What are you reading this summer?
If you haven’t read The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, then I’m here to convince you to add it to your reading list. In fact, I’m such a big fan of Kristin Hannah that I’m partnering with St. Martin’s Press to give away a copy of her latest novel and prize package.* (Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway at the end of this post or leave a comment to enter.)
A Gripping Novel With Pioneering Spirit
Set in the wilderness of Alaska during the 1970s, The Great Alone tells the story of a family in crisis, a family desperate for a new beginning, and a family with a pioneering spirit. As I read this gripping novel, at times I felt like I was struggling for survival along with the Albright family — Ernt, a Vietnam vet with PTSD; his wife Cora, who loves her husband despite his abusive behavior and illness; and their coming of age daughter, Leni, who is 13 years old when we meet her. There’s also Matthew, Leni’s love interest; Large Marge, Mad Earl, and other locals who support the family.
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I knew I would be drawn into this story since it is written by the same author as The Nightingale, one of my favorite books of recent years. Ooh, ooh, ooh, if you’ve never read The Nightingale about two sisters during the French Resistance in WWII, I highly recommend this book too. Yes, yes, yes! Hannah has a way of bringing life to her characters and making you want to root for them, stay by their side, and help them succeed.
Living Off The Grid
“Coming up with the idea is the hardest,” says Hannah about her writing. “In this book it was Alaska. A lot of people in Alaska are running to something or from something.” Hannah uses personal experience from her own family history to craft the story. Her dad was an adventurer and in 1968 loaded the kids in a VW bus and they drove through six states, ending up in the Pacific Northwest, where they settled. Her mom and dad eventually opened an adventure lodge in Alaska and to this day it is part of the family business.
Alaska with its frigid climate and dark winters is a dramatic backdrop for the struggling Albrights. They basically live off the grid for most of the year. It’s amazing to learn how people survive or don’t survive winters in Alaska.
Despite its winters, Alaska is beautiful in the spring and summer. I traveled to Alaska in my 20s for work and hope I will get a chance to go back one day. Ooh, ooh, ooh, maybe now that I’m in my 60s it’s time to take an Alaskan cruise!
Enter The Giveaway For The Great Alone Prize Package
After giving you a preview of The Great Alone, I hope you’ll want to enter the giveaway with St. Martin’s Press. It includes a hard copy of the book, cozy socks for you to wear while reading, and a Tea Forte Tea Collection. The Giveaway is open to US addresses only. Enter via the Rafflecopter Giveaway below or leave a comment and LMK what you’re reading this summer or tell me if you are a Kristin Hannah fan and which of her books you like best — she has written 22.
Happy summer reading!
*Disclosure: St. Martin’s Press is partnering with me for a giveaway. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.