When we meet Anidyr (Ani) Bycall, she’s tending an ice bar in Florida, keeping her distance from someone who’d like to get to know her better, and spending her leisure time delving into research on the Alaskan ice fields. As the story unfolds, we find that this research is more than a passing fancy. Ani is a scientest who fled Alaska when she was accused of some unethical behavior. This not only put her in a bad light with her mentor, Professor Monica Tyndell, but also lost her the respect of her lover, Eve Cambra.
A friend in Alaska still keeps her informed about local happenings, and while perusing a copy of the Fairbanks Gazette, she reads an article that leads her to believe that those who meant so much—the people she failed most—may have put the past behind them. Because of this, she begins to think that she may have a chance to recover the belongings she left behind when she fled Fairbanks. The final push comes when the coolers at the ice bar break down and the bar has to close for repairs. As the road trip begins, Ani reveals the story—of what happened to send her running to Key West and her hope to heal the rift left by her flight—to her new friend Lisa.
Upon her arrival in Fairbanks, Ani begins to question motivations and events of the past. She realizes that everything is not as it seems, especially with Eve. And she realizes one thing is for certain: the flame of love has not gone out, even though the two are hesitant to fan the embers.
Kallmaker has given us insight into human emotion along with beautiful descriptions of the Alaskan glacial terrain. Warming Trend will teach as well as entertain, and the broken relationship between Eve and Ani will have the reader on tenterhooks until the end.
– Anna Furtado for Just About Write