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The Alaskan Catch

(Northern Lights #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Where life's currents take you Dana Raynott just traveled 3,600 miles to reunite with the brother who changed his name and fled to Alaska nineteen years ago. It's impossible not to be moved by this wild, breathtaking state, even if Dana's no closer to finding the answers she came here for. Her brother's best friend, Anchorage engineer Sam MacKettrick, might be able to help ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 8th 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, kindle, reviewed
What an adventure! I loved all the details of Dana's adventure in Alaska. There was a mystery of old family secrets, a friendship-to-romance relationship, exciting excursions, and descriptions of amazing landscapes and wildlife. I felt like the emotions of the characters weren't delved into so I didn't make an emotional connection with them and felt more like an observer, but they were so likable and realistic and entertaining that I just tried to fill in the blanks for myself and enjoyed readin ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I really enjoyed this new Harlequin Heartwarming book by Beth Carpenter! It had a bit of everything in it- adventure, mystery and romance. I loved the Alaskan setting with so much of the story taking place outdoors with the beauties of nature on full display. It almost made me want to visit Alaska. In the summer. On the hottest day. ha.

Dana sets out to find her brother and finds so much more in the process. She discovers a side to her she never knew existed- the adventurous side! I loved Dana's
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
The Alaskan Catch by Beth Carpenter is a sweet romance with an intriguing subplot and a dash of adventure. Alaska comes alive as its own character in many ways, and this setting is just fueling all the more my need to take an Alaskan vacation.

You know a romance is off to a good start when the meet-cute involves the heroine pulling a flare gun on the hero in perceived self-defense. What follows after that is some grin-inducing chemistry, gorgeous scenery, harrowing adventure, and yummy food. (I
Patricia Potts
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Alaskan Catch is a compelling read filled with mystery, adventure and heartwarming human connections, both romantic and familial. The characters embody the landscape they occupy - beautiful, complex, and tough yet yielding where it counts. The bonds they forge within the journey they share are deep and enduring within the readers mind.

The author provides an expert imagery of the Alaskan landscape that mirrors the drama within the plot and characters. The reader develops a fondness for the c
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it

I cannot believe this is Beth Carpenter's debut novel for Harlequin Heartwarming. The Alaskan Catch is the perfect, indulgent read that grabs you the moment you flip to chapter one. This vibrant, captivating story will make you dream of Alaska—the author expertly utilizes the setting as a character in the book and you picture the scenes in your mind through her vivid prose. This is a character driven novel that has a little of everything to keep you engrossed. The main characters will charm thei
Harlequin Books
"A beautifully written sweet romance with incredible characters who are sweet, caring and willing to help others in any way they can. The plot is believable, and with the breathtaking backdrop of Alaska, it’s a well-rounded book. Carpenter is a talented author who writes from her heart, and the love is reflected in her Northern Lights novels" (4 stars @ RT Book Review).

Miniseries: A Northern Lights Novel
Lynn Reynolds
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-reading
Dana Raynott wants to reconnect with a brother she hasn’t seen in a long time. Sam MackKettrick is an interesting man but hard to figure out. Some of that might be due to the mystery that slowly reveals itself and how it connects our two main characters together. Dana’s brother Chris is very aloof and having him out of the picture just makes you wanting to know more.

I love my sexy reads but that’s not all that I love and this book was a good reminder. It’s a clean read but for me it was all abou
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Happily Ever After Romance

The Alaskan Catch begins the Northern Lights series with a compelling story of the search for a brother, the beauty of the Alaskan wilderness, and an unexpected fall into love for Sam and Dana.

While this series began in 2017 (and has another release – the 7th – in Nov. 2020), that doesn’t mean that there aren’t readers who will discover this series long after the release date — like me. This is why I’m careful to try to never give away spoilers in reviews be
Lynn Brooks
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beth Carpenter has earned herself a solid spot in the heart of the Harlequin Heartwarming author line-up with her debut novel in the line! It brings us secrets and despair, gorgeous countryside and the hearts of good, solid people to overcome the turmoil brought forth when lives are turned upside down with shocking revelations. The characters are down to earth, real and well developed and the plot takes us along for the ride of a sweet love story that stands the test of time and tribulation. Loo ...more
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

This story started with a woman searching for her estranged brother. Their father had passed away, and she wanted to give him his inheritance. She also missed him, and wanted to build a relationship with him.
On her quest to find him, she meets his roommate. Their friendship grew and they decided to spend some time together going on a camping/rafting trip. Lots of exciting adventure, and some mystery/suspense and a bit of tragedy.
I loved how cle
Jess Lawson
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
A heartwarming novel about creating your own future and not living in the crux your family has left for you. This novel has a lot to learn about appearances not always being what they seem and just possibly our parents have learnt from something in their own past to guide them in the directions they try and push us into following. Everything in life is not as you expect it to be.

Dana always wanted her family to notice her. She was the perfect daughter and followed all directions. So she needed t
Darlene Fredette
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars. I just found out about the Northern Lights Series and wanted to start reading on the ground floor. Each book is a stand-alone title, but for me there’s nothing better than getting to know a new town and its characters from the beginning. The Alaskan Catch was a beautiful and emotional story. The author did a wonderful job placing me in the setting. The visual is breathtaking and interactive from the mountains, forests, wildlife, and riding the rapids. Dana and Sam are perfect for each ...more
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There’s something about Alaska that always gets me…The Alaskan Catch was a great read, had much heart, and enough twists and turns to keep me reading almost straight thru. Dana Raynott has traveled from the lower 48 to Alaska to track down her brother, someone she hasn’t seen in nineteen years. They sort of run into one another, for a brief moment, and she ends up waiting for him to come back to his “home”, when he finishes what he’s left to do. In walks Sam MacKettrick…that’s all I can say with ...more
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's official: I need to visit Alaska! (True story--I actually considered it--briefly--for college, but figured I'd never be able to get rid of my dad...which kind of defeated the purpose of going away for school! ;) )

The Alaskan Catch is a sweet story about family, finding your own path ("paddling your own boat" as it's put one more than once here--both figuratively and literally), and learning to put your trust in unexpected love even when it seems contrary to the plans you thought you had. Be
Janice Sisemore
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Alaskan Catch

I always love to read books about Alaska and a place I would love to visit but this is a very good book set in Alaska and I cannot wait until the next one. Dana finds her brother, Chris, in Alaska after he left home years ago but she finds a whole lot more. The book has some suspense and mystery to it and also adventure. Once you start the book it is hard to put down. Sam is her brother's roommate and he has quite a story. I really loved all the characters but I think Sam and Da
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This was my first time reading a Harlequin Heartwarming story, as well as my first time reading a book by this author. I definitely plan to read more by this author after reading this book! I loved everything about this story. It was clean romantic, stands alone. The plot and the description were fast-moving and I really felt as though I was a part of the story. I could picture myself there right along with the characters. I loved the maturity and the ease of language the author used
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank Beth Carpenter for the opportunity of letting me win this this wonderful book. I can't wait to read her next book. I loved every minute reading this book. I loved the characters in it. I could feel how much they had grown in the book. I loved the fact that it was clean. Just a few chaste kissing scenes, but yet I could feel the attraction between the main characters. It was so well written that it makes want to visit Alaska. Thanks again to Beth Carpenter. You now have a de ...more
Catherine Lanigan
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't give reviews that contain any spoilers, but Sam's dilemma over his job and his new love for his housemate's sister, is exactly the kind of life-defining hard-choices that have faced so many of us in our lives and are continuing on with breakneck speed. So many are now faced with "all or nothing" decisions and Beth Carpenter hits this one on the head. I stayed up all night reading (thanks a lot, Beth) due to being immersed in the haunting Alaskan scenery the author immersed me in---not to ...more
Julia Stephanie
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sometimes all you need is a nice, sweet romance to get you by. I was able to read this on my break today and it was totally worth it! Since living in Alaska, I have to admit that reading a book with name drops I know and recognize really boosts it up in my eyes!
Linda Gwiazdowski
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
wonderful story,really enjoyed,read book in a day, will pass book on to friends
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Dana has finally tracked down her brother after he had a fight with their father and left her and their family 19 years ago, alas Chris is on his way out so she is stuck with Sam his flat mate and there starts a wonderful trip of learning about the amazing Alaskan wildlife, family secrets, falling in love, tracking down a mysterious person and learning no one is always guilt free and accidents happen. This was a fantastic read with characters I loved and wanted to see more of and I can't wait to ...more
Meg West
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You'll want to visit Alaska after reading this well written contemporary romance, which offers a suspenseful subplot and beautifully crafted descriptions of the northernmost state. I look forward to reading more love stories from Beth Carpenter. ...more
Helen Graul
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beth Carpenter really has a knack for writing compelling, heartwarming and engaging stories! All of Beth’s books engage me from the very beginning and carry my interest all the way through, and The Alaskan Catch definitely does the same thing. I just loved reading about Sam and Dana’s story. Her description of what life in Alaska is about, really made me clearly see it and I learned more about what life in that lovely state is about. I feel that I really was a part of the lives of her character ...more
Jt Furbay
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dana goes to Alaska to find her brother only to be left with his room mate while he's out fishing. She finds he's a commercial fisherman and doesn't want to face what happened in the past in a confrontation with his sister. As she comes to terms about what happened in her brother's past, she also develops a relationship with Sam, his roommate. Untangling her brother's past and coming to terms with her relationship with Sam makes this and interesting story. ...more
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Beth Carpenter believes that life is brighter in the company of a dog, that love and laughter are inseparable, and that there is no such thing as “too many books.”

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Northern Lights (7 books)
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