IN THE SHADOW OF MOUNTAINS

by Alan A Sandercott

Novellete
140 pages. Perfect bound. 5" X 8".
Forthcoming 2019

ISBN 978-0-9866037-3-0

[ Draft copy - March 2019 ]


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  In The Shadow Of Mountains The fictional exploits of Charlie Barnard who followed the Oregon Trail west in 1848, partook of the 49er's California Gold Rush and tried unsuccessfully to settle down. In 1859 he was on British Columbia's lower Fraser River seeking his fortune. Rumours of a gold strike lured Charlie north to the famous Cariboo Gold Rush. He spent several years of back breaking work extracting meager gold dust from along crowded creeks. The long winters he holed up in instant towns filled with gold crazed miners. Plying his skill at poker tables in smoke filled saloons, Charlie soon learned there was more than one way to strike it rich. Following some dangerous brushes with the law he decided to return south. Along the way he befriended a Metis Mule skinner hauling freight between Bella Coola and Fort Alexandria in the heart of the Caribou. With the law on his tail he escaped west through Indian infested wilderness. There he found a special valley where he built a new life in the shadow of mountains.

  1    The Crossing
2    California 1849 Gold Fever
3    Fraser River Gold in 1859
4    North To The Cariboo Gold Fields
5    Fort Alexandria Winter of 1866/67
6    Escape To The West
7    Pursuing A Dream
8    Frenchie's Demise
9    Grizzly Encounter
10    His Life Changes 1881
11    Antoine Getting Old
12    The River Crossing
13    Where's Charlie?
14    Sarah's Brass Bed
15    Clancy Goes To War
16    Sarah's Return North 1956
17    Home Sweet Home

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