• Toward the Midnight Sun

  • By: Eoin Dempsey
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (385 ratings)

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Toward the Midnight Sun

By: Eoin Dempsey
Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
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Publisher's Summary

From the bestselling author of White Rose, Black Forest comes a page-turning epic of adventure, suspense, and romance set against the rich and ruthless backdrop of the Klondike gold rush.

Seattle, 1897. Anna Denton is not like the other prospectors traveling to the Yukon on the promise of riches. It’s duty - not profit - that calls her into the wild unknown. With her family nearing financial ruin, Anna has agreed to marry Henry Bradwell, the wealthy King of the Klondike. 

She meets Will and Silas, childhood friends, on the steamer north. After the ship docks in a lawless Alaska town, Anna’s chaperones run afoul of local criminals, leaving her stranded. Will and Silas agree to escort her the hundreds of treacherous miles to Dawson City - the gateway to the goldfields - and her betrothed, a man she doesn’t know.

Upon their arrival, Bradwell warmly welcomes them all. But as a brutal winter sets in, relations sour, and Anna is caught between the promise her family made to the power-hungry Bradwell and her feelings for Will. Anna and her companions soon find themselves in a deadly game where few can be trusted and where the greatest danger in the frozen wilderness of the Klondike is man himself. 

©2019 Eoin Dempsey (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Excellent!

I kept waiting for the “graphic sex” others complained about. I think it was about 45 seconds of incredibly vague and mild references to body positions. Ridiculous.

The story was beautiful. The writing just as enjoyable. 5 stars.

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blindsided by homosexual relationships

The narration is great but I would at least like to be informed of alternate lifestyles portrayed in a book.

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Detailed sex act hurt this book

I would have liked it better if you would have left the detailed sex scene out. But was thankful there was only one.

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Spellbinding story and presentation

For anyone who wants to know what it was really like, think this book gets as close as you can get without living it yourself. A student of the Klondike and that era.....definitely major thumbs up.👍👍👍👍👍

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Top of the line novel.

Can't say enough positive about this. Wonderful story about an historical event. Great development of characters. The story was so engrossing we hardly knew that time was passing. The narrator knew the story and presented each character so clearly it was easy to tell the characters apart.

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Adventure-Historical Fiction-Justice

Historical fiction is quickly becoming one of my favorite genres. I love how this speaks to different lives and the injustices people face when they don’t fit a “certain” mold. Women’s rights, civil rights, injustices and stereotypes of the Original Americans and their lands, gay rights, and fighting for what You want most. You can read this for the surface level gold rush story or you can dig deeper.

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Good story, fun listen. Performance was good.

A little funny narrator changed her voice so much for the Male roles but did help keep these characters differentiated.

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Great adventure story.

The narration was well done. Enjoyed getting the female characters perspective of a story typically told by a male perspective.

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Okay story

Story of a young lady going to Dawson Canada during the gold rush to marry a man much older than she is. Slow to start and I think reveals too much of the back story too early. Definitely adult themes and some violence against a woman involved. I'd say PG 13 in 2 or 3 chapters.
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Toward the Midnight Sun

I've heard a lot about Eoin Dempsey's historical romances, and I have to say, I quite liked this one. The setting of the road to Alaska during the gold rush is a compelling one, and the adventure and struggle of that setting does carry a lot of this narrative. The bulk of the first half of the book is their journey north, and I could definitely see this section dragging a bit if you weren't interested in the history of it all. However, the frigid-subarctic survival journey was at least half of the appeal for me, so I didn't mind it one bit.

The second half of the book really picks up with the forbidden romance element, which was also really well done. The characters were tough, interesting, and complex people who didn't always do the right thing and often faced consequences for it. While it's definitely a romance novel, it's not all smooth sailing and perfect romantic bliss.

Overall, this book was a pretty solid four stars for me. It was a good listen, and it only dragged slightly every now and then. I was looking for a historical, Alaskan romance, and Toward the Midnight Sun delivered.