To The Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey
In 1885, Alaska is still the Wild West and hasn't been tamed. A soldier is tasked with traversing the Wolverine River with a small band of men bu he has to leave behind his wife as he undertakes this difficult journey. We are told this story through journal entries from the soldier and his wife. We also get some news clippings, pictures, sketches, and even poetry from another member of the mission.
There are difficulties and mysterious happenings along the way to do with the Native Americans who live in the river. The men have to navigate these relationships as well as the wild Wolverine River.
This was an exciting adventure story. You have to give it a a few chapters to draw you in though. I would say this is an example of great historical fiction – I am drawn into a story while also learning about the historical context of the men and women at this time.
Rating: ★★★★★ Book #64 in my My 2019 Reading Challenge