In 1845, the HMS Vanguard, under the command of Captain William Caulderson, departed England on a voyage of discovery to find a Northwest Passage through the perilous arctic waters separating the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It was never heard from again.
Five years later, Captain David Maxwell of the Serapis sets sail to attempt to recover the Vanguard and determine the fate of his former commander.
Naturalist Embleton Hall is running from demons of his own. He doesn’t expect to find himself drawn to Captain Maxwell--but the two men form a bond that will become essential to their survival.
Together, they'll brave the elements on a long and harrowing voyage to discover the fate of the lost ship Vanguard. But they'll also learn that some secrets are best left frozen in ice.
Here’s what readers are saying about Elyssa Warkentin’s first novel:
“The climax moved me more than anything has in a while. The evocation of love spreading its roots under the surface of taciturn Victorian masculinity, cracking stigma with its survival force, is really beautiful.” - Penny Armstrong
“This is a wonderful, unique story and it will stay with me for a long, long time.” - Lindsey Spitz
“Achingly sweet romance coupled with dangerous clime and the mystery of a lost party on the very edge of human civilization, A Land So Wild is beautifully put together and a must-read for any passionate and adventurous reader.” - Rehfan
“Even if you don't usually read historical fiction, the lush prose, vivid details and incredibly relatable characters make this beautiful, poignant novel one you cannot put down. So, so good!” - Sharon Linsenbach