Gywn Hillerman likes life just the way it is. She gets immeasurable satisfaction working alongside her father in his medical clinic in 1930’s frontier Alaska. She associates change with the pain and suffering that came when her mother abandoned them for the more civilized city of Chicago. However, due to FDR’s Matanuska Project, change is what comes when two hundred settlers invade her beloved Alaskan valley searching for a new beginning. And they aren’t the only ones….
Under the suspicion of murder, a brilliant young doctor, Jeremiah Vaughan, arrives in Alaska seeking a fresh start after his medical license is revoked. Not able to deal with an uncertain future, his fiancée breaks their engagement. To escape his past, he joins his unsuspecting mentor, Dr. Hillerman, in Alaska. But will his past threaten his future? Will he ever find love again?
I have always been a fan of historical fiction, and the setting in which the novel is placed intrigued me from the start. The well-researched details were informative and entertaining, and also gave it credibility. The authors, Tracie Petersen and Kimberley Woodhouse, made the characters believable. The unfolding of the plot was one of the greatest strengths of the novel, as it was suspenseful and unpredictable. I enjoyed the different viewpoints of the characters which were woven well into the story. I felt that the romantic angle was a bit overplayed and, while the Christian message was clear, it could have used a lighter touch. It was an enjoyable read. I give it three out of five stars.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.