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There is a light that never goes out. Galen Scobey has lost hope.
Since his wife's death seven years ago, he has thrown himself completely into two things: taking care of his beloved young son and advancing his career. He has no time for love, and no patience for holiday joy. But this Christmas Galen's job for a major oil corporation has led him to the remote town of Point Hope, Alaska. The picturesque land of snow-covered mountains and caribou is a painful reminder of the day he gave up his faith.
The white tundra, unchanged and untouched by all but the native Eskimos for thousands of years, means a lot to schoolteacher Ellie Springer. Originally from Dallas, Ellie came to Alaska looking for adventure and recovery from her last romantic disaster. But when Galen arrives, Ellie finds herself siding with some of the local villagers in a fight to keep Galen and his oil company out of their majestic town.
Though many obstacles stand in their way, Galen and Ellie cannot help but feel an attraction between them. But will their politics, their religion, and even the unforgiving winter weather keep them apart?
Only a Christmas miracle can tell in this uplifting tale of love, second chances, and above all things, hope.
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Vaughan's syrupy Christmas novella is set in the isolated village of Point Hope, Alaska, which residents believe to be the oldest continuously occupied community in North America. When oil scout Galen Scobey comes to Point Hope to determine whether exploratory drilling should commence there, the town is divided between those who welcome the revenue that oil development would bring and those who seek to preserve the area's fragile ecosystem. The story features a romantic interest for Galen (who is the stereotypical eligible widower of Christian fiction): his son's lovely schoolteacher, Ellie Springer, who is the best caribou hunter in town. The novella's romantic tension centers around a rather artificial conflict between Galen, who gave up religious faith when his wife died at Christmastime seven years earlier, and the townsfolk, who hold a community Christmas festival and pageant each year in the town school his son attends. When Galen refuses to allow his son to participate and hires an attorney to stop the festival's fusion of church and state, Ellie undertakes a dangerous--and rather silly--quest through a snowstorm to find a lawyer of her own. The plot is predictable and the characters one-dimensional, though the Alaska setting is unusual and well described. There are also welcome traces of humor, including those provided by a romance reader who insists on comparing the stages of Galen and Ellie's courtship to the characters in her books.