Peterson launches a new historical series with this winner. She knows readers have come to expect romance, mystery and family secrets in a quality story, and she delivers. The characters are interesting without being irritating, and the Alaskan details transport the reader to another place and time.
Being in Alaska does not stop the vindictive treatment she received in Kansas, but having her aunt and a new acquaintance, Kjell Bjorklund, nearby eases things. When Lydia discovers she's pregnant with her dead husband's child, she knows her stepchildren will try to make sure the child does not inherit anything. (BETHANY HOUSE, Sep., 368 pp., $13.99).