Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Love Finds You in North Pole, Alaska

Title: Love Finds You in North Pole, Alaska
Author: Loree Lough
Publisher: Summerside
Pages: 297
ISBN: 978-1-935416-19-7
Publication Date: October 1st, 2009

Synopsis:
A former Marine is no match for the spunky Sam Sinclair. Bryce Stone has returned to his hometown of North Pole, Alaska and he's not very happy about it. "The Town Where It's Christmas All Year Long" does not appeal to the self-admitted scrooge. What's worse, Bryce must postpone his dream of opening a furniture shop when his Aunt Olive retires and leaves him to manage the family's cluttered Christmas boutique. Bryce hires a petite and inexperienced young woman to run the store, figuring that if she fails, he can sell the place! But Bryce underestimates Sam, who grew up with seven rowdy brothers and is out to prove her mettle in the frozen north. It's a battle of wills and the two soon find that they're fighting for more than just the shop. After all, love takes as many forms as the snowflakes that blanket the streets of North Pole.
 Review:
I was drawn to this book by the title. I lived close to North Pole, AK and wanted to see how the story portrayed the town.

The story follows Samantha 'Sam' Sinclair, as she arrives to North Pole, Alaska having sold her town home and a lot of her possessions, to come be a chef at hotel restaurant in town. However, the day she arrived, she found out the owner gave the job to his nephew. Sam is now left with out a job and now home. She only has an RV. After having the proverbial rug out from under her feet, Sam is determined to find a job in this town. She loves that the Christmas spirit is everywhere.

Bryce Stone has only been back to North Pole for a few weeks. He's been discharged from the Marines and has moved back home after receiving an injury in combat that left him blind in one eye. After his parents died, Bryce was left his parent's Christmas shop in the small town. He is not one to sit behind a counter, so he leaves his Aunt Olive to find a manager for the store while he does his best to get a carpentry shop started.

Love Finds You in North Pole Alaska is a sweet story. It was a bit predictable, but it was a nice light read. My only issue with the story however was the way North Pole was portrayed. I will say, the people there are very nice! I use to visit the town a few times a year. They also have amazing food! Check out Diners, Drive-in, and Dives...they list their best restaurants. It is also a Christmas town through and through. Christmas lights are decked out as candy canes, all of the restaurants are decorated year round, and I will also say, they have a fantastic coffee shack! The book portrayed the town a little bigger then it really is and the drive to Fairbanks isn't that long. The book mentions that the men to women ratio is 3-1, but no explanation is given. The reason for such a high ratio is the fact that right past North Pole is an Air Force Base and in Fairbanks is an Army Post. Those were just a couple of things that stood out to me.

All in all, a cute story.
3 out of 5

2 comments:

Rissi said...

Sounds cute. Been wanting to read this one for a while now especially since we have family in Alaska. :)

Kate said...

Rissi, It is a cute story. I love to read books that are set in towns where I've been or where family are. They are fun to read. :-)