Book Review (and a Giveaway!): An Alaskan Homecoming by Beth Carpenter

Posted June 21, 2021 by meezcarrie in Beth Carpenter, contemporary, giveaway, romance / 21 Comments

An Alaskan Homecoming, On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Northern Lights #8

GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Clean & Wholesome)
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Heartwarming
RELEASE DATE: June 1, 2021
PAGES: 384

“Ever after” wasn’t the plan…
Until now!

Rowan O’Shea’s intention was just to visit her family in the small Alaskan town she calls home. Now she’s not sure she wants to leave, given the romantic mess she’s left behind. A temporary fake marriage to gorgeous veterinarian Zack Vogel might be the perfect solution, if she can convince Zack. But Rowan’s marriage of convenience has a seriously inconvenient snag—she’s falling for her new fake husband!

A Northern Lights Novel
Book 1: The Alaskan Catch
Book 2: A Gift for Santa
Book 3: Alaskan Hideaway
Book 4: An Alaskan Proposal
Book 5: Sweet Home Alaska
Book 6: Alaskan Dreams
Book 7: An Alaskan Family Christmas
Book 8: An Alaskan Homecoming


Other Books In This Series



I love the Northern Lights romance series by Beth Carpenter! It’s one of the few long-running series that I’ve been reading since book 1 released, and every time I learn of a new one coming out I do a little happy dance. The Alaskan setting, the great characters, and the engaging story lines check all my reader boxes …. and An Alaskan Homecoming adds my favorite romance trope (marriage-of-convenience with a little friends to more) as the icing on the cake!

Rowan and Zack are immediately likable protagonists, and the author does a fabulous job of taking us inside the joys & tensions in their lives – both individually and as their lives begin to intersect. We feel the genuine affection for Zack’s sweet little sister Becca from both characters, the weight of the responsibility Zack feels as her temporary guardian & executor of his dad’s estate, the push-and-pull of Rowan’s heart vs. the expectations of others. In between we get to spend time with some of my fave Northern Lights characters – Patrick, Lauren, Bonnie & her group of friends, and of course the goats – from Alaskan Dreams, as well as other animals with big personalities that will surely make you smile.

I also really liked the way the marriage-of-convenience plot point was set up. We don’t get into that part of the story until about halfway through, which allows us to get to know Zack and Rowan apart from that trope… and lets them get reacquainted with each other as adults. Sparks fly from ‘you may kiss your bride’, as though it suddenly occurs to them that they are attracted to each other lol, and I loved all the great kissing opportunities the author gave them.

Bottom Line: Carpenter’s Northern Lights series just keeps getting better and better! Marriage of convenience? Adorable animals? Alaska? Swoony kisses? Yes please! An Alaskan Homecoming is full of sweet moments and sparks, laughter and great kisses, with a multi-layered story and endearing characters. You’ll love meeting Zack and Rowan and Becca and watching them become a family. We also get to revisit the goat farm from one of my personal fave books in the series – Alaskan Dreams – though each book can easily be read as a standalone too. Engaging writing draws you in and keeps you turning the pages, with characters that feel like friends – and yummy food too!

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

My Rating: 4.5 stars / loved it!!

KissingBook Level: 3+ / will forget to breathe on occasion

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Beth Carpenter is thankful for good books, a good dog, a good man and a dream job creating happily-ever-afters. She and her husband now split their time between Alaska and Arizona, where she occasionally encounters a moose in the yard or a scorpion in the basement. She prefers the moose.

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One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card and Alaskan DreamsAn Alaskan Proposal and Sweet Home Alaska (paperbacks if winner is in the US, ebooks otherwise)

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21 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): An Alaskan Homecoming by Beth Carpenter

  1. Julie Waldron

    I like books set in Alaska because I’ve been there and I like reading books that I set in places I’ve visited. It’s a beautiful state!

    • Dianne Casey

      I enjoy reading about Alaska. It’s on bucket list, looking forward to visiting Alaska.

  2. Perrianne Askew

    I like the setting in Alaska because I know Beth Carpenter can do it justice. I’m not wild about the fake marriage troupe, but I know the author writes warm and wonderful stories so there is no hesitation about that.


    Love reading the settings in Alaska and Love Beth’s book’s this one sounds like such a great book!

  4. Megan

    Thanks for sharing your book review! I enjoy books set in Alaska, it seems so different up there.

  5. Roxanne C.

    It’s always interesting to read about a fake relationship/marriage of convenience in a contemporary romance.

  6. Lynn Brown

    I like that it is a marriage of convenience. The blurb sounds like a good read. Thanks for the chance.

  7. Suzanne Sellner

    I have memories of standing on a cruise ship opposite a glacier in Alaska and feeling the cold radiating off the glacier. That would feel terrific on one of our HOT days in Houston! This summer will be a great time to read a book set in Alaska.

  8. Jeanna Massman

    I like the fake relationship trope because it’s interesting to observe how the characters attempt to fool those around them.

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