- Hardcover: 415 pages
- Publisher: Thorndike Pr; large type edition edition (August 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786296593
- ISBN-13: 978-0786296590
- Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 16.1 x 2.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 476 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,469,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Alaska Twilight Hardcover – Large Print, Aug 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Veteran Christian romance novelist Coble sets her latest story in Alaska, where protagonist Haley Walsh goes to take still photographs for a celebrity nature documentarian's foray into bear country. There Haley faces painful childhood memories of her sister's death and her parents' rejection. As bear biologist Tank Lassiter leads photographer Nowak's team through the wild, he and Haley quickly forge a strong connection that each tries to fight for fear of getting hurt. Before the main characters know it, secrets about the deaths of Tank's wife and Haley's parents emerge. The novel's romantic and suspense plots are strictly by the numbers. The two romantic leads dutifully go through all the motions of denying, then fearing, then finally embracing their attraction, and while the identity of the primary villain is not telegraphed, many other plot points are. Several Christian fiction clichés are in full bloom as well: a city-dwelling protagonist learns important lessons in a small town, a non-Christian converts just in time to make an appropriate romantic partner for a mature Christian, and unsavory female characters are marked as such either by their unattractiveness or sexually provocative behavior. But Coble's prose is competent, and readers who crave a light, though formulaic, Christian novel will not be disappointed. (Mar. 7)
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Photographer Haley Mitchell has come to Alaska to help document wildlife biologist Tank Lassiter's work with bears. Tank, predictably, is a mountain of a man and a staunch environmentalist concerned with the effects of global warming on bear environments. He is also a Christian and therefore a romantic possibility for Haley, despite the inhibitions imposed by her urban, moralizing soul. Meanwhile, as the documentary team hits the trail, a popular doctor is killed, apparently by bears. Tank and Haley work frantically to find the real, human culprit, bringing some suspense to this light but pleasant tale.
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The story of Haley Walsh drives this effort by Christian novelist Colleen Coble. Haley is dealing with the effects of a painful childhood and her Arizona psychologist has suggested that going back to Alaska where it all started would help her overcome those effects. Her sister's death at a young age and the subsequent rejection by her parents has caused untold damage to her psychologically and she is also continues to deal with the injury she suffered during that time. This book is a little bit romance and a little bit suspense since several deaths have recently occurred that are starting to look suspicious.
To be candid, I can't agree with all the 5-star reviews out there. While the book wasn't bad, it wasn't that great either. The story is predictable, choppy, and just all over the place. The character development was fairly non-existent and the physical description of what people looked like seemed to be substituted for characterization. Characters seemed to be inserted randomly -- Haley's grandmother, Augusta, seems to be written in largely to deliver mini-sermons and doesn't say or do much otherwise. I have no idea what the characters on the bear hunting adventure were supposed to provide to the storyline either. I never did understand Haley's parent's rejection even though I have the distinct impressions the author thinks I should.
Overall, not terrible and if you are looking for a clean, simple story this might be just fine for you. If you are looking for an engrossing tale where people's motivations are explored and a great story told, I would pass. (Not even the setting of Alaska saved this one for me since it wasn't utilized that well). While I did finish the book and I have read much worse over the years, there was nothing here that leads me to seek out any other book by this author.
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