Hello my Wordy Friends!
An Alaskan Christmas by Jennifer Snow is a contemporary romance novel set in the small town of Wild River, Alaska. The first novel in the Wild River series, this story follows Search and Rescue Lead Reed Reynolds and Surgeon Erika Sheraton and the trials and tribulations of a forced-vacation dalliance.
I listened to the audiobook version of this novel read by Melissa Moran. If you can find a copy of this book in print form, I would suggest that you read this book rather than listen to it. Melissa Moran narrated this book in a monotone voice that I found difficult to focus on. When characters spoke, she gave inflection, and it sounded good, but at other times… boredom city.
I debated throughout this story whether or not I should finish actually finish it. The story was a little hard to believe in some parts and having to listen to the “over the top” sex scenes were just painful. Overall, the premise of the story was enjoyable, but the character development for Erika was a bit all over the place. One minute she’s stuck up and stuck in her ways, the next, she’s reflecting and making amends, and then the cycle repeats. Typically people who are that self-absorbed don’t see how their comments or actions are taken and they wouldn’t immediately see the error of their ways and go out of their way to fix it. So that was a little whip-lash esque. The other characters in this novel didn’t give me the same feeling, so maybe that was just the way this particular character was, but really, it just smacked me of being unbelievable.
Also, I’m not sure why this was labeled as a “Christmas book” There is nothing really related to Christmas in it except that Christmas was two weeks away. There was no holiday cheer, but rather that other characters were participating in Christmas.
I’m giving this 3 stars out of 5. I’m also considering reading the second book in this series as I’m sure the next story that will be told will be between Reed’s sister Cassie and Reed’s best friend Tank. But I may actually “read” the book as then I can skim the sex scenes that I’m sure will be present! (I’m not a prude by any means, but seriously… some of it was just way over the top!)
Anyways, those are my thoughts,
Thanks for reading with me!