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Book Review: North of Here by Laurel Saville


North of Here by Laurel Saville (click on book or see below for description)
Releases 3/1/16
February Kindle First Read

Rating: 2 bones (2/5 bones)

I wasn’t expecting a happy story in picking up this book.  Actually I’m not sure what I was expecting, but let’s just say I’m happy to be finished with this book now as it got a bit to weird for my liking.

It started out ok.  It was clear by the section titles “Miranda & Dix” then “Darius & Sally” (and so on) that there would be a few stories/characters that the reader could likely assume would intersect at some point.  This was true and it was enjoyable to see how it would happen.  The first section kept my hopes high although it was a story I have read many times before.  Unapproachable, tough guy eventually opens up to naive girl after tragedy.  I’m not spoiling anything, you can see it all coming.  The second section, well there was no guessing what was going to happen when a rich boy trying to break free from his family buys a large abandoned piece of property.  And still – I didn’t see it coming, but maybe I should have?  Still holding out hope – I trucked on.

But then it just got weird.  Not good weird, just creepy, uncomfortable and I wanted it to be over.  Now don’t get me wrong, the pages kept turning, it didn’t drag on by any means, I just really didn’t care for it.  I could have handled a whole host of emotional topics, as I mentioned, I wasn’t looking for happy, this just didn’t do it for me.  The writing was decent as I had a clear picture of some of the very vivid (disturbing) scenes described, my review is solely based on the subject matter.

As to not spoil anything, I’ll keep this vague and stop here.  The ending I guess I would say is sweet, after a few more unexpected twists, but by that point, I was done.  Maybe I have piqued your interest?  It is worth reading so you can share your thoughts – I’d love to talk about it more.

Thank you to Kindle First (Amazon) for the opportunity to preview this book!

Book Description:

The sounds of unexpected tragedies—a roll of thunder, the crash of metal on metal—leave Miranda in shock amid the ruins of her broken family.

As she searches for new meaning in her life, Miranda finds quiet refuge with her family’s handyman, Dix, in his cabin in the dark forests of the Adirondack Mountains. Dix is kind, dependable, and good with an ax—the right man to help the sheltered Miranda heal—but ultimately, her sadness creates a void even he can’t fill.

When a man from her distant past turns up, the handsome idealist now known as Darius, he offers Miranda a chance to do meaningful work at The Source, a secluded property filled with his nature worshipers. Miranda feels this charismatic guru is the key to remaking her life, but her grief and desire for love also create an opportunity for his deception. And in her desperate quest to find herself after losing almost everything, Miranda and Dix could pay a higher price than they ever imagined.

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