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Alaska: A Light in the Window / Destiny's Road / Iditarod Dream / Christmas Dream
Alaska A Light in the Window / Destiny's Road / Iditarod Dream / Christmas Dream Author:Tracie Peterson Four Inspirational Love Stories in America's Final Frontier — The bleak wilderness of America's 49th state challenges three women in different eras: Julie, a nurse, who must serve victims of a 1925 diphtheria epidemic; Beth, whose Canadian-born husband is killed in World War II; and Rita, who takes on the ultimate test of endurance,... more » the Iditarod dog sled race. Each must surmount the obstacles of her life, and perhaps, with God's help, find true love as well.
A LIGHT IN THE WINDOW
After studying in Seattle for five years, Julie returns to the Alaska territory to begin her career as a public health nurse. She and her mother had dreamed of the day when Julie, smart Eskimo herself, would bring both health care and God's Word to the Eskimo villiages scattered around Nome. But now Julie's mother is dead, and the long treks across the Alaskan wilderness only accentuate her loneliness. Her discomfort is compounded by Sam Curtiss who persists in proposing a marriage that Julie fears would end her career. An outbreak of diptheria banishes such troubles from Julie's mind. The only cure lies hundreds of miles away, across the frozen frontier...the only beacon to pinpoint the blackness, the lights from rustic cabin windows.
When Beth learns that her Canadian-born husband was killed in action in World War II, she returns to Alaska with her two young sons. Soon their remote village is overrun by thousands of soldiers and civilians building the Alcan highway, part of North American defenses against Japanese invasion. Among the newcomers is August Eriksson, a man who cares about people but thinks that God failed him. Beth and her sons grow to love August, but she knows she can never marry a man who is fighting God. Destiny's road brought August into Beth's life. Will he be able to stay the course?
Confident and fiercely independent, Rita travels back to her hometown of Tok, Alaska. At the urging of her father, she enters the dogsled race of her dreams -- the famed Iditarod -- with a relentless pursuit. Although Mark Williams hopes to become more than her coach for the race, the walls that Rita has built around herself are too strong for human penetration. Set against the bleak and demanding Alaskan landscape, will Rita realize her dream alone? Or will her dream demand at last that Rita examine her very soul?
Newlyweds Mark and Rita Williams are looking forward to their first Christmas together when an Alaskan blizzard grounds them in the Juneau airport. Unable to reach their home outside Tok, the couple's holiday dream appears shattered. But dreams come wrapped in different packages, as Mark and Rita soon discover, and the joys of the season may be just a smile and hug away.« less