Northern LightsNorthern Lights by Nora Roberts
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I’m going to open by saying it took me a long time to read this book. There was a good plot and a sweet subtle romance; the story just didn’t jump up off of the page at me.

Chief Ignatious (Nate) Burke’s story will break your heart and make you want him to have a happily ever after. His wife leaves him after telling him she was having an affair, he gets shot, his partner gets killed. It he had a dog it would have been run over by a truck. In the throes of depression, he decides to take a job at the end of the world in Lunacy, Alaska.

Meg Galloway is a bush pilot in Lunacy who catches Nate’s attention right from the start. She is about a prickly as a porcupine which actually appeals to Nate. Nate starts off his career with a few minor things like drunken disorderly, traffic violations, until a search and rescue for some teenage boys turns up a body that has been hidden in an ice cave on a mountain for sixteen years. Turns out the body belongs to Meg’s father. The appearance of this body rattles the town to its very core. The only sleepy Alaskan town is suddenly riddled with murder and mayhem.

The story moves at a very slow pace and contains a lot of extraneous subplot. On a positive note, you are not left with a lot of questions at the end of the story. Nora Roberts definitely appears to have done her homework on what enduring Alaska weather would be like for a newcomer. This book would appeal to someone who loves a book with a plethora of detail and multiple storylines to follow.

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