From Alaska With Love
By Ally James
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Jerjen
A soldier has six weeks to convince the only woman he has ever longed for to take a chance on life with him in Alaska….
Sara’s letters were the only bright spot during Gabe’s devastating tour in Iraq. With each new correspondence he fell harder, needed her more, wanted to be with her. Now, after initially rejecting his offer to meet, she’s shown up at the door of his isolated cabin in Alaska looking for…what? Gabe’s not sure what made Sara change her mind, but he knows he never wants to let her go.
Major Gabe Randall is everything Sara Ryan wants but nothing she feels she deserves. A modern-Day spinster, Sara hides behind family obligations and the safe, quiet life she’s resigned herself to living. But secretly, even though she may have stretched the truth about who she is in her letters to him, she wants Gabe. Will he still want her when he discovers the real woman behind the pen?
Once they meet, Gabe asks her for six weeks in Alaska. Six weeks to spend getting to know each other, and then she’ll have to decide whether they are better together or apart.
Sara attends a family reunion and while she is there, her aunt tells everyone that she is a spinster. Which is kind of true, she does not have a man in her life. Instead, she lives with her brother and his wife and their daughter. She is the nanny for her niece and she really enjoys that role. But she also does a lot of chores for her brother and sometimes she feels like the hired help instead of a member of her family. When she hears an ad to send a card to a serviceman, she decides to do it. What can it hurt?
Major Gabe Randall is the lucky recipient of Sara’s card. He thinks the card is cute and he decides to write her back, and what follows is a penpal friendship that they both need. Gabe knows it cannot turn into anything more permanent because he is military for life and that would not be fair to her. But as they continue to write and then Facetime, they decide to meet. But that does not go as planned and it could be over before it really began. Both Sara and Gabe will have to decide if they want to make their friendship into something more permanent, and if they do, they have some work to do.
The characters are well rounded and well developed. Sara has to learn that she is a good catch and quit selling herself short. And Gabe has to reconsider his military life and do what needs to be done to make this a permanent situation. I really enjoyed Sara’s cousin, Chloe, she was not afraid to tell it like it is. She helps Sara put her life into perspective and gives her the push she needs. Sara’s niece is adorable and you could tell how much they loved each other.
This was a very good book and I enjoyed it a lot. I liked the fact that Sara and Gabe took everything slow, that made it seem very realistic to me. They had a great friendship and that is the most important thing to have in a relationship. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well-crafted romance book. And you cannot look at the cover without falling in love with the dog.
*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*