Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Sweet Home Alaska by Beth Carpenter

Posted July 10, 2019 by meezcarrie in Beth Carpenter, contemporary, giveaway, romance / 23 Comments

about the book

Sweet Home Alaska
Northern Lights #5

GENRE: Contemporary “Clean” Romance
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Heartwarming
RELEASE DATE: July 1, 2019
PAGES: 368

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?

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Ok, let’s all get this out of our systems first…. sing with me, won’t you? “Sweet home, Alabama! Ala-ask-a!”

hmm… we should probably stick to reading 😉

I’ve always wanted to go to Alaska for an extended stay and every time I read another book in Carpenter’s Northern Lights series that urge just gets stronger! The author is highly skilled at setting a scene, pulling you right into the sights & sounds & smells of the Alaskan landscape. And, while you’re there in the middle of the story, you befriend all the characters too (well… except maybe for Volta’s sister-in-law in this case lol).

Volta has intrigued me since I first met her in the series (but don’t worry – it reads fine as a standalone) and I was super excited to discover that Sweet Home Alaska was her story. As I expected, she has a layered history with two major lost loves – her old boyfriend who dumped her years ago, and her husband who passed away in a tragic accident before their adorable daughter was born. Enter Scott, aka the old boyfriend who stomped on her heart so he could live out his adventures and help provide medical care to remote areas all around the world.

Needless to say, Volta has a bevy of mixed reactions that I felt right along with her. She’s not overly dramatic, which I appreciated, but she definitely feels these latest developments (including her sister-in-law’s unhelpful drama) – and is justified in doing so! It’s an emotional and swoony journey as they discover that their connection is still just as strong & the sparks still simmer below the surface (because this is a romance, after all) but also remembering that they aren’t the same people they were & their responsibilities are different now.

Along with this sweet second-chance romance and Volta’s delightful little girl, we are also treated to some interesting knowledge about modern prenatal and postnatal care in the remote villages and towns in Alaska – what their needs still are and how medical teams operate in the area. We’ve seen so many other sides of Alaska in this series, and the remote aspect to the landscape intrigues me – adding this aspect to what we’ve already seen made it even more intriguing.

Bottom Line: Sweet Home Alaska will leave you with a warm heart and a smile on your face … and maybe travel plans to the gorgeous setting. Scott, Volta, and Emma are smartly-drawn characters with gentle but strong spirits who will quickly take up residence in your heart. You’ll feel the emotions of the story along with them, and you’ll cheer them on from that surprise reunion in the delivery room to the satisfying conclusion. (You may want to purse whomp Scott on occasion but stick with him. I promise.) If you love a gorgeous setting, great characters, and a little bit of adventure mixed in with your romance, this series – and Sweet Home Alaska – is for you!

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

My Rating: 5 stars / Fabulous!

KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion

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.


1 winner will receive:

– 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.

Ends July 17, 2019

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23 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Sweet Home Alaska by Beth Carpenter

  1. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review on “Sweet Home Alaska” by Beth Carpenter.

    Love everything about this book! Purple is my favorite color which immediately draws me to this lovely cover. Love reading stories taking place in Alaska. Maybe it’s the fact that I was created in Alaska, but I’ve never gotten to see it. 🙂 Love the Harlequin Heartwarming books because they are a clean romance read which I thoroughly enjoy. From your review and the book info, I know I am going to love reading this book.

    Can’t wait for the opportunity to read “Sweet Home Alaska”!

    • haha i love the way you said this – Maybe it’s the fact that I was created in Alaska, but I’ve never gotten to see it. – hopefully you’ll get to some day!!

  2. Am primarily interested in reading about Alaska in general; any CF romance, and a thread of Christian faith, is an added attraction to a story. Thanks for the opportunity! Would love to win a print copy!

  3. Jocelyn

    Love the Alaska theme. Would love to visit sometime. But until then, I’ll just read about it.

  4. Amy M.

    Your review mentioning ‘interesting knowledge about modern prenatal and postnatal care in the remote villages and towns in Alaska’ has me intrigued.

  5. rana durham

    i love the cover because its so sweet and doctor seems like a character i can relate to .

  6. Dianne Casey

    I really liked the description and excerpt from the book. Would enjoy reading more about Alaska and would love to visit there some day.

  7. Delcia R.

    This sounds like an interesting read since I was born in Alaska and lived there for the first 12 years of my life. I’ve always missed the less populated way of life in The Last Frontier.

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