Liza has one ultimate goal, she wants to win an Olympic medal, a gold one. She's a talented figure skater and has trained her entire life. She's so close to seeing all of her wishes fulfilled, but when she meets Braden she realizes there's more to life than just skating and winning medals. Braden makes Liza want to have some regular college experiences. She's just existing in her own small world and Braden shows her a whole new side of herself. That doesn't mean Liza's giving up on her dream to win the prize she's always desired. However, is it possible to be in love and skate at the highest possible level?
Gold Rush is a beautiful and interesting romantic story. Liza has always been a good girl. She went through many difficult times in her past and my heart ached for her because of everything she had to endure. She's strong, talented and determined to reach her goals. I admired her courage and persistency. She tries to learn from her mistakes and works very hard to reach her targets. She's a wonderful sweet person as well and I liked her from the start. Being carefree every now and then is something I kept wishing for her to experience and I loved that Braden shows her what it's like to have fun. He's a serious student and he's a cheerful kindhearted guy. He understands Liza and supports her career. They tell each other their biggest secrets and have a special and deep connection. I couldn't wait to find out if Liza would win the Olympics, but also thought that with Braden in her life she's already a really lucky winner.
Jennifer Comeaux writes about figure skating in an impressive way. She skillfully describes Liza's movements and I could easily picture the skating, the dancing, the state of mind Liza has to be in, the nerves she has before an important competition and her anxiety when she's in front of the judges. I loved reading about Liza's drive to be the best she can be. She's humble and she's kind to her fans, which makes her a likeable person for a large number of people. Being in the spotlight isn't always easy though and Jennifer Comeaux writes about her struggles as well as her successes in an equally empathic manner. I absolutely loved that about Gold Rush.
While Liza has worked her whole life to reach one goal, she all of a sudden knows she wants more than just a medal. She doesn't get much support when it comes to Braden, since her parents want her to focus on skating and don't trust her to make the right choices. She stands up for what she believes in and it was fantastic to watch her build her confidence because of it. Besides sports, love and friendship there are secrets of the past Liza has to look into and this detail made the story even more fascinating. Gold Rush is a fabulous romantic story with a nerve-wracking ending that brought tears to my eyes. I definitely enjoyed reading this riveting book.