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In early 1853, experienced California Trail guide Virginia Reeve is summoned to Boston by a mysterious benefactor who offers her a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: lead a party of 12 women into the wild, hazardous Arctic to search for the lost Franklin Expedition. It’s an extraordinary request, but the party is made up of extraordinary women. Each brings her own strengths a In early 1853, experienced California Trail guide Virginia Reeve is summoned to Boston by a mysterious benefactor who offers her a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: lead a party of 12 women into the wild, hazardous Arctic to search for the lost Franklin Expedition. It’s an extraordinary request, but the party is made up of extraordinary women. Each brings her own strengths and skills to the expedition- and her own unsettling secrets. A year and a half later, back in Boston, Virginia is on trial when not all of the women return. Told in alternating timelines that follow both the sensational murder trial in Boston and the dangerous, deadly progress of the women’s expedition into the frozen North, this heart-pounding story will hold readers rapt as a chorus of voices answer the trial’s all-consuming question: what happened out there on the ice?


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In early 1853, experienced California Trail guide Virginia Reeve is summoned to Boston by a mysterious benefactor who offers her a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: lead a party of 12 women into the wild, hazardous Arctic to search for the lost Franklin Expedition. It’s an extraordinary request, but the party is made up of extraordinary women. Each brings her own strengths a In early 1853, experienced California Trail guide Virginia Reeve is summoned to Boston by a mysterious benefactor who offers her a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: lead a party of 12 women into the wild, hazardous Arctic to search for the lost Franklin Expedition. It’s an extraordinary request, but the party is made up of extraordinary women. Each brings her own strengths and skills to the expedition- and her own unsettling secrets. A year and a half later, back in Boston, Virginia is on trial when not all of the women return. Told in alternating timelines that follow both the sensational murder trial in Boston and the dangerous, deadly progress of the women’s expedition into the frozen North, this heart-pounding story will hold readers rapt as a chorus of voices answer the trial’s all-consuming question: what happened out there on the ice?

30 review for The Arctic Fury

  1. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    3.5 stars Twelve women. The arctic circle. One death. Virginia Reeves, a trail guide, has brought over 400 people across the west in the 1850s. Franklin, a mysterious benefactor, wants Virginia to guide twelve women to the arctic to search for several missing persons. She has to trek across hardships and terrifying circumstances. Entwined with this tale is the aftermath - where Virginia is on trial (not all of the 12 women make it out alive). Simultaneously she's on trial during the "present 3.5 stars Twelve women. The arctic circle. One death. Virginia Reeves, a trail guide, has brought over 400 people across the west in the 1850s. Franklin, a mysterious benefactor, wants Virginia to guide twelve women to the arctic to search for several missing persons. She has to trek across hardships and terrifying circumstances. Entwined with this tale is the aftermath - where Virginia is on trial (not all of the 12 women make it out alive). Simultaneously she's on trial during the "present" storyline for one count of kidnapping and murder. As details are slowly revealed, her past comes back to haunt her. And she soon finds herself sinking... To be honest, this one wasn't nearly what I hoped. I wanted a really gritty survival and it just wasn't it. The characters felt bland, I couldn't sink into the historical aspect of it. It wasn't for me. I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads

  2. 4 out of 5

    Fran

    "Lady Jane Franklin, The Woman Who Fueled 19th Century Polar Exploration...determined and dedicated to the sciences, she dispatched many a vessel to the Arctic." -Lauren Young February 23, 2017 [Atlas Obscura] Lady Jane financed a series of polar missions to search for her husband, famed explorer Sir John Franklin, who failed to return home after setting sail in 1845 to search for a Northwest Passage. "Each...failed expedition [to find Sir John] had been conceived by men, run by men, peopled by me "Lady Jane Franklin, The Woman Who Fueled 19th Century Polar Exploration...determined and dedicated to the sciences, she dispatched many a vessel to the Arctic." -Lauren Young February 23, 2017 [Atlas Obscura] Lady Jane financed a series of polar missions to search for her husband, famed explorer Sir John Franklin, who failed to return home after setting sail in 1845 to search for a Northwest Passage. "Each...failed expedition [to find Sir John] had been conceived by men, run by men, peopled by men entire". According to Lady Jane, "women can do far more than the narrow lens of society deems fitting". To this end, Virginia Reeve, a guide in "the wilds beyond the eastern edge of America...on the frontier..." was selected by Lady Jane in this work of historical fiction. "I propose you lead an expedition to the North to bring back my husband...a great man...the world does not yet recognize his triumph". "To return successful from [the voyage], with full knowledge of the fate of John Franklin, or God willing, John Franklin himself". After agreeing to lead the journey, Virginia Reeve was excited and thrilled "to seek this lost man and his company and find them when no one else could. The impossibility of it was exactly the allure. She should focus on where she was and where she'd be going, not where she'd been...a fresh start...the lingering ghosts of her past... blessedly invisible". Lady Jane would deny any knowledge of this twelve woman expedition she had funded unless they returned triumphant. All preparations would be made through her envoy, Brooks. Eight women had been preselected and Virginia was only allowed to choose the remaining participants. The women chosen included a navigator, a mountaineer, a battlefield nurse, a journalist and a breeder/trainer of sled dogs. Caprice Collins, mountaineer, had a malicious laugh and a condescending attitude. Virginia told her that they would be miles from "ballrooms and silk dancing slippers". "You, Miss Collins, are an arrogant, empty-headed fool...Come to the Arctic, disobey me on the ice, and I'll lay odds you'll never come back". Massachusetts Superior Court, 1854. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts versus Miss Virginia Reeve. The charges: "One count of kidnapping and one count of murder in the death of Caprice Collins. "Five survivors choose to sit in the front row". "The five survivors...she fears the words they may speak when called upon later- not to mention the words of those who chose not to sit in the front row, some with damaging, dark things to say, true or otherwise...". Additionally, "Virginia wants certain survivors to stay away from this trial. She must protect the secrets that are not and never were hers to reveal". In alternating chapters, the women's journey battling the bitter cold Arctic in 1853 is revealed and the subsequent trial of Virginia in 1854. "The Arctic Fury" by Greer Macallister is a riveting work of historical fiction. "Witnesses could do equal harm to [Virginia] through what they said and what they failed to say". "If she and the rich girl [Caprice] sniped...in the calm peace of an overstuffed parlor, how fiercely would their tempers flare when things got rough?" Author Macallister had created a wondrous novel of women's strength and endurance in blistering Arctic weather interlaced with a compelling trial in the aftermath of the journey. "They started in such ambitious optimism...which are the luckier? The ones who came back or the ones who didn't?" Highly recommended. Thank you Sourcebooks Landmark and Net Galley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Diane S ☔

    Love novels set in cold places and consider the Arctic one of the last pure places on our planet. A novel and imaginative plot, blending history with a trial and the strength of women. Jane Franklin hires Virginia, a young woman who has worked as a guide, bringing over 400 people safely to the West. It is the 1850s and women are seldom admired for their strength. Franklin wants to hire Virginia to lead a team of women to the Arctic to search for John Franklin, his men and two ships. She accepts t Love novels set in cold places and consider the Arctic one of the last pure places on our planet. A novel and imaginative plot, blending history with a trial and the strength of women. Jane Franklin hires Virginia, a young woman who has worked as a guide, bringing over 400 people safely to the West. It is the 1850s and women are seldom admired for their strength. Franklin wants to hire Virginia to lead a team of women to the Arctic to search for John Franklin, his men and two ships. She accepts the challenge and what follows are events that will forever change her life, as well as the other women in her party. The novel goes from one location, to another. We get a good look at life aboard the ship, of conditions and the struggles the women face in the Arctic. Deaths, heartbreak and friendships that will endure.These women are formidable and I enjoyed getting to know them. What happens in this cold climate will have severe repurcussions for Virginia. Also a hidden secret of hers, which I thought quite clever of the author, will be revealed. Quite entertaining and definitely immersive. Read it right through and avidly at that. ARC from Edelweiss.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    *Thank you to Netgalley and Sourcebooks for a digital copy of this book. BLOG: https://melissa413readsalot.blogspot.... Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 *Thank you to Netgalley and Sourcebooks for a digital copy of this book. BLOG: https://melissa413readsalot.blogspot.... Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  5. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    Captain Sir John Franklin was a British Royal Navy officer and explorer of the Arctic. His last expedition known as Franklin’s lost expedition (1845-1846) was followed by many searches. One of them (fictional) gives ground for this story. Boston, 1854. Virginia Reeve is accused of “one count of kidnapping and one count of murder” of Caprice Collins, fellow explorer. A year and a half earlier, Virginia arrives at Tremond House in Boston where she meets with Lady Jane Franklin. Lady Jane wants her Captain Sir John Franklin was a British Royal Navy officer and explorer of the Arctic. His last expedition known as Franklin’s lost expedition (1845-1846) was followed by many searches. One of them (fictional) gives ground for this story. Boston, 1854. Virginia Reeve is accused of “one count of kidnapping and one count of murder” of Caprice Collins, fellow explorer. A year and a half earlier, Virginia arrives at Tremond House in Boston where she meets with Lady Jane Franklin. Lady Jane wants her missing husband back and she is forming an expedition composed of women only. Why? “Women can do far more than the narrow lens of society deems fitting.” Lady Jane believes that Virginia, once a guide in California, has the skill and strength for this kind of expedition and to be its leader of twelve women. The proceedings at the court are intertwined with the process of choosing the women for the expedition and what value they bring, and how the expedition progresses. The characters are interestingly developed, revealing their thoughts and feelings in alternating voices. Among them, an observant illustrator, who hopes to be the first one to record the flora of the Arctic. In whatever form it exists since she was never asked to join an expedition to an exotic place with lush vegetation. Once the women disembark the ship and start trekking on land, then there is some sense of place and cold. But I wished for much more of that. The hardship of the Arctic expedition and its fury comes towards the end. And that’s what I was looking forward to experience in this story. I wished it was a bit more of that and started earlier. Nevertheless, the story is masterfully woven with court proceedings and arctic expedition involving engrossing characters. You want to know what happens next. Who will be revealed next taking part in the expedition or who will be called next as a witness in the courtroom. The skillful writing is reflected in the whole story and it also comes through with especially one character, which is not so likeable at the beginning. But once she shows her strength in hard conditions and caring side and defends her situation, then she becomes very likeable. Also, I usually do not like to read about court proceedings, but again the skill with which it is presented makes it very absorbing. Incredibly crafted story of inspiring characters, we deeply care for, bringing one of a kind adventure. P.S. Kudos to cover designer(s) for beautiful cover. Source: ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Walsh

    This is the first book I have read by Greer MacAllister, and it has inspired me to look for her other works of historical fiction. The cover was beautiful and eye-catching. I was mesmerized by this gripping novel inspired by two historical events. It was evident that much research went into this book. Real women of the era also inspired the development of the characters, although none of these people ever journeyed into the Arctic. In two major alternate timelines, we learn the story of an Arcti This is the first book I have read by Greer MacAllister, and it has inspired me to look for her other works of historical fiction. The cover was beautiful and eye-catching. I was mesmerized by this gripping novel inspired by two historical events. It was evident that much research went into this book. Real women of the era also inspired the development of the characters, although none of these people ever journeyed into the Arctic. In two major alternate timelines, we learn the story of an Arctic expedition by an extraordinary group of brave and diverse females, and later a compelling and suspenseful murder trial in Boston over a year following their northern journey. In 1853, Lady Jane Franklin summons Virginia Reeve and gives her a once in a lifetime offer. She has been disappointed that four expeditions led by men have returned after meeting with failure. Virginia is offered the position of leading an all-woman Arctic search party to discover what became of her husband, Sir John Franklin, his two lost ships and his crew. If they succeed, their reward will be greatly enriching. If the women fail, Lady Franklin will deny the expedition ever existed under her sponsorship and disappear from history. There will be no reward for the group. Virginia is known to have an adventurous spirit. She was a trail guide who led settlers westward through the American frontier's rough terrain and mountain passes to Oregon and California. Lady Franklin has selected most of the women for the expedition. Virginia is permitted to choose only two. However, what was planned to be a group of twelve becomes an unlucky number thirteen when an extra woman is stealthily taken onboard. These women have diverse abilities and skills, different social and economic backgrounds, and clashing personalities. Virginia is venturesome and courageous but has doubts about her ability to meld these women into a cohesive group essential in enduring the hazardous and deadly Arctic. She reflects on a previous 'Very Bad Thing' in her past, which haunts her and has shattered her self-confidence. Was the Very Bad Thing the accidental death of a dear friend and confidant on the trail? Or is her secret something much more sinister? The recurrent event that traumatized Virginia is slowly revealed, and it is shocking. The author cleverly hints at a connection to another actual historical event. Very few of the group have a venturous spirit and lack athletic skills but hope to prove themselves in a mans' world. Some are escaping their past or are hoping to improve future prospects. They are all bold and brave. Once the women depart on their voyage northward, they must endure sexism and scorn from the men on the ship. The men despise the idea of 19th-century women asserting themselves in a role not approved by society. There is also racism toward the ship's captain, and the dislike may lead to mutiny by the crew. After reaching their destination, they must proceed on foot through the harsh and treacherous Arctic landscape. The beauty of the north, as well as their dangerous trek, is vividly described. You can feel the chill. They will suffer near starvation, frostbite, blizzards, and endure the long winter darkness in the cold. Not all will survive. The characters are memorable, and so well-drawn they leap off the page. I can see this story being made into a scenic, exciting blockbuster movie if the characters are well cast. That is if large screen movies ever return. A more extended TV series might be better at bringing out the personalities and show the women changing and coming together through hardship and tragedy. The story contains conflict, suspense, mystery, human drama, friendships, and an atmospheric sense of place. The courtroom trial is intense and seems to be set up to end badly for the accused. Highly recommended for readers who enjoy adventure and survival stories and courtroom trials. This book will rank highly among my favourites for 2020.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Greer Macallister’s newest historical novel highlights Virginia Reeve, a California Trail tour guide who is offered the opportunity to lead a group of twelve women into the untamed Arctic in search of a missing expedition of people. A year later, Virginia is on trial when a woman is missing from the search party on its return. Strong women- check, an adventure- big, gigantic check, strong writing, tension, a mystery; it’s all there! I felt like I was along for the ride with this expedition. I thin Greer Macallister’s newest historical novel highlights Virginia Reeve, a California Trail tour guide who is offered the opportunity to lead a group of twelve women into the untamed Arctic in search of a missing expedition of people. A year later, Virginia is on trial when a woman is missing from the search party on its return. Strong women- check, an adventure- big, gigantic check, strong writing, tension, a mystery; it’s all there! I felt like I was along for the ride with this expedition. I think historical fiction fans will love this one. I sure did! I received a gifted copy. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    2.5 Stars. Disappointing....... Well shoot! I was all ready to hunker down and read about an Arctic expedition, but got a story that begins in an 1853 Boston courtroom with a murder trial that reveals within the first couple of pages who lost their lives! Very disappointing start.THE ARCTIC FURY is an experimental expedition of twelve diverse women commissioned by historic figure, Lady Jane Franklin, for the purpose of locating or finding out the truth about her missing husband and the Frankli 2.5 Stars. Disappointing....... Well shoot! I was all ready to hunker down and read about an Arctic expedition, but got a story that begins in an 1853 Boston courtroom with a murder trial that reveals within the first couple of pages who lost their lives! Very disappointing start.THE ARCTIC FURY is an experimental expedition of twelve diverse women commissioned by historic figure, Lady Jane Franklin, for the purpose of locating or finding out the truth about her missing husband and the Franklin expedition. Thus, she hires experienced explorer, Virginia Reeve to seek him out hoping where men have failed, perhaps women would succeed in the wild, hazardous Arctic? (Honestly, I kept picturing these young women in split skirts and high heels.)Anyway, lack of descriptive dress code and preparedness was the second thing that bugged me. I also expected an atmospheric adventure story with more ice/snow time and less ho-hum courtroom jail cell banter.Don't get me wrong, I found some good in this story....several secrets and plot twists surface, (some good, some inane) and there's a flashback story with relevance, but, unfortunately, "the very bad thing" verbiage had zero impact. The last 30% of the novel was the best part for me resulting in a round-up in my rating, but.....Overall, too little, too late.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Thanks to Netgalley and SOURCEBOOKS Landmark for an egalley in exchange for an honest review. Oh, this was such a great story! Ever since I read Woman 99, I have been hoping to read another Greer Macallister historical fiction. I loved the concept of an all women's arctic expedition to search for Sir John Franklin and his crew in the 1850s. The second major storyline of the novel is a sensational murder when one of the women is put on trial, accused of murdering another member of the expeditio Thanks to Netgalley and SOURCEBOOKS Landmark for an egalley in exchange for an honest review. Oh, this was such a great story! Ever since I read Woman 99, I have been hoping to read another Greer Macallister historical fiction. I loved the concept of an all women's arctic expedition to search for Sir John Franklin and his crew in the 1850s. The second major storyline of the novel is a sensational murder when one of the women is put on trial, accused of murdering another member of the expedition. As the novel bounces back and forth between the journey and the trial, I was amazed at how easily the author manages to give us the viewpoints of all twelve women while also never forsaking the voice of Virginia Reeve, the main protagonist. Hands down, Virginia Reeve is my favourite protagonist of 2020! The novel focuses on issues of class structure, sexuality, race and ultimately women's struggle to be themselves and not what society dictates of them. The best part of the novel for me was as members of the expedition head out across the frozen tundra and how they must struggle to survive while also trying to learn to work together. To say more about what I loved even if I just alluded would be too spoiler-ish in nature, but maybe I could just say I liked how the author uses her storyline to refer to something else in history. How's that for vague? Although this one does ask for us to consider the possibilities of " if this could have happened," it certainly satisfied my thirst for a good "adventure novel." Goodreads review published 13/12/20 Publication Date 01/12/20

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anna Avian

    I was expecting an atmospheric and thrilling story about the formidable willpower and resilience of female explorers, determined against all odds to go on an expedition into the Arctic. Sadly, this was anything but that. Most of the female characters felt very one-dimensional and fade into the background. There was a complete lack of descriptions of the Arctic, details on the women’s time ‘on the ice’, how they spent months alone in the wilderness, how they hunted together. There weren’t any det I was expecting an atmospheric and thrilling story about the formidable willpower and resilience of female explorers, determined against all odds to go on an expedition into the Arctic. Sadly, this was anything but that. Most of the female characters felt very one-dimensional and fade into the background. There was a complete lack of descriptions of the Arctic, details on the women’s time ‘on the ice’, how they spent months alone in the wilderness, how they hunted together. There weren’t any details regarding their thoughts, fears and emotions. The focus was more on the social norms and appropriate behavior of women during the 19th century than actual survival. This is ultimately a story about a trial and a woman who has given up hope of being acquitted of a crime she did not commit. The courtroom scenes dragged very slowly and were often annoying and overly dramatic. Everything is eventually revealed in the last 10% of the book and by that time the plot twists have become predictable. The ending felt rushed and mundane.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Karren Sandercock

    In 1853, Virginia Reeve is summoned to Boston by Lady Jane Franklin and she wants her to lead a group of 12 women to the Arctic. Virginia has experience as a guide leading travelers to Oregon and this is a totally different kind of journey into one of the world’s harshest environments. Lady Franklin expects the women to find her lost husband Sir John Franklin, his expedition party and two missing ships. Each of the women is picked for their individual skills; it’s a real mixture of ages, persona In 1853, Virginia Reeve is summoned to Boston by Lady Jane Franklin and she wants her to lead a group of 12 women to the Arctic. Virginia has experience as a guide leading travelers to Oregon and this is a totally different kind of journey into one of the world’s harshest environments. Lady Franklin expects the women to find her lost husband Sir John Franklin, his expedition party and two missing ships. Each of the women is picked for their individual skills; it’s a real mixture of ages, personalities and backgrounds. How would such a diverse group of women get along and would they be able to be formed into a tight and united group needed to undertake such a hazardous trip? The story has an alternating timeline it goes between the journey to the Arctic and eighteen months later in Boston where Virginia is on trial accused of kidnapping and murdering socialite Caprice Collins. The trip north requires meticulous planning; the women will travel some of the way by ship and walk the rest of the way overland. In such an arduous place the women will be pushed to the absolute physical limit, they face huge mental obstacles, past events will haunt them and what really happened miles from civilization and in the frozen barren place? The Arctic Fury has the perfect combination of drama, suspense, mystery and some sinister hints or implications to create an interesting historical fiction story; I highly recommend reading it and five stars from me. https://karrenreadsbooks.blogspot.com/

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    I love this adventure story! I may be biased. I also adore the cover AND the title. I love stories with this backdrop - winter, ice, and snow. The majority of the characters are female (all female Arctic group of 13) and the elite Lady Franklin who financed the expedition. The story is told in two timelines; during the Arctic journey and a year later in Boston court where Virginia, the women's expedition leader is on trial for murder. The expedition to find what became of the original group led I love this adventure story! I may be biased. I also adore the cover AND the title. I love stories with this backdrop - winter, ice, and snow. The majority of the characters are female (all female Arctic group of 13) and the elite Lady Franklin who financed the expedition. The story is told in two timelines; during the Arctic journey and a year later in Boston court where Virginia, the women's expedition leader is on trial for murder. The expedition to find what became of the original group led by Lord Franklin and his sailors didn't make a whole lot of sense. Prior to the all female group there were four other failed attempts so... we'll show them? Yea okay... Most of these ladies have no experience whatsoever. There's no in depth survival story. But for entertainment this was good. I did like the twist and the ending. I do want to read The Terror, Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition and Erebus: One Ship, Two Epic Voyages, and the Greatest Naval Mystery of All Time. If you know other great books about the Franklin Expedition please leave a comment! ❤️🙏🏻

  13. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    "Men," said Lady Franklin, not with rancor but still investing the word with a sharp importance. "Each of these failed expeditions has been conceived by men, run by men, peopled by men entire." Lady Jane Franklin has made an offer to the adventurous Virginia Reeve to take up the challenge of locating the lost crew of her husband in the Arctic. The explorers manned (Did I actually say that?) by Lord Franklin and his ship mates has not been heard from in some time. Lady Jane fears the worst but nee "Men," said Lady Franklin, not with rancor but still investing the word with a sharp importance. "Each of these failed expeditions has been conceived by men, run by men, peopled by men entire." Lady Jane Franklin has made an offer to the adventurous Virginia Reeve to take up the challenge of locating the lost crew of her husband in the Arctic. The explorers manned (Did I actually say that?) by Lord Franklin and his ship mates has not been heard from in some time. Lady Jane fears the worst but needs proof of their demise. Greer Macallister introduces us to Virginia Reeve at this point and leaves Virginia in the shadows of her elusive background. Macallister cracks open only a slight slit into Virginia's qualifications into such a heavy undertaking. She does reveal that Virginia has made her bones in Westward treks all the way to California and isn't afraid to take on a direct prodding to her sense of adventure in the 1850's. But Lady Jane has set her own boundaries in the lead-up to this new expedition. It must include a dozen women.....the majority of them hand picked by Lady Jane herself. This exasperates Virginia as to Lady Jane's particular choices. Virginia holds the responsibility in her own hands regardless of Lady Jane's decisions. And here lies the jagged pieces that must mesh in order to make this expedition successful. If you've read Greer Macallister's Woman 99, you know that Macallister possesses a superb handle on turning out characters with backstories and wills of iron. She lets droplets of dark secrets permeate her storyline in the most unexpected ways. We'll find out hidden nuggets about Virginia as this story widens its scope. Macallister flips the story back and forth from Virginia's previous life to the present. Then she leads the readers to a crashing crescendo of a courtroom trial involving Virginia holding the remnants of this ill-fated expedition. "If someone slapped her, she could slap them back. Not that violence conducted by women was considered acceptable by men in any case, but if she'd learned anything on this journey, it was that when women stopped worrying about what was acceptable and what wasn't, they were capable of nearly anything." No truer words ever spoken.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    When you read the words arctic fury, what do you see? Though covers and titles alone should not be the prime determination to read a book often it's what draws me in. A concise description also helps, one that tells enough but doesn't tell it all. Arctic Fury was immediately on my list. The title evoked thoughts of cold, ice and nature's fury. The brief descriptions also promised a different kind of fury, one of a band of thirteen resilient women led by a fierce leader charged to find a lost exp When you read the words arctic fury, what do you see? Though covers and titles alone should not be the prime determination to read a book often it's what draws me in. A concise description also helps, one that tells enough but doesn't tell it all. Arctic Fury was immediately on my list. The title evoked thoughts of cold, ice and nature's fury. The brief descriptions also promised a different kind of fury, one of a band of thirteen resilient women led by a fierce leader charged to find a lost expedition and husband of a wealthy Bostonian woman, Lady Jane Franklin. Told in dual timelines, one, the expedition of 1853, the other, 1854, in which the leader, Virginia Reeve, is on trial for the murder of one of those in her group. As five are seated in the front row of the courtroom, and Virginia sits at her table, we are taken back that one year to the expedition itself. Though only five remain to support Miss Reeve at trial, the story is brought to life for the reader through each of the thirteen women's voices. It is these voices that captures both their strengths and frailties; these that determine their balance on the cusp of life or death. What did it take for survival? And what of Virginia Reeve and her trial? Arctic Fury is historical fiction. It is worth delving into Author, Greer Macallister's inspiration, motivation and research for this fine book. As always, the sparks of history portrayed here have me scrambling to read about the truth that makes this fiction all the more compelling. My sincere appreciation is expressed to Sourcebooks Landmark, Author, Greer Macallister, and Edelweiss for providing Arctic Fury for my honest review. Publication Date December 1, 2020.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kerrin P

    **Now Available** The Arctic Fury by Greer Macallister begins in October 1854 in the Massachusetts Superior Court, Boston. Virginia Reeve is on trial for the kidnapping and murder of Caprice Collins, a wealthy Boston adventurer. As she gazes out into the courtroom, she sees five (5) women on the front row, who are there to support her. They too are survivors of the failed arctic expedition that resulted in Caprice Collins’ death. The Collins family controls a local newspaper, and the stories have **Now Available** The Arctic Fury by Greer Macallister begins in October 1854 in the Massachusetts Superior Court, Boston. Virginia Reeve is on trial for the kidnapping and murder of Caprice Collins, a wealthy Boston adventurer. As she gazes out into the courtroom, she sees five (5) women on the front row, who are there to support her. They too are survivors of the failed arctic expedition that resulted in Caprice Collins’ death. The Collins family controls a local newspaper, and the stories have called Virginia “The Arctic Fury”. The novel then goes back to April 1853 when Virginia is mysteriously asked by Lady Jane Franklin ( a real historical figure) to lead a group of 11 other women on an arctic expedition to find her missing husband, Sir John Franklin, a British naval explorer. Lady Franklin thinks a group of women might find success where the British navy has failed. As it turns out, Caprice Collins decides to bring her maid, making the number an unlucky 13. Lady Jane is very careful to make sure that there is no evidence of her involvement. After their initial meeting, all communication is done through her male associate, Brooks. None of the other women chosen met either Lady Jane or Brooks. At the time of trial, Lady Jane, who is in England, denies knowing Virginia or funding the expedition. Unfortunately, Virginia’s appointed attorney was most likely paid for by the Collins family and is entirely incompetent. As the trial progresses, the novel's chapters go back and forth between it and the expedition, until the real truth is finally revealed. The reader also learns why Virginia and the other women would want to go on such a journey to this frozen land. For most, it is much more than the reward money if they succeed. 5-Stars for this combination of suspense and legal thriller. Book Club recommended. This book will be published on December 1, 2020. Thanks to #Netgalley and #Sourcebooks Landmark for my advanced reader copy.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    In 1986, Ann Bancroft gave up her special education and physical education teaching positions in Minneapolis to participate in Will Steger’s North Pole Expedition, which reached the Pole by dogsled in 56 days. Six years later, she led a four-woman expedition to the South Pole on skis, making her the first woman to accomplish both feats. Greer Macallister’s The Arctic Fury is a work of historical fiction involving thirteen women engaged in the pursuit of a similar, much more difficult challenge. T In 1986, Ann Bancroft gave up her special education and physical education teaching positions in Minneapolis to participate in Will Steger’s North Pole Expedition, which reached the Pole by dogsled in 56 days. Six years later, she led a four-woman expedition to the South Pole on skis, making her the first woman to accomplish both feats. Greer Macallister’s The Arctic Fury is a work of historical fiction involving thirteen women engaged in the pursuit of a similar, much more difficult challenge. The year is 1853 in Boston. Adventurer Virginia Reeve is summoned to the stately home of Lady Jane Franklin. Lady Franklin offers Virginia an unusual proposal – to lead an all-female expedition to the frozen wilds of the far north in search of her husband, his missing ship, and crew in the Arctic. Four previous expeditions have failed. Perhaps women can succeed where men have not. Most of her team is chosen for her; she is allowed to pick but three of twelve. There is a reason for the extra woman, which I will leave readers to discover for themselves. Chapters alternate between the women of the expedition in 1853 and the trial in 1854. Yes, one year later, Virginia Reeve finds herself on trial for murder. Five survivors of the long, hard trek sit in the front row of the courtroom every day and are called as witnesses. What did they see? What did they experience? What happened during those long, hard, cold, dark days and nights out on the ice? Greer Macallister establishes the events brilliantly. She introduces the characters one by one. Each woman has strengths that will aid the team along the way, as well as weaknesses that could prove detrimental. One woman, in particular, spells trouble from the start, because she and Virginia clash from the moment they meet. There is a lengthy stretch of time spent aboard a whaler, which serves as their transport ship. This proves to be a major part of the adventure, long and tedious, but not without danger or trouble. I came to love the ship’s captain; he seemed to have just the right temperament for the long haul. What better way for each woman to learn the depth of her own character? Her strengths, her weaknesses, her longings, her passions? How far would any one of them go to survive? How far would any go to save another? The women are strong; there is some gender bending that would have been quite rare and certainly very taboo for the times. I applaud Ms. Macallister for daring to go there. She seems to have done her research about the trek and the Arctic quite well. I truly felt the cold and the exhaustion that these women were suffering! The author finds the perfect balance between fictitious adventure mixed with historical fact and throws in suspense every step of the way so that I wanted to keep turning page after page. What really happened? What will happen to Virginia in the end? This was actually a nail-biter until the end, and I was somewhat surprised by the turn of events. If you love cold-weather thrillers and adventure, I highly recommend Arctic Fury . I wish to thank NetGalley, Sourcebooks Landmark, and the author for granting my wish to receive this copy as an ARC in exchange for my unbiased, honest review. 5 stars

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kristina McMorris

    I was fortunate enough to get an early peek for a cover quote and was sucked in from the very first sentence: "In the front row sit the survivors." See what I mean?? My two cents: In her latest gem of a historical novel, Greer Macallister once again entrances the reader with her gift of riveting prose and finely crafted suspense. Equal parts courtroom drama and literary thriller, THE ARCTIC FURY bears all the twists and turns of a runaway train, barreling through an expedition as harsh and unrel I was fortunate enough to get an early peek for a cover quote and was sucked in from the very first sentence: "In the front row sit the survivors." See what I mean?? My two cents: In her latest gem of a historical novel, Greer Macallister once again entrances the reader with her gift of riveting prose and finely crafted suspense. Equal parts courtroom drama and literary thriller, THE ARCTIC FURY bears all the twists and turns of a runaway train, barreling through an expedition as harsh and unrelenting as the Arctic north itself. The diverse cast of female survivors, while haunted by impossible choices, serves as a timely reminder of the hope born in darkness and the enduring bonds of sisterhood. A remarkably unique and mesmerizing read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

    Captivating, atmospheric, and immersive! The Arctic Fury is an emotive, absorbing novel set in the mid-1850s that sweeps you back-and-forth between a Boston courtroom where Virginia Reeve is on trial for the kidnapping and murder of socialite Caprice Collins, one of twelve women who embarked on a northern expedition to find the missing Sir John Franklin, and the icy, cold, Arctic where friendships were formed, life was lost, secrets surfaced, and past tragedies haunted. The writing is vivid and ex Captivating, atmospheric, and immersive! The Arctic Fury is an emotive, absorbing novel set in the mid-1850s that sweeps you back-and-forth between a Boston courtroom where Virginia Reeve is on trial for the kidnapping and murder of socialite Caprice Collins, one of twelve women who embarked on a northern expedition to find the missing Sir John Franklin, and the icy, cold, Arctic where friendships were formed, life was lost, secrets surfaced, and past tragedies haunted. The writing is vivid and expressive. The plot is well crafted and uses a past-present style to create tension, suspense and emotion as it unravels all the histories, personalities, and relationships within it. And the characters are unique, troubled, and scarred; with the setting, the arctic wilderness, being a character itself with its harsh weather, isolation, and physical challenges. Overall, The Arctic Fury, loosely based on real-life events, is an intense, unique, gripping novel that reminds us that survival of any form takes unimaginable sacrifice, strength, courage, and often ethical and moral dilemmas. Thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark for providing me with a copy in an exchange for an honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Pam Jenoff

    Incredible story inspired by true events about Virginia Reeve, who was sent by Lady Jane Franklin to lead an team of a dozen women to the Arctic to find out what happened to the lost expedition of Franklin's husband. A year later, Reeve is charged with murder and dark questions swirl about what happened on the ice. How can you not want to read that?? Incredible story inspired by true events about Virginia Reeve, who was sent by Lady Jane Franklin to lead an team of a dozen women to the Arctic to find out what happened to the lost expedition of Franklin's husband. A year later, Reeve is charged with murder and dark questions swirl about what happened on the ice. How can you not want to read that??

  20. 4 out of 5

    Renae

    Stopped reading at 31%. I am highly skeptical that this author even bothered to research criminal procedure and the rules of evidence prior to writing this book—which is literally about a murder trial. As soon as the prosecution put a random “professor” on the stand to testify generally as to the sufficiency of the evidence (most of which was not yet received!), I freakin’ lost my mind. Did the Federal Rules of Evidence exist in 1854? No. But one quick and easy search on Westlaw for the word “evid Stopped reading at 31%. I am highly skeptical that this author even bothered to research criminal procedure and the rules of evidence prior to writing this book—which is literally about a murder trial. As soon as the prosecution put a random “professor” on the stand to testify generally as to the sufficiency of the evidence (most of which was not yet received!), I freakin’ lost my mind. Did the Federal Rules of Evidence exist in 1854? No. But one quick and easy search on Westlaw for the word “evidence” in all Massachusetts legal opinions prior to 1900 shows plenty of existing caselaw on the admissibility of hearsay testimony, expert testimony, etc. The author didn’t even try to get it right. One quick call to a local law college’s library could have helped her create a trial atmosphere that was exciting and realistic. Instead? We got this. Not to mention the text mentions that the victim’s family have hired the prosecutor to bring the case against the protagonist—AKA, this is a “private prosecution.” However private prosecutions in Massachusetts were declared void in 1849 and were formally outlawed in 1855. (It took me 2 seconds to search for that, FYI). So, basically, from a legal standpoint, any conviction resulting from the protagonist’s trial is void, because a privately retained prosecutor, rather than a public employee, brought it. Again, did the author even try? Then we have scenes where the defense attorney is the most incompetent attorney ever to exist, and who basically says they’re unable to put up any sort of defense unless the protagonist “tells him the truth.” So we see him (a) failing to submit an opening argument and (b) failing to cross-examine a witness. WHAT?! No. It is a criminal defense attorney’s job to cast doubt on the prosecution’s witnesses and poke holes in their testimony, not pout and refuse to conduct cross because their client isn't communicating with them. (Surprise, bitches: a lot of criminal defendants do NOT speak with their appointed public defenders at any point in the proceedings, but that doesn’t absolve the attorney of their duty to rigorously defend their client.) So, basically, most incompetent and unrealistic defense attorney ever here. And all of this completely unresearched, inaccurate murder trial shit takes place against one of the flimsiest plot conceits ever to exist. A rich British woman assembles a team of 12 strangers to go and rescue her husband, who’s (apparently?) lost somewhere in the Arctic. None of these women have ever been to the Arctic, none have experience with search/rescue missions, and they all set off about a week after being hired to do this. Is this supposed to make sense to anyone? Of course the expedition goes badly—look how stupidly arranged it all was! The author’s note states that “When I first considered writing a book about an all-female Arctic expedition in the nineteenth century, I feared it might be too far-fetched.” Ma’am, the issue is not that an all-female expedition is far-fetched; the issue is that sending these women on an expedition, with no advance preparation of any kind, is so beyond far-fetched that it becomes ludicrous. I can’t, I just can’t. Not one part of this book makes logical sense. The author wants things to be exciting, so she sends unprepared, random women up to Arctic Canada. The author wants the trial to be “emotional,” so she combines an incompetent defense attorney with a bunch of hand-wavy evidence that “proves” the protagonist was guilty. (Never mind that none of that evidence would have been admissible in the manner presented.) I’m sure there were several “exciting plot twists” coming my way if I had kept reading. But I simply couldn't keep sitting through a trial that was so blatantly disinterested in procedural accuracy. So, nah. 📌 . Blog | Review Database | Twitter | Instagram |

  21. 4 out of 5

    ♥ Sandi ❣

    4.25 stars This story is a bit of a flip on the normal, by one great author Greer Macallister. Based on the truth it is about an expedition to the Arctic in 1853. However this expedition was women, all women, lead by a woman. Their goal was to find the lost Franklin expedition and explicitly find John Franklin for his wife, Lady Jane Franklin. There were many hardships on this trip for the 13 women, the least of which was putting 8 women off their ship, early, onto the ice, to prevent a mutiny. D 4.25 stars This story is a bit of a flip on the normal, by one great author Greer Macallister. Based on the truth it is about an expedition to the Arctic in 1853. However this expedition was women, all women, lead by a woman. Their goal was to find the lost Franklin expedition and explicitly find John Franklin for his wife, Lady Jane Franklin. There were many hardships on this trip for the 13 women, the least of which was putting 8 women off their ship, early, onto the ice, to prevent a mutiny. During this time at least 3 women were 'lost' to the Arctic. However only one family asked for justice and took the expedition leader to trial for the 'murder' of their daughter, by the very man who funded the expedition. This book is told in two separate stories - the actual preparation for and the fearless expedition itself and then the trial of Virginia Reeve the expedition leader. This was a page turner, as all of Macallister's books are. The characters are strong, the story moves right along and the plot is solid. Macallister does admit to taking some leeway with the story and explains what it was and why. The book is fiction - good solid enjoyable fiction.

  22. 4 out of 5

    MaryannC. Book Freak

    3.75 actual stars Set in the 1850's after Lady Jane's husband Sir John Franklin goes missing during a famous expedition in 1845, she dispatches a secret group of women to bring her husband home. After other failed attempts, Lady Jane believes that women can accomplish the task of finding her husband and chooses Virginia Reeve, a woman already hardened by harsh conditions who survived the tragic Donner's Party to lead the expedition. A year later Virginia during a sensational trial for essentially 3.75 actual stars Set in the 1850's after Lady Jane's husband Sir John Franklin goes missing during a famous expedition in 1845, she dispatches a secret group of women to bring her husband home. After other failed attempts, Lady Jane believes that women can accomplish the task of finding her husband and chooses Virginia Reeve, a woman already hardened by harsh conditions who survived the tragic Donner's Party to lead the expedition. A year later Virginia during a sensational trial for essentially the murders of some of the women who did not return Virginia finds herself in jail recounting the tragic events that unfolded on this ill-fated journey. This was a fascinating, reimagined premise about a group of strong women determined to undertake perilous conditions in an attempt to accomplish what no man had done and the woman who led them. Reading the author's notes, there was a real life Virginia Reeve who was just 13 when her family journeyed to California during the Donner's Party tragedy which makes this for me all the more interesting. Kudos to the author for this new take on The Franklin Expedition featuring women. Thanks to author Greer Macallister for granting my wish on NetGalley.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Penny (Literary Hoarders)

    (2.5 stars if I'm to be entirely honest). I was highly anticipating this one and delighted when my wish was granted by Netgalley to be an early reader. I'm just terribly sorry I'm not the one to perhaps provide the review they might have been hoping for. I had already read Lady Franklin of Russell Square which has a similar premise, although focused on Lady Franklin herself and her undying devotion to finding her husband Sir John Franklin and his Arctic expedition. Here, in Arctic Fury we briefl (2.5 stars if I'm to be entirely honest). I was highly anticipating this one and delighted when my wish was granted by Netgalley to be an early reader. I'm just terribly sorry I'm not the one to perhaps provide the review they might have been hoping for. I had already read Lady Franklin of Russell Square which has a similar premise, although focused on Lady Franklin herself and her undying devotion to finding her husband Sir John Franklin and his Arctic expedition. Here, in Arctic Fury we briefly meet Lady Franklin again as she commissions a 12-person entirely female team to find Sir John. This story is told mainly through courtroom flashbacks, as the leader Virginia is on trial for the murder of one of the other team members. I thought the courtroom drama aspect of this story would engage me, but it did not. This is another dialogue-heavy book, and the lack of vivid descriptions of the Arctic and this teams trials in any detail beyond the surface sadly bored me. The potential here was strong, but for me the focus on instead dialogue and not on description led me to rate it what I have. Bummer.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bookworm Extraordinaire

    Hmmmm, this book is a little hard to review. On one hand, it kept me intrigued and turning the pages (I finished it in two days!). On the other hand, when I read the last line I couldn't help but think "that's it?!" I think perhaps my expectations got the better of me with this one. I was expecting an atmospheric rich in a detailed story about an all female expedition into the Arctic. Unfortunately for ME, that was the weakest part of the book. It's like the author glossed over that part in favo Hmmmm, this book is a little hard to review. On one hand, it kept me intrigued and turning the pages (I finished it in two days!). On the other hand, when I read the last line I couldn't help but think "that's it?!" I think perhaps my expectations got the better of me with this one. I was expecting an atmospheric rich in a detailed story about an all female expedition into the Arctic. Unfortunately for ME, that was the weakest part of the book. It's like the author glossed over that part in favor of the courtroom parts of the book. I had the same issue with the "twist" thrown in about Virginia's past. It needed more fleshing out, and as it stood, really had zero effect on the overall story. My last issue was that the ending felt rushed and very abrupt. If ever a book would have benefited from an epilogue, it would be this one. I was invested in these ladies and would have loved to get a peak at what the future held for them all. So definitely a mixed bag. Worth the read, but not without some issues.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn Green

    The writing in this book had me highlighting my Kindle in several places for the beautiful turns of phrase. I always love it when a book shows me new ways to describe emotions or the world we live in. The Arctic Fury had a cast full of fascinating characters, any one of whom could support an entire novel, I'm sure. I was disappointed that I barely got to know any of them. My enjoyment of the book would have been even greater if I had felt a deeper connection. Virginia, the main protagonist is pre The writing in this book had me highlighting my Kindle in several places for the beautiful turns of phrase. I always love it when a book shows me new ways to describe emotions or the world we live in. The Arctic Fury had a cast full of fascinating characters, any one of whom could support an entire novel, I'm sure. I was disappointed that I barely got to know any of them. My enjoyment of the book would have been even greater if I had felt a deeper connection. Virginia, the main protagonist is presented to us as an angry woman but we know very little of her past until the secret of "the Very Bad Thing" that happened along her trek to California when she was 13 is revealed to us. I wish that had been explained much earlier in the book, and with greater detail. Some of the plot points didn't hold water for me, and there were some anachronistic elements that threw me off, as well, including some 21st-century western worldviews given to characters living in 1853. Overall, I liked the novel, I just didn't love it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Karen R

    This is my fourth Greer Macallister book and another great adventure involving a strong, trailblazing woman. I admired the determined and disciplined Virginia Reeve who while internally grappling with her past, is about to lead an all-female expedition into the frozen Arctic on a recovery mission for two lost Royal Navy ships. She must stay sharp as twelve women are depending on her. She knows none of the women she will be leading as they were chosen by Lady Jane Franklin who is funding the secr This is my fourth Greer Macallister book and another great adventure involving a strong, trailblazing woman. I admired the determined and disciplined Virginia Reeve who while internally grappling with her past, is about to lead an all-female expedition into the frozen Arctic on a recovery mission for two lost Royal Navy ships. She must stay sharp as twelve women are depending on her. She knows none of the women she will be leading as they were chosen by Lady Jane Franklin who is funding the secret expedition. Imagine Virginia’s surprise when a thirteenth woman shows her up after the long journey, snuck on board by rich and spoiled Caprice Collins. Logistics need to change. Caprice is a force to be reckoned with, someone I thought could in a blink sabotage the mission and endanger the women. The chapters alternate between the expedition timeline beginning April 1853 and a murder trial in October 1854 in which Virginia has been accused of Caprice Collins’ death. There is a smooth transition between the two timelines and the entire narrative well organized. It is interesting to note that the author cast each woman by researching real-life inspirations of the nineteenth century. Her complex characters jump off the page. Thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kim Richardson

    Oh how I loved The Arctic Fury, it gives all the feels!! An unforgiving, snow-dazzling landscape, a cast of extraordinary, fierce women, and a nail-biting courtroom drama that wrecked my nails makes this historical gem unputdownable! Thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark for the opportunity to read this unforgettable ARC!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kendra

    In this novel, told through a courtroom drama and flashbacks, a young woman is in trial for the death of one of her companions in a catastrophically bad expedition to the Arctic. Virginia Reeves is hired by a wealthy woman whose husband and his crew have disappeared in the Arctic. Reeves's background is as a guide for colonists in the American West, which does not make her the right person to lead this expedition, as the novel shows: she's not a good leader or planner in almost every situation t In this novel, told through a courtroom drama and flashbacks, a young woman is in trial for the death of one of her companions in a catastrophically bad expedition to the Arctic. Virginia Reeves is hired by a wealthy woman whose husband and his crew have disappeared in the Arctic. Reeves's background is as a guide for colonists in the American West, which does not make her the right person to lead this expedition, as the novel shows: she's not a good leader or planner in almost every situation the author throws at her. Ultimately, members of the expedition die, Reeves is charged, and as her trial takes place, various secrets come to light. For a book about the Arctic, there's remarkably little about the expedition's time there; and there's nothing that gives us any indication of why Reeves gets her nickname of "The Arctic Fury." There's even less about most of the other expedition members, and not nearly enough about their relationships to get any real sense of how they all operated together, or why these relationships cause such hand-wringing in Reeves's mind. In short, this is a novel trying, perhaps, to be a bit gothic, but which just left me wondering why all of the characters were so incompetent and why I should care about any of them.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Laura • lauralovestoread

    The Arctic Fury is going down as one of my favorite historical fiction reads for 2020!! I loved the 1850s setting taking me on a journey to the Arctic with an all-female expedition, and was just completely entranced with the concept of this adventure. I can’t even imagine what that experience would have been like, and I thoroughly enjoyed this book so much. The characters we’re all written with so much depth and backstory, and I also loved the dual storyline of the murder trial as Virginia is bein The Arctic Fury is going down as one of my favorite historical fiction reads for 2020!! I loved the 1850s setting taking me on a journey to the Arctic with an all-female expedition, and was just completely entranced with the concept of this adventure. I can’t even imagine what that experience would have been like, and I thoroughly enjoyed this book so much. The characters we’re all written with so much depth and backstory, and I also loved the dual storyline of the murder trial as Virginia is being accused of. I notoriously haven’t loved a court room thriller but this combo worked so well and the story has stayed with me since reading. *many thanks to Sourcebooks for the gifted copy for review. All opinions are my own

  30. 4 out of 5

    KarenK

    I received this from Netgalley.com. "A dozen women join a secret 1850s Arctic expedition—and a sensational murder trial unfolds when some of them don't come back." Good story, it's amazing what women in that era put themselves through to show they were as strong or stronger than men. I like Greer Macallister and have read several of her books. 3.5☆ I received this from Netgalley.com. "A dozen women join a secret 1850s Arctic expedition—and a sensational murder trial unfolds when some of them don't come back." Good story, it's amazing what women in that era put themselves through to show they were as strong or stronger than men. I like Greer Macallister and have read several of her books. 3.5☆

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