told you about being selected as a launch team member for Tricia Goyer's 2013 fiction releases. Here's my review of her first 2013 release ... it's a good one!
About the book (from the back cover): Sometimes the love we've always wanted is the one we've always had.
Singer Ginny Marshall is one signature away from a major recording contract—a dream come true for a girl still struggling to bury the memories of the past. Wanting to talk to someone with her best interests in mind, she looks up her former fiance, Brett Miller, in Glacier Bay, Alaska. There, the stunning scenery provides a respite from LA's pressures, and Ginny finds community among the charming residents She also discovers a box of old letters and is swept up in the tale of Clay, an early missionary to Alaska, and Ellie, the woman who traveled there to be his children's governess. As their story unfolds, Ginny just might discover that healing and love are sometimes found in the most unexpected places.
My take: It's hard to even find the words to express how much I loved this book! When I realized the book would have both contemporary and historical sections, I was a bit apprehensive—usually in cases like that, I vastly prefer one plot line to the other. But I needn't have worried—I equally loved both sections, and I was just as anxious as Ginny was to learn what happened to Clay and Ellie!
While Glacier Bay is largely the story of Ginny and Ellie, it's also populated with quirky characters in a small town that I'd love to visit. I'd also love to know what happened to some of the minor characters, especially Kelly from the coffee house. Sequel, maybe?
One of the reasons I think this book works so well is that Goyer wrote Ginny's story, and Fleiss wrote Ellie's. This allows each author's writing style to come through, but it still seems cohesive, as Ellie's story is told completely through the letters that Ginny reads.
I'd read many of Goyer's books in the past, but never any that she had written with Fleiss. I'll definitely have to check those out now!
Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska is one of the best books I read in 2012. (Stay tuned for my Top 10 list later this week.) 5 out of 5 stars!
Buy the book.
Buy the authors' other collaborations, Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie, Montana and Love Finds You in Victory Heights, Washington.
Be sure to check back next week for your chance to win this book and other prizes through a giveaway blog hop!
Check out a slideshow from the authors' trip to Glacier Bay:
Ocieanna Fleiss is a published author and editor. She lives with her husband and their four children in teh Seattle area. Learn more about Ocieanna at Ocieanna.com. This is the authors' third book together.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Tricia Goyer's 2013 Fiction Launch Team and received a free copy of this book for review. I was not required to give a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”