Title: Under the Midnight Sun (The Heart of Alaska #3)
Author: Tracie Peterson & Kimberley Woodhouse
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publishing Date: Jan 1, 2019
Length: 336 Pages
About the Book:
Tayler Hale is ahead of her time as one of the first women naturalists. She has always loved adventure and the great outdoors, and her remote job location also helps keep her away from the clutches of the man to whom she once made a foolish promise. It seems she must keep running, however, and in secret, her boss from Yellowstone arranges for a new job . . . in Alaska.
The popular Curry Hotel continues to thrive in 1929 as more visitors come to Alaska and venture into the massive national park surrounding Denali. Recent graduate Thomas Smith has returned to the hotel and the people he considers family. But when a woman naturalist comes to fill the open position and he must work with her, everything becomes complicated.
The summer brings unexpected guests and trouble to Curry. With his reputation at stake, will Thomas be able to protect Tayler from the danger that follows?
I’m so thrilled that Thomas finally got his love story! Without spoiling any of the other wonderful lovey moments, I’m overjoyed that he wasn’t the only one. The saddest thing about finishing this novel was that it was the end of the series and I’m not ready to let all of the wonderful characters go. The authors have stated that each of the books in this series can be read as standalones if you want, and while I agree they could, if you fully want to be able to appreciate this last one for what it is then I’d recommend starting from the beginning.
It didn’t take me long to adore Tayler’s character. My heart went out to her as she struck out on her own with no real support system behind her. Being not only a woman but a short woman in the wild landscape of Alaska, made it that much more difficult for her to be taken seriously. As someone even shorter than her, I resonated with many of the “short girl” sentiments and actively cheered her on.
If there was ever a villain that made my blood boil, Emerson is certainly one of them! I tried valiantly not to wish harm on him so that he couldn’t cause anymore harm to Tayler. I may or may not have found myself actually praying for him that he needed to find Jesus before remembering he wasn’t a real person 😂.
I think my favorite thing about this entire series was how the people of Curry evolved into a real family. Isn’t that one of the beautiful things about the family of Christ? While Jesus is the only one who can truly heal our broken hearts, we are given fellowship with others as a gift as well. Thomas was an orphan, Mrs. Johnson lost her whole family, Cassidy lost her mother, and even more broken relationships existed. Yet through faith in Christ and a whole lot of encouragement, the family that was created was a beautiful picture of what love is all about. <3
I honestly don’t think I can recommend this series enough. This is one that I know is going to stay with me for a very long time. I never thought I could read a book that would make me love the setting of Alaska, but I’ve found a series that has done just that. (Although, I’m sure it helps that the stories took place in the summer months). If you haven’t read it yet you need to go remedy that.