Beth Carpenter’s books are a great escape if you need one. And I love the Alaskan setting! Check out all of these book reviews and excerpts from her latest book tour. Plus there’s a great giveaway at the end!
On Tour with Prism Book Tours
We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops you’ll
find snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below. Don’t forget
to also enter the clues from each stop in the additional giveaway here.
Launch – Note from the Author
Clue #5: Capitol of Alaska.
Clue #6: What baby goats are called.
Welcome to the Alaskan Dreams book tour. The working title for this book was “Love, Gold, and Goats” and that’s what it’s all about. Lauren has come to Alaska chasing her dream to be a goat farmer and cheesemaker, but she runs into financial difficulties. Her landlady suggests a possible solution: find a historical gold nugget rumored to be hidden somewhere on the farm. Patrick, the landlady’s grandson, eventually agrees to help, and the treasure hunt begins. . .
Jorie Loves A Story – Excerpt
“Sure. Maybe he can’t herd goats, but he’s good for mental health, and that has to be a plus for the farm, right?”
Bonnie laughed. “Or as Rosemary would say, he puts out good vibes.”
Bonnie snapped her fingers. “Wilson.”
“We should call him Wilson. After the Wilson brothers in the Beach Boys. They sang ‘Good Vibrations.’”
“Perfect.” Lauren passed a hand over the dog’s head. “Absolutely perfect.”
Thoughts of a Blonde – Excerpt
The first time she’d looked out the window of her camper to see the goats swiping the grapes she’d left on the picnic table, she thought she must have neglected to latch the gate. The second time, when Spritz showed up in the middle of a walk with Biscotti and Muffin, Lauren knew she’d latched it, but she hadn’t bothered to fasten the safety hasp, and hadn’t realized Spritz knew how to pull out a pin. Today, before she’d gone to the bathhouse, Lauren had latched the gate, sealed it with a cotter pin, and fastened the hasp that should have been impossible for anyone without opposable thumbs to operate. And yet here they were.
Christy’s Cozy Corners – Review
“I know I’ve said this many times, but I love reading books that are set in Alaska. There’s something about that remoteness that appeals to me. . . . Alaskan Dreams is about following your heart, finding family, falling in love, and learning how to face tough times without running away. I absolutely loved it, and I highly recommend it to clean romance lovers.”
Wishful Endings – Excerpt
“If I want to play bridge at the senior apartments, I’m always welcome. I don’t see any reason to leave my home here.”
“Oh, you don’t?”
“Really? Because I think if you look down at the brace on your foot, you’ll find at least one good reason.”
“Patrick Sean O’Shea, are you sassing me?”
Splashes of Joy – Review
“If you are in the mood for a clean Romance with a little twist of humor and fun, you will enjoy this one. And even though this is a series, I had no problem reading it as a stand alone. Oh and the cover with the adorable white goad is precious!”
Baroness’ Book Trove – Review
“A truly marvelous romance isn’t easy, but Ms. Carpenter does weave a fabulous one. Her characters are down to earth, with believable issues and remarkably easy resolution once communication is open. I truly enjoyed the story, with a mix of romance, history, genealogy, community, and love. Therefore, I am giving Alaskan Dreams by Beth Carpenter, five stars. If you are looking for a sweet romance with lots of heart, I recommend Alaskan Dreams.”
Reviewing books plus more – Review
“Alaskan Dreams was such an enjoyable book. I loved the goats. . . . I really got into the characters in the book and could visualize them. They were so real to me. The book had me hooked from the very beginning.”
Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review
“I love the Northern Lights series, and this one didn’t disappoint!
The outstanding writings of Author Beth Carpenter, brings the mesmerizing Alaskan terrain and communities “to life”! The reader feel like he/she is there experiencing it all! The characters she has developed feel so real. It is easy to share in their emotions, dilemmas and of life dramas.”
EmpowerMoms – Review
“This was another fun “Northern Lights” Alaska novel. Great characters, fun story line . . . I have really enjoyed reading these stories set in Alaska. . . . Highly recommend this series of books! They can be read in order or as stand alone stories.”
Locks, Hooks and Books – Review
“I have read and enjoyed books by Beth Carpenter in the past. Alaskan Dreams was no different. . . . I was entertained throughout and is one of those reads that just warms my heart. . . . I recommend it for readers who love to read sweet and clean reads.”
Kimber Li – Review
“Check out Alaskan Dreams for a full developed cast of characters you’re sure to bump into at the farmers’ market next trip to Anchorage. You’ll finish the book wondering where you can buy soap and take yoga too.”
Heidi Reads… – Excerpt
“Not exactly. We moved around a lot.”
“Oh yeah? Me too. My parents were in the diplomatic corps.”
Lauren gave a short laugh that even to her own ears sounded forced. “My mother was…not.” Not unless she was some sort of ambassador of short-lived romance. Her mom must have fallen in love with a dozen different men by the time Lauren graduated from high school, and every time it meant a different school in a different place.
Remembrancy – Review
“This book has a lot of heart. From the friendships Lauren forms to her tenacity to succeed to the softly blooming romance, Alaskan Dreams is one for the keeper shelf. I didn’t want this book to end.”
Hallie Reads – Review
“I so enjoyed Alaskan Dreams. Carpenter delivers this romantic adventure with a cast of especially entertaining characters, a natural romance, and heartwarming themes of perseverance, family, and love. One day, I will get to Alaska, but for now, I am content to experience it via good books—and Alaskan Dreams is one such book. Don’t skip it!”
Teatime and Books – Excerpt
“Congratulations,” Gran told Lauren. “You’ve just doubled the size of your herd.”
Lauren laughed. “I guess so.” Covered with dirt and grime, Lauren brushed a strand of hair back from her cheek, leaving behind a smear of something Patrick chose not to identify, but a proud smile lit up her face, and her green eyes sparkled. “They look good, don’t they?”
“Beautiful,” Patrick agreed. “Absolutely beautiful.”
Reading Is My SuperPower – Review
“Alaskan Dreams by Beth Carpenter is an absolutely delightful read from start to finish. Charming & amusing characters (including the mischievous goats!) – plus a treasure hunt! – keep you fully engaged in the story, and the sweet romance will have you swooning more than once. Prepare to read this book with a permanent grin on your face, and a few chuckles too. Fabulous addition to this series!”
Hearts & Scribbles – Excerpt
Maybe she was right. If Lauren concentrated on making milk soap from the goats she had now, she could probably meet the goats’ feed and vet bills while they hunted. Bonnie watched her, her eyes wide and encouraging. Lauren smiled. “Okay. Yes. Let’s do it!”
“All right!” Bonnie held up her hand. Lauren laughed and slapped her a high five. The ladies cheered.
Linda wrote Find Nugget on her notepad and underlined it. “Excellent. And if you’re going treasure hunting, I know someone you should talk to. I’ll set up a meeting ASAP.”
Bookish Jottings – Review
“An adorable contemporary romance that will bring a smile to your face and a tear to your eye, Beth Carpenter’s Alaskan Dreams is a tale of hope, courage and new beginnings I couldn’t bear to put down. . . . A terrific book to lose yourself in, Beth Carpenter’s Alaskan Dreams is a charming, emotional and compelling contemporary romance you will not want to miss.”
Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post…
(Northern Lights #6)
By Beth Carpenter
Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
May 1st 2020 by Harlequin Heartwarming
The dream she wants
The love she found
Lauren Shepherd has traded her hectic office job for a quiet life working on an elderly friend’s farm. Risking everything to move to Alaska might just be the perfect opportunity for her—if Lauren can convince handsome and fiercely protective Patrick O’Shea that she’s not swindling his grandmother. But when financial troubles threaten her dream, Lauren and Patrick unite in a hunt for a legendary treasure…only to discover something between them more precious than gold.
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About the Author
Once upon a time …
when Beth Carpenter was a little girl, she read everything she could get her hands on, and entertained herself on the school bus by making up stories in her head. Not a lot has changed. She’s still consuming books like M&Ms, and spends her days creating happily-ever-afters for her imaginary friends.
She lives in Alaska and Arizona with her husband and an aggressively affectionate fifty-pound lap dog. She loves to hear from readers.
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One winner will receive a signed print copy of An Alaskan Proposal and a $25 Amazon Gift Card
Ends May 20, 2020
Don’t forget to also enter the author’s scavenger hunt giveaway by grabbing clues from each stop on the tour and entering them HERE.