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This book was good but hard to read in a lot of ways. It is hard to read about abuse and domestic violence. There is a lot of education in the book about the Alaska of the 60's and 70's. The ending was a bit corny.
I have never read a book from this author, and I am looking forward to reading more from her. I love all things related to homesteading and the wilderness. This book was really well done, and I was in love with the first 1/3rd of it. In a way, I do wish I had only read part I, because it felt like it was finished in and of itself. Part II seemed a bit dramatic and unrealistic to me. However, I still enjoyed the whole book and she did a great job writing the characters.
Such a good read! This was my introduction to Kristin Hannah and I can say am in the process of reading all of her works. I cried twice reading it, and once you are finished you will know where. I wish the ending was a little longer, but it was a fantastic read.
This one should have been the award winner.
It's not a happy story but it is sooo well told.
You get a wonderful feeling for what life is like in Alaska and for the people who choose to live there. It is a book that succeeds on so many levels.
Highly recommend you read it.
Dragged out unnecessarily in the first three quarters of the story which for me, made the outcome a little rushed in comparison.
I could not put this book down. I often feel like novels end before before I’m ready, but this author did a great job and weaving a compelling and complete story.
Told by 13 yr old Leni of life in off grid Alaska with PSTD Father and Mother she's giving total support; loves Father too. Complex well developed story of may aspects of mental illness, radicalism, survival skills, and heart of others established living in the off-grid Alaska. Centers around Leni's family, family of the PSTD Father's fallen comrade-in-war people who willed them the property, and numerous people that have been established in off grid Alaska.
Loved it! Yes, there was a lot of drama, but I got sucked in. Leni is the character that kept me reading. I felt very invested in the characters and have found myself missing them since finishing the book. To me, that's a great story, and great storytelling.
One of my favorite all-time books is The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. This novel did not deliver for me. If you want to read about the reality and hardship of living in remote Alaska and then add to that a story of extreme domestic abuse, then this will fit the bill.
This was my first Kristin Hannah book, and I have to say that I really, really enjoyed it. The story deals with a lot of difficult topics (abuse, trauma, and loss), but if you’re able to get through it I think it’s definitely worth the read. The writing was so effortless, and I found myself getting lost in it and reading for hours on end. This book was pretty bleak at some points, but I think that might have been the point. Throughout the story we’re told that Alaska is unforgiving, the winters dark, and that not many people can handle the tough lifestyle, and that’s exactly how I felt while reading some parts of the story. I think Kristen Hannah did a phenomenal job with this book, and I cannot wait to pick up some of her others.
Also, I don’t know how it’s possible, but Kristin Hannah made me fall in love with a place I’ve never even been to. Anyone up for a trip to Alaska?
Great book, really glad I read it, off the grid Alaska living in the 70's is an incredibly interesting setting, and Kristin Hannah nailed it (I read in the acknowledgments her family homesteaded there and many of them currently live there, so not surprising she was so great at capturing those Alaska feels). In saying that, the parent's characters were, I felt, a bit over the top, but you be the judge for yourself, because this book is definitely worth a read!
A good read., sometimes going on a bit too much about the complexity of lives in the family. However, the author perfectly described the small towns of Alaska, and the hardships faced living there. The ending was perfect with Lenny returning home with her son to reunite with her love.
One of the biggest soap operas I have come across. Good lord. I kept looking down at my audio book and thinking, "ELEVEN more chapters left?!" The mother character was weak in my opinion, the whole abusive relationship part was way overdone. I couldn't finish it.
Kept my attention, didn't care for the Cora character at all, nuff said
There isn’t an adjective existing, whether positive or negative, that can’t be applied to this book. There were times, many actually, when I didn’t want to turn to the next page, but I did anyway. That was the only way to reach the end.
Incredibly powerful read! I can’t remember reading anything as emotional as this book before. Hard to put down! From cover to cover...never a dull moment.
How anyone could fail to give this book 5 out of 5 is beyond me. It is a masterpiece page turner and I haven't read a book so incredibly compulsive as this one was, for a long, long time. I'd give it 6 out of 5 if I could.
After reading The Nightingale as one of our reading projects, we decided to try another of Hannah’s books. I should warn anybody reading this comment that my reading has always been heavily non-fiction. After retiring (sort of) I tried to expand my horizons a bit. Reviewing my “completed” list, it appears that before the current project with my wife, my reading was still 4:1 non-fiction, and the 20% fiction was roughly half classics (The Inferno, Death in Venice..). But since the reading project with my wife began, it has flipped in the opposite direction. So, anybody perusing my comments should understand that my background in fiction is slight and highly colored by my addiction to sci-fi as a young man.
Still, I really enjoyed this book. Hannah does a great job with her characters. Although I dislike Ernt and question Cora’s decisions, I have seen enough of that in the real world to know that her characters are not unbelievable. Cora’s letter was the only part that I couldn’t accept, but it was necessary to achieve the desired romantic outcome. Yes, I know there is a difference between love and romance. The granularity of her description of life in Alaska was what most affected me. As Hannah's attention to the little things did in Nightingale, her detail in this book put me in the scene.
BTW, if you liked this story about the Great Alone, try Hampton Sides' "In the Kingdom of Ice." It's not fiction.