From Alaska with Love by Ally James
Publication Date: March 3, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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From Alaska with Love is the story of Sara and Gabe. When Sara sends a postcard to the troops she doesn’t expect to hear back let alone develop a relationship with its recipient. But when her card lands in the hands of Gabe, the two become pens pals while Gabe is in Iraq. But as Gabe’s tour comes to an end, the two make plans to meet in Alaska and try out their relationship for real.
This book could really be divided into two parts. The first part is Sara and Gabe as pen pals while Sara is in N.C. and Gabe is in Iraq. I thoroughly enjoyed this part with their letters and their Facetime conversations. It did a great job of building up excitement for the two of them eventually meeting. The second half of the book fell flat for me, especially with Sara’s character. In the first part of the book, Sara is this sassy, funny, genuine character. But then she gets to Alaska and none of that really comes across. It felt like two different books.
The best way I could describe this book would be a cross between the Simple Wild and a Nicholas Sparks book. Maybe one with a dog. Trouble, Gabe’s dog was by far my favorite character. He was adorably endearing. My only wish is that he was a bigger part of the book.
Thank you to Edelweiss and Berkley for the review copy!