Abbie finally got the courage up to buy a roundtrip ticket to go to Anchorage, Alaska to meet George, a man who she has been corresponding with by phone for the past three months. While there she figured she would visit the old places she used to know from when she lived there many years ago. Cassie, who is Abbie's best friend, thought it would be great if she set her cousin, George, and Abbie up. George continually asked Abbie to come up to Alaska so they could finally meet and it wasn't until now that Abbie got enough courage to do it. Excited she told Cassie all about her reservations and couldn't wait to surprise George the next time they spoke on the phone. She waited until he would call her like he usually did. Unfortunately, George hadn't called in over a week. She knew he was busy hauling oil, but this was unlike him not to call her at all. She decided to call him at his home, something she felt extremely uncomfortable doing, but she had to let him know of her plans to visit. After all, she did plan this week long visit to coincide with his week off from work.
They spoke only a few brief minutes before Abbie blurted out what she thought would be fantastic news to George. Sadly though, it didn't go over well with him. He became extremely distant with her and told her that he didn't think things were working out between them. He thought it was best that she cancel the tickets immediately He abruptly ended their call and left Abbie wondering what just happened. Against her better judgment she decided to go to Alaska anyway if for nothing else but to take some pictures of the places she had known and lived when her family was still together before her divorce.
Upset, lonely and nervous Abbie boarded the plane from her hometown of Seattle and set out on a journey she'd never forget and that would change her life forever.
What happened to Abbie during the trip to Alaska? Did she meet someone on the plane? Did she run into an old flame while visiting? What ever happened with George?
I absolutely loved this story. There was just something magical about it since it was set in Alaska. Having visited there a few years ago, its beauty just leaves a permanent image in your heart, mind and soul. Alaska was the perfect backdrop for this story and the characters were just so believable. I felt so bad for Abbie because she just seemed to be getting a bad deal all the time until she returned back to Alaska. It was as if Alaska helped her to find herself again. I would definitely recommend this story to others and I eagerly look forward to reading more stories from Ms. McBride.
Abbie is on her way to Anchorage, Alaska to meet George whom she has been corresponding by telephone for the past three months. George has repeatedly asked her to come up to Alaska for a visit so they can meet in person. Call her crazy, but Abbie makes airline reservations to fly from her home in Seattle up to Anchorage to meet George. She's lonely. Why shouldn't she make a mad romantic dash up to the last frontier to meet a man? She'll just ignore the practicality and logistics of a long-distance relationship. When she calls George to let him know her arrival time, he chooses that awful moment to let Abbie know that he thinks they don't have much in common after all and she should cancel her plane reservations. Abbie is stunned, humiliated and ashamed of the lonely desperation that drove her to make nonrefundable airline reservations to Alaska.
What to do? Abbie decides to go to Alaska anyway. A grouchy and depressed Abbie meets Tom on the plane, a tall, handsome anthropology professor who happens to be half Native Alaskan and half Caucasian. As the plane flies north, Tom and Abbie discover a mutual attraction. By flight's end, Abbie is completely enamored of the stranger, and she doubts her judgment, perhaps even her sanity, as she finds herself falling again for yet another Alaskan male...until George shows up, that is.