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Sweet Home Alaska

(Northern Lights #5)

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Some sparks last forever.

But once burned…

World traveler Dr. Scott Willingham is known for being calm and levelheaded—except where Volta Morgan is concerned. In the ten years since they parted, Scott still can’t forget her. Now he’s come to Alaska to find Volta and finally let her go, only to find their attraction is stronger than ever. Can Scott leave her behind one last t
ebook, 368 pages
Published July 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming
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Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
I’ve always wanted to go to Alaska for an extended stay and every time I read another book in Carpenter’s Northern Lights series that urge just gets stronger! The author is highly skilled at setting a scene, pulling you right into the sights & sounds & smells of the Alaskan landscape. And, while you’re there in the middle of the story, you befriend all the characters too (well… except maybe for Volta’s sister-in-law in this case lol).

Volta has intrigued me since I first met her in the series (bu
This is the second story I’ve read in the Northern Lights series. I really like Beth Carpenter’s writing style. I love the Alaskan setting and how she makes Alaska so much a part of the story. She really brings to light not only the beauty of Alaska, but also some of the challenges people go through due to its vast size and low population count. I can’t even imagine living in a place that is not connected to the road system!

One of my favorite tropes is second chance at love. Scott and Volta hav
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Beth Carpenter has such a gentle way of building a story. Her books are easy to fall into and I always feel like I'm on a journey that will take me somewhere satisfying.

Scott and Volta are two very interesting people with even more interesting jobs. I loved the setting in Alaska and the work both Scott and Volta were doing. There is history between Scott and Volta which adds another layer to the dynamics of their relationship as does Volta's young daughter. As I said before, this book is very g
Suzie Waltner
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I was taking my final college courses, my parents moved from Idaho to a small bush community 350 miles west of Anchorage, Alaska. The only way in and out was via small plan. The town had a total of seven miles of road that mostly circled the airport. Groceries were bought during visits to Anchorage and packaged up with luggage and no one in Aniak drove a car (it was snowmobiles in the winter and 4-wheelers in the summer). And Beth Carpenter’s Sweet Home Alaska brings that kind of Alaska liv ...more
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I always enjoy this author’s writing style. Somewhat similar to Janith Hooper (both of them write in a mature fashion with rich vocabulary and good pacing), although they write completely different stories and themes. It’s always a pleasure to read. Clean romance at its best!
I really enjoyed this medical romance between a paramedic and a doctor. It is well researched and engaging. Definitely interesting to learn about new things and new cultures in this way, and a clean romance too! Highly reco
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. A sweet, clean read at it's best!!
A second chance at love and best of horses!! How cool is that!! Horses are my favorite and I love to go trail riding whenever possible!!
Scott and Volta wow who could've imagined! What this couple had and God has given them is a gift not to be taken lightly!
I love Scott. His bedside manners almost reminds me of my Dr once upon a time!! Impeccable manners and a wonderful personality. Sometimes it all has to do with growing into oneself and lea
Harlie Williams
If I had to give out my best book of the year award right now, it would be this book. It is that good. This isn’t my first book by Ms. Carpentar and she never disappoints. Ms. Carpentar also brings emotional depth to her stories but also, I feel like I’m in Alaska. Like Northern Alaska feels. I loved that show. You need to look it up. Anyway. Plus, her characters are always phenomenal. And, there is a child involved but Emma is her own character and I loved her.

This is a great second chance roma
Jul 14, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the second book of Beth Carpenter's five-book Northern Lights series that I have read. Each title definitely works as a standalone and is unique to the featured couple. I'm attracted to the stories that take place up north.

This one starts out with a lot of drama that reminded me almost of a TV movie trying to catch your attention right off the bat. Volta works emergency medical cases, and they are transporting a pregnant woman about to give birth to twins, suffering from high blood press
Kathryn Cooper
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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4 out of 5 STARS

Sweet Home Alaska by Beth Carpenter was a delightful read. Volta and Scott had a romantic past. It had ended because Scott didn't think he could keep a long term relationship with his job. He planned to be a doctor that traveled around the world.

Volta's heart had been broken by falling in love with Scott in the past. She tries to keep from falling for Scott again. He doesn't show up in Alaska on accident though. He want
Lynn Brooks
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sweet reunion! With the next book in her beloved Northern Lights series, Beth Carpenter continues to show us the beauty of gorgeous Alaska. Her words bring the location to life time and again through out the series. With the latest book, first loves reunite years later to find their love never died ... but their circumstances aren't any better now than the first time things fell apart. Fast paced, great connection between the characters with the sweet addition of an adorable little girl. Really ...more
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it

Sweet Home Alaska is a sweet heartwarming read. I didn’t read the first book in this series, but I think this one is fine as a stand alone. Author Beth Carpenter does a wonderful job of writing detailed scenes of Alaska throughout the story, and even though I’ve never been there, I felt as though I was in the middle of this story. I did get annoyed at Scott and Volta a number of times because they were making a relationship more difficult than it should have bee
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Volta Morgan is a widowed single Mom and a flight paramedic in Anchorage, Alaska. Scott Willingham is a traveling physician who dumped her 10 years ago. When they cross paths again, things begin to get interesting.
Volta is a strong woman who has mothered little Emma since her husband died in an accident before her birth. I admired her courage and stamina, while respecting the fact that she did rely on nearby family members to help her with Emma when she worked. Her family, including her in-laws,
Kate Vale
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemp-romance
Another in the Northern Lights series, in which Dr. Scott Willingham decides he needs to bring closure to what happened between himself and Volta Morgan ten years earlier. To do so, he has to go to Alaska where Volta now lives. He finds her a widow and mother of a daughter who shares a love of horses and riding with him. But Volta isn't so sure she should renew any kind of relationship with him, not after he broke her heart so long ago.

However, when she is tasked with assisting him to learn abou
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In most romance books that I've read, the main couple's relationship seems to get serious right away. That's not the case in Beth Carpenter's Harlequin Romance book, Sweet Home Alaska. Scott Willingham is a doctor with DEMA--Doctors, Education, and Medicine for All. For ten years he has provided medical care around the world. Over a decade ago he said goodbye to Volta Morgan, choosing to continue his work, and broke her heart. Volta now is a widow raising her daughter in Alaska. Scott has volunt ...more
Hallie (Hallie Reads)
Jul 11, 2019 marked it as reviewed
I love to fictionally visit Alaska, and Beth Carpenter bring the state to life with her stories—when I pick up one of her books, it’s a trip I know I’ll enjoy taking.

In the fifth Northern Lights novel, Sweet Home Alaska, Dr. Scott Willingham has traveled the world and made an important difference with his career—but he had to leave behind his romance with Volta Morgan to do so (though his heart never truly left her). Since his leaving, Volta’s life has moved on with her work as a flight EMT and
Toth Jo-Ann
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
I love this story. Its a story about tough choices & possibly bad decisions. I met Volta Morgan & Dr Scott Willingham. Scott met Volta a long time ago. He made a decision that he questions. I like how this story is written. The 2 are working together after 10 years. Its a story of rediscovery. For Volta its seeing someone from the past that hurt her. But can she move forward. For Scott its answering questions he has had in the last 10 years. His history has left him with many questions. This sto ...more
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I was given the opportunity to read the fifth installment from Beth Carpenter’s series, Northern Lights, I knew I had to take it. I enjoyed the last book in the series,
An Alaskan Proposal, and Sweet Home Alaska did not disappoint. I loved this book! It tells the story of Dr Scott Willingham coming to Alaska to find his ex-girlfriend, Volta Morgan. He intended to find closure but finds himself intrigued and attract to her more than ever. Especially, when he meets her sweet little daughter,
Helen Graul
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story has the perfect setting for a Flight Paramedic and an OB Doctor. I have often wondered about medical care in Alaskan isolated villages and communities. This story grabbed my attention from Page 1 and carried it racing through the book. Scott, Volta and her daughter Emma’s story is a very heartwarming one that also included a visit to the same Reindeer Farm that she has mentioned in several other stories. What fun it was to re-visit friends there! I love horses and Emma learned to ride ...more
Darlene Fredette
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The fifth book in the Northern Lights series is a hit. Volta is another great character we have seen within this series. Her story is a second chance at love. I liked Scott right away. His character is captivating, and he is perfect for Volta…and her daughter, Emma…who is adorable. This little girl lights up the pages. One of my favourite scenes is when Volta lashes out at her sister-in-law, which unleashes her inner mama bear. And there are horses! There are so many heartwarming scenes in this ...more
Marcie Robinson
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Sweet Home Alaska” is book 5 of Beth Carpenter’s Northern Lights miniseries with Harlequin Heartwarming.

Doctor Scott Willingham has an ulterior motive to go to Alaska for a study on prenatal care in rural areas. He wants to find Volta Morgan, the woman he left ten years ago.
Volta, a widow and mother, is an emergency responder and seeing Scott out-of-the-blue brings out her maternal instincts to protect her daughter. And her heart.
Scott and Volta try to find their way back to each other after ye
Jul 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway
What a delightful story to read and a look into the beauty of the state of Alaska. Volta is a flight certified EMT in Alaska, with a eight year old daughter, Emma. Volta's husband died before Emma was born. She enjoys her job, but when her calls, the Grandparents step in to help. Dr. Scott Willingham has come to Alaska for two reasons, his job and to find Volta. He left her many years ago in Hawaii, because of his job, even though he loved her. Now he is back, but leaves her and Emma again, beca ...more
Janice Sisemore
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Sweet Home Alaska

Such a fun story with Emma, who is Volta daughter. I would have never thought of horseback riding in Alaska.

Scott comes to town to work on a project with Volta. They knew each other years ago. He broke up with her because of his job. She married but ended up a widow.

I enjoy books that are set in Alaska. This one is a lot different than most.

I received a advanced copy of the book from the author and Prism book tours. I was not required to write an positive review.
Rachel DeVaughn
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this sweet, heartwarming love story! I really enjoyed reading about the day to day life in Alaska and Dr Scott and Volta's travels. The author did a wonderful job with the imagery and describing their travels-I felt like I was flying and experiencing Alaska with them!

Clean romance, great characters, and interesting story line. Easy and fun to read-highly recommend!

I received a copy of this book complimentary for blog and social media review. All opinions are my own.
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
this is a story i could not put down, Scott is a doctor who travels the world, Volta works in medicene and travels to the places in Alaska only excessable by plane. they knew is other years ago can they work togeather now . love the descriptions of Alaska and how she showed to why the people live. if you like romance and strong people you will want to read the book
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s a wonderful read! The journey that Scott and Volta (interesting name for a girl :)) embark on is engrossing and heartfelt. I genuinely enjoyed reading the story that weaves the past and present of the characters together in a way that brings them to life.
“Love wasn’t a chain, binding people together. If you loved someone, you wanted their happiness, even if it meant sacrificing some of your own.”

I received an ARC of this book for review. I was not required to write a favorable review. All o
Bernadette Cinkoske
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sweet Home Alaska is a sweet, clean, second chance romance between Volta, a paramedic and widow, and Scott, a world travelling doctor. These characters still have chemistry 10 years later. Can this globe trotting doctor and a mother find a compromise that will allow them to stay together? The story immediately drew me in and kept my attention. I loved the descriptions of pre-natal care and medical emergencies in remote locations of Alaska. I always learn a lot from Ms. Carpenter's books. This bo ...more
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With Scott & Volta's history & Scott's current job, they had a lot of obstacles to overcome. Emma's aunt Stacy sure didn't help matters! Volta had wonderful support from family & friends that's so important for a single mom. Alaska sounds like such a beautiful place. Another wonderful book by Beth Carpenter. ...more
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5-4 stars.

Well, this was lovely.

We have Volta and Scott, they had a love affair a decade ago that left them both heartbroken, particularly Volta. Ten years later and when they meet again, they realize things are far from over between them.

Scott heads into Alaska for a study, he does great work for people in far away places who need medical assistance. However, he also goes there to find Volta and try to see if what they had in the past is still there. On boy, is it, lol. Volta is a widow with
Couldn't put this book down. Following the journey of Scott and Volta from their start ten years ago up to the present was spellbinding. Second chance love is always the best to read. I can't wait for her next book. ...more
Liz Flaherty
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like reading Alaska-set books, and if Beth Carpenter writes them, I like it even more. She has a smart and yet easy-reading writer's voice and I enjoy every word. While I love the people in her stories, I also like that I learn things in every one. It's no secret that romance authors are queens of research, and Ms. Carpenter deserves a special seat on the throne! ...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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