Alaska and nursing. Her father. These three things are all Gwyn Hillerman wants; all she needs. Even being abandoned and left by her mother and sister hasn’t changed Gwyn’s feeling on her valley. This is where she belongs. It’s what she loves.
She also loves the peace of the valley, and the natives that share it. Both are threated when hard times hit the lower 48. The Great Depression was so far away, yet now hits close to home, as homesteaders are shipped in by the hundreds.
The Matanuska Project aims to settle two hundred families in the valley- in HER valley! Gwyn is simply overwhelmed with the news of colonization in her back yard.
Her father, Dr. Hillerman, is the only doctor; she, the only nurse. And they’ve done just fine up ’till now. But this? There’s no way they can serve a community of that size on their own.
A world away in Chicago, Dr. Jeremiah Vaughn is stunned when his medical license is stripped from him. Despite a life saving attempt of using the new intravenous anesthesia, the patient died from her fatal wound, and her wealthy husband was out to place blame where he could.
Jeremiah’s first thought is to go to his fiance, Sophia Hillerman. The grim face of the butler gives him a clue that his conversation isn’t going to be pleasant. To his complete shock, the usually graceful and engaging Mrs. Hillerman greets him coldly and accuses him, “How dare you drag my daughter down with you! You doctors. Always so selfish, so-“ Cut off by his affianced, she continues her mother’s tirade with animosity, “You’ve ruined everything, Jeremiah. Everything. And now you’ve tarnished my name and my family’s name along with yours. I can’t believe you would embarrass me in such a ghastly manner. it is totally unacceptable for someone of my station.”
And just like that, his engagement is off. With stunning clarity, he sees Sophia for who she is. Learning Sophia doesn’t even care about him, leaves his heart in shreds. How could he have been so blind?!
Adding insult to injury, his own family isn’t much better. Suggesting he leave town for a while while his lawyer cousin works to get things straightened out, his parents give him some money and send him on his way. “His loving parents were too embarrassed to have their disgraced son remain in Chicago.”
Jeremiah’s been let down by everyone he thought loved or cared about him; his fiance, her mother, his own parents- and God. He was done with all of them. He’s done with women, and he’s done with God. The one place he felt he could escape to was waiting with an invitation- Alaska.
His mentor, Dr. Hillerman, was desperate for help with the new colonials. Jeremiah was desperate for a change of scenery. If it all works out, Jeremiah could practice medicine was his cousin was getting his medical license back, and Dr. Hillerman would never need to know his daughter had been engaged to Jeremiah.
The only problem with this plan is Gwyn. The more Jeremiah works with her, the more he sees the stark difference between her and her sister and mother. And- the more he falls for her.
Gwyn can’t figure out why Jeremiah is constantly on her mind. She doesn’t mind him, and he certainly tolerates her, but there’s nothing more. Even though she’s being stalked by a crook hiding out in the new colony, that doesn’t mean she’s in love with Jeremiah. Of course not.
Can they both survive the trial that lie ahead for them?
I really enjoyed this book. It was a bit frustrating, though, the back and forth over when Jeremiah should spill the beans. I often thought it seemed like there were two different people writing, and I was not surprised when I looked, to find that there were actually co-authors. My only issue with this e-title was that again, the double ‘f’ was missing, which is frustrating. Since that’s a formatting issue and not a content/storyline issue, I’m not knocking because of that.
I’m giving this one 4 out of 5 stars. I’ll definitely recommend it. I think either of these authors write very well; there were just parts that didn’t blend as well as they could have.
I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for this unbiased review.
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