After the death of their father, Collette and Jean-Michel Langelier are no longer tied to post-war France. While his sister dreams of adventure, Jean-Michel is hoping to finally escape reminders of the horrors he faced in the Great Syrian Revolt of 1925. When an unexpected invitation for them to visit Alaska and the Curry Hotel arrives, it seems like the perfect opportunity.
Young window Katherine Demarchis is also traveling to the foot of Mt. Denali with her grandmother-a last trip before she retreats into a quiet and solitary life, finally free of the dangerous husband she was forced to marry. Yet when she encounters there a Frenchman from her past, her plans for the future are thrown into question.
Both haunted by the violence of their pasts, can Katherine and Jean-Michel rediscover the bond they once had? Or, when Jean-Michel's nightmares return with terrifying consequences, will it be impossible to heal what's been broken for so long?
(Apologies in advance for my excitement for this book, which will come through in a rainbow of text colors. It's exuberant, but I'm excited and it's my blog anywho!)
Shall I start with the obvious, and by that I mean, 5 stars for a book that I only put down because I wanted to keep my job and not fail my classes! Alright, let's get started. Ummm.... hello!?!?! ALASKA!!!! This is my happy place in books. It's wonderful! I want to go so badly! And this book just made that desire all the stronger. I want to see Denali!! And the caribou and the northern lights and the trains! And then the characters! I got to revisit my favorites from the last book (Incidentally, the book that introduced me to Kim Woodhouse!) and got to see where they were going. I found out that where they were going was exactly what my heart had hoped for. Honestly, this book is
P.S. I'm sure you're wondering what happened when I GOT TO MEET MY TWO FAVORITE AUTHORS! And I'll tell you, as soon as I have a good long time to sit down and think through my words so that I don't discombobulate anyone, because I was so happy that I can't speak about it coherently. (Pardon me while I roll my eyes at myself, and also as I realize that "was" is the wrong tense for that sentence....)
I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. (But let's face it. We all knew that I would have bought it if I had to.) Thanks Amy!!!! (I also got to meet her, and that was great! I was very excited about that too!)