The CBA best-selling author of the Romantic Times Top Pick Escape to Morning, Susan May Warren is also a multiple ACFW Book of the Year honoree and a Christy Award finalist.
©2006 Susan May Warren; (P)2007 Recorded Books
"Enjoyable with likable characters and enough intrigue." (Library Journal)
Didn't read the book, but the audio was very satisfying
Andy was my favorite character. She was the strength of the story.
She lets me hear word for word with emotions and feeling, where when reading I can sometimes gloss over parts I might not find appealing.
It took me by surprise a few times and made me feel a part of the characters intense situation.
I really loved this story. It wasn't to heavy on the Christian side...just enough to know that honest people do depend on God in good times and bad. It was nice to have a little drama mixed with a little romance and a little intrigue, without having to wade through twisted sick scenes, sex or bad language. A clean read that left you feeling good at the end.
Reader, writer, foodie
As a Romantic Suspense writer and reader, this book fit nicely within the genre requirements. It is heavy on the emotional aspects of a romance, full of the wondering "what-ifs" as the reader is pulled along on the suspenseful ride. The conflicts between the main female and male characters are believable, but the back-and-forth "do I trust" inner monologues seem a little repetitive after a while (even if they are very realistic). The setting seemed so well researched I wanted to see if Warren had actually been stranded in these mountains.
Overall, what I love about Romantic Suspense was here--trying to figure out "whodunit" (or in this case, rather, who's going to do it), a healthy spark between a couple, lots of conflict, split timelines/perspectives, and a sense of good timing. What I don't like was also here--the occasional overdone emotional moment (again, realistic, but not necessary to repeat), the "defining the relationship" moment(s), some characters becoming predictably 2D to make room for the main characters' changes, a possible logical fallacy for the time period (NO ONE on the plane had cell phones to even try to contact the outside world? I mean, it's perfectly possible they were damaged or couldn't get signals, but there was no mention whatsoever. I'd never go to Alaska without my cell or at least a disposable), and a few melodramatic moments. Granted, these flaws are present even in my own writing, so I'm preaching to the choir here. :)
All in all, it's a great story, a great reading, and it kept me riveted for the most part. A few moments dragged, but without those "down-times," the reader would be overwhelmed with the experience. I highly recommend it!
This book was difficult for me to get through. It was an easy enough listen but I was not expecting how religious the book ended up being. I found myself fast forwarding the prayer sessions and a good portion of the middle which seemed to have stalled. I'm not anti-religious, I just thought it was overdone in this book. All and all, definitely not on the top of my list.
Between the author and the reader they really mangle this one.
First off the pipeline of Alaska is not something someone can shoot at and make a hole in. It happened once! The person blazed away for quite awhile before they managed to penetrate it.
During 911 people were not concerned about terrorism to the pipeline.
Valdez is not pronounced like it is in Mexico. The "dez" rhymes with sneeze. In Alaska the "C" in Arctic is silent.
Deadhorse and Prudhoe Bay are the same place. There are no families living there. It is an oil field "camp". There was never a Deadhorse High School.
If an author uses true Alaska names they need get them right. Or use fictitious names.
I was glad I didn't have to listen to this book past the second chapter. The misinformation about Alaska is just too annoying.
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