This series, Yukon Quest, was the first books I've read by Traci Peterson. I've read a lot of historical Christian romance books -- Peterson's books surely didn't disappoint me! The characters in this trilogy were multifaceted and experienced a range of emotions as they encountered challenges in their faith, their family relationships, love relationships and physical hardships of the harsh Alaskan north in the late 1800's.
Traci Peterson did an excellent job researching the historical setting of the Alaskan gold rush at the end of the 19th Century. Her descriptions were so vivid that I was transported myself as I read her books. This era of our American history has not been written about very often, so I felt I received a good history lesson from these books as well!
I also found myself drawn into the challenges the main characters faced in this entire series of books. The plots were not exactly predictable or "neat and tidy"... at the end of each book, I was left with unresolved plots or issues the characters were experiencing. As a warning -- don't sit down with Book 1 unless you have Books 2 & 3 ready to read, because you'll be wishing that you could get to some resolution of the stories of each character!
I loved the strong female protagonists in the story (Grace Hawkins, Karen Pierce, & Miranda Colton), and how they were faced with either faith-shattering or faith-building situations. There are good lessons of faith here -- realistic in their struggles, and yet Peterson does bring each character back to faith (or newfound faith) in God at the end. This was probably the best part of the books for me.
I was disappointed that this was only a trilogy... until I found out that Peterson wrote another trilogy (Alaskan Quest) that follows 2 of the characters (orphaned siblings Leah and Jacob Barringer). I will most likely be staying awake late at night to devour this next series of books!