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A while back I wrote a rave review about
Dawn's Prelude by Tracie Peterson
You can read my review for this book here: [...]
I absolutely loved Dawn's Prelude and I gave it 5 out of 5 stars. It is, to date, probably one of my favorite Kindle freebies that I have ever received.
Recently, I contacted Beverly House Publishers and they were kind enough to send me copies of the next two books in the series, Morning's Refrain and Twilight's Serenade to review. I am under no obligation to write a positive review, just an honest one.
So, I have just read and finished
Morning's Refrain by Tracie Peterson
Morning's Refrain is set some 18 years later when Lydia's first child, Dalton, who was born at the end of Dawn's Prelude, is now full-grown at 18 years old.
We learn that Lydia is still happily married to Kjell, that Zerelda is still there caring for her family, and that Lydia's step-daughter, Evie, who brought Dalton back to Alaska in the first book, has remained in Sitka for these past 18 years making her home with Lydia and Kjell, and never having returned to her husband with whom she shared no love in the marriage.
Dalton has always known Kjell was not his biological father and has heard whispers that his birth was surrounded by strange circumstances of the likes that usually do not occur in Sitka. Finally, at 18 years old he believes he is old enough to know why his parents have kept these secrets from him, and what exactly occurred at his birth.
Dalton is shocked to find out that his biological father and the rest of his half-siblings are mean, evil people who have no regard for others in any way. He simply cannot believe that Marston could be half as evil as Lydia has said, and he yearns to find out for himself what his biological family is like, thinking that they have since changed.
Right as this is going on the new governor of Alaska arrives along with several other families who work with him including the family of a young girl named Phoebe. From the start she makes a crashing entrance as she falls off the boat into the freezing ocean and has to be rescued by Dalton. She shares a few harsh words with him, thoroughly embarrassed by having fallen off the boat, and immediately finds her life intertwined with Dalton's.
Dalton too is immediately struck by Phoebe. However, there is a problem: Dalton's best friend, Yuri, is also interested in Phoebe, and in a town where men outnumber women drastically, Phoebe can have her pick of any suitor on the island.
Things get more complicated when Evie receives word from her (and Dalton's) sister that Evie's husband is gravely ill and on his deathbed. She decides she must return to the states, as much as she has no desire to ever set foot in her hometown again, and settle things with her husband who if he does not pass, she'll petition divorce, and if he does, she'll settle his estate. Lydia is terrified that Dalton will be seduced by that part of his family as Marston is particularly full of guile, but she knows that this is the time Dalton should go too, and settle his mind about wondering about his biological family.
So, Dalton & Evie set off for the states leaving Yuri alone with the chance to woo Phoebe. Constantly, Dalton has Phoebe on his mind, but he knows now that he is going to be gone for perhaps several months, he may have no chance to ever woo Phoebe and her heart may go to Yuri, a thought which gravely hurts his own heart.
Will Dalton get seduced by his half-siblings? Or will he return to Sitka? And if he does, will he be able to steal Phoebe's heart, or will she have already given it away to Yuri, never to be returned?
Read Morning's Refrain to find out!
I thought this was a great second book in the series. It was interesting to jump forward so many years, but at the same time it made a lot of sense. I found that while the book was both predictable at times, it also went in directions I did not at all expect, and events I thought would be more major were sometimes more minor, and vice versa.
While it is a Christian series, Morning's Refrain is a bit more "preachy" than Dawn's Prelude, which was to a point that I felt it almost detracted from the book. I wish the message had been wound in more subtly instead of thrown in the reader's face so much.
That being said, it was a great book and I am so happy to have read it. I have already started the third book in the series, Twilight's Serenade, and I look forward to it!
Four out of five stars!