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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
In Sight of the Mountain is a work of historical fiction set in the late nineteenth century, and it was penned by author Jamie McGillen. Focusing on themes of the liberation of women, the American class system and effects of colonialism, this intelligent and heart-warming novel introduces us to Anna Gallagher at the tender age of nineteen. Time is ticking for this young woman to marry and secure a future for herself, and Anna is not without some options, but her real passion lies at the peak of Mount Rainier. Aiming to be a pioneer for women mountaineers everywhere, Anna pursues her dream in secret, until the day she must risk it all to show the world that she is more than just someone’s bride to be.
In an epic and gripping work of historical fiction with modern sensibilities, author Jamie McGillen gives you everything you could possibly hope for in this inspiring and dramatic tale. Anna is a thoroughly well-developed heroine, not a modern woman thrown into history, but appropriately forward-thinking and authentically brave for her time. The descriptions of the people and attitudes which she faces really convey the class structure and hierarchies of money and gender extremely well, giving a sense of the many cages she must break out of to reach Rainier’s summit. And despite the independent vibe of the tale, there is indeed romance, intelligently and realistically portrayed. Overall, In Sight of the Mountain is the perfect historical read for fans of pioneering heroes and tales of triumph over discrimination.