Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Gold Rush Bride Tegan by Linda Shenton Matchett

Book: Gold Rush Bride Tegan

Author: Linda Shenton Matchett

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: February 25, 2022

Tegan Llewellyn has always been different than her adopted family, except for Grandmother Hannah, a prospector during the 1829 Georgia gold rush. Now, seventy years later there are reports of gold in Nome, and the opportunity is too good to pass up. But Tegan doesn’t count on the dangers that strike from the moment she steps off the steamer, including the threat of losing her heart.

Elijah Hunter has prospected for gold all over the US and Canada and likes being on the move. The last thing he expects to find on his latest search is a lady miner who proves to be nothing but trouble. Can he convince her that leaving is for her own good before it’s too late…for both of them?


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Linda Shenton Matchett has become one of my favorite authors. I have read many of her books over the last few years.  Gold Rush Bride Tegan by Linda Shenton Matchett is Book 3 in the Gold Rush Brides series. I have read Book 2 in this series and was excited to Read Book 3. 

Tegan Llewellyn was adopted as a young child and she feels like she never "fit in" with her family. She did feel close to her Grandmother Hannah, who in 1829 was a Gold Miner in the Georgia Gold Rush. Tegan hears of a Gold Rush in Nome, Alaska seventy years later and decides to head to Alaska for an opportunity to follow in her Grandmother's footsteps. Tegan is not prepared for the dangers that lie ahead for her. Elijah Hunter is a very experienced Gold Miner and when he meets Tegan in Alaska, he doesn't think she will make it as a Miner. He also discovers that she can be a troublemaker. Elijah is determined to get her to leave the Gold Mine and town before danger really happens. Elijah also recognizes that he has been drawn to Tegan because of her Fiesty personality. Will Tegan survive the Alaska Gold Mines and strike Gold? Will there be a romance or chemistry between Elijah and Tegan?

WOW,  the storyline was captivating from the very first chapter.  The Era of the Gold Rush has always been intriguing to me. I LOVE how Tegan jumps at the opportunity to follow in her Grandmother's footsteps and goes to Alaska for the Gold Rush in 1899. She is an independent woman and embraces that. Elijah is my favorite character in this book. He is a wonderful man who sees the dangers and wants to protect Tegan whenever needed. Coming to her rescue when she is attacked was a tear-jerking moment.  I LOVE how the author really connects Elijah and Tegan and the romance slowly grows. I also loved how Tegan grew in her Faith throughout this book. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Romance! FANTASTIC BOOK!


Linda Shenton Matchett writes about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry (of Star-Spangled Banner fame) and has lived in historic places all her life. Linda is a volunteer docent and archivist for the Wright Museum of World War II and a former trustee for her local public library. She now resides in central New Hampshire where her favorite activities are exploring the state’s historical sites and immersing herself in the imaginary worlds created by other authors.


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Dear Reader,


I am constantly amazed at the extraordinary things women did over the course of history (mostly done in dresses and skirts until about eighty years ago!). When I stumbled on the fact that women were involved during the gold and silver rushes that occurred in the US and its territories, I knew I had to tell their story.


A significant number of women followed husbands, brothers, or fathers, but an intrepid few set out on their own to find their fortune for as many reasons as there were women. Some went to escape difficult (or abusive) situations at home and others because they felt they had no choice. But there was a small percentage who made their way across thousands of miles for the sheer adventure.


The Nome Gold Rush started 175 years ago in 1898, and was different than previous rushes in that much of the gold was on the beach and could be plucked from the sand without any need for a claim. Later, claims were required to mine gold from the Snake River, and this is when things got dirty.


Initially, the courts upheld original claims, but after some of the “claim jumpers” offered to share proceeds from their invalid claims, a few crooked judges and politicians decided this was a great opportunity to line their pockets. Already guilty of stealing votes and voter intimidation, Alexander McKenzie, National Committeeman for North Dakota headed the pack and created an elaborate scheme with the help of Judge Arthur Noyes. It would take nearly two years for the men to be arrested and brought to trial. I included a fictionalized version of this situation in Gold Rush Bride Tegan.


I visited Alaska before writing Tegan and was overwhelmed by its majestic beauty. The photos I’d seen before the trip didn’t do justice to the reality of the state’s glaciers, mountains, rivers, and forests. Wildlife is so abundant that it literally walked or flew through town giving us “up close and personal” experiences with moose, wild sheep, eagles, and more.


Because of the inaccessibility of much of the state, one in fifty Alaskans hold a pilot’s license as compared to the national average which is one in seven hundred. However, in 1898, prospectors didn’t have that luxury, instead making their way to San Francisco by rail and then either going overland with wagons and mules or up the coast on schooners, either choice a difficult and arduous journey.


It is my hope that Gold Rush Bride Tegan honors the stalwart women who left all they knew for the chance of a lifetime.



Linda Shenton Matchett

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To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Visa Gift Card and signed copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Linda Matchett said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for being part of my tour! I'm thrilled you enjoyed Tegan's and Elijah's story!

Rita Wray said... Best Blogger Tips

Great review, thank you.

Roxanne C. said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds like a good adventure story that ends with a faith-filled love.

Bea LaRocca said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for sharing your awesome review of Gold Rush Bride Tegan, this sounds like a must read book and series for me

Debbie P said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds like a great read and one I will enjoy. Thanks for the review.

Caryl Kane said... Best Blogger Tips

Kendra, Thank you for sharing your excellent review. Gold Rush Bride Tegan sounds epic.

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