me FEEL the dark, the isolation, the worry, the desperation, not even the cold. I know historical fiction is really a reflection of the time in which it’s written rather than when it’s set, but there were some really modern ideas in some characters. I have no issue with that at all. My problem was
Cindy Woods
Pretty good

The story of the 1897 Alaska gold rush and a young woman sent off to marry the Klondike King was a bit predictable, but good enough.

I read it in a day as it was an easy read. The descriptions of travel by hundreds of hopeful prospectors began well enough, although a bit shortened. The idea that such gold fever despite the rugged conditions is hard to understand, but true.

The plot, as I say, was too predictable given the relationships nurtured early on in the story.

I would recommend
Alice K.
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
We visited the Yukon last summer and learned quite a bit about the Gold Rush and the process of gold mining. We were able to see the environmental damage caused by digging through the soil looking for gold. This book seems to be very authentic in its description of Skagway and Dawson as well as the trek through the Chilkoot pass.

The story deals with the journey of a young woman heroically struggling to protect her family, as she is sent as a mail-order bride to a wealthy friend of her father.
Toward the Midnight Sun

Like many other people I read this novel hoping for some of the magic that was "White Rose, Black Forest" or even "Finding Rebecca"...both stellar pieces of writing by Dempsey. This. Fell. Flat.
Poor, undeveloped characters. Mostly predictable story line. Random sex scenes. Killing of the sympathetic gay character and several other deaths as a result of someone "outing" a gay character. Let's throw in the cliche of the pedophile priest and hooker
Susan Garman
Jan 23, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Under-developed main character

Should have read the other one star reviews. Leary was a very under developed character and portrayed as spoiled child-man. His flare ups reminded me of a middle schooler, not a grown man with military experience. Did not need to include heterosexual and homosexual events plus prostitution and woman beating to this story. The story was good without this but needed way more work to keep it interesting. Felt the trip to Dawson City was long and very repetitive.
Nadine Wiseman
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chasing the elusive colour on the frontiers

The things that men will do for the elusive promise of gold; a tale of buying cold, hardship, greed and loss with a satisfying romance at the core. Plucky Anna sets out for the Klondike to marry a much older man she met once at the age of ten, reluctant but willing to do anything to ensure her husband-to-be pays for her younger sister's cancer treatment. She meets Will and Silas on the journey and their gruelling travels forge a bond. Arriving at
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Travel back in time to the Alaska gold rush in "Toward the Midnight Sun." I loved the strong characters, particularly Anna, and the historical information about this time period, especially the hardship prospectors faced as they sought to make their fortunes. I also appreciated the Han and the emotional healing character Will receives from his interaction with this responsible, kind and peaceful Indian tribe. However, the novel does contain domestic violence, sexual content and a love triangle ...more
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free as a Amazon Prime First Read, and I read the whole thing in a few hours on one day, so I can't really complain too much. I actually liked the first half of the book detailing Anna's grueling journey through the Klondike. I'm also on a 19th and early 20th century memoir kick right now, so take that as you will. The plot boiled over into the ridiculous for me after the characters arrive in Dawson City, and yet it still managed to be very predictable. I clearly have ...more
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Three cheers to the author!

Rarely do I find a historical fiction that is as note worthy as this book. I didn't enjoy it. I LOVED IT! History isn't my thing. Excitement and adventure is. This filled my objections about it being historical fiction after the chapter. I couldn't put it down. If you like action . It is all in this book. The story is fun, exciting, packed with page turning action. There is sadness and sweetness, friendships, and love of course. And every good book has to have a
Paula Cadle
Anna has agreed to a proposal of marriage from the King of the Klondike during the gold rush. She has a little sister with cancer who needs medical treatment and her father's business is losing money. Tickets and a bit of money are sent to her and she starts her adventure on a boat north to Dawson City. On the boat, she meets brothers Silas and Will. She feels an instant pull towards Will and the brothers end up being her chaperones on the harsh trek over the Chilkoot trail to Dawson City. A ...more
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Eoin Dempsey is the author of the Amazon Charts bestselling novel White Rose, Black Forest and other novels. Born in Dublin, Ireland, Eoin and his family reside in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To learn more, visit

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Eoin Dempsey was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1977. He grew up in the beautiful Dublin suburb of Dalkey, where he and his friends would jump into the icy waters of the Irish Sea (during summertime) to prove their manliness. Eoin had a fantastic time attending Blackrock College, where he played rugby (poorly) and did his best to coast his way through. Eoin’s first ambition was to play rugby for ...more
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