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Overcoming Grief, Second Chance for Love

Her Alaskan Companion by Heidi McCahan

About the Book

Romance isn’t the plan…

Until a mischievous dog changes everything.

When pregnant widow Lexi Thomas moves to Alaska for a fresh start, the last thing on her mind is romance.

Fortunately her neighbor’s affectionate goldendoodle is just the distraction she needs—unlike his gruff owner. Police officer Heath Donovan hopes building a fence in exchange for pet sitting will keep Lexi at a distance. But when his unruly dog turns matchmaker, can he face his biggest fear for a shot at love?

From Love Inspired: Uplifting stories of faith, forgive

My Review

4 stars

Heidi McCahan writes a beautiful story of overcoming grief and finding love again.

Lexi Thomas moved to Hearts Bay, Alaska, to be close to her birth family. As she deals with the prospect of becoming a single mother, she grieves the loss of her husband. Heath Donovan moves to Hearts Bay to isolate himself as he worries over being a possible carrier of the same devastating disease his father died from. When they become next-door neighbors, they experience instant attraction.

I love the way the author handled Heath’s almost debilitating fear of being diagnosed with the same disease that took his father’s life. It shaped everything he did, and the author stayed true to this. His sweet concern for Lexi was also fun to read. I also thought Lexi’s struggle with grieving and looking to the future to be true to life. My favorite part of the story was the comic relief provided by one very obstinate goldendoodle.

There were a few scenes in the last quarter of the book that left me scratching my head. I felt like they didn’t add to the story and could have been more developed to increase the tension (Thanksgiving scene especially). Despite this, I still enjoyed the story and feel it is worthy of a 4-star rating.

I would recommend this book to fans of Christian romance, Small Town Romance, and Inspirational Romance.

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance, Inspirational Romance, Small Town Romance

Location: Hearts Bay, Alaska

Romance: Very clean. Light kissing.

Faith: Mention of prayer. A character struggles with faith.

Disclaimer: I requested and received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of Harlequin Publishers and Love Inspired through NetGalley. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Heidi McCahan began dreaming up stories as a little girl. Now she's a bestselling author who writes uplifting, inspirational romance novels set in small towns. A perfect day for Heidi includes a good cup of coffee, dark chocolate, and reading books with happy endings. She's originally from Alaska, but currently lives in North Carolina with her handsome husband, three amazing boys, and the world's greatest goldendoodle. One Southern Summer, Heidi's next novel with Harlequin Love Inspired, releases June 26, 2023.

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