Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Beside Still Waters by AnnaLee Conti

September 11, 2017 AnnaLee Conti, Christian, giveaway, historical 17

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Is she jumping from a city firetrap into a wilderness icebox?

Violet Channing, orphaned at a young age, is tossed about by life’s turbulent waters when the aunt who raised her dies. She wants nothing more than to be a schoolteacher. Living in a Boston tenement in 1915, barely able to survive, she accepts a job as a live-in teacher for a sick child in the harsh Yukon Territory.

Sailing up the Inside Passage of Alaska, she falls in love with a dashing Yukon riverboat captain. Just when her life feels as beautiful as her new surroundings, tragedy strikes again.

Can Violet allow her losses to make her better not bitter and learn to love again in this continuing saga of the loves, tragedies, and second chances of a Norwegian immigrant family who must battle the beautiful but often dangerous waters of early twentieth century Southeast Alaska?

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SERIES: Alaskan Waters #3
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Fiction
PUBLISHER: Ambassador International
RELEASE DATE: April 18, 2017
PAGES: 269

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AnnaLee Conti’s Beside Still Waters takes us to the Alaskan frontier in 1915, with all its beauty and all its danger. Much like the Yukon Territory she comes to love, Violet Channing is a heroine we embrace through her heartaches and through her triumphs.

And heartaches she has a plenty. Beside Still Waters is at times honestly heartwrenching, and I confess that I was tempted to put it in the freezer a couple of times a la Joey on Friends. The sheer amount of grief that Violet has to endure hangs heavy over the reader too – a testament to the writer’s ability to connect us to this main character. From the beginning, nothing at all turned out the way I predicted as I read this tender story. And yet… especially in light of the other books in this series… it all turned out exactly as it was supposed to. And as Violet begins to understand more clearly how God is near to the brokenhearted, how He leads us beside still waters, we too as readers are reminded of His gentle hand in our own lives.

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Bottom Line: Beside Still Waters reminds me in a lot of ways of Janette Oke’s Canadian West series, and Violet grew into a friend just like Oke’s Elizabeth did. I cheered for her. I cried for her. I rejoiced with her. (I came really close to praying for her too LOL.) While some of the history suffers from a bit of info dumping, it has nevertheless piqued my interest in learning more about the Alaskan frontier during this time period. Reading Beside Still Waters has also whet my appetite for the rest of the series, and i plan to go back and read them as I have time. (You can absolutely read this one as a stand-alone, but after I read this one and then read the blurbs for the first two books I very much wanted to go back and see the whole series in context.)

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / All the feels

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about the author

AnnaLee Conti is an author, teacher, and ordained minister. She resides in the Mid-Hudson River Valley with her husband, Bob. Together, they have pastored churches in New York State for the 35 years. Her experiences growing up in a missionary family in Alaska during the fifties and sixties provide inspiration for her writing. In addition to her books, she has also published numerous short stories, articles, devotionals, and church school curriculum. She has one son and five grandchildren.

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Ambassador International is giving away three sets (digital) of the Alaskan Waters trilogy to my readers! Void where prohibited by law. This giveaway is hosted by the publisher, not RimSP, and is therefore not bound to my giveaway policies. Please check their terms & conditions before entering. Enter via the Gleam form below.

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17 Responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Beside Still Waters by AnnaLee Conti”

  1. Penny Mooney

    The feelings of a young girl being on her own. It pulls at my heartstrings and I would love to find out what happens to her.

  2. Lori Smanski

    wow this does sound interesting. I would love to see if she and the captain get together for good. What are her trials and where are her strengths? Will she need help with either?

  3. Kay Garrett

    I think because it shows that no matter what is thrown at us we must get up, wipe ourselves off and try again. Plus when you compared it to Janette Oke’s Canadian West series I knew it was a good fit for me. 🙂

  4. Sonnetta

    Her grief is pulling me in. I want to know she came out on the other side different but stronger.

  5. Evangeline

    Your comparison to Janette Oke’s Canadian West series assured me it would be a book I would enjoy. I look forward to reading it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  6. Jackie McNutt

    I love to read stories that will inspire me to move through the challenging times in my life and where I can feel empathy with the characters.
    Thank you for the giveaway and your wonderful review.

  7. Andrea Stephens

    To be compared to a Janette Oke book, well I think it’s a must read for me.

    The contest entry says “Sorry, that account doesn’t seem to exist anymore”
    Clearly, they don’t hear my phone chirping.

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