Newly widowed Lydia Sellers, longing to put the memories of a painful marriage behind her, determines to travel to Alaska to join her aunt. Lydia's arrival in Sitka, however, brings things she didn't expect: the acquaintance of Kjell Bjorklund, the handsome owner of the sawmill; and 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.
I found the book way too simple, with too much proselytizing. The characters were painted with watercolors, very pale and incomplete. None of the actions were adequately developed.
There was a little history thrown in, though not enough to make me consider this to be historical fiction. It seems that this is the first in a proposed series, so perhaps the author intends to expound upon the treatment of women in the 1800s and/or the Tlingit population of Alaska during that time period.
Is a person a prostitute if that person was paid to have a sexual liaison with someone, but that tryst never occurred? If so, then in a refreshing twist, the obligatory would-be prostitute in this story was male. Yes, that's right -- male!
I suppose somebody will enjoy this shallow narrative, but that somebody would not be me.
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.
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.
I thought more history of Alaska would be included. Because the story is so rote I lost interest quickly, but did finish it. My wife also read the book in a single sitting and enjoyed it immensely, which is I am sure more the target audience than me.
I give the book, an easy read, one star.
If this is to be the beginning of a series perhaps some of the events following the end of this book will be brought to light instead of wondering what happened to the awful relatives back in Kansas City and/or how did Evie fit into the Alaska scene over time.
I try to write my review before reading any others and now, I find that I agree with alicetroxel.
She showed all through the book that God is always on our side and that he will take care of his children. I thorougly enjoyed this book and read it in two days. Lydia was involved in an abusive marriage at the beginning of the book and with the help of Christians she realized she could trust God even in her situation. I can't tell you more and give away the ending, but I thought it was great.
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.
There’s much to love about Dawn’s Prelude — suspenseful action, endearing characters, despicable bad guys, and a stunning setting. I found the historical context very interesting. Travel to Alaska from the lower 48 was daunting — train and ship. The American army was in charge of Sitka, and the native population, though posing no threats, were treated poorly, forced to live in a sequestered part of the city and under curfew. Nature, along with the bad guys, was a formidable foe. Peterson captures the time and place well. Many obstacles are placed in front of the characters throughout the course of the book, but there is definitely a HEA. A meaningful faith thread is presented as well. The only thing I did not like about the book was the quick wrap-up — things just seemed to resolve too quickly. The book is part of a 3-book series, but the next book is set 15-20 years after Dawn’s Prelude, so it can certainly be read as a standalone. I listened to the audio version, and the reader did a great job of telling the story.
For action, adventure, suspense, and romance, Dawn’s Prelude is a good choice whether you are traveling to Alaska or in need of a great staycation.
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(I purchased the audiobook from Audible. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
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.
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.