I love novels set in Alaska. Honestly, I just love Alaska and I love novels, so the two make a perfect combination!
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Novels Set in Alaska? Yes, Please!
I love reading books about familiar settings, so when I saw Elizabeth Goddard set her latest novel in Alaska, I wanted to read it. She set the Rocky Mountain Courage Series in Montana, a state I called home for over a decade. I’ve spent my last seven summers in Alaska, so I couldn’t wait to dive in to Cold Light of Day.
Do you enjoy reading novels set in Alaska or other places where you’ve lived or want to live? Does a book’s setting ever determine whether or not you purchase or read a book?
By Elizabeth Goddard, Fleming H. Revell Co., February 7, 2023, 352 pages.
When beleaguered police chief Autumn Long faces a series of unsolved crimes in her small Alaskan town of Shadow Gap, she has no idea each case could connect to the others. A missing hiker, a drowning woman, a body anchored in a wrecked ship, and a police shooting. But despite a certain town council member who wants her fired, Autumn will do anything to protect the people who call Shadow Gap home.
As she and town newcomer Grier Brenner investigate, Autumn can’t shake the feeling that someone is watching her. Even worse, her first sight of the man triggers a memory of the worst day of her life—the day her mother drowned.
Grier Brenner disappeared to Shadow Gap to escape false accusations while his friend and fellow agent promised to find the evidence to exonerate him. Only Krueger hasn’t checked in for two weeks, and Grier doesn’t know what to do next. Despite Grier’s plan to stay under the radar, when he sees a woman struggling to swim in the frigid waters of Lewis Inlet, he swims to her rescue.
When the chief asks him to dive the scene with her the following day, they find a body anchored to an old shipwreck instead of the alleged boat of the woman who nearly drowned.
Grier knows God has placed him in Shadow Gap, but he doesn’t know who’s threatening the peace of the town or the safety of the police force. Will the beautiful police chief become the next victim?
What I Loved About this Book
Goddard creates a cast of quirky characters with relatable problems to people the fictional town along Alaska’s southeast shoreline. Readers will identify with Autumn, a woman seeking to honor her father despite his choices, and Grier, a man who doesn’t understand why someone framed him. But he knows with certainty that God has him where he wants him.