Thank you to St. Martins Press for a copy of The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. I was given this copy in exchange for an honest review.
Kristin Hannah took us to France with the Nightingale and now she takes us to Alaska. I have followed Kristin for years in her writing career. I knew she was writing a story set in Alaska and had also thrown out her manuscript and started over. Was it worth the risk?
Lenora ( Leni) Allbright has moved around a lot with her parents. Her mom Cora is a waitress and her dad is a marine discharged from the armed services. He is unable to keep a job and often takes out his frustrations on her mother. One day Leni is informed that they are moving to Alaska. The family goes to take possession of the land that Ernt had been given by the family of a member of his unit. It is a new start, and this time will be different. The move seems to be a blessing for Leni when she meets Matthew the only student in the class her age. They become fast friends but the parents are not fans of one another. Leni’s dad is jealous of Matthew’s father. The tension continues to mount until Leni cries out for the help that her mother is unable to ask for. How will this one action change her future? Then when Leni’s father turns his rage on her? What will those consequences be?
I loved this novel! People may think I’m crazy but I liked it better than Nightingale. I liked Nightingale, but the Great Alone is so much more. It has everything from a famiy in crisis to young love. As a reader it is what I have to expect of the author. She is the only author that I know of that can get me to read about the 1970s. I loved following Leni’s story. It was also plotted well and the setting really encapsulated the story. Readers will read this novel to the very end without putting it down!
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