Tuesday, January 1, 2013

"Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska" Review and a new Launch Team Experience and a Giveaway!

About the book: 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 fiancĂ©, 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?

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About the Authors:

Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of four and wife to John. When she finds a break from cleaning up mountains of toys, she is busy writing fictional tales to delight her readers and non-fiction titles to offer encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has thirty-three books to date as well as 500+ magazine articles. She is a two time Carol Award winner, and a Christy award and ECPA Award Nominee. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms To Follow on Twitter by www.SheKnows.com. Tricia is on the blogging team at www.MomLifeToday.com and www.TheBetterMom.com. In addition to her roles as mom, wife and bestselling author extraordinaire, Tricia finds the time to volunteer and give back to her community. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently heads up a Teen Mops Group in Little Rock, Arkansas. Tricia is the creator of www.NotQuiteAmishLiving.com and hosts a weekly radio podcast Living Inspired. Find out more about Tricia at www.triciagoyer.com/
Ocieanna Fleiss has cowritten two historical novels with Tricia Goyer: Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie, Montana and Love Finds You in Victory Heights, Washing­ton. She has written for several publications, including CBA Marketplace and Guideposts, and contributes a bi-monthly column to the Northwest Christian Author. Ocieanna has edited many of Tricia Goyer’s novels and nonfiction titles. An avid historian, she teaches home-schooled junior high students intense history classes involving considerable research and creative methods of bringing history to life. She lives in the Seattle area with her hus­band and their four children.

My Take:

The thing that I really liked about the previous Love Finds You book that I read was how the setting almost became a character in the story.

This was definitely true in Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska.
I have always wanted to visit Alaska, and the setting, people, and small-town atmosphere in this novel came alive and made it just that much more enjoyable.

Along with the setting, what I thought was great about this book was the historical story that was told in tandem with the modern-day one through the letters that Ginny read. My favorite genre is historical, so of course I would be sucked in by that story a little more than the contemporary one. Both plotlines were good, and I liked how they both sort of followed the same path, but the historical story of Ellie and Clay was my favorite part.
There were so many areas of emotion that were explored in this novel that it is hard to hit them all. Both Ginny and Ellie grow tremendously throughout their stories. They learn that who they are in Christ is more important than anything else. This novel also explores forgiveness and grace and how important it is to extend those to others. There are many heartbreaking things that are experienced by Ginny and Ellie in this novel, but they are never without hope.

If I had to name something that was not quite to my liking in this book it would be that Brett seemed a bit too perfect. Everyone loved him, he seemed to do everything right – it was a bit over-the-top. Also, while I really liked the setting and how everyone in the small town worked together and looked out for each other, I had to smile and chuckle a little every time Ginny noted how much she liked the small town atmosphere. Maybe it would be comforting for someone who grew up without a true home and had been living in LA for the past several years. But coming from someone (me) who grew up in a small town and now enjoys living in a much larger town where everyone doesn’t always know your business – well, I just thought it was funny. To each her own. J
Overall, this novel is a heartwarming story (actually two stories in one!) that will sweep you away to Glacier Bay.

I will give Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska … 4 BookWorms.
About the Launch Team:
For 2013, I have been invited to be on the Launch Team for Tricia Goyer's books!
This means that I will be reading and reviewing each of her books that are released this year, and I will be involved in getting the word out for each of these releases.
I am honored and excited to be a part of this Launch Team. So, make sure to keep up with my blog so that you don’t miss any of the exciting giveaways and more that will be happening this year with the 2013 Tricia Goyer Launch Team! J
About the Giveaway:
The giveaway this time is for a copy of Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska. The form will be up in a separate post on January 8th, so check back then to enter to win!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Summerside Press through the 2013 Tricia Goyer Launch Team. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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