I have loved Kristin Hannah for years and although I LOVED The Nightingale and Winter Garden, I was relieved when Kristin Hannah’s new book was not about World War II, because, quite frankly, those books rip my heart out and lay me bear and with two girls headed off to college, I don’t know how much more my emotions could take. But I know that I want to read anything Kristin Hannah writes.
Kristin Hannah writes at most one book a year and I think she must put so much of herself into it because her writing style just reaches out and pulls you in and envelopes you. Her characters are always so well-developed and Cora, Ernt and Leni are no exception. Like many Vietnam veterans, Ernt has demons and he tries to escape them by moving his family to the wilds of Alaska.
Having grown up watching Mountain Family Robinson and Grizzly Adams, I was brought right back to that time and was fascinated by the work that went into being able to survive where there are no grocery stores. The neighbors all pulled together and embraced the Albright family, but even so Ernt just could not fight his demons.
There is a beautiful love story between Leni and a neighbor, Matthew. I found this book riveting and I was not at all disappointed by the ending. Other reviewers said it left them depressed and while i didn’t find that, I did feel emotionally raw. I envy those of you who have not yet read it, because you are in for a great read!!