Sunday, December 11, 2011

Morning's Refrain

Morning's Refrain is the second book in a series of three , The Song of Alaska, written by Tracie Peterson.

As dark family secrets threaten the tranquility of the life he's come to love, Dalton Lindquist must make difficult choices about the future. Dalton’s sister Evie must return to Kansas City to deal with her husband’s death, so he goes along to learn more about his heritage. To complicate matters, he leaves behind a budding romance with Phoebe Robbins, newly arrived in Sitka (as part of the third governor’s entourage) who falls into his life quite literally when Dalton rescues her after she tumbles overboard in the Sitka Harbour. He quickly loses his heart. But Dalton is not the only one who decides to seek Phoebe's attention - his best friend, Yuri Belikov, whose father owns the local boat-building firm where both work, decides to court her when Dalton must travel from Sitka. But when Dalton realizes the depth of his love for Phoebe and returns, there is an estrangement from his best friend and the two friends find that their battle for Phoebe's admiration is only the start of the problems that face them.

Peterson’s second historical inspirational romance set in late-nineteenth-century Alaska builds on the events of Dawn’s Prelude (2009) as they affect the next generation. Evie can move forward with her feelings for local mill owner Joshua Broadstreet, and Dalton will meet his other siblings in order to evaluate their temperaments and intentions for himself. Although critical readers may find some of the characters’ inappropriately modern sensibilities discordant, engaging descriptions of the Alaskan setting and cultural tensions and rapid pacing help the reader enter fully into the drama.

I enjoy the easy reading of this series and the content of Christian life.

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