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Alaskan Bride

by D Jordan Redhawk

Finding a husband after the American Civil War isn’t easy.

When twenty-two-year-old Bostonian Clara Stapleton discovers the address of a likely bachelor in the wilds of the Alaskan bush, she throws caution to the wind and sends him a letter. Soon she’s on the adventure of her life, leaving the comfort and stability of a well-to-do family for a man she’s never met and a life of uncertainty.

Callie Glass isn’t happy with her brother Jasper’s proposal to a mail-order bride, though she knows it’s not her call. And when a tragic accident takes Jasper Glass’s life, Callie doesn’t hesitate to call off the wedding in a letter to Clara. Callie is soon surprised to find a strange woman settling into her cabin, a stranger who had never received news of Jasper’s demise.

While Callie insists that the other woman should return home, Clara digs in her heels. If Callie can live without a man in this isolated land, why can’t she? Both headstrong women struggle in the ashes of their dashed hopes and dreams, slowly coming together to forge an alliance for which neither is prepared.

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Genre Historical Romance
Length 220 pages
Publication Date August 15, 2016
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781594935015e
Editor Shelly Rafferty
Cover Designer Judith Fellows

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GCLS Goldie Awards
Alaskan Bride — Finalist, Historical Fiction.

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The Lesbian Review
The writing in this book is excellent, using the language and syntax of the time to support the worldbuilding in a way that's still easy for readers to understand now. The characters are also wonderful, and I particularly loved the grit Callie showed as she adjusted to life in Alaska.

Lambda Literary Review
This is the kind of story that Redhawk does best—women in the wilds of Alaska, driven by love of the untamed beauty surrounding them and an internal determination to succeed in adversity. Then, she skillfully sprinkles the tale with a love interest that is both unattainable and irresistible.

Alaskan Bride is an electrifying historical romance…set in the days of the Alaskan gold rush, filled with memorable characters, thrilling action, and romance that pulls at the heart strings.

Rainbow Book Reviews
…Redhawk writes dialogue very well, and she overlays each scene with just the right amount of insight into what each of these women is thinking of the other. The pacing was excellent throughout but especially toward the end, when the trouble with the bad guys builds to an exciting finish along with the romance itself. At this point I really did turn the pages too fast because I couldn't wait to see how it all resolved. A great read!

Lesbian Reading Room
D Jordan Redhawk has created an interesting set of characters between the more refined Bostonian family and the roughneck frontier folk. The beauty of the landscape and the harshness of the lifestyle play an important part in the background of the story as we witness Clara's transformation from Boston debutant to gun-toting frontier homesteader. I really enjoyed this story and hope there is a sequel, as we can certainly have more of Callie and Clara's lives together. Excellent writing, unusual setting, passionate characters and very well done realistic storyline.

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