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I live in Alaska, and I think summer is the best time to be here because of the daylight, warmth, and the scenery. It’s no coincidence that most of my young adult/new adult historical romances are set in the summer, because it’s my favorite time of year.
First, there’s the daylight. We are the land of the midnight sun. Daylight varies depending on how far north you are—where I live in Southcentral, it peaks around 18 hours of daylight, but in points farther north, they do get constant light for a time. It is great to hike, fish, and camp when it’s still light out late at night, but even if we’re only gardening or hanging out on the deck, that’s pretty special, too. It’s not unusual for people to stay up past midnight, enjoying the sun, because they forget to look at the clock.
Then, it’s warm. I hate to be cold, so I’m a wimp when it comes to enjoying the outdoors in the wintertime. But in the summer, it’s great to go out with only a layer or two on, and not worry about frostbite or cold toes. I can be comfortable without digging out the long johns. Again, it varies depending on the region, but in the Interior of Alaska, it even gets into the 90s! Fairbanks’ Chena River is a good substitute for a beach. 🙂
And, of course, Alaska has beautiful scenery. It’s pretty year-round, but I prefer summer scenes with green leaves and wildflowers. And we have more birds and animals out in the summer, which perks up the landscape. You can’t beat our views.
I love Alaska at any time, but summertime is the best season in my book. Hope you get to come up here in the summer, or that you enjoyed it if you’ve already been here!
In the shadow of Denali, she has a home, and he finds adventure. Charlotte Cooper wants to stay near her parents’ home in Alaska. But her dreams of being a writer call her away to college or work, and she has to choose her own path in life.
Henry Reeves is a wealthy New Yorker seeking a summer adventure when he travels to Kantishna near the proposed Mt. McKinley National Park. He discovers two passions, one for Charlotte, and the other for keeping Alaska wildlife from being wiped out like the buffalo.
Charlotte and Henry find an attraction they can’t deny, but can they build a new life together between the wilderness and high society?
About the Author:Lynn Lovegreen grew up in Alaska, and still lives there. She taught English for 20 years before retiring to make more time for writing. Her young adult historical romances are set in the Alaska Gold Rush, a great time for drama, romance, and independent characters. Her novels Golden Days and Gold Nuggets are available through Prism Book Group or your favorite book vendor.
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