Wow, what a hidden gem! A cousin to the Outlander series to me... all in one book! Yes! She is a superb, superb writer and story teller . . . I love historical western romances, so the book had that going for it from the get-go. What I didn't expect was the rich substance to this story or the author's superb quality of writing. It was ABSOLUTELY a delightful surprise. The hero was a REAL MAN who knew how to treat his woman right . . . The type of adventures the characters in this book go on reminded me a lot of the Outlander series. This book could be the cousin of the Outlander series if you ask me. LOVED it! This hero fights for his woman . . . I loved this heroine too . . . she was resilient at heart and didn't let anybody walk on her. This author did such a WONDERFUL job in bringing this couple together and making you fall in love with them . . . I don't think anybody would be disappointed reading this. I say give it a shot. I'm certainly glad I did. Thank you author! I look forward to your next book. ~ JLC, Goodreads
“Harcourt’s Mountain” offers the harrowing adventures of 1867’s British Columbia with refreshing dual perspectives and engaging descriptions. Dodge remains true to her characters and their “voices” throughout—encouraging the reader to feel emotionally connected to the story. A bit of an awkward transition seems to divide the book in two, giving a feeling of ending and starting again in a different direction but the level of dedication and amount of research devoted to this novel are amazing, especially from an author from another continent! ~ Sofia St. Angeles, InD'Tale Magazine
I loved Harcourt's Mountain! I found it almost irritating when I had to put down the book and get back to my daily routine. It's been a week since I read the story yet it still captives my mind; a great romance with an exciting touch of drama and adventure. And best of all, a wonderful happy ending where you as a reader finally feel at home with the main heroines. Highly recommend! Love gives us wings :). P.S. This story could be a great movie!!! ~ Albina Hume, Goodreads
"Harcourt's Mountain" is an intriguing story. The author is new to me but has written a tale that will leave readers turning pages and hoping all will end well for the young couple. The author has a unique writing style, and understanding of 1800 Canada. A wonderful read! ~ My Book Addiction, Goodreads
Beautifully written, page turning, Harcourt's Mountain by Elaine Dodge,will stay with you long after you have turned the last page. ~ Marian Phair, Goodreads
This is a very well written and thought out book. I could not foretell what would come next! I enjoyed getting to know the characters and I found the descriptive detail to be creative and fresh. It is an exciting, feel-good read. Highly recommendable! Enjoy! ~ Christy-Joy Webster, Goodreads
I couldn't put this book down and I read it in one day, If you want to read a beautiful story about two people that are getting to know each other and slowly falling in love I recommend this book. There is some pretty shady characters that really move this story along and some adventures that you just don't see coming. Thank you Kimberly for recommending this book to me. Hope there is more stories to come from this amazing author. ~ Lorie, Goodreads
Harcourt's Mountain by Elaine Dodge is a brilliant love story set in extreme circumstances. Luke Harcourt is one of the most honorable heroes I have ever read . . . I truly enjoyed Harcourt's Mountain by the very talented Elaine Dodge, and I give kudos to this South African native for writing about a land so far off and doing it so well. I recommend this tale to all and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! ~ Kimberly Rocha, Book Obsessed Chicks
I just loved this book! It's very well written and it makes the book easy to read. The characters are well described, you can almost feel what they were feeling: love, fear, hope... and in certain parts I was as terrified as one of the characters was at that point. I was also very pleased with the ending, a nice finale. I will strongly recommend it!! ~ Federica S, Amazon
I loved Harcourt's Mountain!
This could be a wonderful movie. I found it almost irritating when I had to put down the book and get back to my daily routine. It's been a week since I read the story yet it still captives my mind; a great romance with an exciting touch of drama and adventure. And best of all, a wonderful happy ending where you as a reader finally feel at home with the main heroines. Highly recommend. Love gives us wings! ~ Albina Hume, Amazon
An excellent read
I read this book although it is not in one of my favoured genres, and I'm glad I did. The story is well written and well paced. You want to get to know the main characters, Luke and Hope, better and you begin to have feelings for them and go with them on their journey through this stage of their life. Although this is a love story there are darker elements and several back stories and side plots that are expertly weaved together by the author. It's the best book of this genre that I've read and I would recommend it to lovers of the genre and those looking for a break from their normal reading. ~ K. McLeod, Amazon UK
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A highly recommended read
Just finished Elaine Dodge’s Harcourt’s Mountain. Loved everything from the title, to the characters and writing style. Found the story a soft and intimate retreat into the very personal lives of a set of beautiful and believable characters. Just the right amount of conflict in the story to keep interest piqued. My imagination was taken on a colourful journey throughout the book which I found a very relaxing read. Dodge’s use of language makes for a light yet rich and satiating read and she has a lovely turn of phrase. Highly recommend this read to anyone who wants a story to sink and escape into. Many lines of sub-plot within the novel are woven cleverly together often unpredictably and intriguingly. Dodge’s style speaks to real-life experience of what she writes about giving the content a sensitivity unique to the author. Highly recommend. Lovely read. ~ Amalia Christoforou, Amazon US
“Harcourt’s Mountain” offers the harrowing adventures of 1867’s British Columbia with refreshing dual perspectives and engaging descriptions. Dodge remains true to her characters and their “voices” throughout—encouraging the reader to feel emotionally connected to the story....the level of dedication and amount of research devoted to this novel are amazing, especially from an author from another continent! ~ Sofia St. Angeles,
I loved reading Harcourt's Mountain. From the start Elaine Dodge grips the reader with her beautiful use of language. You are drawn into the story and empathise with Hope as she makes her way on the unexpected path her life has taken. I enjoyed the historical aspect and how the characters come alive and how they are not so different to us with their feelings, dreams and desires, despite living in another time. You'll not regret reading this captivating novel! ~ Lorraine, Amazon UK
I loved this book because it was so different from my usual reading and the people seemed so real you felt like you would like to know them. A sequel would be great. I could not put it down and was sad when I finished it only because I was enjoying it so much. ~ Janette Chapman, Amazon UK
Wild West Romance of Redemption, Forgotten past, and Uncertain Future
Elaine Dodge combines the elements of strong character development, authentic dialog, an optimistic message, and a plot which includes gripping suspense . . . Elaine Dodge weaves a pleasurable and tender tale . . . Hope’s fate is questioned as the life of a new bride or slavery enforced labor in a brothel. The tension of Hope’s future will be further exposed through a cast of well-developed characters, dynamic interpersonal conflict, and anticipation of the novel resolution . . . The author’s use of language is not stilted but very well researched for the time frame of the novel. Word choice such as “abattoir” and “hoyden” are historically accurate and add much zest to the text. Furthermore the author provides the reader with beautiful imagery . . . Elaine Dodge’s plot is driven by her characters. She is skilled at bringing them to life on the page as they grow in character throughout the novel . . . Harcourt’s Mountain is a story of redemption and second chances in the midst of the old Wild West, of a forgotten past, and uncertain future. This book is a quick read and should provide satisfying inspiration to those who are looking for a romantic historical novel. ~ Ginger Dawn, Amazon
Elaine Dodge's debut
A compelling read - action packed and suspense filled, each chapter carries you along on a journey into the relationship of Hope and Luke- what will become of them in their now shared life on the frontier? From the very beginning I was drawn into the story . . .
A page turner that I could not put it down -one hopes there will be a sequel. ~ Cynbot, Amazon UK
Great frontier romance
This was a great story, I just had to know what would come next. A fantastic hero complete with flaws and a huge sense of determination (a huge help when it takes days to go a few miles and months to cross a continent). ~ Sally, Amazon US
Harcourt's Mountain has been a breath of fresh air coated in humour and fun. Elaine writes in a way that places the reader into the story where you can feel every emotion and drama. It was easy to loose myself in the book and allow myself to be teleported to a world of love, honor, drama, integrity and thrilling suspense. With all the twists and turns in the plot, Elaine succeeded in brining it all together in a thrilling ending. Fantastic and a definite must read. ~ Tasyn, Amazon US
Love at arms length
Elian Dodge must be a very patient person. Either that or she really likes to torture her readers. I enjoy a roller coaster as much as the next guy but come on give us a chance to catch our breath. Bride ship? Who would have thought such things existed or that you could buy a wife? There's a two for one deal. Had this story been a movie I would have complained about the popcorn salt in my eyes... how else would I explain the tears? I hope there's a follow up soon... I hate to have to read the same book twice... okay for the third time. I had concerns at first but a fun read all in all. Well worth every penny I spent. ~ Tegon Maus, author of the Chronicles of Tucker Littlefield series, Amazon
I have just finished your captivating novel. I found it to be a story that unfolded as it moved through a journey of trials, tribulations, suspense, humour and above all love and romance. It gripped me from the start, and was like a beautiful flower growing out of a crack in the rock. (Proving that love can flourish in any environment). ~ Mike Barker, Amazon
I couldn't put this book down and I read it in one day, If you want to read a beautiful story about two people that are getting to know each other and slowly falling in love I recommend this book. There is some pretty shady characters that really move this story along and some adventures that you just don't see coming. Thank you Kimberly for recommending this book to me. Hope there is more stories to come from this amazing author. ~ Lorie "Mamawolf", Amazon
Amazing Saga . . .
Harcourt's Mountain by Elaine Dodge is a brilliant love story set in extreme circumstances. Luke Harcourt is one of the most honorable heroes I have ever read. So honorable in fact that I would have liked to have smacked him upside the head a few times for not sharing his feelings with Hope. These star-crossed not quite lovers keep their distance while the reader bites their fingernails in anticipation. Hope evolves like a budding flower and watching her adapt to her new surroundings with such finesse is part of the draw to this adventure. I truly enjoyed Harcourt's Mountain by the very talented Elaine Dodge, and I give kudos to this South African native for writing about a land so far off and doing it so well. I recommend this tale to all and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! ~ Kimberly Rocha, Amazon
Adventure on Harcourt's Mountain
I really liked this book. It was a page turner that you wanted to keep reading. Each page had a new event or adventure in their lives. Most of the characters were real that you could feel their emotions, good and bad. I loved the animals that were part of the story. The reading kept moving steadily along to the end. I laughed and cried and it brought out alot of feelings inside of me . . . Looking forward to her next book. ~ Shirl, Amazon
Adventure and Romance all in one - Just couldn't part with my Kindle
Adventure and Romance all in one! Elaine Dodge sure knows how to keep one captivated in her story of Luke and Hope.
As they overcome their challenges their love stands strong and irrevocable. I fear I am now suffering from withdrawal symptoms. This can't be the end, I have to know how their adventure continues. ~ D. Pienaar, Amazon
My goodness! This story is set within the forested mountains of 19th century British Columbia. A time before airline contrails marred the sky, a time before huge town expansions and cities were a long journey away, a time when one lived off the land. It was a time when one could sit on their porch of an afternoon and hear the hawks screeching overhead, a time when bear were common-sight, a time when one could ride a horse for days and not see another human being.
A time forgotten? Perhaps. But it's a time brought back to life through the eyes of Luke and Hope as they life off the land, and find a way through the hardship to find love. A great read! ~ Heart of Fiction