TREASURES OF THE NORTH
Grace Hawkins is to marry a man she abhorsa man who holds her fathers fortune in his hands. Knowing she cant do it, and her governess, Karen Pierce, flee to Alaska. Karen is in search of her father who is a missionary.
The Captain of the ship taking them to Alaska locks horns with Karen, but upon reaching their destination, he hires Grace and Karen to run a trading post for him. While Karen awaits for word of her father, both she and Grace find contentmentuntil the horrible Martin Paxton finds them.
Ms. Petersons writing is fine, however, too many other things mar this tale. Martin Paxtons secret did not seem worthy of the revenge he extracted, nor Graces fathers willingness to not disclose it. One might be hard-pressed to find many admirable qualities in the hero either. And while it appears to be Graces story, she is often overshadowed by Karen. Readers may wonder who the heroine is. (Jan., 384 pp., $11.99)