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From Alaska With Love

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  160 ratings  ·  83 reviews
A soldier has six weeks to convince the only woman he has ever longed for to take a chance on life with him in Alaska....

Sara's letters were the only bright spot during Gabe's devastating tour in Iraq. With each new correspondence he fell harder, needed her more, wanted to be with her. Now, after initially rejecting his offer to meet, she's shown up at the door of his
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Berkley
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Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
2.75/5 stars

I wanted to give romance a chance. Perhaps it's the cozy season of the year or the cute dog on the cover...whatever it may be, I wanted to give this a chance since I don't read romance novels usually.

From Alaska With Love is the story of a deployed soldier receiving a letter by chance from a young woman in North Carolina and a pen pal relationship ensues. Sara, the spinster in her thirties, is working in the home of her brother to take care of her little niece. Though Sara loves her
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Awwwww beautiful story!
I was really looking forward to reading this story. I am a huge supporter of our military and James created a sweet, delightful story that brings to light some of the difficulties our soldiers experience when deployed and on active duty.

I love the way Sara and Gabe connected. The awkward conversations along with the letters and emails that cement their understanding, and dare they say, love for each other.

But all things are not what they seem or are
Melissa H
Im not one to usually read military romances but I decided that this one sounded interesting enough to give it a try.

This is a story about Sara, where at the start of the book she is feeling seriously down about her life. Her aunt publicly humiliates her at a family function, announcing to everyone she is a spinster who never had a boyfriend. This starts a pity party that continues throughout the whole book. But it also kickstarts her to decide to participate in writing letters to a those in
Mar 23, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, romance
Sara being a doormat and the pity party ensuing is got old quick. To top things off the secondary cast were a bunch of highly unlikable characters. Kaylee, her five-year-old niece, sounded more like a ten-year-old with her observations, and wasn't particularly likeable in my opinion either. I was lured in by the cute cover, falling in love through letter writing, and left wanting.
Kayla Brunson
Jan 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, arc, read-in-2020
I dont really read military romances, but the cover and the synopsis for this book made me pick it up. It had a really sweet romance, however, I would call this Womens Fiction more than Romance. Mainly because it focuses on Saras character development more than the romance.

I am a big lover of books where the couple fall in love via written messages or email. Its always great to see them build a relationship and get to know each other before they find out if they have that same physical
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Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Letters brought them together

I loved how Sara and Gabe met two souls connecting through words, then tech. The slow build up allowed them to learn so much about each other without the usual pressures of face to face dating life. Sara was funny and self-deprecating, the perfect foil to Gabes quietness. They connected, each finding someone who listened, was thoughtful and simply brought a smile their faces. That was why it was so hard when a bold move brought things crashing down. And my heart
I am a sucker for military romances, romances with pets and Alaskan settings and From Alaska with Love delivered all of those elements and more. An awkward hero, an insecure heroine, an overbearing family and a dog that will melt your heart.

Sara took over watching her niece when her company downsized and slipped into handling her mothers finances when her father passed. You might say she is the glue that hold everyone together. She is sweet, lonely, unsure of what the future holds and genuinely
*The Angry Reader*
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, 2020
You know that saying about how If everyone around you seems like an asshole youre probably the asshole? Sara should take that to heart.

Our story starts with our heroine at a family reunion - where an aunt introduces her as a spinster. Not sure why shes being introduced at a family reunion. Not sure why theres shame in being unmarried in your thirties. For sara, this announcement is akin to everyone knowing she buys her Izods at an outlet. She begins to question everything about her life.

Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads)
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 🌟
Final thoughts...that was fairly adorable.
Ally James is a new to me author. If I am being fair...the cover of this book...thats what drew me in 😍. That and Alaska. I love all things Alaska 🤷♀.
Imagine my surprise to find out that a large portion of this book is based in North Carolina. Very, very delightful.
Alright lets get to some coherent thoughts.
If this book has a description from would be warm fuzzies. Cozy romance? Whatever we want to call it.. Im going to call it lovely.
✰  BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
ARC received via Netgalley for an honest review

This book was all kinds of adorable.

"Spinster" Sara (pssshhh what would they call me then) and Gabe are not a couple that you would really expect to come together, but they do and it works.

I liked that they communicated via emails for a chunk of the time - much more cute and romantic than just text message to me.

My heart hurt for Sara - she is having a bit of a pity party, and I wanted her to stand up to those making her feel that way - and the fact
From Alaska With Love is a pen pal military romance.

When Gabe is in Iraq, he receives honest and forth right emails from Sara that makes every day worth living. She is funny and says exactly what is on her mind, even if its a little off the wall. Their relationship blossoms through their letters, then texts and video chats. But when it comes time to meet, Sara baulks.

Devastated by Sara not meeting him, Gabe returns to his assignment in Alaska.

Sara realizing her mistakes jumps on a plane and
Heather andrews
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gabe really is a sweet man, yep. He grinned, before putting a hand on her thigh. And do you seriously imagine I give a damn when or how you speak the words? Baby, you could have screamed them out in the middle of a wet T-shirt contest, while showcasing your stripper moves, and it would still be the second- best moment of my life. I liked this book, I liked Gabe. ...more
Miki ✖siempre romances✖
It wasn't what I was expecting because when I read the synopsis I thought the book was going to start with Gabe going after Sara after he have been emailing her for months but the book starts with Sara writing the first letter.

It wasn't bad though and it worked, I think emails are more old-fashioned and for me it was more romantic than writing a simple text message. We get to read all the "courtship" in a modern way, at first they email each other, then they exchange phone numbers, do face-time
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I absolutely loved this book until the 50% mark and then it became a bit of a mess which was so disappointing. This couple meets through a card to any service member campaign and spend months sharing emails, then private messages and even Face timing. I loved their interactions, the way they got to know one another, and how, dare I say, they fell in love while sharing their thoughts and feelings. There was something so refreshing about this part of the book and then Gabe returns from deployment ...more
Dec 21, 2019 rated it liked it
From Alaska with Love by Ally James. Enjoyed the story and the characters including Trouble who is every bit as adorable as the cover picture. Romance between Gabe and Sara develops slowly into a HEA while overcoming, obstacles and unsupportive relatives. The first half was a sweet romance and the last half had quite a bit more intimacy. The humor throughout the story was at times laugh out loud funny.

Thank you to the publisher, author, and NetGalley for the opportunity to preview the book.
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was really cute. I really liked Sarah''s growth throughout the novel and how she broke away from her ungrateful family and learned to stand on her own.
Barb Lie
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From Alaska With Love by Ally James is a sweet and different kind of romance. We meet our heroine, Sara Ryan, as she attends a family function and is embarrassed by her aunt, who tells everyone she is a spinster. Sara lives with her brother and his wife, as she takes care of her niece; and though she is beautiful, Sara has no confidence and does not believe she will ever marry. Her family, other than her niece, takes advantage of her, and expects her to do their bidding. During a local event, ...more
Mar 21, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

After a few Alaska set books I looked forward too seing this the blurb had me intrigued plus the dog covered. Sara's life was stagnant somewhat and pity party going which lasted throughout the book. It lead to the writing a letter to someone deployed military overseas. The pacing was slow and a bit disjointed at times with scene transition.

Sara had a pen pal going with Gabe who was deployed in Iraq but stationed in Alaska. They grew close through the letters and chatting. Sara was
I received an ARC through Netgalley. Thanks to Netgalley, Berkley Publishing Group, and the author Ally James. All opinions expressed are my own

Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars

This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. I wanted to read From Alaska with Love, because it reminded me of Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata, and I loved both books. Both books start with similar circumstances (single woman writing to a soldier) and love is built through letters. Both are slow-burn romances.

I felt so much for Sara. I wanted
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Dear God we have to wait till spring to read this !!! I'm going to send myself to my room for the temper tantrum I'm planing on throwing ! #CountDown2020Wanted #NewAuthorAlert #ReadabookInFlorida #BeachesAndBooks #YouWriteIllRead #MyOpenBookAtTheDragonfly
Noemie | allmybookthoughts
Thank you to Berkley for the gifted e-book!
I thought this was a cute, feel good read. It was a fun romance that had a little bit of steam to it, but mostly told the story of Gabe & Sara getting to know each other. Their relationship started off via letter from Sara (addressed to a soldier unknown to her), progressed to email/text/Facetime, and then ended up with them meeting in person with disastrous results. The conflict was believable, but I felt like the arc of the whole story fell a
Erin (erinevelynreads)
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
From Alaska with Love is the story of Sara and Gabe. When Sara sends a postcard to the troops she doesnt expect to hear back let alone develop a relationship with its recipient. But when her card lands in the hands of Gabe, the two become pens pals while Gabe is in Iraq. But as Gabes tour comes to an end, the two make plans to meet in Alaska and try out their relationship for real.

This book could really be divided into two parts. The first part is Sara and Gabe as pen pals while Sara is in N.C.
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This was one of the most romantic love stories I have ever read and it definitely screamed like a potential lifetime and hallmark movie. From Alaska with Love, tells the story of Sara and the letters she wrote overseas to Major Gabe Randall who fell in love with Sara just by the letters she has written. Sara herself is so smitten
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Oh my heart, I loved this book! I cried, I laughed, and I cheered. I love that they were pen pals for so long before meeting in person, I think that added a level of realistic depth that is hard to achieve in fiction. Definitely one of my favorite books of the year!❤❤
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, publisher
I could not put down Sara and Gabes story in From Alaska with Love by Ally James, This is a sweet, humorous, and heartwarming story, featuring two lonely people. Sara Ryan lives with her brother and his wife, as she takes care of her niece, and also helps her widowed mother. Although she is beautiful, Sara has little to no confidence and because she has no life, seldom socializes, does not believe she will ever marry. Other than her niece, Sara is taken advantage of her by her family, as they ...more
Mar 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
I am not a big romance reader, but I have read several contemporary romances lately that I enjoyed. So maybe I am softening to the genre. I also always find stories set in Alaska to be fascinating. And I thought the concept of this story sounded interesting, about a woman who goes to Alaska to meet up with the military man she has been writing back and forth to while he was stationed overseas.

Unfortunately, this book was not the right book for me. I found the story and dialogue to be cheesy and
Feb 14, 2020 rated it liked it

Sara Ryan has essentially retired from life at a young age by only doing the bidding of her family. She is nanny to a five-year-old niece whose parents are too busy to raise. She is also a prime helper for her widowed mother who cannot be bothered to learn the business side of life. Sara has only had a few boyfriends and none of them serious. Sara loves her niece, Kaylee, but since she is treated little better than the hired help with few outside opportunities, her life is lonely. On
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Sara is a modern day spinster who works as a nanny to take care of her brothers daughter. She is not exactly quite content with her status in life. On a whim she sends a card to soldiers overseas. It falls in the lap of Gabe who is doing a tour. Gabe ends up sparking more conversations with Sara. She can be anyone she wants to be on paper which makes her happy until Gabe decides he wants more.

The story starts off when she is at a family reunion. Her aunt is introducing her to everyone as this
Whitney Mcgregor (A Literary Perusal)
I adore Alaska and the cover for this book is I just had to read it. Im not familiar with the author so I went in with hope but not a lot of expectations.

Our heroine, Sara, is still single in her mid 30s and is horribly taken advantage of by her entire family. Her self esteem isnt great but she definitely has a spark and shes a wonderful person. Just too bad her family doesnt see her clearly. On a whim she sends a Dear Soldier card which happens to fall on Gabes desk while hes stationed in
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