Book Review

by Tricia Goyer, Ocieanna Fleiss

Genre: Inspirational, Contemporary Romance

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From the first page, the love and passion the authors have for the tiny town of Glacier Bay is obvious. The care and research contained in each chapter makes for an enriching experience. If you’re a fan of the Love Finds You series, you know how interesting it can be to read about different places all across the United States. The authors really touch on what a beautiful and unique place Alaska is. The characters are well written, and readers will feel a connection with them as they try to find their way back to one another. The faith they have in God and His plan is what ultimately brings them their happy ending.

Ginnie Marshall finally has it all. She’s hit the big time as a singer and is one step away from her dreams coming true. As a former foster child, her memories are painful, but that is all about to be history. Before she takes her final step, she takes a trip to Glacier Bay to see her old flame — the one person she trusts to be honest with her about her career and future. The remote, stunning place, the quirky townspeople and Brett give her room to breathe away from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. When Ginnie finds a treasure trove of love letters from an early missionary to the Alaska Territory to the governess of his children, will she learn, as they did, that the healing power of love can overcome anything? (SUMMERSIDE, Jan., 320 pp., $12.99)

Reviewed By: Terri Dukes


Published: January 2013

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Captivating and heartwarming!

Submitted by BeverlyL on January 3, 2013 - 1:27am.

I’ve always dreamed of a vacation in Alaska. Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska made me feel like I was there. The descriptive writings of coauthors, Tricia Goyer and Ocieanna Fleiss, made the setting feel so real to me. From the glaciers, forests, and the mountains to the bears, whales, and puffins, I was truly captivated.
Ginny is a singer who is about to experience her career dream, or will she? A trip to Glacier Bay may be just what Ginny needs to help her make a decision. While there, a box of letters, presented by Grandma Ethel, beckons a historic trip back in time. While lost in the story these letters paint, Ginny finds herself making a personal connection with the characters. Will she find the career of her dreams or will the letters lead to something she’d never dreamed of as she confronts her past?
God often uses things in our lives that seem insignificant at the time, to show us His plan. If we allow Him, God will make a beautiful story out of our mess. Grandma Ethel puts it this way. “It’s hard to know, isn’t it, whether the things we face are just because the world is full of sin and sinful people, or if God is working out a plan,…I happen to think it’s both. There’s sin, but through it all, He takes the mess we make and paints a masterpiece.”
This book is filled with many emotions: spunk, rejection, forgiveness, sadness, friendship, heartache, adventure and romance in good taste weave together to make this a delightful read. This is a book you will not want to lay down.
**Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book as part of the Tricia Goyer 2013 Fiction Launch Team in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.

Two wonderful love stories!

Submitted by beckybeanne on January 2, 2013 - 11:19pm.

It's hard to even find the words to express how much I loved this book! When I realized the book would have both contemporary and historical sections, I was a bit apprehensive—usually in cases like that, I vastly prefer one plot line to the other. But I needn't have worried—I equally loved both sections, and I was just as anxious as Ginny was to learn what happened to Clay and Ellie!

While Glacier Bay is largely the story of Ginny and Ellie, it's also populated with quirky characters in a small town that I'd love to visit. I'd also love to know what happened to some of the minor characters, especially Kelly from the coffee house. Sequel, maybe?

One of the reasons I think this book works so well is that Goyer wrote Ginny's story, and Fleiss wrote Ellie's. This allows each author's writing style to come through, but it still seems cohesive, as Ellie's story is told completely through the letters that Ginny reads.

I'd read many of Goyer's books in the past, but never any that she had written with Fleiss. I'll definitely have to check those out now!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a free copy of this book for review. I was not required to give a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.