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About the Author
Debbie Macomber, the author of Hannah’s List, 1022 Evergreen Place, Summer on Blossom Street, 92 Pacific Boulevard, and Twenty Wishes, is a leading voice in women’s fiction. Three of her novels have scored the #1 slot on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. Debbie Macomber's Mrs. Miracle was Hallmark Channel's top-watched movie for 2009. Winner of the 2005 Quill Award for Best Romance, the prolific author has more than 140 million copies of her books in print worldwide.
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The new schoolteacher wouldn't last.
It didn't take Mitch Harris more than five seconds to make that assessment. Bethany Ross didn't belong in Alaska. She reminded him of a tropical bird with its brilliant plumage. Everything about her was vivid, from her animated expression to her sun-bleached hair, which fell to her shoulders in a frothy mass of blond. Even blonder curls framed her classic features. Her eyes were a deep, rich shade of chocolate.
She wore a bright turquoise jumpsuit with a wide yellow band that circled her trim waist. One of her skimpy multicolored sandals dangled from her foot as she sat on the arm of Abbey and Sawyer O'Halloran's sofa, her legs elegantly crossed.
This get-together was in her honor. Abbey and Sawyer had invited the members of the school board to their home to meet the new teacher.
To Mitch's surprise, she stood and approached him before he had a chance to introduce himself. "I don't believe we've met." Her smile was warm and natural. "I'm Bethany Ross."
"Mitch Harris." He didn't elaborate. Details wouldn't be necessary because Ms. Ross simply wouldn't last beyond the first snowfall. "Welcome to Hard Luck," he said almost as an afterthought.
"When did you get here?" he asked, trying to make conversation. He twisted the stem of his wineglass and watched the chardonnay swirl against the sides.
"I flew in this afternoon."
He hadn't realized she'd only just arrived. "You must be exhausted."
"Not really," she was quick to tell him. "I suppose I should be, considering that I left San Francisco early this morning. The fact is, I've been keyed up for days."
Mitch suspected Hard Luck was a sorry disappointment to her. The town, population 150, was about as far from the easy California lifestyle as a person could get. Situated fifty miles north of the Arctic Circle, Hard Luck was a fascinating place with a strong and abiding sense of community. People here lived hard and worked harder. Besides Midnight Sons, the flight service owned and operated by the three O'Halloran brothers, there were a few small businesses, like Ben Hamilton's café. Mitch himself was one of a handful of state employees. He worked for the Department of the Interior, monitoring visitors to Gate of the Arctic National Park. This was in addition to his job as the town's public safety officerPSOwhich meant he was responsible for policing in Hard Luck. Trappers wandered into town now and then, as did the occasional pipeline worker. To those living on the edge of the world, Hard Luck was a thriving metropolis.
Lately the town had piqued the interest of the rest of the country, as well. But Bethany Ross had nothing to do with that. Thank heaven, although Mitch figured she'd stay about as long as some of the women the O'Halloran brothers had brought to town.
Until recently only a small number of women had lived here. Not many were willing to endure the hardship of being this far from civilization. So the O'Hallorans had spearheaded a campaign to bring women to Hard Luck. Abbey was one of their notable successes, but there'd been a few equally notable failures. Likewho was it?Allison somebody. The one who'd lasted less than twenty-four hours. And just last week, two women had arrived, only to return home on the next flight out. Bethany Ross had actually applied for the teaching job last spring, before all this nonsense.
Unexpectedly she smileda ravishing smile that seemed to say she'd read his thoughts. "I plan to fulfill my contract, Mr. Harris. I knew what I was letting myself in for when I agreed to teach in Alaska."
Mitch felt the heat rise to his ears. "I didn't realize my feelings were so transparent."
"I don't blame you for doubting me. I don't exactly blend in with the others, do I?"
He was tempted to smile himself. "Hard Luck isn't what you expected, is it?"
She said this with such confidence he began to wonder if he'd misjudged her.
"Frankly, I didn't know what to expect. With Hard Luck in the news so often, the idea of moving here was beginning to worry me."
Mitch didn't bother to conceal his amusement. He'd read what some of the tabloids had written about the town and the men's scheme to lure women north.
"My dad was against my coming," Bethany continued. "It was all I could do to keep him from flying up here with me. He seems to think Hard Luck's populated with nothing but love-starved bush pilots."
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Daddy's Little Helper
Mitch is a single dad raising a precocious little girl. He is a widow and not looking to remarry--the first marriage didn't work out well and he doesn't plan to go through it again. Too bad his daughter, Chrissie, has other plans.
Chrissie has decided the new teacher in town, Bethany Ross, would make the perfect wife for her dad. Mitch doesn't disagree that she is pretty and nice and he wouldn't mind getting to know her better, but he has no plans to marry her.
Cute as all the other Macomber books I have read. It does have the "cute kid" storyline, but it isn't annoying like some can be. Chrissie plays a big part in things, but not too much to make her seem like a bratty little kid.
Lots of continuation of the Hard Luck, Alaska town story. These stories need to be read in order...each one follows the next and relies heavily on the previous.
Because of the Baby
Matt still loves his ex-wife Karen, but she can't forgive him for not settling down. He never did follow through with any of his career paths. He has decided to rebuild the Lodge in Hard Luck and make it a tourist business with fishing trips, dogsled trips, and other Arctic Circle trips. He wants to make it work not only for himself, but to prove to Karen he can make it work. He wants her back, but can't seem to get her to listen to him.
When Karen comes to Hard Luck for his sister's wedding, one thing leads to another and in a few weeks she finds out she is expecting a his baby.
I want to first thank Debbie Macomber for NOT making this a secret baby storyline. Karen considers not telling Matt, but thank goodness that doesn't last for more than a couple of lines. Yea!
This is a reconciliation story. Matt and Karen have a history and need to move forward and put it behind them to make it work. They love each other from the start, but have no idea how to make it work.
Good story...not my favorite of all of the Midnight Sons so far, but good. It also continues the Hard Luck town story. It really does feel like a middle story...I'm looking forward to reading about Christian and Mariah and Duke and Tracy. Both stories have been building for a while. I did miss that John seemed to have disappeared. He just seemed to have dropped away after proposing to Sally. Hmm...
"Because of the Baby" Matt Caldwell has finally found his calling, but it came to late for his former wife Karen, who left Matt cause he couldn't settle on a job. But after one night, they find them soon to be parents. But as Matt tries to build his new business in Hard Luck, he also have to convice Karen they can build their future too.
These two stories make up "Midnight Sons volume 2 by Debbie Macomber and it was pretty good. I still like the stories local of Hard Luck Alaska, were the women are few but for those who do come they find men ready to love and car for them. Overall, this was a good book and I am sorry that the series wasn't longer.
This book contains 2 of the series. Hard luck, Alaska where 3 bush pilots advertised for mail order brides.
Daddy's Little Helper
This book is mainly about
but we catch up with all the residents of the town.
Bethany Ross is there to teach at the school. She's met a few of the kids and she believes Ben is her bio father.
Ben runs the cafe.
Mitch has a daughter, Chrissy who wants to hook him up with the new schoolteacher.
Mariah is the new secretary. She has Christian all upset-she can't seem to do anything right. Her father has hired a female lawyer to bring suit to the brothers.
She tries to smooth things over...
We also learn about John's relationship with Sally when he shows up to propose to her and finds her pregnant...
Because of the Baby
Karen's ex husband Matthew, she is done with him and Alaska. She missed him and Alaska. She caved in when he sent her a Valentine card and she showed up and spent the night with him.
He just couldn't hold a job but otherwise he was perfect. She returns to the lodge he runs til after the baby is born.
Abby and Sawyer are also having a baby. So many weddings, births the town has grown a lot over the past several years.
Ben gets advice from Sawyer about getting his wife back-picnic at the lake-like he did with Abby and camping out where you zip the bags together.
Must be something in the water as everybody is having misunderstandings and they don't appear as if things can be worked out...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).