Moose Springs

Enjoy the View

Enjoy the View (Moose Springs, Alaska #3)

By:

Sarah Morgenthaler

Blurb:

River Lane’s acting career is tanking fast. Determined to start a new career behind the camera, she’ll will take whatever job she can get, including filming a documentary about the picturesque town of Moose Springs.

When mountaineer and Moose Springs local Easton Lockett sees a woman walking down the road looking lost, of course he offers to help. The last thing he expects is to interrupt a film shoot and earn River’s wrath. But Easton has an idea to make it up to her: he can take River’s crew up the local hidden gem, Mount Veil. When bad weather strikes, putting the film crew at risk, it takes all of Easton’s skill to get them back down safely…and to keep River in his arms.

Review:

So the Moose Springs, Alaska series is one of my favorite series of the last year. It’s hilarious and sweet. I devoured the first and second books and fought to put off reading the third. Each time I worry that I won’t enjoy the new book as much as the last, and each time I’m given a story as good as the previous.

Enjoy the View is about Easton, the gentle giant of Moose Springs. He’s a mountain climber and tracker. River Lane is a thirty-year-old actress that is trying to make the move to directing. They’re an unlikely pair, but the chemistry is instant.

Initially, River is trying to make a documentary of the town, but we now know the townspeople do not like outsiders. Since her documentary is for the Alaskan Tourism Board, they’re even less welcoming. So she decides to change her focus to the nearby mountain. She loves climbing, so it’s a natural choice.

The closest I’ve come to climbing a mountain is walking up Clingmans Dome in the Smokey Mountains. It is not a passion of mine or anything I ever have any desire to do. Enjoy the View further cemented my opinion of mountain climbing. It sounded beautiful, but there were moments where I was scared for the characters.

You’d think it would be hard to write a romance where the two characters spend most of their time bundled in thick layers of clothing, but it’s a testament to the chemistry between them that they had no problem on that front. I don’t mean they had sex on the mountain. That would be unrealistic. I actually appreciated that Morgenthaler didn’t go that route. I mean that their banter and longing looks were so well presented that it was clear how they felt about each other.

As always, at this point, I’m looking forward to the next story in the Moose Springs, Alaska series.

5/5

The Tourist Attraction (Moose Springs, Alaska #1)

The Tourist Attraction (Moose Springs, Alaska #1)

By: Sarah Morgenthaler

Blurb:

He had a strict “no tourists” policy…
Until she broke all of his rules.

When Graham Barnett named his diner The Tourist Trap, he meant it as a joke. Now he’s stuck slinging reindeer dogs to an endless parade of resort visitors who couldn’t interest him less. Not even the sweet, enthusiastic tourist in the corner who blushes every time he looks her way…

Two weeks in Alaska isn’t just the top item on Zoey Caldwell’s bucket list. It’s the whole bucket. One look at the mountain town of Moose Springs and she’s smitten. But when an act of kindness brings Zoey into Graham’s world, she may just find there’s more to the grumpy local than meets the eye…and more to love in Moose Springs than just the Alaskan wilderness. 

Review:

So, this book was on my to-read list, but my library didn’t have it. I was hoping they’d get it eventually, but then I got a lovely email letting me know it was on sale. I am so glad I went ahead and bought it.

Zoey is a waitress that has scrimped and saved for ten years to have her dream vacation. Who hasn’t dreamed about going to Alaska?? Finally there and on the first day, she meets Graham. It wasn’t quite love at first sight, definitely not for her, but I could see Graham being convinced of it pretty easily.

Graham about made the book for me. He would say these goofy super sweet things, and it would make me cry. He was an artist, went to art school, and dropped out because he wasn’t good enough. He was just quirky enough to be endearing, and the only reason someone hadn’t already snatched him up was that he lived in a small town in Alaska.

One of my favorite parts of Zoey was how unpredictable she could be. She was poor and made decisions accordingly, but she could also be impulsive. She could be shy, but then say something that would catch Graham off guard. They made an impossibly cute couple, and I ended up crying through the book. I love them.

The background characters were interesting enough that I’m hoping for multiple books in the series. Since there are already two books up for pre-order, it looks like those hopes are going to be realized.

The Tourist Attraction is easily one of my favorite books of the year. I’m already thinking about re-reading it, and I’m beyond excited that I don’t have long to wait for the sequel. If the series ends up being as good as this book, it will end up being one I re-read a lot.

5/5