Harcourt's Mountain - "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
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. After art college, where she trained as a designer, Elaine worked in the design, advertising and local and international broadcast television industries. She is now a freelance content creator and loving it. Although she has been an avid reader and day-dreamer since she was three years old, it was only a few years ago that Elaine discovered all she ever really wanted to do was tell stories. She feels most alive when she's writing, and loves letting her imagination run riot. Now, storytelling is one of her greatest delights. The other is white-water.
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?