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Love Finds You in Glacier Bay Alaska By: Tricia Goyer and Ocieanna Fleiss

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Singer Ginny Marshall is one signature away from the recording contract of her dreams—a deal that would guarantee success for the former foster child, who still struggles to bury the memories of her painful childhood. But Ginny needs advice from the one person who will look out for her best interests—her former fiancé, Brett Miller. She travels to the remote town of Glacier Bay, Alaska, where the town’s colorful characters and stunning scenery provide respite from LA’s pressures.

In Glacier Bay, Ginny discovers a box of old letters and is swept up in the love story between Clay, an early missionary to Alaska Territory, and Ellie, the woman who traveled there to be his children’s governess. When Ginny is reunited with Brett in Glacier Bay, will she discover—as Ellie did—that healing and love are sometimes found in the most unexpected places?

Goodreads Summary

At first, I wasn’t sure how to react to Ginny and Brett.  How could she just drive away from him?  How could he still be in love with her after all that time that passed?  Ginny seemed nice, but she also seemed too Hollywood.  How could she expect Brett to welcome her and help her make life choices when she had run away from him?  Then later in the story, I realized that I hadn’t been fair to her.  If she had enough real talent to pursue a singing career, why hadn’t Brett been fair-minded enough to stay with her and support her as she took a chance?  Why did he only want a life with her if they kept to their original plans?  His Glacier Bay neighbors thought he was so terrific, but I wasn’t so sure.

Later in the story, both Ginny and Brett put aside their own wants to make their love a priority.  Their love story is mirrored by the love story in the old letters that Brett’s Grandma Ethel pushes Ginny to read.  I often seem to like stories set in the past better than contemporary ones; this book is no exception.  Luckily, there are two stories in this one book. Clay’s reflective journal entries about his first wife show the grief and love he feels for his wife.  Ellie Bell and Clay’s early 1900s romance in the Alaskan wilderness is so sweet and funny; reading about her attempts at cooking, shooting…and the outhouse falling in the river – it’s great!

This is also a story with amazing secondary characters: Ginny’s grandfather, Brett’s grandmother, the gossipy Dove, Janey…and who wouldn’t love the interjections by Nurse Schroeder?  I haven’t been to Alaska; but after reading this book, I hope that I can visit there one day.  A friend who went there was not too impressed by it, but the authors’ descriptions make the wild scenery sound like God’s country.

5/5 stars

*Reviewed by Colleen*

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