Book Review: Under The Midnight Sun by Tracie Peterson

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Synopsis:

Tayler Hale is ahead of her time as one of the first women naturalists. She has always loved adventure and the great outdoors, and her remote job location also helps keep her away from the clutches of the man to whom she once made a foolish promise. It seems she must keep running, however, and in secret, her boss from Yellowstone arranges for a new job . . . in Alaska.

The popular Curry Hotel continues to thrive in 1929 as more visitors come to Alaska and venture into the massive national park surrounding Denali. Recent graduate Thomas Smith has returned to the hotel and the people he considers family. But when a woman naturalist comes to fill the open position and he must work with her, everything becomes complicated.

The summer brings unexpected guests and trouble to Curry. With his reputation at stake, will Thomas be able to protect Tayler from the danger that follows?

  • Genre: Christian Historical Fiction/Romance

  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishing

  • Published: 01/2019

  • Pages: 315

  • Goodreads Rating: 4.43 Stars


Heidi’s Rating:

4 1/2 Stars

Suggested Drink Parings

Tea: Huckleberry Tea

Coffee: Espresso


And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.
— 1 John 3 23-24

Why I Chose This Book

I absolutely adore this series. Tracie knows how to write a series that hooks you in from the start. I have been looking forward to reading the final book in this series and happy I finally had the chance to read it!

First Initial Thoughts

Tayler is a young lady who just graduated college with a degree in Botany and plans to be a naturalist and interpreter. We start the story with her as a young teenager on a camping trip with her Father. She absolutely adores her father and is what we call a “daddy’s girl”. He takes her fishing, camping, and hiking despite her mother’s pleas not too. We also are introduced to her brother and his friend, Emerson. Emerson is smitten on Tayler. And Tayler likes him too or at least she thinks she does.

As the story moves forward 10 years we find out that her father just passed away. We also find out that Emerson is not a good man. I won’t spoil the reasons but let’s just say he is an a'*!!H.

Tayler has a new position in Yellowstone but her mother and Emerson has other plans. Ever since her father passed away her mother has been acting odd. Emerson wants to marry her but Tayler absolutely does not want to marry him due to his past. Tayler finds it odd that they are both pressuring her so hard on this marriage - and her mother is being quite mysterious about her unusual actions and friendship with a new man.

We met Thomas in the previous story and in this story Thomas is all grown up and has returned from college. He is now working with Allen as a tour guide for the hotel guests. The hotel is increasingly getting more and more guests and tour requests. Because of this they need to hire more experts in the field. Thomas was quite surprised that Tayler was the new hire - at first we think it’s because she is a woman but we find out the real reason later on.

The real Curry Hotel. Image via: John's Alaska Railroad Page

The real Curry Hotel. Image via: John's Alaska Railroad Page

Setting

This series is entirely set within the Curry Hotel and surrounding area. The Curry Hotel was a real hotel in the early 20th century and very popular with the wealthy. Before National Parks were accessible to everyone, only the elite and wealthy were able to afford and visit the national parks. I have always wanted to visit Alaska, and this story brings the beauty of that state alive. Tracie does such a great job immersing us into the environment and what it was like to operate a hotel during that time.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
— Proverbs 3:5-6

Final Thoughts

This is the third book in the series. I felt that it could be read as a standalone in the series. However, they did bring in characters from the previous two books, so it may be slightly confusing. Though I definitely think you could read it without reading the other two books first.

Tayler grew a lot throughout this story. Not only did she have to let go of the thought that all men are spiteful but she had to learn to forgive Emerson and her Mother. This is a huge lesson we all have to go through a few times in our lives. I also liked the fact that Tracie mentioned the fact that running away doesn’t solve the issue. Tayler ran away from home to Yellowstone without resolving her issues. We all have to learn how to forgive and love those around you - even your enemies.

Thomas, the other main character in the story, he also had to learn to forgive. I liked that Tayler and Thomas were so similar to each other even though they grew up in completely different backgrounds. They both had similar circumstances in regards to their relationships prior. I think that helped them connect on a deeper level as they both could relate.

This series wrapped up so nicely and it was nice to get closure on all the character’s stories. I am kind of sad though that we won’t get an update on all the characters after all the events. But that is what our imagination is for!

Would I Recommend?

Yes! I would definitely recommend reading the other two books first, however. Anyone interested in Alaska and nature will absolutely adore this series.


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the caffeinated bibliophile