Toward the Midnight Sun
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...more
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 dull.....it isn't until 86% that anything of great interest occurs.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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.
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more