Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska, a novel written by authors Tricia Goyer & Ocieanna Fleiss.
I always find it extremely fascinating when I read a book that is co-authored. In many how-to writing books I've read, I've seen suggestions to never co-author, because of the problems that often ensue. I often wonder, "Does one person do the writing and the other edit or do they swap chapters and equally write?" And of course there are many other questions I harbor in my mind about co-authored novels. :) I won't bore you with those, though. No matter who did the writing and editing, LFY in Glacier Bay, Alaska, was beautifully done. (I'm going to abbreviate the story's title to "LFYGBA" from this point on in this entry, just so you know.) The writers did a beautiful job of capturing the scenery, making the characters feel like I could see them in my mind's eye, and the inclusion of the drenching rain felt palpable!
In this novel, there are snippets of letters tucked in that add to the story. This is a hard thing to accomplish seamlessly, but the authors did so magnificently.
Singer Ginny Marshall comes from a troubled home. Scars of cigarette burns on her back and memories of the only foster family who ever loved her buried with their tragic death, Ginny is looking ahead at the possibility of a promising career in music. With a stunning contract ready for her signature that promises to launch her into fame, Ginny is unsure. Wanting to talk to someone who understands her, Ginny flies to Glacier Bay, Alaska, to seek the advice of her former fiance, Brett Miller. When she finds that Brett is off traipsing through the area and can't be contacted, she develops a closeness to Brett's grandmother and an appreciation for the close-knit community. During her wait for Brett to return, Ginny absorbs herself in a box of old letters written by an early missionary to Alaska named Clay, and Ellie, the woman who moved there to be the governess of his motherless children.
This was a brilliant story line with precious characters and a tale that will tug at your heartstrings.