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Laurette's affections are lost in the Alaskan summer Mar 29, 2007
Reviewed by Kelli Glesige for Reader Views (2/07)
Laurette Martel is a young woman who is working a summer job with Southeast Alaska Maritime, or SAM for short, the port agent serving the many cruise ships that come to Sitka during the summer months. Maybe spending her summer in the beautiful area will help Laurette decide what her future should hold. Laurette quickly becomes attached to her majestic surroundings and the sweet elderly woman Ruth, who she watches over and lives with. Laurette is also attracted to Ryan Nichols, a native of the area and a worker at SAM. Ryan is dealing with struggles of bitterness and has questioned his faith of late due to the death of his father and the subsequent falling to pieces of his mother. Getting on with her life, Ryan's mother has left for Chicago to begin her life anew. Ryan has been left feeling abandoned and lonely.
Everyone works together at SAM to make sure the cruise ships' occupants receive all they need when they dock in Sitka. Laurette is a natural at making the passengers in distress feel comfortable, regardless of the problem, and her compassion carries over to Ryan. The two become fast friends while working together, sharing meals, and going fishing on Ryan's boat. Laurette decides she wants to remain in Alaska after her summer job ends, but what will she do to support herself, and where will she live? All of her current arrangements will end with the summer months.
Ryan also has thoughts about what will happen at summer's end, for he does not want to lose Laurette. He must figure out how he can keep Laurette and properly take care of her needs. Ryan too loves Alaska, but his job is only temporary, and there are not that many jobs in the area. He must have more to offer Laurette if he asks her to remain in Alaska. In the past, Ryan has played the piano to make ends meet in the winter months. God cannot let him down.
"Alaskan Summer" is a very uplifting and Godly story, and those who enjoy Christian romance will not be disappointed. Its message of trusting Jesus and letting Him guide our actions when in doubt, is worthy. Ultimately, Ryan recommits himself to Jesus and learns to trust Him for guidance. "Love is behind all you do," prays Laurette. The two, with God's help, find a way when good friend Tyler receives a promotion and will be moving with his family away from the Sitka area. Laurette is offered a teaching job while Ryan is in line to step into Tyler's now vacant position.
This selection of "Alaskan Summer" is an audio book on four disks which makes it very appealing to take in the car, while exercising, or when you need to hear an encouraging story. I highly recommend "Alaskan Summer" to all ages of readers. Its message to trust in Jesus and let Him be the guide is quite encouraging.