series: Song of Alaska
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When Phoebe Robbins learns her family will move to Sitka, Alaska, she is unsure what this wild, untamed land might offer her. But before she even sets foot on this new territory, she has an unexpected encounter with Dalton Lindquist.
Dalton is a man haunted by dark family secrets. When he decides to pursue answers to his past, he finds he must leave Sitka... and the lovely Phoebe. But Dalton is not the only one who has sought her attention. His best friend, Yuri, determines to claim her affection, as well.
As the past collides with a tenuous future, the battle for Phoebe's heart is only the start of the challenges that face them...
"When Dalton's sister Evie must return to Kansas City to deal with her husband's death, he goes along to learn more about his heritage. He leaves behind a budding romance with Phoebe Robbins, newly arrived in Sitka as part of the third governor's entourage, and an estrangement from his best friend, Yuri Belikov, whose father owns the local boat-building firm where both work. Peterson's second historical inspirational romance set in late-nineteenth-century Alaska builds on the events of Dawn's Prelude (2009) as they affect the next generation. Evie can move forward with her feelings for local mill owner Joshua Broadstreet, and Dalton will meet his other siblings in order to evaluate their temperaments and intentions for himself. Although critical readers may find some of the characters' inappropriately modern sensibilities discordant, engaging descriptions of the Alaskan setting and cultural tensions and rapid pacing help the reader enter fully into the Lindquist drama."
--Lynne Welch, Booklist, March 1, 2010
"Eighteen fictional years have sped by, and the second book in Peterson's 'Song of Alaska' series continues the saga of the Gray-Lindquist family. Dalton LIndquist is now a young man ready to make his own way in the world, but first he needs some answers about his heritage. He's disappointed to discover that his birth father's family is just as evil and manipulative as ever, but realizes that his heavenly Father has given him a legacy that redeems the pain of his past.
"Peterson tells an engaging tale with multiple plot lines and intriguing characters. Readers will find this a sweet story of romance and self-discovery."
--Kris Wilson, CBA Retailers + Resources, March 2010
"Dalton LIndquist has lived most of his life in Sitka, Alaska--the exception being the brief time he spent as a baby with his half-brothers and sisters after they shot his mother and kidnapped him to gain control of his inheritance. Dalton's mother survived the assault and got him back through the help of one of the sisters, who brought Dalton back to Sitka and remained there herself. At age eighteen, Dalton learns about the kidnapping and assault and wants to go to Kansas City to get to know these mysterious half-siblings better and see if they have changed their evil ways.
"When Alaska receives a new governor, Phoebe Robbins moves to Sitka with her family. Her father is a longtime friend and colleague of the governor. Unfortunately, the Robbins family has a tainted past, as Phoebe's grandfather, a banker, stole from his clients. The money was never recovered, and many in Vermont blame Phoebe's father. This move to Alaska will hopefully take him far from news of this crime. Phoebe's father is innocent of any wrongdoing.
"As the boat carrying the Robbins nears Sitka's shores, Phoebe falls overboard and Dalton dives into the cold water to rescue her. It is love at first sight for them both.
"A Christian romance set in 1889-90, Morning's Refrain is heavy on the religious elements, with characters (including five-year-olds) turning frequently to God and often quoting scripture. Some of the difficult situations the characters find themselves in seem forced, but for those who seek God's help, everything works out at the end."
--Elizabeth Caulfield Felt, Historical Novels Review, Issue 53, 2010