by Ally James
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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A soldier has six weeks to convince the only woman he has ever longed for to take a chance on life with him in Alaska....
Sara's letters were the only bright spot during Gabe's devastating tour in Iraq. With each new correspondence he fell harder, needed her more, wanted to be with her. Now, after initially rejecting his offer to meet, she's shown up at the door of his isolated cabin in Alaska looking for...what? Gabe's not sure what made Sara change her mind, but he knows he never wants to let her go.
Major Gabe Randall is everything Sara Ryan wants but nothing she feels she deserves. A modern-day spinster, Sara hides behind family obligations and the safe, quiet life she's resigned herself to living. But secretly, even though she may have stretched the truth about who she is in her letters to him, she wants Gabe. Will he still want her when he discovers the real woman behind the pen?
Once they meet, Gabe asks her for six weeks in Alaska. Six weeks to spend getting to know each other, and then she'll have to decide whether they are better together or apart.
From Alaska with Love by Ally James delivered a heart-felt across the miles relationships with character development, an adorable dog and an awkward romance that will make you laugh and swoon.
I am a sucker for military romances, romances with pets and Alaskan settings and From Alaska with Love delivered all of those elements and more. An awkward hero, an insecure heroine, an overbearing family and a dog that will melt your heart.
Sara took over watching her niece when her company downsized and slipped into handling her mother’s finances when her father passed. You might say she is the glue that hold everyone together. She is sweet, lonely, unsure of what the future holds and genuinely a good person. Which is why she sends an Easter card to a soldier stationed overseas.
Major Gabe Randall is a lifer. He has never had a serious relationship but hopes to eventually settle with his dog, Trouble in Alaska. He never takes part or takes letters sent to the troops; preferring to give them to his men. A hold up with mail created an excess he receives Sara’s letter.
Sara thinking to never meet the soldier offers him a glimpse of her life in a humorous way. Gabe responds via email. They soon begin exchanging emails. I loved these awkward exchanges and getting inside their heads. Before you know it, they move to text, and finally video chats. Gabe makes arrangements for Sara to fly out to Alaska for the holidays with him….only Sara doesn’t know how to tell her family. The tale that unfolds made me laugh even as I wanted to slap sense into a few characters.
The romance was a slow-build and low on heat. In fact, I almost wondered if that first kiss would ever happen. The story slowed and struggled before kicking into high gear and I admit to wanting to Gibbs slap (NCIS) both of them. It felt right though and fit the characters and their personalities. The drama was kept low and focused on the character growth.
A sweet romance for fans of You’ve Got Mail, From Alaska with Love is the perfect romance for a Sunday afternoon by the fire.
This sounds so sweet and I like the cover. I’m adding it to my TBR. Thanks for the recommendation!
Debbie S Haupt
Kim I’m also a sucker for military romance thanks for sharing this. Love the doggie on the cover 🙂
This is a beautiful book. I love it
Lindy@ A Bookish Escape
I love a sweet romance, and this story sounds fun, humorous, and delightful 🙂
I have read a few military romances but it has been a while since I have read one so I need to return to the genre again. It sounds like this was a sweet romance and emotional at times. Taking a chance on a life you have to move for can be a big leap to make!
A military romance, a gorgeous dog on the cover definitely attracts me. Remind me not to be around you when I do something dumb.
Hmm, I had my eye on this one, because I like epistolary novels, and the set up intrigued me. Not sure if I would be patient enough to wait for the romance to kick in.
Anne - Books of My Heart
I’ve been debating about this one. I like all the things you mentioned at the beginning. I am so hung up in Gaslight mysteries right now it doesn’t matter. Wonderful review
Tyler H. Jolley
Nice review, Kimba! Unrelated, that cover really gets to me. I had to say goodbye to my 13-year-old yellow lab two weeks ago.
I’m a sucker for a military romance myself and am really looking forward to this one. I love the Gibbs reference too!
I’ve got it on the stack and look forward to it. Love that you got a You’ve Got Mail vibe from it. 🙂
Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
I love a military romance and sometimes I OD on alpha heroes and crave a sweet/awkward guy. These two sound adorable but it also seems like there’s a long wait for any pay-off. Glad this one was overall enjoyable.
Jonetta (Ejaygirl) | Blue Mood Café
This sounds lovely. There are times when I appreciate a low heat, slow burn. Wonderful review, Kimberly?
cute cover. i love books set in alaska
Oh it’s nice that the romance was slow and I always love a story involving a dog
Wanting to give them a Gibbs slap made me laugh. This sounds really good.
Oh my gosh, Gibb slap! I love it! LOL! Sorry this took so long to build and get somewhere.
they probably did need that Gibbs slap, but no one slaps a Major I think… but if Sara does it.. perhaps it will speed things along?