A rising star in the pressure-filled, overscheduled music industry in Los Angeles, Ginny Marshall suddenly realizes she craves the advice of her former fiancée, Brett Miller, living in Glacier Bay, Alaska. Her trip rewards her with stunning Alaskan scenery and adventure, and perhaps even more exploration while she searches her heart for what in her past causes her to run away from any blessing in the present or future.
A new novel from Tricia Goyer and Ocieanna Fleiss, Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska follows Ginny’s present day story as she figures it out. All the while, Ginny reads old letters sharing Ellie’s story, a woman from the 1920s and 1930s who journeyed to Alaska to be Reverend Clay Parrish’s governess for his children after the death of his beloved wife.
The authors take the reader right into conflict in the second paragraph of the first chapter. The main character, Ginny, leads a very different life from my own from her childhood in foster care to current business in music. Her perspective is new and enlightening for me to read. The authors include magnificent scenery and event descriptions, helping me imagine the scene as if I’m present (like the description of oystercatcher birds on page 71).
The characters’ layers are revealed slowly and generally realistically. I like Grandma Ethel’s level nature, yet steady faith (and her responses to Ginny throughout the book). I found myself tense at some points, and chuckling out loud with delight at others—a sign of a good read for me. New details and events kept me guessing at what might happen next.
“If given the chance, new life is born from what’s once been stripped away.” – p. 162
With powerful writing, action enticing quick page turns, and story focused on seeing His presence and finding hope regardless of situation, Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska provides a thoughtful and fun read.
What novels or stories do you know that reveal hope and His presence even if unseen at certain points along the way?
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.