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Book Review: A Slip On Golden Stairs

Review of Joanne Sundell's 'A Slip on Golden Stairs'

September 09, 2019

Who doesn’t love a good, romantic ghost story? Author Joanne Sundell delivers a chilling and thought-provoking tale that captures your heart at the same time you’re listening to haunting voices beyond the grave.

Set in Dyea, Alaska, the story centers around Abby Gray, a young engineering student who accepts an internship position at an archaeological site at a cemetery not far from a ghost town. It’s there the mystery begins and voices are heard. A Slip On Golden Stairs is inspired by an actual EVP (electronic voice phenomena) recording made in the Slide Cemetery in Dyea in which a man can be heard calling, “Abigail…Abigail.” Shortly after hearing the man’s voice calling her name, Abby Gray learns there are portals to all ghost towns. Those portals rarely open but when they do, a person can slip through. Abby slips through.

One hundred nineteen years prior to Abby arriving in Dyea, another woman, Abigail Grayce, wandered the same ground. There wasn’t a cemetery there then, just a boom-town. Abigail was there to climb the “Golden Stairs” and reach the Yukon gold fields. Little did she know she was being pursued by a certain someone who loved her desperately and was afraid for her safety. Abigail slips through a portal too. The lives of the two women and the men who love them intersect and connected in time, but which time? Everyone must be in their proper place before the portal in gold-rush time is sealed shut forever.

A Slip On Golden Stairs is original, moving, and suspenseful.

Reviewed by Chris Enss, COWGIRL Book Editor, and a New York Times best-selling author who writes about women of the Old West.

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