Spring, 1867 – the western frontier of British Columbia hardly seems a likely place for romance. Filthy, terrified and confused, Hope Booker is waiting to be sold off the ‘bride ship’. Luke Harcourt happens upon the sale. It’s not love at first sight, but he feels compelled to save her from a life of slavery and prostitution. To allay her fears of being raped by him, Luke promises never to touch her. Being a man of his word, this is a pledge he quickly finds almost impossible to keep.
Battling their growing attraction to each other, they must learn to live together in the forests of the wild and almost unexplored mountains. They face white water, Indians, bears, wolves, dangerous and violent men intent of destroying Luke as well as the worst winter in ten years.
‘Harcourt’s Mountain’ was nominated for the 2014 RONE Awards and won the 2017 NY Literary Magazine Best Story Award. Which was great news for someone who trained as a designer! Especially as the book is set in 1867, in British Columbia and I was born in Zambia, grew up in Zimbabwe and now live in South Africa. The closest I’ve ever gotten to British Columbia was either London or Singapore depending on which way round the globe you go.
I had worked in both Design and Advertising in Zimbabwe and when I came to South Africa, I sequed into local and international broadcast Television. I am now a Content Creator for both local and international clients. The research needed for wildlife shows for clients such as NatGeo Wild, Discovery and Animal Planet was a great grounding for the research I would have to do for my novel.
As I have a very eclectic taste in my own reading and love both romance and adventure stories, I made sure ‘Harcourt’s Mountain’ has a lot of both.
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