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, wolves, as well as a dangerous man from Hope’s past.
No longer able to deny their feelings, their ‘happy-ever-after’ is shattered when a corrupt land baron forces Luke’s hand. Enraged at the man’s actions, Luke rides into town—and disappears.
Alone and pregnant, Hope faces the prospect of the worst winter in ten years. The trauma of fighting off a hungry grizzly brings on labor, but the baby is stuck. Luke meanwhile wakes up on a ship bound for South America, captained by a revengeful sadist who plans to murder him. Luke’s chances of survival are slim. Can he stay alive and make it back to Hope in time?
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About the Author
Elaine Dodge was born in Zambia, grew up in Zimbabwe and currently lives in South Africa. Books have filled her life from the very beginning. She trained as a designer, worked in that industry for years, even running her own company for a while. A long stint in advertising followed. In the last few years, she's been toiling away in the TV industry, winning an odd international award. But that wasn’t enough. She wanted to “tell stories”. She is passionate about it. She feels most alive when she's writing, and delights in letting her imagination run riot. In November 2011, she finally took the plunge and decided to “wrestle the Rottweiler” and started putting all those stories on paper.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite Harcourt’s Mountain by Elaine Dodge is historical fiction, but mostly it is the love story of Hope and Luke. It is 1867 in a small frontier town. Luke has ridden into town to purchase his supplies. Hope has no memory of her past and only knows that she is somehow on a “bride ship” and about to be sold into prostitution and slavery. Luke is passing by the dock and is drawn to watch, even though he has no interest in buying a bride. However, there is something about Hope that he cannot explain, and he buys her to be his wife. The two now have a long and dangerous ride ahead until they arrive at Luke’s cabin on Harcourt Mountain. Hope is confused, frightened, and worried about her new life. Luke is unsure why he has taken a wife he knows nothing about and did not want. Somehow the two manage to learn how to work together, but without really being a husband and wife. Luke has promised never to touch Hope and the arrangement works well, until each of them realizes they are falling in love and need to have a marriage that is real. Luke has to go back into the town and fight to keep his mountain property while Hope remains at the cabin. They both are forced to survive and deal with disaster after disaster, Hope never knowing if Luke is alive or dead and Luke never sure if he will make it back to his mountain and Hope. I was pretty sure from the very first that there would be real love for Luke and Hope, but the adventure of how they got there made Harcourt’s Mountain a really, really good read. I felt as though I was on the mountain fighting the bear, scared of the Indian, picking the apples, and planting the vegetables, and that Hope and Luke were my new friends. This is a must-read for all; it has a little of everything and Elaine Dodge should be commended for the wonderful story.
Hope Booker has no memories of how she wound up knocked out and thrown into the lower level hold of a so-called “Bride” ship. Not long after waking up with a huge bump on her head, she finds herself about to be auctioned off. It’s really more like a slave auction than “bride” auction and it’s clear from those bidding for the women that they need a worker who clearly won’t live much longer after they are bought, abused, prostituted or enslaved. The reader can feel Hope’s astonishment and fear as the bidding begins for her life’s services. Luke Harcourt is a most unusual man and one wonders why he’s watching the bride auction as it seems he despises the business. He’s a very tender yet strong guy whose sensitivity and compassion, as well as his quick perception about Hope being unable to survive the typical treatment accorded those who come off the bride ship are most unusual for a man in this 1867 British Columbian world. Anyone who lives here has to be very, very tough to survive. However, the trials and tribulations Hope and Luke are about to undergo leave the reader stunned! Luke has promised he won’t touch Hope and obviously this is the story of how they fall in love. Hope is cautious initially and has to learn to trust Luke before that will turn to deep caring and love for him. Physical dangers are not the only threat to Hope’s survival; the animal and natural threats to these settler’s lives are present on every page which certainly captures the attention and total immersion into the story as one never stops wanting to flip the pages to find out what happens next! Luke himself will be kidnapped onto a ship where his life will be in danger and it doesn’t seem like he will be able to escape from the evil, sadistic man who is planning Luke’s demise. To say more about the future of Hope and Luke would be a spoiler for sure! Elaine Dodge has crafted a romance and a historical thriller novel that is ripe for those who thrive on adventures and evolving romance!!! Very nicely done, Ms. Dodge!
REVIEW FROM NY LITERARY MAGAZINE "A brilliant achievement! 'Hartcourt's Mountain' is a gripping, emotion-packed historical romance story with compelling characters, captivating adventures, and a most beautiful, epic love story. Dodge has a talent for painting vibrant scenes and stirring up strong emotions in readers. A well-crafted, immersive, and memorable story sure to appeal to fans of historical romance. 5 stars!" - NY Literary Magazine
Harcourt’s Mountain by Elaine Dodge Life on a mountain in a small cabin would not be easy. Living in that cabin in 1867 would be even less easy. Being a woman who has come from a background she cannot remember but one that has not been lived in a cabin makes this adventure even greater…especially since she has just been purchased by the owner of said mountain the cabin has been built on. Luckily enough the man who bought her, Luke Harcourt, is a gentleman. The two will grow to love one another over the telling of their story and what a story it is! Luke has a past that has seen war, violence, marriage and the loss of his wife and dreams. His trip to British Columbia and ownership of a mountain with an orchard and animals, a small cabin and Indians for neighbors and friends is a far stretch from how he was raised. His trip into town one day sees him observing the purchase of brides shipped in from elsewhere and when his eye falls on one woman he feels compelled to purchase her and in doing so save her from a rather horrible fate. Hope Booker, his purchase, is not sure what to expect. Her memory is filled with holes but it is gradually returning. She has a lot to learn about life on the frontier and willing, without complaint, does so. She is unsure of her role and leery of Luke, the Indians that show up, a wolf that becomes her friend and all big four legged hoofed animals. This is a slow growing romance that I can recommend to everyone it has villains to thwart, terrors to face, family issues to deal with and ultimately an enduring all abiding love that should last forever. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would like to thank the author for the copy shared with me. This is my honest review. 5 Stars