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A captivating coming of age novel based on the life of gold rush entrepreneur and Queen of the Klondike, Belinda Mulrooney. This first installment of the Klondike Saga is an engrossing biographical novel that is at the same time, both heart-breaking and soul-soothing, about sacrificing the life you have for the life you want.
At fifteen, Belinda Mulrooney is forced to leave everything she knows and loves when her parents send for her to join them in 1880s America. She is suddenly uprooted from her home with her loving grandparents in rural Ireland to travel to Pennsylvania where her so-called promising new life brings only misery.
Not one to simply sit passively, Belinda runs away from the bleak future her family has planned for her as the wife of a coal miner, to the city. If she can find a job, she can earn enough money to return to Ireland where no one will ever be able to decide her future for her again.
In New York City Belinda finds domestic work for a prominent family and strikes up an unusual friendship with her employer Mrs. Belle Cummings who mentors Belinda in a world much bigger than the one she’s known so far. But when she realizes her comfortable new lifestyle can’t last forever, Belinda must soon make choices not only about returning to Ireland, but also work, love, and the future that will make her a legendary woman of Canadian and American history.