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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Out of the Ashes (The Heart of Alaska Book 2) by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse is the second book in The Heart of Alaska series, but it reads as a stand-alone book. I haven't read the first book of the series yet, but I still felt like I wasn't 'out of the loop' with Out of the Ashes. This book features new characters, which are the focus of the story, yet characters from the first book still play a part.

Collette and Jean-Michel Langelier leave 1925 post-war France and go to Alaska seeking adventure and escape. Katherine Demarchis is a young widow traveling to the foot of Mt. Denali with her grandmother. When she meets a character from her past, they struggle to regain a bond they once had:

"For weeks, Jean Michel had watched and waited for this moment. To be honest, he'd been waiting for years to see her face again. He grabbed his cane and walked across the crowded dining room. Katherine. His Katherine. His friend and confidante. His first and only love. She was here" (p. 127).

The authors did painstaking research for this series, which is evident throughout the novel. There are fictional characters, but also characters based on real people. I love this aspect of the book. Also, faith is interwoven throughout the book, and prayer, forgiveness, and hope are a big part of the characters lives.

The 1920s landscape, the imperfect characters, and the intriguing plot combine to make Out of the Ashes a page-turner.

The publisher provided a review copy of Out of the Ashes.