Golden Days is Lynn Lovegreenâ€™s latest Alaska Gold Rush book:
Alaska is a cold place to live until love blossoms.
Elizabeth Robinson travels by dog sled to help her family mind the store in Fairbanks, Alaska. She wants to pursue her drawing and painting, but women artists are rare in 1906, and flood, fire, and a death in the family force her to take charge at home at age seventeen. James Garrett comes north to help his uncle at a nearby gold claim. An awkward eighteen-year-old who is more at home with machines than people, he becomes a man as he falls in love with Elizabeth. When a discovery about her benefactor, the founder of the town, threatens their future, Elizabeth and James find that together they can overcome any obstacle.
Hereâ€™s the excerpt:
A letter came from Uncle Stephen, promising to come visit in the late summer or fall, after an assignment he had for a newspaper in Canada. The best part was the postscript,
â€œAt that time Iâ€™ll look at how Elizabeth is coming along with her drawing and painting. Maybe we can discuss art schools, if sheâ€™s ready then.â€
â€œLook Mama, he thinks I might be ready for art school!â€
Mama patted her hand. â€œHow nice. But we canâ€™t even afford household help. I donâ€™t see how we could spend it on something as frivolous as sending you to art school.â€
Elizabeth tossed the letter on the table. â€œThatâ€™s not fair. Itâ€™s not frivolous.â€
â€œIt is, if youâ€™re just going to get married in a few years anyway. You donâ€™t need art lessons to be a good wife and mother.â€
â€œMaybe I wonâ€™t get married,â€ Elizabeth blurted out.
Mama dropped the mending in her lap and gave her a look. â€œOf course you will. All respectable young ladies get married.â€
â€œWell maybe my husband will let me continue my studies, and Iâ€™ll become an artist too.â€ She thought James would let her pursue her art, if they got married.
Mama shook her head. â€œThatâ€™s poppycock. No man wants his wife to be a professional artist. Maybe I let my brother spend too much time with you when you were little, to fill you with such ideas.â€
â€œIâ€™m glad I know Uncle Stephen, and thereâ€™s nothing wrong with women journalists and artists. They will be much more common in the future.â€
Mama patted her hand. â€œNot in our lifetimes. The world doesnâ€™t change that quickly. Better for you if you accept what is, and live with it, than try for impossibilities.â€
Elizabeth ran upstairs to her bedroom. Her own mother didnâ€™t believe in her hopes and dreams. How could she get Papa, or anyone else, to listen to her?
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Lynn Lovegreen grew up in Alaska, and still lives there. She taught for twenty years before retiring to make more time for writing. She enjoys her friends and family, reading, and hitting targets with a cowboy action shooting club. Her young adult historical romances are set in the Alaska Gold Rush, a great time for drama, romance, and independent characters. See her website at www.lynnlovegreen.com. You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.
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Lynn writes clean YA/NA historical romance set in Alaska.