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"An engaging escapade with a feisty female lead." (Kirkus Reviews)

"A beautifully written story. A must-read for those who are striving to fulfill their dreams..." (Seattle Book Review)

"An epic and gripping work of historical fiction... the perfect historical read for fans of pioneering heroes and tales of triumph over discrimination." (Reader's Favorite 5-Star Review) 

In the devastating aftermath of the 1889 Great Seattle Fire, 19-year-old Anna Gallagher faces considerable pressure to marry well and soon. But she has no intention of giving up her freedom to keep house. She wants to be the first woman to summit Mount Rainier.

Anna's grandfather couldn't disapprove more. And after he discovers that she's befriended a Duwamish woman in the forest, he threatens to disown her completely. 

Still, her resolve to summit doesn't waver until she meets a fisherman who seems to love adventure as much as she does. He's not the kind of high society gentleman who could save their family's finances after the fire, but he adores her and treats her like an equal. 

Mountaineering through glaciers, avalanches, and frozen temperatures might cause Anna's family to disown her forever. It might even ruin any future marriage prospects. But if she succeeds in reaching the icy peak, she could pioneer the way for women mountaineers, and create a new identify for herself, something she's been longing for her whole life. 

Inspired by the trailblazing women of the 19th century who dared to summit Mount Rainier, In Sight of the Mountain is a charming coming-of-age story, but it also casts the reader's gaze upon issues of colonialism, class, and women's far-too-narrow options.

©2019 Jamie McGillen (P)2020 Jamie McGillen

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  • mangankillarney
  • 07-02-20

Wonderful

I love listening to this book, the narrator Sarah Brands was so good at bringing this book to life.

If you want a great read/listen to this book is it. The main character Anna is a source of inspiration to all women who are facing their own mountains to climb. I shall be recommending this book.

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  • The Floating Bookworm
  • 05-12-20

A sweet and uplifting story!

In Sight of the Mountain

This is an inspirational YA story set in Washington State in the 1800’s. Ana has an adventurous spirit and longs to be the first woman to summit Mount Rainier. I loved Anna’s courage and determination, her persistence when her family failed to encourage her.
At a time when women were still unable to vote Anna is a fighting spirit. Challenging society’s beliefs that women should marry for status rather than love Anna longs for someone who will support her dreams.

A sweet and uplifting story!

I was gifted this as an audiobook in exchange for a review.