Review for Tour: ALASKAN DREAMS by Beth Carpenter


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Alaskan Dreams
(Northern Lights #6)
By Beth Carpenter
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
May 1st 2020 by Harlequin Heartwarming

The dream she wants

The love she found

Lauren Shepherd has traded her hectic office job for a quiet life working on an elderly friend’s farm. Risking everything to move to Alaska might just be the perfect opportunity for her—if Lauren can convince handsome and fiercely protective Patrick O’Shea that she’s not swindling his grandmother. But when financial troubles threaten her dream, Lauren and Patrick unite in a hunt for a legendary treasure…only to discover something between them more precious than gold.

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About the Author

Once upon a time …

when Beth Carpenter was a little girl, she read everything she could get her hands on, and entertained herself on the school bus by making up stories in her head. Not a lot has changed. She’s still consuming books like M&Ms, and spends her days creating happily-ever-afters for her imaginary friends.

She lives in Alaska and Arizona with her husband and an aggressively affectionate fifty-pound lap dog. She loves to hear from readers.

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Tour Giveaway

One winner will receive a signed print copy of An Alaskan Proposal and a $25 Amazon Gift Card
US only
Ends May 20, 2020

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***REVIEW***

I’m sure you’ve heard of Crazy Cat Ladies, and maybe their slightly less famous cousins, the Crazy Chicken Ladies.  I’m both of these and want to be one of their even less famous cousins, a Crazy Goat Lady.  What is it about cats, chickens, and goats anyway?  Go figure.

Lauren’s family moved around a lot when she was a kid, owing to her mother being a hopeless romantic.  So, she’s longed for a rock solid life down on the farm ever since.  She finally started saving up enough money when she made an online friend, Bonnie, who lived on a farm in Alaska.  Bonnie couldn’t get around so well anymore, but she had plenty of room for a Crazy Goat Lady to go crazy.  Lauren packs her bags, buys a few goats, and heads to Alaska.

You gotta be brave or stupid to drive the Al-Can (the Alaska-Canada Highway,) although I hear it’s not as bad as it used to be.

Lauren braves it with a stock trailer and three goats.  The kids (human ones) at the campground loves her.

Anyway, she makes it to Alaska and discovers that Bonnie isn’t a scammer, thank God.  Soon, she’s out fixing fences and preparing for kids (goat ones) to hit the floor (be born.)

Meanwhile, Patrick is worried sick about his dear ol’ Gran who doesn’t seem to realize she’s getting old and needs help.  He desperately wants her to move into an assisted living home, but she’s not having none of that.  Then, along comes Lauren and he’s worried sick she’s a scammer going to take advantage of his dear ol’ Grand.

Oh, dear.

Gran doesn’t go all crazy matchmaker on them, like my mom would’ve, but she does hold her ground.

Patrick decides he’d better check out Lauren completely, credit check, background check, maybe make dinner and some pancakes and help with the fencing and, oh, dear, he has to get back to his actual job.  He works on ‘The Slope,’ which means the oil slopes up on the Northern side of the state.  It’s generally one week working and one week at home.  I knew lots of people who did that.

Before he leaves though, he tries to rope Gran’s friends into helping rope her into their assisted living home, only to discover he’s done been roped.  So off he goes.

Lauren hadn’t bargained on Alaska’s stricter dairy laws and more expensive equipment.  Guess no one told her the price of milk up there.  I still get a thrill when I see a gallon under two bucks here in the Lower 48 (the rest of the USA, besides Hawaii which obviously isn’t lower.)  Never fear, Bonnie’s friends are on the job and they’re all rallying to help her come up with the dough.  They even support Bonnie’s crazy idea

Bonnie’s Crazy Idea:  Go find a gold rock supposed to be lost somewhere on her farm decades ago.

If Lauren has a problem with crazy Alaskans and their sick Alaskan mind games, she doesn’t show it.  Off she troops to find that rock, plus everything else she can possibly do to save her dream of being a farmer girl.  Goat Soap.  Goat Yoga.  A petting zoo with real reindeer.  Move over, Santa Claus.  Along the way, she brings home a lost dog and it’s hardly the kind of animal who’d pull a sled across the Iditarod finish line, much less be useful herding goats.  It’s a Dachshund, for crying out load.

Goat Snuggle

Patrick comes back, all delighted to see Lauren and Bonnie, but when he hears that Lauren needs money he’s sure his worst fears have been confirmed.  That she’s a scammer taking advantage of his dear ol’ Grannie.  But, then the goats go ape-crap crazy in the barn and he’s roped into getting them under control.

So Bonnie dangles the carrot for Patrick, she says she’ll move into assisted living in town if he’ll help find that dang gold nugget.  He happily agrees and I’m left wondering if it’s because it also gives him an excuse to be involved with Lauren.  She is a barrel of fun, compared to what he’s used to.  The farm is all high-stakes and crazy jinks with her and those goats around.

Lauren’s brought life and laughter back to the farm.  With a nod and a wink from Gran, you can be sure she’ll bring back love too.

Check out Alaskan Dreams for a full developed cast of characters you’re sure to bump into at the farmers’ market next trip to Anchorage.  You’ll finish the book wondering where you can buy soap and take yoga too.

Now, check out this Clue for Beth’s Scavenger Hunt.

*Treasure Hunt Clue #13: Alaska State mineral. Enter HERE

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