March 22, 2016

North of Here by Laurel Saville - Review and Giveaway

I received this book from TLC Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review

Published: March 1, 2016
Number of pages: 257
Genre: Fiction, Mystery

Many may dream of a simpler life in the north woods, far away from the complications of the modern world. But in her absorbing and uncompromising second novel, North of Here (Lake Union; March 1, 2016), Laurel Saville reveals the dark side of such a life for four young people living in the Adirondack Mountains. This story of misguided decisions, a dangerous back-to-nature cult, and the universal search for meaning and love intertwines these troubled lives into a riveting blend of penetrating love story and persuasive page-turner. Saville, author of the #1 Kindle bestseller Henry and Rachel, once again taps her astute narrative powers in a tale of tragedy, survival, and love.

At the heart of the drama are four unforgettable, strikingly-drawn characters:
Miranda: A young “heiress” who discovers that the mountain property she has inherited is encumbered by her father’s debts and misdealing.
Dix: A self-assured “mountain man” who is really an educated, financially secure son of two accomplished professionals.
Darius: A preppy trust fund refugee who turns his own quest for meaning into a dangerous back-to-nature cult bent on healing lost souls
Sally: A brassy, street-smart social worker who, despite being perpetually unlucky in love, ultimately has the foresight to see the perils of loving Darius.

As this masterful novel unfolds, these four will become inextricably entwined in troubles that far exceed simple crimes of the heart.


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What did I think of this book:
This is the first book I have read by this author and I found it quite enjoyable. I liked that we have both a little romance and mystery all mixed into one story. The story starts a little slow but stick with it as it gets real interesting real quick, and you will be happy you stuck with it. I thought the author did a good job by giving you a twist in the story that you would never expect. That to me makes a good mystery story. This is such a deep book that sometimes you have to take a moment while reading it. The characters were so real and their emotions really came through in this author's writing style. All in all a good book. 

About the author:
Laurel Saville is the award-winning author of the memoir Unraveling Anne, the novel Henry and Rachel, and the four-part short story “How Much Living Can You Buy,” as well as numerous essays, short stories, and articles. She has an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from the Writing Seminars at Bennington College.

Once again, Laurel Saville applies her “poetic, lyrical voice” (Booklist) to a story that captures the complications of the lives we live—or wish to live.

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Tour Participants:
Tuesday, March 1st: Musings of a Bookish Kitty
Wednesday, March 2nd: Bibliotica
Thursday, March 3rd: Just Commonly
Monday, March 7th: Reading is My Superpower
Tuesday, March 8th: Thoughts on This �n That
Wednesday, March 9th: It�s a Mad Mad World
Thursday, March 10th: From the TBR Pile
Monday, March 14th: Kahakai Kitchen
Tuesday, March 15th: Book Dilettante
Wednesday, March 16th: Kritter�s Ramblings
Thursday, March 17th: FictionZeal
Friday, March 18th: My Book Retreat
Monday, March 21st: All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
Tuesday, March 22nd: Puddletown Reviews
Tuesday, March 22nd: A Holland Reads
Wednesday, March 23rd: A Chick Who Reads
Thursday, March 24th: Why Girls Are Weird
Friday, March 25th: Walking with Nora
Monday, March 28th: Life is Story
Tuesday, March 29th: Mom in Love with Fiction
Wednesday, March 30th: A Bookish Affair

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