Set in the American West
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Released in Fall 2022
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for Eliza Waite
Independent Press Award for Western Fiction
Winner, 2023, Western Fiction
Next Generation Indie Awards
Finalist, 2023, Historical Fiction Pre 1900s
Independent Publishers Book Award
Silver Medal, 2023
West-Mountain Best Regional Fiction
“Gritty and fierce . . . Hardland is a powerful tale.”
“One of the top standalone Westerns of 2022.”(for Hardland)
“Sweeney’s debut novel is a beautifully written work of historical fiction tracing one woman’s life in the wilds of nineteenth-century America. Readers will be immersed in Eliza’s world, which Sweeney has so authentically and skillfully rendered.”
“Meticulously researched, Eliza Waite transports us to the Klondike Gold Rush, where a resourceful young widow searches a more elusive prize: happiness in a re-forged life.”
“So well researched, one can almost feel the cold of winter and the stifling pain inflicted upon the heart and soul of these courageous pioneers.”
“A powerful and gripping tale of survival and triumph over abuse, misogyny, and economic challenges. It rings as true in the 21st century as it did in the time frame in which it is set. A must-read!”
“Ruby is as vivid and unforgettable as characters come, and you’ll find yourself turning page after page as her life unfolds—because in Sweeney’s hands, Ruby’s life becomes as real as your own.”