#BlogTour | #BookReview | THE ANCESTOR by Lee Matthew Goldberg @LeeMatthewG (August 21th 2020) @BlackthornTours

Welcome to our stop on this blog tour. Thank you very much to Lilyan @ Blackthorn Tours and Lee Matthew Goldberg for providing a copy of the book to [K]

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.


A man wakes up in present-day Alaskan wilderness with no idea who he is, nothing on him save an empty journal with the date 1898 and a mirror. He sees another man  hunting nearby, astounded that they look exactly alike. After following this other man home, he witnesses a wife and child that brings forth a rush of memories of his own wife and child, except he’s certain they do not exist in modern times—but from his life in the late 1800s. After recalling his name is Wyatt, he worms his way into his doppelganger Travis Barlow’s life. Memories become unearthed the more time he spends, making him believe that he’d been frozen after coming to Alaska during the Gold Rush and that Travis is his great-great grandson. Wyatt is certain gold still exists in the area and finding it with Travis will ingratiate himself to the family, especially with Travis’s wife Callie, once Wyatt falls in love. This turns into a dangerous obsession affecting the Barlows and everyone in their small town, since Wyatt can’t be tamed until he also discovers the meaning of why he was able to be preserved on ice for over a century. 

A meditation on love lost and unfulfilled dreams, The Ancestor is a thrilling page-turner in present day Alaska and a historical adventure about the perilous Gold Rush expeditions where prospectors left behind their lives for the promise of hope and a better future. The question remains whether it was all worth the sacrifice….


After being frozen in 1898 Wyatt Barlow awakes in modern day Alaska. Discovering Travis on a hunting trip he sneaks a lift into town so he can explore and see what world he has woken up in. The more he investigates, he finds that Travis is a descendant of his and watching his family brings back memories of his own family he left behind to find gold.

When I was offered the chance to read a Lee Matthew Goldberg book I jumped at the chance, as I have loved his previous books I have been lucky enough to read. I found this to be a slightly different style of writing from previous books due to the connection between Wyatt and Travis’ family there was alot more heartache, as Travis’ family was a reminder what Wyatt had lost. I loved that it was all set in Alaska, where the winters are alot more extreme so their are different elements for the characters to battle along with the issues they were having at the time.
I found this to be an engaging story of love, loss and obsession which I wholly recommend reading. 

In answer to Lee’s question as to whether leaving your family to participate in the gold rush was worth it, I have my answer, but you will just have to read the book to find your own 😊


Author Bio:

Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of the novels THE DESIRE CARD, THE MENTOR, and SLOW DOWN. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the 2018 Prix du Polar. The second book in the Desire Card series, PREY NO MORE, is forthcoming in 2020, along with his first Sci-Fi novel ORANGE CITY. 

His new endeavor will be as the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Fringe Press and Fringe Digital, dedicated to publishing fiction that’s outside-of-the-box. 

His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script Pipeline, Book Pipeline, Stage 32, We Screenplay, the New York Screenplay, Screencraft, and the Hollywood Screenplay contests. 

After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared in the anthology DIRTY BOULEVARD, The Millions, Cagibi, The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, The New Plains Review, Underwood Press and others. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series and lives in New York City. 

Follow him at leematthewgoldberg.com

Social Media links:

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You can buy The Ancestor from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

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