Nothing is easy about life above the Arctic Circle. Except, perhaps, falling in love. Bryson Faulkner embraces the challenges that come with making a home in one of the most beautiful but unforgiving places on earth: the isolation of the endless wilderness, the harsh and unpredictable climate, and the predators that lurk about her remote cabin. And even the most perilous dangers of all-those that await her when she takes to the skies as one of Alaska's most daring bush pilots. The only thing missing is a special woman to share it all with, but she's resigned herself to the fact that few people can thrive in such an extreme environment. Everything Karla Edwards thought she knew gets called into question when a series of events turns her comfortable and well-ordered life on its ear. Her partner leaves her, her mother dies, and Karla learns she has a sister in Alaska she never knew. She takes a leave of absence from her job as an ER nurse in Atlanta and heads to the far north, seeking answers and adventure. She finds all that and more when she crosses paths with a sexy bush pilot who opens her eyes to new possibilities. But can she open her heart as well and learn to trust again?
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This book is fabulous for many reasons, Kim Baldwin writes excellently giving vitality, romance, drama, struggles, fantastic detail about the place its set and the way of life, depth of characters, the hazards, the scenery, the image of the Aurora Borealis, mountainous beauty, so well written you can really get an image in your head.
Great storyline, and not too short, although I was sad to reach the end.
I look forward to listening again.
"A complex enemies to lovers lesbian romance novel"
It deals with difficult themes like grief and hereditary disease but still delivers a satisfying romance.
Bryson is not your typical lesfic lead, but everything about her is interesting and wonderful. She loves her cabin without running water or TV/internet, she’s a woman in a typically male dominated profession, and she’s a perfect blend of pragmatic and kind.
I didn't have a favourite. She did a great job with all of them.
I wouldn't say I laughed or cried, but I enjoyed it very much and had a hard time pausing it.
If you’ve ever talked to me about lesfic or taken a peek at my Goodreads shelves, it’ll be no surprise to you that I’m a huge fan of Kim Baldwin’s books, and Breaking the Ice is one of my very favourites. I love her Alaska books because she perfectly balances action with romance, giving enough detail that I can imagine the setting, but not so much that I get bored. How she does it, I don’t know, but I admire it every time I pick up one of her books.
I received a free copy from the publisher for an honest review at The Lesbian Review.
"My Hat's Off to Kim Baldwin"
Over the past few years, it seems that every romance I read has left me disappointed and uninterested, until listening to this one. For the first time in ages, I was listening to a romance with characters that not only held my attention, but that I can picture so fully, it is hard to believe they are not people I know. From the first description of Bryson, her association with the wild elements around her, turned her into a romantic hero who drew me like a magnet, from the first chapter to the last. I won't rehash the story line, but it is well worth the price, and fascinates on so many levels, I cannot recommend it to you highly enough.
One thing I personally connected with and followed closely throughout the book was the serious health problem that loomed over the lives of some of the characters. As a person with a long standing health problem (try five decades), I followed this part of the story with great interest. When I married, everyone, from my husband to my in-laws, and everybody else, assumed I would be the first to go. Over the years, this came to truly irk me, and I became a tad fanatical about my diet, working out, and the like. I read this book as a widow of some years, and I am not gloating, as I am far from over the loneliness, but I have to say so much for assumptions regarding such things, and so much for allowing them power over your whole life, which I did for far too long. Genetics are one thing, but there is also will and the human spirit, or maybe it is more like the old Ofra Haza song, "Mystery, Faith and Love." I truly appreciate the heroic dimensions of the Bryson character, in both how she lives her life, and how she lives her love, I found the romance completely satisfying, and the book wonderfully upbeat. I have already downloaded another, and I am fully planning to click each of Kim Baldwin's titles off my wish list, one by one.
I really enjoyed the detailed descriptions from this author. I literally felt I was in Alaska with the characters. I enjoyed the narration and fell in love with the writing of Baldwin. Great listen and enjoyed this adventure book. Definitely will go hunting for another of Kim Baldwin's books!
I would recommend this book to anyone. It was exactly what I need to listen too. This is the first book I have read that has touched on losing a parent, since I lost my mom, in a way that hasn't brought me to tears. When that happens I usually put the down and never pick it up again, I tend to do that with tv shows or movies as well, but not with this one I couldn't get enough of it.
Thank you very much Kim Baldwin
I loved the story, and the way it was nearated. Think having the inclusions of personal feelings and emotions included, made for an overall more realistic experience with the story. As it actually brought tears to my eyes as I read the story. Even while I was spending time, doing some wood working for personal items.
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