Monday, July 8, 2019

Review + GIVEAWAY: Sweet Home Alaska by Beth Carpenter

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Sweet Home Alaska
(Northern Lights #5)

By Beth Carpenter
Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
July 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Some sparks last forever.

But once burned…

World traveler Dr. Scott Willingham is known for being calm and levelheaded—except where Volta Morgan is concerned. In the ten years since they parted, Scott still can’t forget her. Now he’s come to Alaska to find Volta and finally let her go, only to find their attraction is stronger than ever. Can Scott leave her behind one last time…or has he truly found a place to call home?

Other Books in the Series

My Thoughts

In Sweet Home Alaska, Beth Carpenter delivers another wonderfully entertaining clean romance in the Northern Lights series. Initially drawn to the series by the Alaskan setting, I quickly developed an appreciation for Carpenter’s smooth, mature writing, warm characters, and creative storytelling. Northern Lights is a great series of stories with connected characters that you get to revisit, although each story stands alone. For fans of sweet romance, a Beth Carpenter story is not to be missed.

Sweet Home Alaska features one of my favorite themes, a second chance at love, building on a relationship previously established. For Dr. Scott Willingham and paramedic Volta Morgan, it had been ten years since their breakup, instigated by Scott. I loved their spark-filled initial meeting in the opening pages, and had to laugh at Scott’s attempt to apologize for arbitrarily deciding years earlier that Volta deserved better than the type of relationship his job with the humanitarian organization DEMA (Doctors, Education, and Medicine for All) allowed him to offer at the time. Let’s just say that it didn’t go well, in spite of each one’s obvious feelings for the other.

I loved how the state of Alaska becomes a major character as the author vividly conveys not only its awesome majesty, but its people. Sweet Home Alaska focuses on Alaska’s outlying villages, where the rugged beauty also carries some disadvantages, especially in the area of medical needs relating to pregnancy. Scott’s job is one of gathering information as he assesses these needs, and having Volta along as his liaison with the people she knows well gives their relationship a chance to grow. Then there’s Volta’s daughter – the precious, scene stealing, “almost eight” Emma who loves horses with a passion.

Sweet Home Alaska is the complete package – a sweet romance filled with rich characters and depth. I enjoyed the chemistry between Scott and Volta, and learned a lot about the needs of people in rural Alaska. Here’s hoping for more stories in this engaging series!


I received a copy of this book through Prism Book Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

About the Author

Once upon a time ...

when Beth Carpenter was a little girl, she read everything she could get her hands on, and entertained herself on the school bus by making up stories in her head. Not a lot has changed. She's still consuming books like M&Ms, and spends her days creating happily-ever-afters for her imaginary friends.

She lives in Alaska and Arizona with her husband and an aggressively affectionate fifty-pound lap dog. She loves to hear from readers.

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- A neoprene pansy-print lunch tote
- A $20 Amazon gift card

Please note: International entries welcome, but if the winner has no US mailing address, the substitute prize will be AN ALASKAN PROPOSAL and ALASKAN HIDEAWAY ebooks, plus a $20 Amazon gift card.

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  1. Thank you for the giveaway. The books sounds like another delightful read for this series. Thanks for the review.

  2. Thank you, Carole, for the lovely review, and for featuring me on the blog today.

  3. Very pretty cover. Like the Alaska location.

  4. I love pansies and know they last long into fall as they can stand the cold weather. The pansies on the cover make me think of hardiness and the sturdiness of a life in cold weather of Alaska.

  5. While I've only been to Alaska once, I love reading about Alaska. The story sounds exciting, and I can't wait to read it.

  6. Enjoyed the expert. Look forward to reading this the cover.

  7. Congratulations on this nice review! I haven't started this series yet but I want to read all of these books. Sweet Home Alaska's cover is my favorite. Thank you so much for sharing the book and series info.