On Tour with Prism Book Tours
Where life’s currents take you…
Dana Raynott just traveled 3,600 miles to reunite with the brother who changed his name and fled to Alaska nineteen years ago. It’s impossible not to be moved by this wild, breathtaking state, even if Dana’s no closer to finding the answers she came here for.
Her brother’s best friend, Anchorage engineer Sam MacKettrick, might be able to help her. He’s strong and kind—a six-foot, irresistible blend of diverse cultures. He’s also haunted by a tragic family history with a startling connection to Dana’s past…
The Alaskan Catch: Excerpt 3
That evening, Sam and Dana sat with Ursula in front of the big fireplace. The three couples staying at the inn had turned in early after a full day of offshore fishing in Seward. Sam watched Dana struggling with a hook and a ball of yarn. Poor kid—she’d made the mistake of admiring Ursula’s crocheted afghans, not realizing it would lead to a crochet lesson.
Or maybe she did. She seemed to be trying to get it right. “So, down, loop, back through, and another loop, right?”
“That’s perfect. Now just keep doing that until you come to the end of the row and I’ll show you how to turn.”
Sam had purposely chosen not to reveal Dana’s last name yet. He wanted Ursula’s unbiased evaluation of her character first. And while he hadn’t talked to Ursula alone, it was obvious the two women clicked. It may have been when Dana offered to make the cornbread, or possibly when she complimented one of Tommy’s whirligigs, but at some point today, Dana had won Ursula over. He wondered if it would stay that way once Ursula knew her last name.
Dana held up the somewhat irregular row of stitches. “Look, Sam. A whole row.”
He nodded. “Looking good. Some mouse with a cold neck is going to love that scarf.”
She gave a little giggle, the sound almost like the tinkle of the wind chimes on Ursula’s deck. “I think I’ll keep going until it’s a pot holder.”
Kimmik repositioned himself on the rug and laid his head on top of Sam’s foot. The sun had shifted far to the northwest, peeping through the small upper windows along the west wall to paint diagonal stripes across the room. Sam leaned back in his chair and closed his eyes. A stomachful of moose chili, a good dog at his feet and the sound of soft laughter as Ursula and Dana put their heads together over their project—tonight, Sam was content.
Can I admit that this gem of a book snuck up on me? I got so caught up in the mystery surrounding Chris and his leaving, Dana trying to do right by everything, that the romance portion of the book just slapped me upside my head. It took me awhile to realize that with everything that was going on, Sam and Dana were making a connection. Each of the had some things to overcome but in the end, it leads them right back to each other.
What I liked most about Sam and Dana is their honesty with one another. That and they actually talked to each other. A novel idea, I know. They took the time to get to know each other even though they had some obstacles to get through in the end. Chris brought another dimension to their relationship because he wasn’t the over protective brother that most romance novels have. In fact, it was nice that he didn’t interfere with them as a couple at all.
I loved how Chris, Dana and Sam’s past were intertwined. I’m not going to say anything else because it’s the crust of the book. Hats off to Ms. Carpenter for her originality. Brilliant, actually. And also, that not everything was done in Alaska. Dana still had some things to take care off back home with her new found strength. Oh yes, Dana had some growing to do in the book. It was subtle but in the end, it was well worth it.
I can’t wait to see what Ms. Carpenter brings to the table in her next book. Hopefully, it’s Chris’ book. The scenery is a character all its own, too. I’ve never been to Alaska but Ms. Carpenter takes you there and it’s beautiful. And she talked about food. Not fair. Now I want my husband to cook salmon.
About the Author
Once upon a time …
when Beth Carpenter was a little girl, she read everything she could get her hands on, and entertained herself on the school bus by making up stories in her head. Not a lot has changed. She’s still consuming books like M&Ms, and spends her days creating happily-ever-afters for her imaginary friends.
She lives in Alaska and Arizona with her husband and an aggressively affectionate fifty-pound lap dog. She loves to hear from readers.
August 12th: Launch
Nicole’s Book Musings
Becky on Books
It’s All About the Romance
Hearts & Scribbles
Christian Suspense Author Mary Alford
Getting Your Read On
underneath the covers
Rockin’ Book Reviews
Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm
What to Read Next
Reading Is My SuperPower
The Bookworm Chronicles
Janice’s book review
Thoughts of a Blonde
Inside The Mind of an Avid Reader
August 18th: Grand Finale
Taste of Alaska Prize Pack (US only), which includes:
- Alaska cross-body bag
- Wild Smoked Alaska Salmon for Dip
- Alaska Wild Berry Company Bering Sea Salt Caramels
- Gold Nugget Chocolate Chunks
- Raspberry Herbal Tea
- Salmon Jerky – Teriyaki and Original
- Three Bears Postcard
- Alaska Sourdough Starter
- Moose Notecards by Alaskan Artist Vonnie Gaither
$25 Amazon Gift Card (open internationally)
Ends August 22nd