Alaska Twilight (Women of Faith Fiction)
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"You hide behind your camera instead of stepping out and engaging life with both hands. You're so afraid you'll fail at something, you won't even try."
For some people, Alaska is a breathtaking wilderness adventure, full of light and beauty. For Haley, it is a dangerous world of dark dreams and tortured memories. On the surface, she's here to document wildlife activist Kipp Nowak's bear encounters. But her real reason is to unearth the truth about a past murder. The suspense mounts when another body turns up, and Haley beginst to wonder if the tragedies she experienced in the past are connected to the dangers and mysterious incidents of the present.
From behind her camera, Haley observes it all, including Tank Lassiter, the wildlife biologist who has been forced to lead Kipp and his team into the Alaskan backcountry. As she watches him with his work, she feels a growing attraction. It will take great courage and faith to confront the truth she once ran away from. Before it's over, Haley may be viewing herself from an entirely new angle.
Alaska Twilight is the story of a young woman's emergence from the shadows of past sorrow into the light of forgiveness and grace.
photographer walking toward the burned cabin at the edge of the lake. She had her head down and was watching where she put her walking stick instead of looking where she was going. That kind of behavior could get her killed in this land. He changed course to intercept her. Three Several birds called from the evergreen trees to Haley’s left. She thumbed through her wildlife book. Killdeer. She craned her neck and looked up at the birds, then fumbled in her pack for powdered-sugar donuts and
wool over my eyes with that kind of talk. I see the way you look at big Tank. He’s quite a hunk. Even a woman as old as I am can sense his magnetism.” Her smile turned to a worried frown. “Just don’t get hurt. There’s no way to resolve your differences.” “I know.” She busied herself with pouring coffee from the room pot into the thermos. She didn’t want to talk about Tank anymore. There was no reason to dwell on him. She’d be able to walk away when the time came. She stuffed their belongings in
her own fear. She got on her knees and peered into the inky darkness. She tried to lick her lips, but her mouth was too dry. “I’d better take your canteen along with my water bottle,” she said. “They might need water.” Tank handed her the canteen, and she put it in her backpack. “Hand me your camera,” he said. She put a protective hand on it. “No, I’ll keep it.” She turned back to the gaping wound in the side of the mountain. “Wait!” Chet stepped past Tank. “Take my radio so we can know where
to Haley. He didn’t want the dachshund to get hurt. The bears’ ferocity was enough to frighten the most stoic man. He tried to aim at the big bear, but Miki kept getting in the way. With a last growl, Miki lunged, and the predator turned tail and ran. Tank aimed a dart into its disappearing flank, and the shot traveled true. The bear disappeared from sight, but he knew he’d find the bear a few feet into the forest. Miki and Oscar sniffed noses, and then Miki ambled off into the forest. Tank
shivering, she dimly remembered seeing it. How stupid not to grab it. The backpack she’d pulled from the car before she disposed of the vehicle lay at her feet. Her purse was in there. Surely she had a driver’s license. Still holding the child, she knelt beside the backpack. She rooted out the purse she’d seen and unzipped it. One by one, she examined the contents by the bright light of the moon. There was no identification in the purse. It actually seemed to be the child’s play purse. She