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Summer of the Midnight Sun (Alaskan Quest #1)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  2,605 Ratings  ·  167 Reviews
Leah Barringer's world is turned upside down when her brother brings home Jayce Kincaid, the man who spurned her ten years ago. Part of an expedition to the Arctic, Jayce shocks Leah by inviting her brother along.

Helaina Beecham arrives in Alsaka to hunt down the man the Pinkertons have sent her to apprehend. But when Jayce Kincaid appears to have been in two places at the
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Bethany House Publishers (first published February 28th 2006)
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May 19, 2007 Nikki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alaskan Quest - Book 1 --- Leah Barringer and her brother Jacob have lived awhile in the Alaskan wilderness. In spite of the hard life that territory makes a body endure, they had come to love the land and it's native people. On a trip to gather supplies for their trading post, Jacob took longer than usual and brought back more than supplies. He brought his friend Jayce Kincaid - a man that Leah had loved 10 years before and who had broken her heart. Not only was Jayce a painful reminder of her ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I guess there is something about reading about the freezing cold Alaska country that makes me happy to have a warm comfy house with indoor plumbing. I enjoyed the easy flowing story here, even if it was a bit slow. It was good. It left me hanging a bit at the end so I'm interested to read the next book. Lucky for me it's sitting in my pile from the library. :) I'd give it 3.5 stars if I could.

Christian Fiction (and while I do not enjoy preachy Christian fiction, I appreciated the lesson here of
Although Summer of the Midnight Sun doesn’t break into my favorites list, I did enjoy the story and found a lot of good aspects therein. I think one of the things I most enjoyed about it was the setting. Alaska can be harsh and unforgiving even today, but in those days, before all of the modern conveniences available to those living in a cold climate now, it was downright brutal. I love how the land was almost its own characters and entity. I thought the little details and nuances of their daily ...more
Oct 30, 2012 Kristy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I guess I need to give most of you the fair warning/disclaimer that this is Christian Fiction. Yes, I know, eye roll and gag. But, this one was not bad.

Yes, there were some very heavy handed moments. Yes, most of the "suprise" moments were predictable. But, there was something about this one that did keep me interested.

This was a story based in Alaska (which was very different, but appealing), post gold-digging craze. The conversations were very proper in their speaking, so it definitely had th
SUMMARY: Leah Barringer's world is turned upside down when her brother brings home Jayce Kinicaid, the man who spurned her ten years ago. Part of an expedition to the Arctic, Jayce shocks Leah by inviting her brother along.

Helaina Beecham arrives in Alaska to hunt down the man the Pinkertons have sent her to apprehend. But when Jayce Kincaid appears to have been in two places at the same time, Helaina wonders if there might be a larger problem with the case.

Despite confusing, conflicting evidenc
Dec 20, 2009 Jeanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
This is the first book I have read by this author, and it is the first in a Trilogy set in Alaska around 1915. I don't usually read Chrsitian fiction, but I liked the story, and the writing. I particularly liked the setting and reading about the native Alaskan Indians. The romance of the story is between Leah Barringer and Jayce Kincaid who meet again 10 years after Jayce rejected Leah. The Christian theology, scripture, and presentation of the gospel actually fit into the story well. I will rea ...more
Nicole G.
Jan 26, 2010 Nicole G. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Christian fiction is not a genre I read at all, but I discovered this book for free on Amazon; it was the first book I got for my Kindle. Set in Alaska in the early 1900s, it's the story of a family and an old romance. I felt that the Biblical passages were occasionally shoehorned into the storyline, nearly bludgeoning me with their message. However, I might seek out the next in the series, just to see what happens.
Chel ♪
I really like this book the whole Alaskan Quest Series is really good. I don't know if I could pick a favorite. In my personal opinion I think Tracie Peterson did a very good job on the whole series. After I read the first and second books I was soooo ready for the third. I would recommend this to anyone who like good christian fiction.
May 25, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy Tracie Peterson, but have the next book on hand (Under the Northern Lights) when you are finishing up this one. It ends in a dang cliffhanger!
Jayce O'Neal
May 28, 2009 Jayce O'Neal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great story by one of the best in the business. An interesting note is that the book is dedicated to me and the main character is named after me! True story!
Summer of the Midnight Sun by Tracie Peterson

I graciously received a copy of the entire Alaskan Quest series from Bethany House in exchange for a review. I am under no obligation to write a positive review, just an honest one. :)

But, I don't need any coercion to write a positive review of this book because I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!

Summer of the Midnight Sun is the first book in Tracie Peterson's Alaskan Quest series.

I first got into reading books by Tracie Peterson when I read her Song of Alaska se
Oct 31, 2016 MICHELE rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Untold Adventures

Leah is worried about Jacob, her brother in the Alaskan wilderness with his dog sled. I hope you're prepared to go on their journey.

This book will surely keep you on your toes you will follow Leah and Jacob's adventures and they will prove to be interesting as well as adventurous.

Disclaimer: “I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review”.
Mar 14, 2016 Lynn's rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history lovers, travelers to Alaska
I don’t know about you, but I love a good spin-off series. Every story has an end, but when an author takes the people around the main character in one book/series and develops their own story in another, we get to enjoy the characters we’ve grown to love a little longer.

Recently, I finished reading Tracie Peterson’s “Summer of the Midnight Sun,” book #1 in the Alaskan Quest Series. This book released in 2006, but it’s a new discovery to me. It was one that became available for free on Kindle a
Rachel Brand
I felt really torn when I came to rate this book. I didn't dislike it at all, but there wasn't a lot that made me want to keep reading. I loved the descriptions of life in Alaska, and there's no doubt that Tracie Peterson is fantastic at bringing her settings to life. But I never really connected with the characters or cared about them all that much.

In terms of the relationships in this book, I actually found the dynamics between Leah and Jacob (siblings) more interesting than those between Lea
Jul 23, 2016 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Shannah Mauney
Jul 30, 2013 Shannah Mauney rated it really liked it
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As I stated at the beginning, I am a huge fan of Tracie Peterson. Her books are always good and entertaining. I've not read one that I haven't enjoyed. Summer of the Midnight Sun was no exception. The story is set in the beautiful and rugged Alaska. Tracie Peterson's description of the land and the ways of life of the people who lived it back then is phenomenal. She makes the setting come to life and become an integral part of the story. I could picture the land and the story taking place as I w ...more
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Apr 06, 2010 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Captivating storyline...I wanted to keep reading and trying to figure things out. I was also able to see some things coming miles away, but it was interesting to see how the relationships worked their way out. I really appreciate writers who write characters strong in their belief in God and making God the center of their lives. I appreciate their struggles with living by what they believe.

p.68 "God wants your heart to be whole...He wants your trust. You mustn't fear. You are poor in spir
Wendy Sparkes
Jun 16, 2014 Wendy Sparkes rated it really liked it

I loved Tracie's historical and landscape descriptions. This was definitely my favourite part of the book.

The story itself, not so much.

Not that the story itself was bad, it wasn't, and I did like it. It just didn't grab me. I'm not really sure why as there was a lot I liked about it.

I did like the mercy and justice theme. I thought that was very well done.

I am still interested enough to read #2 Under the Northern Lights (Alaskan Quest, #2) by Tracie Peterson #3 Whispers of Winter (Alaskan Quest, #3) by Tracie Peterson

Jacob and Leah's story starts in the Yukon Quest series when they are children, and it is
Flavia (OddCloud)
Rating: 2 / 5

I'll go at this by.... bullet-point list:

+ good premise

- weak plot overall (nothing really happens, yet the narration goes on and on... and on); Maybe it was meant to be character driven, or emotion driven... I don't know, but by failing to connect to the characters, everything felt pretty boring;

- the romantic relationship is not properly developed; I failed to feel any sort of connection between Leah and Jacob;

- the writing style was what I'd call rigid; it wasn't bad, but it ove
Sep 08, 2008 Kimberly rated it liked it
Shelves: gentle-reads
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Dianne Sidebottom
This book is one of three series and they flow into each other. Not sure if I will get the next books to finish the tale. I have a feeling God put this book in my hand now to show me something of mercy n compassion as Jacob pointed out to Helaina in the story. Helaina's character was nose hard woman for her time with the experiences she had n believing she was in control n having no need of God her brother Stanley was of the same opinion also. The scripture in this story was ok for me but may se ...more
Nov 19, 2015 Sheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 21, 2015 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read for me, as it introduced a part of frontier life with which I was unfamiliar. The relationships between the native Alaskans and the white settlers was an important part of the plot. The sister and brother have lived in Alaska for many years and created deep friendships with the people of their community. When an old flame returns after ten years, it takes many challenging events to show him the magnitude of the mistake he made in walking away so long ago. There are middle of ...more
Mar 16, 2016 Sandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Summer of the Midnight Sun

Christian suspense must be more difficult to write than other genres because there is no sex, no profanity and the characters must place God first in their lives so He is mentioned multiple times. These books are a testimony to the reader but also entertaining and spine tingling. And this storyline does not disappoint. I enjoyed the book very much and look forward to the next installment to find out what new adventures await our interesting cast of characters.
Dec 08, 2015 Gail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book of a series called Alaskan Quest. Leah and Joseph Barringer are siblings living in the Alaskan wilderness at the turn of the century. Their father took them there after his wife died and they fell in love with the natives and the land. They stayed after their father also died. Joseph brings home the man, Jayce Kincaid, that spurned Leah 10 years previous. She still loves him, but he's clueless to the hurt he caused her 10 years earlier. Helaina Beechham is doing detective ...more
Jul 08, 2012 Shellie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leah and Jacob live in a remote town in Alaska called Last Chance. This first of three stories chronicles their ups and downs as Jayce, an old friend and once Leah's love, returns to Last Chance. Leah must face old demons as she is confronted with the knowledge that she still loves Jayce. All is not well with Jayce either, because Helaine Beecham, a detective for the Pinkerton's in NY, is hot on his trail with evidence that Jayce is a killer and a thief. Helaina will stop at nothing to bring Jay ...more
Diane Gilman
Jun 12, 2016 Diane Gilman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book is good I enjoyed it very much

I wish this book Cadmore outlines to it and I wish that it didn't stop right in the middle of men chase is going to make me wonder where is going end and who's gonna get hurt and who is not I'm leaving this book wholeheartedly and I just pray the Lord that the next book I read will show me the way of their savior saved and they have a life together thank you very much for this book this baby Meritmoor and thankful for it thank you again I really enjoyed yo
My dnf streak has finally ended with this book, YAY! First off, it felt really nice to read a book without any questionable content. Second this book had the charm of historical fiction, a mystery, and christian fiction, without being overly sappy. I actually liked most of the characters. All in all a good story without any content that I really don't like. . .

Content: Clean
A couple of kisses, but nothing else, YAY!
Rachelle Sperling
Jan 28, 2016 Rachelle Sperling rated it it was ok
I loved Tracie Peterson's first three books about the Yukon but I was disappointed with the Alaskan Quest series. They lacked the same flair as the original three and the stories seemed too overdramatic (not the story elements themselves but they way they were played up so much). Sometimes I really like Peterson, sometimes I don't. My biggest complaint is with her books is over the top drama. These were a good read but be prepared for vast highs and lows and drama, drama, drama.
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Tracie Peterson is a bestselling author who writes in both historical and contemporary genres. Her novels reveal her love for research as well as her strong desire to develop emotionally meaningful characters and stories for her readers. Tracie and her family live in Montana.

pen name: Janelle Jamison
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Alaskan Quest (3 books)
  • Under the Northern Lights (Alaskan Quest, #2)
  • Whispers of Winter (Alaskan Quest, #3)

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