1. Under the Midnight Sun #3
    Under the Midnight Sun #3
    Tracie Peterson, Kimberley Woodhouse
    Bethany House / 2019 / Trade Paperback
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great conclusion to Series: Loved the Alaskan Setting
    January 19, 2019
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Under the Midnight Sun #3

    By Tracie Peterson & Kimberley Woodhouse / Bethany House

    I read the first and last book in the Heart of Alaska trilogy.

    Now I'm compelled to find Book 2 and read the series in its entirety. The setting grabbed me first. The characters enjoy the majestic Alaskan outdoors with plenty of hikes and riverside walks. Then there's the bustling activity level at the Curry Hotel. The cast of characters wins you over immediately. You'll just want to keep reading to find out how things turn out for them.

    Just this week, I was reading the devotional publication titled Our Daily Bread. The verse at 1 Thessalonians 5:15 was featured: Here it is: "Always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else." NIV When I read that I thought, "Wow, this describes how the main characters in "Under the Midnight Sun" behaved exactly. They rallied around each other and offered words of encouragement when needed. When more than a listening ear was needed, they met that need. Sometimes babysitting was needed. At other points, characters tied on aprons and helped prep meals for the Curry Hotel's many guests. At the story's close, we see Thomas and Allan go above and beyond to protect Tayler, and allow her to keep working in a job she loves. The generous characters who thought of others thrived. While the unsavory types who were selfish and driven by unworthy ambitions fared miserably.

    The authors, Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse, state at the opening,that this last installment is dedicated to telling Thomas' story. What a story! We first met Thomas when he was an awkward, young orphan taken in by the Curry Hotel Staff. His mix-up's and bungled attempts at completing tasks caused eyes to roll and many snickers. In Book 3, Thomas is a mature andcaring man. You'll love how his story ends. Tayler is a smart sophisticated young woman who is blazing her own trail. She is a protagonist to hold in high regard; one that is most deserving of a happy ending! At the conclusion, some story threads come together as expected. More than a few resolve in a manner that will catch you by surprise.

    I read an advanced reader's copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
  2. Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 17, 2019
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I loved this story. I did not want to put this down. Taylor was such a rebel for these times. I loved that she was quite independent. Thomas was great also. He found a family at the hotel and learned to trust in God to help him. I loved the descriptions of Alaska. It seems like a beautiful state. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
  3. Dunedin, FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An engaging historical novel.
    January 10, 2019
    The Avid Reader
    Dunedin, FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Under the Midnight Sun by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse is the final story in The Heart of Alaska series. Taylor Cole is a naturalist and guide at Yellowstone National Park. She returned home after her father passed away to console her mother, but her mother has dedicated herself to Hale Industries. Mrs. Hale does, though, continue to pressure her daughter to marry Emerson Pruitt to whom she became engaged to ten years prior. After discovering his cheating way, Taylor called off the engagement three years ago. Taylor returns to the job she loves at Yellowstone. When she gets a letter from Emerson stating he is coming to fetch her, Taylor decides it is time to disappear. With the aid of her boss, Taylor obtains a position at the Curry Hotel in Alaska Territory. Thomas Smith has recently graduated from college and returned to the place and people he loves at the Curry Hotel. With a summer full of tourists, Thomas is happy they have hired a new guide to aid Mr. Bradley and himself. They are unprepared for diminutive Taylor who is determined to prove that she can handle the job. Thomas had a bad experience in college with a young woman and it makes him leery of trusting Taylor. The summer will prove to be challenging for the people who live and work at the Curry Hotel. Thomas and Taylor will need to keep their wits about them if they are to navigate through the difficulties that lay ahead of them.

    Under the Midnight Sun is a complex and multifaceted novel. I thought is was well-written with a good flow. The transitions between characters is smooth. I found the story captured my attention and held it. There are multiple characters with Taylor Hale and Thomas Smith being the main focus. We do get to catch up on Colette, Margaret Johnson, Allan and Cassidy Brennan with their busy twin boys, Pastor Wilcox, and Jen-Michel and Katherine. I like that the authors featured a strong female character who has gone to college and is in an unusual profession. I recommend reading the book in The Heart of Alaska series in order. I have enjoyed watching Thomas go from a gangly and clumsy boy to a confident adult with a strong faith in God. Colette has settled into life at the Curry Hotel and finds herself attracted to Dr. Reilly. Margaret Johnson, the cook for the Curry Hotel, finds herself with two suitors much to the staff's amusement. Can Margaret open her heart to a new love? The Christian element is strong in Under the Midnight Sun as our characters pray for guidance and seek the counsel of Pastor Wilcox. There are scripture references and discussions about faith (forgiveness, following God's path for our life, prayer). I enjoyed the beautiful descriptions of Alaska (I would love to visit). I am giving Under the Midnight Sun 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). There are recipes from the Curry Hotel at the end of the book. The ending will leave you with a smile on your face (it is cute and romantic). Under the Midnight Sun is an engaging historical novel that has well-developed characters, intrigue, romance, suspense and humor.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great ending to wonderful series
    January 9, 2019
    The third and final book in the heart of Alaska series is one that is highly recommended to any reader not only the historical fiction lovers. This book is set in Alaska 1929 and has many great aspects. It has suspense and romance which will keep you on the edge of your seat wanting to read more! The redemption from God in this book not only shows how ones faith can be tested but how God himself will always prevail. Lastly the historical content of this book alone can appeal to the interest of many set in Alaska at the Currry hotel in Denali. Tracie and Kimberley paint a picture that makes you want to go visit this area and see it for yourself! As always I hate to see a great series end, but it must come to an end. I would recommend not only this book, but the entire series to everyone!

    I was given this book from the publisher for free and am not being paid for reviews
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    awesome conclusion to this great series
    January 7, 2019
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Unless you read a lot of fiction, you may not understand getting attached to fictional characters....but it happens, especially with a series. In the first book of this trilogy, the authors introduce the then late teens Thomas, a likable clumsy and gangly orphan. He had a crush on the main female character of book #1, but she had other romantic interests, and he was like a brother. The authors may not have planned it, but Thomas became the most liked character of the series, not just by me, but by other readers. This.....finally....is his story.

    Words can be overused at times, and some words used to exaggerate. Awesome may be a word that is overused, but is not an exaggeration for this book. It is no surprise, as this was a great series.

    What's to like?

    The characters:

    There is the already mentioned Thomas, who has been a focused on in the other books, but becomes one of the two main characters in this story. He has to be the most likable person in these books, and there have been several. Then there is the female protagonist, Tayler, trying to make it as a woman in a man's world, and getting push-back from the young college graduate, Thomas. The budding attraction between these two who rub each other wrong for a lot of the time is enjoyable and humorous.

    Others from the previous two books are back, including the grumpy head of the hotel kitchen, Mrs Johnson, and her two would be suitors.....whose antics had me laughing out loud.

    The suspense:

    This isn't suspenseful as the books I usually read, but it does have its suspenseful moments and its not-so-nice guys making an appearance. I always enjoy that in a book.

    The romance:

    I may be a bachelor, but I am a romantic at heart, and have come to enjoy romance in a book, as long as it is done right and not overly gushy or unrealistic. There were actually three romances going on in this book, one that was downright hilarious (mentioned already). The main one involved the hero and heroine of the story, and it was also humorous at times, and very entertaining. I admit I was cheering on Thomas, and hoping and figuring he would get the girl. Spoiler: he does.

    Christian content:

    I have never understood Christian fiction authors who avoid Christian content, or readers who don't like it - and both exist. Woodhouse and Peterson are not afraid to go there, and they go there very well in this book. The main takeaway in that area from this book is forgiveness. Via a fictional preacher, they tackle that subject well enough that I had to say "ouch". It is an area I need help in, and am undoubtedly alone in.

    Plot and setting:

    This book and series was set in the early 1900's at the Curry Hotel, an actual hotel near a railroad and Mount Denali. The authors did a tremendous job of describing the hotel, mountain, and other areas. I feel it is a mark of a great author who can paint a great picture with words and cause the reader to feel they are stepping into the story and seeing what the fictional characters are seeing. And that happened in this book, and the previous two. It caused me to wish I could visit that area some day.

    The Heart of Alaska was a great read, and a true treat to enjoy. I was sad to see it end, but Under the Midnight Sun brought the series to a truly great and satisfying end, and left the recurring characters in a great place to end the book. I definitely recommend this book, and the whole series.

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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