On the surface, Whitney Powell is happy working with her sled dogs and welcoming the new additions to her family through her sisters' marriages and an upcoming birth. But her life is full of complications, including an estranged father, that have her on the edge of losing control. Growing up, she was the strong sister, and she can't give that up now.
When villagers in outlying areas come down with a horrible sickness, Dr. Peter Cameron turns to Whitney and her dogs for help navigating the deep snow, and they become close while ministering to the sick together. Peter has long recognized her finer qualities but is troubled by the emotions and secrets she keeps buried within. He wants to help but wonders if she is more of a risk than his heart can take.
As sickness spreads throughout Nome and another man courts Whitney, she and Peter will discover that sometimes it is only in weakness that you can find strength.
It has been too long since I've been able to review a duo by these two, and too long since I've read an Alaska book. Ever Constant was the absolute BEST ending to this trilogy. The story was so poignant. Whitney, with her determination to be strong, always, and Peter, with his desire to compartmentalize all the emotions, really resonated with me. The emotions are high with this one, and especially if you've read books one and two (which is a definite must) then you'll be so attached to the characters that you've just got to go along for the ride. Seriously... this is probably the only book I have ever read that made me cry in chapter one. What's with that? (We talked about making Erica cry, Kim!) I loved seeing the changing relationship between Whitney and her dad. I loved Peter's patience and love. But mostly, I loved the reminders that God is the only one who is Ever Constant in this life, a message I too often forget. I was nowhere near ready to let this family go, but I'm thinking that since Chris has three younger children, and he still needs to resolve some issues with Matthew, that we've got the makings of another trilogy there... Just saying. Absolutely five out of five stars.