This book is slow going to begin with (and depressing) but worth it once it gets going.The book follows quite a few years of Beth's life, from when her parents where alive to a few years after arrive at Klondike etc.
My favourite character was Jack. He was the only one (apart from Beth) who didn't annoy me by gambling and drinking too much. Seconds favourite would be Beth and the third would have to be the crazy religious guy that shows up three quarters of the way through.
It does get quite kinky in places, just so you all know! I really enjoyed this book though. I had only ever briefly heard of the Gold Rush and had no idea of what year it was or anything, so I liked this book for the history lesson too. I can now paint an accurate picture in my mind!