ASHES AND ICE
Alaskas bitter cold seems mild compared to the chilling feeling Grace feels when Peter leaves her. He was unable to withstand neither her faith and its philosophy of forgiveness, nor another vengeful act by Martin Paxton, and so stormed out of her life, perhaps forever.
Meanwhile, Karen Pierce is preparing to hike through the deadly mountain summit to reach Dawson City in search of Jacob and Bill Barringer. Grace and her sister-in-law, Miranda, decide to join Karens party in the dangerous trek.
Led by the enticing Adrik Ivankov, the small group trudges forward, facing rock slides, rapids, and avalanches. Mixed in with the natural hazards of the north are the emotions of Karen and Adrik, as they fight their growing attraction, and a secret Grace may no longer be able to hide. Ashes and Ice, book two in the Yukon Quest series, certainly puts the reader right in the heart of the gold rush scene with believable dialogue and struggles against more than the elements. While it appears that this is no place for a woman, the authors characters remain steadfast, a true example of faith and determination. As always, Ms. Petersons writing is far above the norm. (Aug., 384 pp., $11.99)