Colleen Coble’s Alaska Twilight is a contemporary romance novel that adds a facet not usually found in most Christian romances: it involves bears. The bears in this book give it a unique quality that adds drama to the story. The story follows the lives of Haley Walsh and Tank Lassiter. She is from Phoenix, Arizona, and he is from Alaska. Haley is terrified of the forest, whereas Tank can’t get enough of it. She wants nothing to do with God, while God is the only thing keeping Tank going. Through mysterious events, including a murder, a bear attack, a kidnapping, and a cave-in, these two are drawn together as they learn about themselves and the Lord.
Coble keeps readers guessing through the entire story, not revealing what will happen until the very last pages of the book. The relationship between Tank and Haley is enjoyable to watch, as it develops in the midst of unusual events, the most unforgettable being when Haley discovers someone in her tent. She hears the intruder digging around in her backpack. In order to ward him off, she grabs the closest thing to her—her prosthesis—which she then throws at him and scares him away.
Haley has been avoiding Alaska for more than twenty years. After a tragic accident as a child, Haley was forsaken by her parents and sent to Arizona to be with her grandmother. Now, she is going back to Alaska to confront her past and photograph a documentary on bears. In the Far North she meets Tank, who is a rugged biologist specializing in the study of bears, and through many trials begins the process of growing as a person.
Haley struggles between being angry with God and blaming herself for her misfortunes. Yet through it all, she is independent and has hidden strength. At times the story is told from Tank’s point of view, and readers discover that as a widower with a daughter, he strives under the load of responsibility on his shoulders.
This book was exciting, compelling, and a page-turner. I recommend it for anyone interested in contemporary Christian romance. Overall, I enjoyed Alaska Twilight, whose story sets on a satisfying ending. -- Madeline Kimes, Christian Book Previews.com
"You're afraid of really living, Haley." He flicked his finger at her camera. "You hide behind your camera instead of stepping out and engaging life with both hands. You're so afraid you'll fail at something, you won't even try."
For some people, Alaska is a breathtaking wilderness adventure, full of light and beauty. For Haley, it is a dangerous world of dark dreams and tortured memories. On the surface, she's here to document wildlife activist Kipp Nowak's bear encounters. But her real reason is to unearth the truth about a past murder. The suspense mounts when another body turns up, and Haley begins to wonder if the tragedies she experienced in the past are connected to the dangers and mysterious incidents of the present.
From behind the viewfinder of her camera, Haley observes it all, including Tank Lassiter, the bear biologist who has been forced to lead Kipp and his team into the Alaskan backcountry. As she watches him with his work, she feels a growing attraction. It will take great courage and faith to confront the truth she once ran away from. Before it's over, Haley may be viewing herself from an entirely new angle.
Alaska Twilight is the story of a young woman's emergence from the shadows of past sorrow into the light of forgiveness and grace.