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

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

by Tracie Peterson

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Newly widowed Lydia Sellers discovers that through an unforeseen fluke, she is the sole recipient of her husband's fortune. But instead of granting her security, it only causes strife as her adult stepchildren battle to regain the inheritance for themselves. Lydia, longing to put the memories of her painful marriage behind her, determines to travel to Alaska to join her aunt.

Lydia's arrival in Sitka, however, brings two things she didn't expect. One is the acquaintance of Kjell Bjorklund, the handsome owner of the sawmill. Second is the discovery that she is pregnant with her dead husband's child. What will this mean for her budding relationship with Kjell? And what lengths will her stepchildren go to reclaim their father's fortune? Lydia soon finds her life--and that of her child's--on the line.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441204707
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Series: Song of Alaska Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 154,940
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than seventy novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Belgrade, Montana.
Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana. Learn more at www.traciepeterson.com.

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Dawn's Prelude (Song of Alaska Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 130 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.
judyg54 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tracie Peterson is an author that writes with attention to historical detail and in this story you learn a little of life and the conflicts of the people in Sitka, Alaska in the late 1800's. It is a story full of romance, adventure and danger. I am a big fan of Tracie Peterson and this first book in the 'Song of Alaska' series is off to a good start.Lydia Gray finds herself a widow when her husband (who married her for money after his 1st wife died), is in an accident and dies. She is relieved to be free of him as he was a cruel taskmaster to her. What she was not expecting was to become the sole recipient of her late husband's fortune. The grown stepchildren are furious that she gets "their" money and plan evil ways to get it. Lydia secretly leaves the life she was never happy with and flees to Alaska, where her aunt Zeralda lives. There she finds peace and contentment and learns, with the help of the Kjell Lindquist, the owner of the local sawmill, what true love really looks like. But when the "family" finally finds Lydia things go very wrong and it will take trust and faith in a God who can and will work all things out for good. Bad things do happen to good people and the author does a good job of dealing with the doubts and questions that arise in this story. I am looking foward to reading the rest of this series.As a side note, the covers on the books in this series are really beautiful and draw you into wanting to read what is inside. It also taking place in Alaska is another draw for me as it is a part of the country I have always enjoyed reading about and would love to visit someday.
Quiltinfun06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What an exciting book to have won in the giveaway. I have never read anything by Tracie Peterson before but if this is any indication of her novels; she has a new fan for sure. The story of Lydia Sellers an abused woman who finds her way to Sitka Alaska after the death of her husband and father was extremely well written. From the very first pages I embraced Lydia's struggle to be free of the Seller's family and everything they stood for.Once in Alaska we meet her Aunt Zerelda another character that adds depth to the story by slowly revealing how much God influences her life and heart.Watching the transformation of Lydia, especially, once she meets Kjell gives hope to any ailing spirit.The story that unfolds is spellbinding. As the Seller's persist in disrupting Lydia's peace, we learn like Lydia to have faith in God and His plans for us.I truly enjoyed reading this novel. It made me revisit my faith giving me plenty to think about long after I read the last page.I look forward to reading more books by Tracie Peterson and I thank LTR's book giveaway for giving me the opportunity to discover this author.
xaverie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An easy read, I zoomed through Dawn's Prelude. Though I went through it quickly, it was mostly because of the relatively innocuous story and characters. Every character was either irredeemably evil or saintly with very little in between.The best way to explain this book would be to compare it too a watercolour painting. There is little definition or fleshing out of the story or characters. The main character, abused for many years by her evil husband, seems to get over the problems far too easily with little thought. I wouldn't recommend this story to anyone but frail grandmothers looking for a relatively boring romance with multiple mentions of God and little to no conflict.
checkerdandy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I too won this book through the Early Reviewers group. I don't remember reading that God was going to be a huge part of the book, or else I probably wouldn't have requested it. It was a cutesy romance with a huge helping of God. I probably would have found the story much more compelling if it were just the action (babynapping! amnesia! good vs. evil!) without the preaching.I'd recommend this book if you're into soap operas and Jesus. For the rest of us, I think it's a bit too bible-thumping. The characters were likable enough, and the story was quick, but that wasn't enough to redeem this book.
curls_99 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I feel like this book has been well reviewed in some ways and unfairly reviewed in others. Yes, it is a short, easy read. Yes, it is a simple, clear-cut story line with, admittedly, little depth. I do feel, though, that those who are requesting Early Reviewers books should be aware of the fact that there are religious books offered and should do a little research on the author of a book before requesting it if they are going to complain for receiving one.That being said, I enjoyed this book. I knew that it was by a Christian author so was not surprised by the emphasis on the guidance of God and the power of prayer. I enjoyed imagining the setting of Alaska (a destination I have always dreamed of going to). While I would not always want to read lighter fare like the Song of Alaska series, sometimes it is nice to be able to just sit back and enjoy a simple story. I look forward to the next installment!
rebecca191 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a teenager, Lydia Sellers was forced to marry a cruel man to advance her father¿s business interests. Now, after many unhappy years in an abusive marriage, twenty-eight year old Lydia is relieved by the death of her husband in the spring of 1871. Through a technicality in the will, she has inherited her husband¿s entire fortune, and decides to leave Kansas City behind and go to live a quiet life with her aunt on the Alaskan frontier.Arriving in Sitka, Alaska, Lydia meets the handsome young sawmill owner Kjell Bjorklund, and begins a relationship with him that may lead to romance. But then she discovers that she is pregnant with her late husband¿s child, something she did not expect since she had many miscarriages during her marriage, leading her to believe she could not have children. Will Kjell still love her if she is having another man¿s child? And how far will her greedy adult stepchildren go to claim the fortune they believe is rightfully theirs, especially now that she is having their father¿s child?Dawn¿s Prelude is the first book in another new series from the prolific Tracie Peterson, who has written many inspirational historical romances. This book is an enjoyable read that combines a tender romance with suspense in an interesting historical setting. It is sure to be enjoyed by the author's many many fans, and is also a good choice for new readers looking to try something by this author.
toryaslim822 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a cute short book, however I thought god played a to big of a role. I am not really into reading christian fiction books. But I did enjoy this one. I have passed it on to my aunts. I probaby wouldn't have requested this book in the Early Reviewers if I knew that it was a Christian Fiction book.