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on July 3, 2014
North to Alaska is by Debbie Macomber. It is actually two books combined into one. They are well written as are all of her books. The characters and plot are well written and believable. As you read, you keep thinking, I am glad this didn’t happen to me or I wish it had. A box of tissues at hand is definitely a good thing.
That Wintry Feeling is the first book. Cathy Thompson had come to Alaska to get away from the situation in Kansas. She had never been out of Kansas and saw this as an opportunity to start anew. Her boyfriend, Steve, had broken up with her expecting Cathy to do the apologizing. She didn’t. To get even with her, Steve started dating her sister, Mary Ann. They ended up getting married. Cathy just stood by in bewilderment and let the marriage go through. She has begun a new life in Alaska without a man. As a teacher of basic skills, she saw the children who were having problems and worked with those problems. One of her students was Angela Jones. Cathy needed to talk to her father but had problems getting hold of him so she tracked him down at Alaska Cargo. She found him to be overbearing, arrogant, and a work-a-holic like her father had been. However, he agreed to have Angela tested and to get her a tutor. Cathy thought she had seen the last of him. Instead her friend, Linda, convinced her to answer a personal ad for a date and her date ended up being Grady Jones. Thus began an unusual friendship. He recognized she was running from something and that someone had hurt her badly. Just as things are getting interesting, Steve writes Cathy a letter telling her it was a mistake for him to have married her sister and that he really loved her and wanted her back. Now what will Cathy do? Can she hurt her sister and take Steve back? How can Grady help? Will Cathy keep running?
Borrowed Dreams is the second book. Carly Grieves has come to Anchorage as a traffic supervisor for Alaska Freight Forwarding. She has found she loves Alaska and definitely had made the right decision to come here. Carly had no family, only a close friend who was getting married in Seattle so leaving wasn’t too hard. Carly was a perfectionist and once she was able to afford it, never wore, lived in, or drove anything second hand. She had always been second hand during her childhood and refused to be that now. She wanted to be first in her husband’s eyes and life and hadn’t found that perfect man yet. She still has a lot to do in her life so isn’t in a hurry anyway.
Her first day on the job, she meets Brand St. Clair when he comes to borrow a truck from the company. He invents a rescue so she will give him the keys without waiting on permission from her boss. She is livid when she finds out he lied to her. Brand is all the things she doesn’t want in a man. He is brazen, arrogant, stubborn, and worst of all has been married before and still loves his wife and has children. Although Carly is attracted to Brand, she refuses to be second. What will Carly do now? What will Brand do?