Under the Midnight Sun (The Heart of Alaska Book #3)

Under the Midnight Sun (The Heart of Alaska Book #3)

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Tayler Hale is ahead of her time as one of the first women naturalists. She has always loved adventure and the great outdoors, and her remote job location also helps keep her away from the clutches of the man to whom she once made a foolish promise. It seems she must keep running, however, and in secret, her boss from Yellowstone arranges for a new job . . . in Alaska.

The popular Curry Hotel continues to thrive in 1929 as more visitors come to Alaska and venture into the massive national park surrounding Denali. Recent graduate Thomas Smith has returned to the hotel and the people he considers family. But when a woman naturalist comes to fill the open position and he must work with her, everything becomes complicated.

The summer brings unexpected guests and trouble to Curry. With his reputation at stake, will Thomas be able to protect Tayler from the danger that follows?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493417308
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2019
Series: Heart of Alaska Series , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,321
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Tracie Peterson's love for history and research fuels the bestselling stories she writes. She is the author of more than one hundred novels and the recipient of the 2011 ACFW Lifetime Achievement Award. Tracie and her family live in Montana.

Kimberley Woodhouse is a multi-published author of fiction and nonfiction. A popular speaker and teacher, she's shared her theme of "Joy Through Trials" with more than half a million people across the country at more than 2,000 events. Kim and her incredible husband of twenty-five-plus years live in Montana and have two adult children.
Tracie Peterson (www.traciepeterson.com) 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.
Kimberley Woodhouse (www.kimberleywoodhouse.com) is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than fifteen fiction and nonfiction books. A popular speaker and teacher, she's shared her theme of "Joy Through Trials" with more than half a million people across the country at more than 2,000 events. Kim and her incredible husband of twenty-five-plus years have two adult children. She's passionate about music and Bible study and loves the gift of story. You can connect with Kimberley on her website and at www.facebook.com/KimberleyWoodhouseAuthor.

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Under the Midnight Sun 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Stacy Simmons 6 months ago
Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse always craft an entertaining story with faith running through them. This third book in The Heart of Alaska series can be a stand-alone but I'd say to read the other ones as well since they are wonderful. If you like a story with a spunky, smart heroine and a kind, handsome hero, you'll enjoy this beautiful novel. It's the kind where you think about the characters even after you've finished the book. You'll be hooked from the first page, after all, it's love and the great outdoors of Alaska!
RobinWillson 9 months ago
Wealth. Society. Greed. Taylor wanted to get away from them and her family. She had grown up camping and hiking with her father, brother and his friend. A girl after my own heart, she went to college and earned a degree in Botany, then went to work at Yellowstone park as a guide. After her father died, her mother pushed her to marry her brother's friend to unite their fortunes. Since she'd learned the true nature of the man, and her mother was unrelentless, Tylor jumped on an opportunity to go to Curry, Alaska to work. She is perfectly suited for the job, but they were expecting a man. If you read the previous book, you're familiar with the family of the Curry Hotel. You wouldn't need to read the other book first, but you'd be glad that you did. They're a group of special people, centered in their faith in God and Jesus in their lives. A great story of self discovery and forgiveness. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher and NetGalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” #UnderTheMidnightSun #TraciePeterson #KimberleyWoodhouse #BooksYouCanFeelGoodAbout #NetGalley
Reli 11 months ago
This is the third in the Heart of Alaska Series and so it was fun to go back and read a little bit more about the other main characters from the other books. I think you could probably read this as a stand-alone book, but it wouldn't make as much sense. Even though I've read the other books, it's been a while and I found myself struggling to remember all the details and while the book was good on its own, it would have been more complete if I could have remembered the other books better. I loved reading about what finally happened to Thomas, the likable, but clumsy side character from the other books. He's all grown up now and still quite likable. Tayler is also quite likable, a lady willing to forgo society's protocol for the wealthy and pursue her own dreams at the risk of alienating her mother, who was being quite unrealistic. And we'll leave the story at that because I don't want to give away any spoilers. One thing I loved about the book was the emphasis on seeking God and keeping Him foremost in the character's lives. Tracie and Kimberley do a nice job of bringing God into the equation without sounding preachy and uptight. And they are so right, we can't do a good job, we can't have clear direction if we forget to keep God first. I needed this reminder for myself to take the time I need to spend with God. I really enjoyed this book. There was a little suspense, nothing too major, but a definitely unexpected twist toward the end you didn't necessarily see coming, but which proved to be a beautiful example of forgiveness lived out. I really enjoyed this book as I do most of Tracie and Kimberley's books. I received this one from NetGalley and was not required to write a positive review.
DixieJudy 11 months ago
Tracie Peterson & Kimberley Woodhouse have teamed up for another outstanding story in this third book in The Heart of Alaska trilogy. I'm glad that I read the first two books as I was able to connect with the characters once again. Of course we have new characters added with their problems and loves. This makes for another interesting read. This novel could be a stand alone, as lots of the previous books were given. You can relate to the love for God and personal faith that the characters portrayed and the way they would search their hearts to be sure and do the right thing......... I received a complimentary copy of this book from the authors and publisher and was under no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
DixieJudy 11 months ago
Tracie Peterson & Kimberley Woodhouse have teamed up for another outstanding story in this third book in The Heart of Alaska trilogy. I'm glad that I read the first two books as I was able to connect with the characters once again. Of course we have new characters added with their problems and loves. This makes for another interesting read. This novel could be a stand alone, as lots of the previous books were given. You can relate to the love for God and personal faith that the characters portrayed and the way they would search their hearts to be sure and do the right thing......... I received a complimentary copy of this book from the authors and publisher and was under no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
grammy57 12 months ago
I was excited when Netgalley approved me to read this book. The review is not required, but given anyway. I have enjoyed every book I've read by Tracie Peterson. I have not read Kimberley Woodhouse before this. When I first started the book, I was afraid I was not going to enjoy it but kept on anyway. Well, I am so thankful I did. The story(I do not do a synopsis, you can read those when buying) is set in the 1920s in Alaska. It is Christian, but not preachy. By Christian, I mean it shows how a Christian should act and react to things in their lives. It is also part suspense/mystery and part romance. This is part of a series, but I did not read any of the previous books. It didn't seem to matter, but maybe I would have enjoyed this more if I had read others first. I did not like the ending but it would spoil the story to say why other than I felt some things could have been cleared up but were not. The editing was pretty good. It did not detract from my enjoyment at all. I like this book and give it 4 stars out of 5.
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swissgranny More than 1 year ago
With rich historical detail and colorful characters, Under the Midnight Sun swept me away to Alaska in the 1920s. I enjoyed learning more about the Curry Hotel and the development of the area around Denali. Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse have painted a beautiful picture of that area and populated it with endearing and charming characters who come alive on the page. I admired Tayler Hale with her spunk and independence and determination to follow her dreams. Thomas Smith is a wonderful hero with his care and consideration for others and his protective instincts. The writing is clear, concise and easy to read. Threads of faith and forgiveness weave through the story and give it an added uplifting dimension. Although this is the third and last book in The Heart of Alaska series by these authors, it can easily be read as a stand alone book. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN is the third and final book in this dynamic dual's series, The Heart of Alaska, and fans will want to read In the Shadow of Denali and Out of the Ashes first as they have continuing characters. In this long-awaited story of the sweet bumbling boy fans have grown to love, Thomas has a few more challenges to face. Tayler is running, and with a masculine name in a time period where women were only beginning to find rights, she is hired where she wants to be but they assume she's male until she arrives. She has to prove herself which becomes harder when her past follows her. An awesome faith message, this book had me closing it with a sigh of contentment. I absolutely loved this whole series, but this book outshone them all. Bravo, Woodhouse and Peterson. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
Leonas_Lines More than 1 year ago
A Review of " Under The Midnight Sun" by Tracie Peterson & Kimberley Woodhouse "The Heart of Alaska"--Book Three For those of you who have read Books 1 and 2 of the "Heart of Alaska" series, this Book 3 will indeed be one that you will want to read also. For those of you who haven't yet read this series, hopefully this review will inspire you to do so, for this book and those previous in this series are definately page turners that are full of adventure, romance, godly inspiration, and life events that we can all relate to, plus readers are given a chance to learn about the beautiful state of Alaska and it's wonderful nature and scenery, like the once thriving Curry Hotel and the hightest mountain peak in North America, Denali-"the High One" (Although, in the setting of this story of 1919, Alaska was not yet one of the USA states. It didn't become a US state until 1959) In this Book 3 "Under The Midnight Sun" we journey along the with Tayler Hale on her trail of life that is full of adventure quite unlike that of women living in 1919 high society. Tayler is more of a "tomboy" than a social butterfly, much to her mother's unliking, yet encouraged by her father, she becomes a very learned Naturalist who is independant, preferring to work instead of rely on her family's fortune. Though Tayler is faced with dealing with a tragic turns of events in her family, whom she always held dear, and with a fiance whom proved un-faithful, she remains strong in her faith and relies on God's strength to carry her through difficult days and relationships that threaten her future. It is inspiring to read of her devotion to Christ and her faithfulness to prayer and trust in the Lord's leading as Tayler let's nothing stop her from moving towards the doors of opportunity that God opens for her. I hope you will choose to read this book to find out where God leads Tayler and to experience the people, places and relationships He brings into her life, ultimately for good, as He always does for those who trust in Him and seek His guidance. I received this book as a free gift from Tracie Peterson, for winning one of her contest's on Facebook. I was not obligated to write a positive review, but I chose to do so because I really enjoyed reading this book. --Leona J. Atkinson
BrendaLee More than 1 year ago
Two of my favorite authors and I’m always glad to read their books. I love the characters and the way the details are written. You feel like you really know these people. I love when I fall in love with the characters and the scenes and people are so real to me. I read a book one time that I really loved the characters and one was dying of consumption. I wanted to ask prayer for him. Yep! The historical details that these two authors put into their books are amazing. I can just picture the Alaskan Territory. If you want to read a wonderful historical fiction book with unforgettable characters and unexpected turns all the while learning about the Alaskan Territory don’t miss this one. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers/authors. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own!
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This is book three in The Heart of Alaska series, I would say it is a stand alone book, however you do miss a lot of history of some of the characters in the book if you just jump into this one. You will not have a problem keeping up with what is going on but you will miss some great reads and again history of some of the characters. The focus of this book is on the beautiful, wealthy, independent, Tayler Hale. When Tayler finds her self in a situation she only feels like the answer is to run, she is surprised to find it taking her to Alaska. Tayler must learn to trust God, man. Thomas Smith has been through many changes in his life. When he returns 'home' he is a bit unsettled and must learn to rely on God. Thomas is not sure what to think of Tayler when she first arrives. The sparks and misunderstandings in this book will leave you laughing and shaking your head. I love the 'family' at Curry and the many lessons they all must learn. The many sub characters add so much to this story as well.
Creative2xmom More than 1 year ago
The third installment in the Heart of Alaska series, Under the Midnight Sun, takes us back to the Curry Hotel where we revisit such beloved characters as Cassidy, Alan, and Mrs. Johnson. This time, the authors, Terri Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse, focus on Thomas, the beloved orphan who has now grown up and returned from college. Struggling to find his place in the world, Thomas finds that his growing discontent leaves him with a lot of questions. When new hire, Taylor Hale, arrives, Thomas becomes frustrated that she is assigned as a new guide in the Alaskan wilderness. As for Ms. Hale, Thomas' hesitation is nothing new. Having worked in the National Parks system for years, she's used to living in a man's world. But proving herself as a guide is nothing compared to what she faces if she returns home. Hiding from an unfaithful ex-suitor, Taylor struggles to overcome her past and forge a new life. Can Taylor and Thomas overcome their differences? Or will Taylor's past catch up to her before she can open her heart? And what changes are in store for our other beloved friends at the Curry Hotel? Peterson and Woodhouse have done it again with the third, and final, book in the Heart of Alaska series. With so many wonderful characters, they continue to bring fresh new storylines while remaining true to the first two books. Against the backdrop of Alaska, this series introduces to multiple conflicts: against the elements, against others, and again man's own nature. And while the focus is on Thomas' storyline, other plots play well in the background, wrapping up a happy ending for the Curry Hotel. Although I would love to see this series continue, I am happy to say that Peterson and Woodhouse have left me with a content feeling that all is well for our friends in Alaska. I would whole heartedly recommend this book to a friend and am happily looking forward to books written by these authors in the future. *Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I loved this story. I did not want to put this down. Taylor was such a rebel for these times. I loved that she was quite independent. Thomas was great also. He found a family at the hotel and learned to trust in God to help him. I loved the descriptions of Alaska. It seems like a beautiful state. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
THouchin1 More than 1 year ago
I loved this final installment in the Heart of Alaska Series! I am currently planning a trip to Alaska this summer and wish the Curry Hotel was still there. I would so love to see this setting in real life... This is Thomas and Tayler's story, but all of the characters we have come to love from the previous two books are still in attendance and working at the Curry Hotel. This books tells about the circumstances under which naturalist, Tayler Hale, comes to work at the Curry Hotel. The trouble she is running from follows her to the hotel. Poor Thomas has his hands full with trying to protect Tayler and thwarting the flirtatious advances from three high society young ladies while not insulting their parents. It makes for quite a fast moving story and is full of lovely, descriptive details about Alaska. This book could be read as a stand alone, but I highly suggest you read the other two books in the series before you read this one.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Under the Midnight Sun by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse is the final story in The Heart of Alaska series. Taylor Cole is a naturalist and guide at Yellowstone National Park. She returned home after her father passed away to console her mother, but her mother has dedicated herself to Hale Industries. Mrs. Hale does, though, continue to pressure her daughter to marry Emerson Pruitt to whom she became engaged to ten years prior. After discovering his cheating way, Taylor called off the engagement three years ago. Taylor returns to the job she loves at Yellowstone. When she gets a letter from Emerson stating he is coming to fetch her, Taylor decides it is time to disappear. With the aid of her boss, Taylor obtains a position at the Curry Hotel in Alaska Territory. Thomas Smith has recently graduated from college and returned to the place and people he loves at the Curry Hotel. With a summer full of tourists, Thomas is happy they have hired a new guide to aid Mr. Bradley and himself. They are unprepared for diminutive Taylor who is determined to prove that she can handle the job. Thomas had a bad experience in college with a young woman and it makes him leery of trusting Taylor. The summer will prove to be challenging for the people who live and work at the Curry Hotel. Thomas and Taylor will need to keep their wits about them if they are to navigate through the difficulties that lay ahead of them. Under the Midnight Sun is a complex and multifaceted novel. I thought is was well-written with a good flow. The transitions between characters is smooth. I found the story captured my attention and held it. There are multiple characters with Taylor Hale and Thomas Smith being the main focus. We do get to catch up on Colette, Margaret Johnson, Allan and Cassidy Brennan with their busy twin boys, Pastor Wilcox, and Jen-Michel and Katherine. I like that the authors featured a strong female character who has gone to college and is in an unusual profession. I recommend reading the book in The Heart of Alaska series in order. I have enjoyed watching Thomas go from a gangly and clumsy boy to a confident adult with a strong faith in God. Colette has settled into life at the Curry Hotel and finds herself attracted to Dr. Reilly. Margaret Johnson, the cook for the Curry Hotel, finds herself with two suitors much to the staff’s amusement. Can Margaret open her heart to a new love? The Christian element is strong in Under the Midnight Sun as our characters pray for guidance and seek the counsel of Pastor Wilcox. There are scripture references and discussions about faith (forgiveness, following God’s path for our life, prayer). I enjoyed the beautiful descriptions of Alaska (I would love to visit). I am giving Under the Midnight Sun 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). There are recipes from the Curry Hotel at the end of the book. The ending will leave you with a smile on your face (it is cute and romantic). Under the Midnight Sun is an engaging historical novel that has well-developed characters, intrigue, romance, suspense and humor.
Cindi_A More than 1 year ago
Sometimes the best books are the hardest to review. There are so many things that I loved about this story. The characters were amazing and genuine. So easy to relate to and care for. The writing style of Tracie Peterson is so smooth and covers realistic situations. Kimberly Woodhouse is new-to-me but I'm sure she contributed greatly to increase my reading satisfaction. One can't help but get lost in the story. I think what I enjoyed most about this particular book is the real-life struggles that people go through. The way the authors present the issues and show the reader good Christian ways to get through such situations is exemplary. Tracie is blessed with the ability to share her faith in Jesus through her writing. I can't say enough about how her stories touch my heart. I'm saddened to say good bye to these wonderful characters, especially Thomas. He sure came a long way from the days when he left the orphanage. The setting for this story was exceptional. I've never been to Alaska but feel as though I had a quick visit through these pages. This novel can be easily read as a standalone but I highly recommend starting at the beginning of the series. You won't want to miss anything. I truly loved this book and all the thoughts above are from my heart. Although I was awarded a copy of this book through the publisher it has no bearing on my review.
tealovingbookworm More than 1 year ago
Curry Hotel, in the heart of Denali National Park. In the last book in the Heart of Alaska series, it’s 1929 and Tayler Hale is trying to run away from her problems after her dad’s death, her ex-fiancé Elliott’s indiscretions, yet his insistence on still planning a wedding, and her mom’s transformation into someone Tayler doesn’t even recognize. So off she secretly runs to a new job at the Curry Hotel in the beautiful area surrounding Alaska’s popular Denali Park. There’s a romantic interest with Thomas Smith, some twists and turns with Elliott (turns out you can’t run away from your problems), and she forms some deep friendships with the Curry Hotel staff. But most of all, this book tells of the redemptive love God has for each of us and how we are to demonstrate His love toward others. I found Under the Midnight Sun to be an easy read, yet not easily predictable, as it will keep you intrigued throughout. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a positive review.
3C More than 1 year ago
Under the Midnight Sun is a very compelling conclusion to The Heart of Alaska series. This third novel in the series is just as beautifully descriptive and entertaining as the first. It was wonderful to meet up with familiar characters, but the novel can enjoyably be read as a stand-alone. As one who appreciates history and loves to travel to the national parks and mountains, I was very pleased by the depth of the authors' historic and topographic research. The tension, anxiety, and friendship they build between Thomas Smith and Tayler Hale, a young socialite with a non traditional career of naturalist, is real and kept me invested in the book. A light element of suspense also presents in the narrative. The descriptive writing has you seeing the splendor of the area in your mind. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Phyllis_H More than 1 year ago
Alaska in 1929 is an unusual setting for a historical novel, which made this one all the more interesting. I would love to be able to spend time there in person - not just in the stories I read about it! Tayler had a heart for God, and yet she struggled with the changes that had come over her life since her father had died. Changes that eventually led her to flee to Alaska without telling anyone where she had gone. I really appreciated her sensitivity towards God and thought it was sweet when, during a sermon, she was so taken by the truth being shared that she began to pray and focus on what she heard so that she missed hearing the rest of the message that was shared! Thomas is apparently a returning and beloved character from earlier books in the series. There are enough details about his backstory here (presented in an appropriate manner without being an info dump) to make me feel like I wasn’t missing anything as I read this. Though he was slightly awkward around Tayler, he was quite charming. I loved the way he cared so much about her and her reputation that he made a point of never allowing the two of them to be alone together. A strong spiritual thread ran through the story emphasizing the need to make God the focus of our lives, seeking Him more than anything else. This was handled quite well and in a way that didn’t seem forced or preachy. The story was told from the viewpoints of quite a few different characters, not just Tayler’s and Thomas.’ Most of them were necessary as this was not just about the two of them - there were actually three romances in the making. This was done well, without making me lose track of who was who despite the fact that I didn’t have the opportunity read the story straight through. There were a couple of situations in the story that seemed a little far-fetched, and the ending was slightly overdone, but these things didn’t detract from the story enough to earn more than an eye-roll from me. The story was enjoyable and just what I needed. Read with a Preview at AmongTheReads.net I was given a copy of this book for free. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.
Christianfictionandmore More than 1 year ago
This is a story of love and its role in setting life's priorities. It is a story of how the love of God and the love of money impact lives in extremely different ways. It is a story of family, both biological family and family built through an even deeper bond, a shared love of Christ. In my devotional reading time recently I read that in today's society many live as if their prayer would be, “Give me this day my daily thrill.” This story reminds us that the greatest thrills come through times of worship, time spent in God's creation, and time spent with the ones we love. While readers who started at the beginning of The Heart of Alaska series likely see this as the continuing story of Thomas Smith, for me joining this series in the third installment, I see it as the story of Tayler Hale, in which Thomas plays a major role. Thomas, raised in an orphanage and then put out to make his own way at age thirteen, knew no family before coming to work at the Curry Hotel in his native Alaska. Tayler Hale, raised in a close knit family, until it fell apart following her father's death, felt abandoned until she ran away to her new job at the Curry in an effort to escape being pulled down by her collapsing family. Both Thomas and Tayler found strength and courage within the family of believers who took them in and loved them. Both demonstrated the remarkable ability to forgive that comes from truly appreciating Christ's work on the cross. I recommend Under the Midnight Sun to those who long to see Christianity in action. May we be inspired to seek ways to become more like Christ. I appreciate receiving this copy from Bethany House through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
I devoured this as it is an excellent conclusion to The Heart of Alaska series. Revisiting the Curry Hotel and the characters we loved was enjoyable. Tayler Hale is the newcomer who has run from her past and she is identifiable and easily fits in with the family atmosphere. There are some unexpected turns that leave you feeling gobsmacked and thinking I didn’t see that one coming. The descriptions of Denali leave you wanting to visit as these authors picturesque details are flawless. I’m sad to see this series end as you feel like you are a part of these characters lives. Highly recommended but be prepared to not wanting to put it down. I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.