From Alaska with Love
A soldier has six weeks to convince the only woman he has ever longed for to take a chance on life with him in Alaska....
Sara's letters were the only bright spot during Gabe's devastating tour in Iraq. With each new correspondence he fell harder, needed her more, wanted to be with her. Now, after initially rejecting his offer to meet, she's shown up at the door of his isolated cabin in Alaska looking for...what? Gabe's not sure what made Sara change her mind, but he knows he never wants to let her go.
Major Gabe Randall is everything Sara Ryan wants but nothing she feels she deserves. A modern-day spinster, Sara hides behind family obligations and the safe, quiet life she's resigned herself to living. But secretly, even though she may have stretched the truth about who she is in her letters to him, she wants Gabe. Will he still want her when he discovers the real woman behind the pen?
Once they meet, Gabe asks her for six weeks in Alaska. Six weeks to spend getting to know each other, and then she'll have to decide whether they are better together or apart.
James (the Lucian and Lia series, written as Sydney Landon) expertly tugs at the heartstrings with this irresistible military romance. When Sara Ryan's beloved niece, Kaylee, was born, Sara gave up her own ambitions to help her ungrateful workaholic brother and sister-in-law raise their child, who is now in preschool. Sara's frustrated with the arrangement and dogged by feelings of inadequacy in the face of familial judgement. On a whim, she responds to a radio PSA asking people to write letters to soldiers overseas, and in her "Dear Soldier" letter she comically overshares about her familial problems. Sara's humorous rant reaches Army Major Gabe Randall, who is on his seventh deployment to Iraq, and the pair quickly bond through flirty correspondence. But when their plan to meet in person in Alaska goes awry due to a miscommunication, it throws their relationship into jeopardy. James doesn't shy away from depicting the stress and danger of Gabe's deployed life, but Sara's laugh-out-loud letters and the sweet supporting cast including the adorable Kaylee and Gabe's aptly named dog, Trouble balance the serious moments with joy. Both spicy and sweet, this charming tale will satisfy romance fans.
This is a fabulous read! I fell for hard for the dynamic of the characters, the story is alive with family, drama, angst, and romance. It touches on the problems of being in the military and deployment, all coming together at the end for the HEA. Make sure to put this at the very top of your TBR list.