Launch – Note from the Author
. . . Welcome to the An Alaskan Family Christmas tour. We’ve got some great blogs this week, with excerpts and reviews and a fun Christmas giveaway. Hope you can make all the stops, and that your holiday season is filled with joy, laughter, and wonderful stories.
“This is an often humorous tale of a woman devoted to her friend and who had never enjoyed a real Christmas celebration. She had a very hopeless negative attitude concerning any long term relationship. mistake left her abandoned and at the mercy of and unusual situation. The story is delightful! If this doesn’t put one into a “Christmasy” mood, then he/she must be slightly “Scroogey”.”
“I thought this sweet romance was a really good read. It was fun getting to know Natalie and Tanner. I was entertained with this story from start to finish. It was such a feel good tale. I loved it. . . . I highly recommend it for readers who enjoy clean and heartwarming romance that are set during the Christmas season.”
“Nope.” Natalie tugged her mitten off with her teeth, dug around in her coat pocket until she found her wallet and handed over her bank card. “Hopefully something will break today, because I have to fly out this afternoon.”
“I hope the jerk shows up soon, and you nail him to the wall.”
“I can’t,” Natalie admitted as she dropped a dollar into the tip jar. “I have strict orders to find out where he lives, report back and let my friend be the one to tell him about the baby. She wants to break it to him gently.”
“. . . there’s a lot to recommend An Alaskan Family Christmas. . . . Carpenter does not skimp on the holiday cheer in this story. From Christmas tree hunting to decorating to baking to the gifts on Christmas morn, the holiday resonates on each page. If you’re looking for a story to get you in the holiday spirit, this is it.”
“An Alaskan Family Christmas was such a fun and enjoyable Christmas story. I really felt like it was Christmas time as I read about the Rockford family’s various Christmas traditions. I loved that they all got together at the rustic family cabin for their holidays.”
“Beth Carpenter brought to life the rugged warmth of an Alaskan Christmas and the time for family that just warmed my heart. . . . I truly loved Tanner and Natalie’s story. They made a great couple, had some funny moments, and a realistic relationship (as much as you can in fiction) that was sweet. I enjoyed how Beth Carpenter made me feel invited into the family of characters right from the beginning it pulled me in and did not let me go 😊.”
“I really enjoyed this holiday story! It was easy to read and I loved all the characters in the book especially Natalie and Tanner. It was so funny how Natalie tried to tail Tanner without being too obvious on the train. What an amazing friend Natalie is! . . . Highly recommend this fun, lighthearted holiday story which will definitely make you smile and laugh.”
“Beth Carpenter’s voice is shining bright with the latest in her Northern Lights series. The characters are well developed and a joy to get to know, the holiday atmosphere is heartwarmingly real and the happily ever after is super satisfying. I loved every single minute of AN ALASKAN FAMILY CHRISTMAS! . . . I highly recommend this book and the entire series to anyone who enjoys a heartwarming story revolving around the gorgeous scenery of Alaska.”
“Even with the mix-up, it is so sweet of Tanner and his family to envelope Natalie in their circle and makes her feel welcome. I don’t think I will follow someone without more details but well this is fiction and it’s a fun read. My favorite is their time in the cabin. All that snow and picturesque views sounds wonderful. . . . I like the twists in the story and how things turned out in the end. This is a fun, clean and family oriented story. A little love goes a long way.”
“As much as I loved the setting of An Alaskan Family Christmas, it is the characters that will worm their way into your hearts…especially Tanner’s nieces. . . . Of course, I was entertained by the interactions among all of Tanner’s family and Natalie as they spent several days in the cabin together. The author’s description of the time the family spent together at the cabin really warmed my heart. . . . I think that An Alaskan Family Christmas will warm your heart as much as it did mine. This is a book you won’t want to put down, nor will you want it to end! Get a copy ASAP and enjoy!”
“I have read a few of the books in this series, and I love them. My favorite part about this one was Christmas at the remote cabin, with no utilities. Oh, how lovely it sounded from the home-made ornaments to northern lights and sledding with Vitus. Ms. Carpenter has such a fantastic way of transporting you into her worlds, with humor, memorable characters, and the most stunning scenery. My rating for An Alaskan Family Christmas by Beth Carpenter is five stars as the writing is wonderful, and the story is lovely.”
“With plenty of romance and humor (as readers of Carpenter’s Northern Lights series can expect), An Alaskan Family Christmas proves to be heartwarming and fun. I can easily recommend it to readers looking for a contemporary Christmas read.”
“The characters (all of them including the family) are well written. The storyline is a fun one. The author seems to know a lot about Alaska and all it’s wilderness. I enjoyed that. I also enjoyed all the Christmas/Holiday stuff in this book. The romance is sweet and follows along with the standards of the Harlequin Heartwarming series.”
A voice called out from the shadows in the rear of the room, “Who’s there?”
“It’s just me, Tanner Rockford.”
“Oh, hey, Tanner. Your family already stopped by on their way to the cabin, and your uncle left the utility sled out back for you. Those girls are sure excited about Santy Claus.”
Girls? Natalie’s jaw began to ache under the strain of holding her tongue while pretending she didn’t know anything about Rockford. Married, just as she had suspected. Worse, he had kids. Brooke would be devastated. But at least Natalie knew his real name.
“I’ve read a couple of Beth Carpenters other books in this series and loved them, so I knew I needed to read this one. And I was not disappointed. There is something about the mystique of Alaska. Throw in a Christmas holiday and you have a recipe for magic and romance. . . . This story really did give me a magical feeling while I was reading it, especially during the Christmas holiday. It’s been a while since I truly felt that kind of magic in a holiday romance. It makes me want to reread this and to revisit the rest of the series, especially to catch up on any that I have missed!”
Her phone showed two bars. She got off a quick email confirming her hotel reservation and glanced over at Rockford. He was stashing his laptop in his satchel. Probably planning to stretch his legs. She could use a stroll, too, but following him up and down the train would be a little too obvious.
He pulled his coat down from the overhead shelf and put it on. Hmm. Maybe he was changing cars for some reason. She supposed it didn’t really matter. He’d have to claim his luggage in Anchorage, so he couldn’t get away before she did. He came to her seat and touched her shoulder. “Goodbye, Natalie. I hope you enjoy your new job.” Without waiting for a reply, he walked down the aisle toward the rear of the train.
Wait. Why was he telling her goodbye? They still had several hours before they arrived in Anchorage. What was he up to?
“Just like each of its predecessors, An Alaskan Family Christmas has great characters that camp out in your heart, an engaging plot & sweet romance to keep you turning the pages, and a setting that will take your breath away! Combine a spark-filled romance with the embrace of Christmas, and the laughter & warmth of family, and you’ve got a truly enjoyable read from start to finish!”
“I fell hard for this family and for the warmth Carpenter brought into how she told this story – reading it was such a refreshing balm to my soul . . . If Ms Carpenter is on the fence about writing more installments for this series – I hope she extends it out to a rounded eight, ten or twelve novels all told because she could seriously keep penning these lovelies as I wickedly keep devouring them!”
“I really liked this close-knit family. . . by the end, the author made me care about all the characters. Even the recluse and missing Dane. This Christmas story was full of surprises, both good and unexpected.”
“Author Beth Carpenter has written another story with Alaska as the beautiful setting and it offers intriguing characters, sweet chemistry, and fun family moments. It’s the perfect tale to put you into the Christmas spirit and I recommend An Alaskan Family Christmas to all who enjoy clean romance and heartwarming holiday stories.”
“I am ALWAYS up for a good Christmas story, and definitely a cute one. This cover really stood out and I just HAD to read it. . . . It was terribly hard to put down. . . . I really enjoyed this book. And, I am sure fans of the author and genre will undoubtedly enjoy this fun, old-fashioned, sweet romp through the snow Christmas read that plays out much like a beloved Hallmark movie.”
“An Alaskan Family Christmas is a charming contemporary romance that will touch the heart and bring a great big smile to everyone’s face. Beth Carpenter effortlessly blends humor, warmth and emotion in a poignant tale about second chances, healing from the past and the magic of falling in love. . . A delightful contemporary holiday romance, Beth Carpenter’s An Alaskan Family Christmas is not to be missed.”
A little mix-up…
Could make her Christmas wonderful!
Natalie Weiss is mortified. After mistaking handsome Tanner Rockford for his cousin, she’s followed him to rural Alaska. Now she’s stranded—until Tanner invites her to spend Christmas with his family in their rustic, cozy cabin. But in this idyllic winter wonderland, Natalie discovers the family she’s never had…and the love she never knew she needed. But what happens when they all discover why she’s really there?
About the Author
Beth Carpenter is thankful for good books, a good dog, a good man and a dream job creating happily-ever-afters. She and her husband now split their time between Alaska and Arizona, where she occasionally encounters a moose in the yard or a scorpion in the basement. She prefers the moose.
One winner will receive a signed print copy of A Gift for Santa, a set of jingle bells, a sheet of winter stickers, a peppermint bead bracelet, and a $25 Amazon gift card (US only – if winner is outside the US winner will receive an ebook of A Gift for Santa and a $25 Amazon gift card)
Ends November 18, 2020