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.
In Kansas City in 1871, Lydia Sellers is not only a young widow, she's also a very wealthy one. Her stepchildren are not happy that she is the sole heir to their father's fortune. When Lydia discovers she also has inherited money from her father, she decides to go live in Alaska with her aunt and try to forget about her painful marriage and the rotten way her stepchildren have treated her.
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).