Gwyn Hillerman acts as a nurse at her father's medical practice in 1935 rural Alaska. Her family life has been rough ever since her mother, hating Alaska, took Gwyn's younger sister back to Chicago to live. Dr. Jeremiah Vaughan finds his life suddenly turned upside down when his medical license is stripped away after he loses an affluent patient. In a snowball effect, he then loses his engagement to Gwyn's sister, Sophia. When the government decides to send a group of families to Alaska in hopes of making a better life, Dr. Hillerman sends a letter urging Jeremiah to join his practice. Thinking his secret would be safe in the isolated Alaska Territory, Jeremiah agrees. Gwyn and Jeremiah soon recognize a growing attraction to each other. But when another suitor enters the scene and Jeremiah's secret is revealed, their hopes for a future are threatened.
©2014 Peterson Ink, Inc., & Kimberley Woodhouse (P)2014 Recorded Books
I can't seem to stay focused on this story. It just isn't holding my attention. The story line seems a little trite in spots. A character has a secret and is vacillating between hide or reveal. Meanwhile a sinister character will probably find out and threaten to tell. I listen for a while then need to turn it off. I have been turning on and off for more than a month and am just half through. It probably gets better, but I don't think that I will finish it.
Absolutely! There were a lot of different story elements going on but not so many to cause confusion. The author does a great job of tying the the different parts together.
There was an emotionally raw scene towards the end that brought me to tears. I was surprised by this unexpected twist and felt like I was experiencing the tragedy along with the characters.
Hard to say. This narrator did an exceptional job with each of the characters. She was sometimes a little "sing-songy" but overall, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book because of her performance.
This story might be classified as historical fiction because of the place and time period, however, there is no real history threaded through the story. This in no way diminishes the quality of the story but readers shouldn't expect to be "transported in time".
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