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Dawn's Prelude (Song of Alaska Series #1)
     

Dawn's Prelude (Song of Alaska Series #1)

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by Tracie Peterson, Sherri Berger (Narrated by)
 

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Married off at a tender age to a harsh, older widower, Lydia Gray can’t help but feel a measure of relief when an accident claims his life. What happens next, however, is a surprise to everyone: Through an unforeseen fluke, Lydia finds herself the sole recipient of her late husband’s fortune. But instead of granting her security, strife ensues as

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Married off at a tender age to a harsh, older widower, Lydia Gray can’t help but feel a measure of relief when an accident claims his life. What happens next, however, is a surprise to everyone: Through an unforeseen fluke, Lydia finds herself the sole recipient of her late husband’s fortune. But instead of granting her security, strife ensues as her adult stepchildren battle to regain the inheritance for themselves. Lydia longs to wash her hands of the situation and determines to join her aunt in Alaska, putting financial decisions in the capable hands of her lawyer. The beauty and serenity of life in Sitka appeal to Lydia, as does Kjell Lindquist, the handsome owner of the local sawmill. But a new discovery in Lydia’s life forces her to rethink her future. She is bound to her past as never before… but what more must she sacrifice?

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Library Journal
Newly widowed Lydia Sellers is drawn into an unwanted battle with her adult stepchildren over the inheritance their father left to Lydia. Anxious to start a new chapter in her life, Lydia travels to Alaska to visit her aunt. There she finds romance and complications that threaten her new relationship. VERDICT Well known for her adventurous romance tales (see her "Yukon Quest," "Desert Roses," and "Bells of Lowell" series), Peterson knows how to create independent female heroines who gather strength through difficult circumstances. Her legion fans will want this series launch.

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ISBN-13:
9781598596205
Publisher:
Oasis Audio
Publication date:
08/20/2009
Series:
Song of Alaska Series , #1
Edition description:
Abridged
Pages:
6
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Best-selling author Tracie Peterson has written more than seventy novels. Authentic historical detail, as well as adventure and romance, highlight her writing. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana.

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Dawn's Prelude (Song of Alaska Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 117 reviews.
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
This story was truly fabulous in every way. I sensed the peril and the helplessness the characters experienced as much as I felt the tenderness and love. This is probably Tracie's best book yet. Her plotting is sheer perfection and the pace was satisfying. There was a suspenseful element to the story that made me not want to sleep until the situation was resolved and the people were safe. There was a secondary character that was compassionate, too. I worried for her and her lifeless marriage and started to sweat when temptation literally nipped at her corsette. I love it when an author makes me care enough to worry about the characters. Of course, the romantic element was amazing and probably the best part of the book. When the sparks flew my heart felt ablaze along with the people in love. Trust is so hard for some people to experience after years of abuse and mistreatment. The hero in this story was the perfect person to reestablish that missing link and give the heroine hope. He was also smart enough to allow the heroine to come to him. Sigh, that was soooo romantic! Ah, this was such a good read! In fact, it's making my favorite books of 2009 list. I would've read it straight through but life got in the way. It was very hard to put down and the story kept calling me to pick it up again and finish. I'm glad I did.
scarletmoon7 More than 1 year ago
When I started reading the book, I couldn't put it down until I finished it (which was 1am :) ). There was a lot of twists and turns throughout the story. There was always something surprising in every chapter.
KarenLange More than 1 year ago
Recently widowed Lydia Gray is not sad; she is actually relieved that her late husband Floyd cannot torment her any longer. Lydia's marriage was a business arrangement between her father and Floyd, a practice not uncommon in 1870 in Kansas City. She is surprised to learn that she inherited Floyd's entire estate. Determined to break free from any ties to Floyd's greedy and insensitive adult children, she secretly makes plans to move to Sitka, Alaska, where Aunt Zerelda, her only remaining relative, lives. A bit of intrigue ensues as Lydia makes her way to Sitka where she finds herself in the arms of Kjell Lindquist. Literally! Kjell catches Lydia right off the boat, sick and worn from her travels. The plot thickens as Lydia fights her way out of a web of bitterness and distrust from the treatment she received at Floyd's hands. Will Zerelda's gentle faith speak to Lydia? Will Lydia accept this new land as her own? Will Kjell have any part in Lydia's future? And what of Floyd's family, will their greed drive them to drastic measures? The beauty of the Alaskan territory comes alive in Ms. Peterson's latest book. I have yet to find a book of hers that I disliked. She is a wonderful story teller; her stories have depth and an eternal message. Check this one out; adventure and surprises await!
Kathryn Baker More than 1 year ago
i very much enjoyed the story line and the character developent
cherryblossommj More than 1 year ago
First let me mention about how much I love the cover of this book, the coloring especially is just to die for it is so pretty. So far almost every historical fiction that I have read from Tracie Peterson I have enjoyed and this one is no different on that enjoyment scale. It may not be as non stop fabulous as the Yukon Quest, but it in a different manner it is better at the same time. Reading the book blurb as an expectant reader you can assume certain things of the plot line and story to occur and wonder how they unfold and what will happen next, but this novel is so much more in depth with twists and turns and much more plot than the blurb even begins to imply. The best of Christ's beginning love is shown through in the characters and they learn and grow. Evil is still present as ever in some characters as is always in the writing of Tracie Peterson in a way that is very real as uncomfortable as that may seen. What is fabulous is the way that even with so many bad things that can possibly occur all the good that God can bring out of it. With emotions running, and pages not turning fast enough if you ever have enjoyed some of the work of this author before you will be glad to read this new novel that does not disappoint. If you have yet to read Tracie's books, this is a great place to start. I highly recommend her. This book is a great start to a new series and I cannot wait for the next one.
MissMalu More than 1 year ago
Tracie Peterson has to be one of my favorite Christian authors, so when I had the opportunity to review one of her books, I jumped. Dawn's Prelude is the first book in the Song of Alaska series. Tracie has a way of telling a story, as to capture your attention and keep you on your toes and wanting more. The story is in the Christian romance genre, with suspense and action tied in as well. There was one twist in this story that totally shocked me....even though, it really shouldn't have, but I won't give it away. Just know that you won't be bored with this story. The story's main character is Lydia Sellers, who was married off to a very cruel man who abused and mistreated her. With both his passing and the passing of her father, she stands to inherit her stepchildren's fortune, and this is where the suspense begins. She decides to move to Alaska to live with her aunt, and while there, a tale of love, romance, tragedy, and spiritual awakenings begins. Peterson ties in many Scriptural insights with her story, which lets the reader into the mind of the characters, as they seek to try to understand God's ways. While at times, I felt some of the dialogue was a tad bit cheesy, I still wanted to find out what happened in the end. Would I recommend this book? Yes, it's the perfect story to have on that rainy Sunday afternoon, complete with candle, blanket, and relaxation (oh, and kids napping or otherwise occupied:)). To read more about this book, visit Bethany House.
Janna6 More than 1 year ago
Just about the time I start thinking, "Why did I get another historical fiction book?" I open up Tracie Peterson's new book "Dawn's Prelude" and get absolutely swept away in an amazing story! I totally loved this book! There is something for everyone (romance, adventure and a little suspense) and fans of historical fiction will add this book to their most loved shelf. Lydia is a new widow who, sad to say, is not sorry to see her husband gone. He was very abusive and many years her senior... it was a business arrangement set up by her father more than it was a marriage that she wanted anything to do with. Now all she can see is freedom, from him and his children who are not happy when the will is read. She takes off to Alaska, the new frontier, to live with her aunt. Once there she is met with a few surprises but rallies to find peace and love until someone from her past threatens to destroy it all. I couldn't put this book down and read it in a day... now I just can't wait for book #2 in this new series to come out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its good but it's a cliffhanger you will be lured into buying the next book(s). There are a few errors but the writing is overall good. This is definiteljy a Christian novel, complete with scripture quotes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and read it one sitting. Couldn't put it down. The overview tells nothing of the book so here is a tiny bit to help. Lydia endures a hard life with a cruel husband. After his death her stepchildren give her a fight over inheritance that leads her on a journey. She seeks peace and freedom. Her journey leads to hard times but also love and faith.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a wonderful story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a book I could not put down, but also did not want it to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Glad I read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stayed up until 4am to finish reading it.
grannyj57 More than 1 year ago
Love Tracie's books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tracie is a very good author. I'll keep on reading her books. A+++
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a 260 page Christian romance. The editing is okay. There a lot of dashes where there should not be. About page 160, the story goes out in left field and becomes a little unrealistic, but overall it is a good read. I enjoyed reading about Sitka, Alaska's early days. I have a cousin living there. I really liked Evie, Zerelda and Lydia. They were realistic and beliveable characters. There is child and spouse abuse, murder and some violence. There is a homosexual man. Details are very, very scant on these events. The religion is not over whelming and I did not feel preached at, or as if the author was trying to convert my faith or lifestyle. The reason, I did not give this book five stars is because all the harm which Lydia endured was over the top, amnesia is very rare and over used as well and the editing. Also because the plot had nothing new to offer, but it was well written and had a smooth flow. This a stand alone book with a conclusion. Ages 16 and up. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. The spirituality of the story was uplifting and informative.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There was nothing I didn't like about this book. The best I've read in a long time.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Loved this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book!!! The story takes place in the late 1800's at a time when many men thought their wives and/or sisters were just property they owned and were entitled to treat them with physical violence resulting in great bodily harm. And, such happened to the main character in this story whose father forced her at the age of 16 into such a marriage in order to increase his wealth. The writer has a gift of bringing a reader, or at least this one, into each scene where one can feel the agony and heartbreak. It was a page turner, to say the least. I didn't put it down until finished -- missing all my meals today. I started to give this 5-stars; but I so wanted to know what happened to the stepsons and it did not tell. In fact, when I looked at books 2 and 3, it appears from their descriptions they take place much later. It is possible the results I wanted lie somewhere within the second book, but I don't think I'm going to purchase.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was so boring I quit reading it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very loving story. Hard to think that a parent would make their daughter marry a man old enough to be her father during that period of history. Lydia suffered alot and had step brothers and sisters on top of it. Loved the youngest, Evie and she proved to be a good friend. To learn all the details you must read the book yourself.
DNunley More than 1 year ago
I loved this novel! It kept my attention from start to finish. I could not put it down. I loved the ending and I highly recommend to young and old alike.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago