In this historical fiction novel, protagonist and narrator Laura Dunagan was born into a gold prospecting family early in the twentieth century. When she was sixteen, she lost her father to a mudslide while he was seeking gold, and thus was sent to Chicago to live with her Uncle Joe. Laura hated having left the gold prospecting business, although she learns that her uncle made a fortune selling insurance, and was in fact the owner of the biggest insurance company in the State of Illinois. While exploring her uncle’s mansion one day, she stumbles upon his personal den, which led to the discovery of a new life that would exceed that of gold-panning back in Alaska. She would ultimately teach Uncle Joe six safety rules for prospecting gold that he could apply to selling insurance, leading to a secret in discovering wealth.
The story opens with Laura being mistaken for a fisherman, what with her wearing waders, when in reality she was selling whipped cream. After her father’s demise, she would have her first experience in riding a train to Chicago, which was for her a unique opportunity. However, she despises the congested traffic of the city, nonetheless arriving at her Uncle Joe’s abode, where she finds that he has a high standing with luminaries such as several Illinois politicians. Initially she detests her new life, often dreaming of being back home in Fairbanks, Alaska, although she slowly but surely adapts to her new life, sharing her knowledge of gold-panning with her uncle that he ultimately applies to his business, leading to success that wavers not until his death. Overall, this is an enjoyable realistic novel, with the afterword demonstrating that the author showed her work, which this reviewer would easily recommend.
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