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The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. A Propensity to Discuss review.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

“Did you know there are a hundred ways to die in Alaska?” Leni asked

Lenora (Leni) Allbright has not had an easy life. While her dad was in Vietnam, first fighting and then as a POW, she and her mom, Cora did the best they could. Now that Ernt is home, life is much harder. Ernt is damaged. He is moody and volatile. He has nightmares and near blackout fits of rage and he hates what he sees happening in the US in 1974.

So when they get the chance to move to Alaska, Ernt sees it as a new beginning. Fourteen-year-old Leni sees it as a hundred ways to die.

As if moving to Kaneq, off the Kenai Peninsula and near Homer, Alaska where less than 30 people live, wasn’t enough, the Allbrights are woefully unprepared for what living off the grid would actually entail.

A voracious reader, Leni wanted friends, but most of all she wanted her dad to be better. She wanted the kind, loving man that her mom said he was “Before.”

At first, things are great and Ernt is so much better, but as winter forces its way into Kaneq and the sun gives way to sixteen hours of darkness, unease settles back into Ernt and Leni knows they will never survive, but it may not be Alaska that kills them.

But in Kaneq, a land of strong men and even stronger women, neighbors keep each other alive and safe and Leni and Cora have friends who would kill or be killed to protect them and they meld into life as Alaskans, through and through.

Leni begs her mom to leave Ernt, but even though Ernt is the way he is, Cora is convinced that he will get better. In her heart and mind, Leni knows he won’t and Leni could never leave her mother alone with him. “Dad blew his temper and Mama somehow encouraged it. Like maybe she needed to know how much he loved her all the time.”

No matter how good Alaska had been for them, the darkness seemed to damage Ernt’s fragile mind even more – to the point where Leni came to know that there more than a hundred ways to die in Alaska, and not all of them from the outside.

This is an absolutely beautiful story from Kristin Hannah, the author of The Nightingale,  about hope, but also about despair. It is about love and how close love can be to hate. It is the story of survival and also about letting go. It is a story of sacrifice and giving everything you can to keep your family safe and stable, loved and cared for, and most assuredly living a life that is meaningful.

This story is both haunting and amazingly cathartic about the perils of the Allbright family from both the wilderness of Alaska and of a man who loves his family but is too damaged to see that he is putting them squarely in the path of danger.

This story portrays the love of a woman and her unadulterated need to bring back the man she loved before he was broken by war. It shows how their daughter is shaped by their choices and their actions into a young woman who has to shoulder much more than any teenager should. It is also a fascinating story of the taming of a small part of Alaska if such a place ever really could be tamed.

Covering a span from 1974 – 1986 Hannah shows with brilliance what Cora and Leni did to not only survive, but thrive in a world that is both breathtakingly beautiful and inherently ugly at the same time.

This is one of the most wonderfully written novels I have read in a very long time. I found myself rereading phrases time after time and highlighting them so that I could return to them again later. While the subject matter is quite dark, there is also somewhat of a light-heartedness, not in a disrespectful way, but rather filled with a sense of love and acceptance through most of the characters.

I very rarely reread books, actually, I pretty much never reread books, as I have never understood why anyone would reread a book when there are so many new ones. But I already want to reread this one. There are hundreds of small nuances and so many metaphorical thoughts that I want to explore again. Such as “Without any mirrors in the house (Dad had broken them all over the years), she couldn’t assess how she looked. Leni had gotten used to seeing herself in shards of glass. Herself in pieces.” Oh, the psychology behind that statement!

I know I write this often, but I REALLY want everyone to read this book! The insights I gained were numerous, the tears I shed were cleansing, and the desire to see Cora and Leni survive was so real for me. I truly hated to come to the last page of this novel.

 

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The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Harmel. A Propensity to Discuss review.

The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Harmel

When American Ruby Henderson Benoit arrives in Paris in 1939 with her new French husband, Marcel, she believes that nothing can spoil her happiness. She has always thought of Paris as a place of enlightenment and she believes that she will flourish there, especially with Marcel by her side.

She and Marcel begin their lives on the Rue Amélie in an apartment with a terrace. One night, as Ruby sits on the terrace and enjoys the view, she meets Charlotte Dacher, the neighbor’s daughter, who, at age 11, cannot understand why anyone would pick on her for being Jewish. She isn’t a very religious person, after all.

As World War II looms over France, Ruby is becoming more concerned with what it will mean for Marcel’s and her life, but when she tries to talk to him about it he puts her down as a “woman with no idea what is going on in the world.” Ruby is terribly hurt by his disregard for her feelings as well as her intelligence. To make matters worse, the closer they come to the occupation of Paris by the Nazis, the more Marcel ignores her.

When the Germans do take over France and Paris, Ruby promises Charlotte’s mother that she will protect and care for Charlotte if anything happens to them. Over the next couple of years Ruby and Charlotte become much closer as Ruby tutors Charlotte in English.

Meanwhile, Thomas Clarke has given up his dream to become a doctor in order to learn to fly for the Royal Air Force (RAF) and flies regularly over France fighting the Nazis. The loss of his mother during the Blitz strengthens his desire to do whatever he can to help bring an end to the war.

When the war brings Ruby, Charlotte, and Thomas together they must find the courage to defy the Nazis, even at a huge risk to themselves. They feel that by doing nothing they are condoning what the Nazis are doing and they will never give up without a fight.

This novel contains a wealth of information wrapped up in a story that is so beautifully written with such wonderful characters that it will stay with you long after you finish the last page with emotions that range from happiness to sadness, love to hate, anger to revenge.  There is also a sense bewilderment at how humans could possibly be as hateful and cruel as the Nazis, while still showing the compassion of so many who risked their lives to stop them.

I very highly recommend this book!

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Caroline Little House Revisited by Sarah Miller. A Propensity to Discuss review.

Caroline: Little House Revisited by Sarah Miller

As a child, I loved reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder books and I still love watching Little House on the Prairie, so when I started hearing about this book I knew that I wanted to read it. Boy, am I so very happy that I did, even though some of what I previously thought to be true about the Ingalls and where they lived was embellished by the TV series. (No spoilers here and it does not change my love of the show, the books or the Ingalls family.)

This book is written from Caroline’s perspective and covers the time from when she and Charles decide to leave the Big Woods of Minnesota and move to “Indian Territory” on the outskirts of Kansas.

Having to cross the Mississippi River, they leave while the river is still frozen and travel in a covered wagon through the winter with as many of their possessions as they could load and that the two horses could pull. Traveling only between 10 to 25 miles in a day, and never on Sunday, the almost 650-mile trip takes more than five months to make. And don’t forget, there are no hotel chains along the way.

They make do at night in unused miners’ bunkhouses, make-shift shelters, the wagon, and the open land. There aren’t any IHOPs or Wendy’s along the way, either, just campfires and the food Caroline makes from flour, dried beans, corn meal, salt pork, and the likes. I can’t even begin to imagine the hardships of this!

Once they arrive Charles has to build a house using only his saw and axe. They also build a barn, and it is on this trip that they meet Mr. Edwards, with whom they become close friends and share the tasks of helping to build each other’s houses. Not only must they build the house and barn, but the land is completely uncultivated and Charles must also establish his farmland.

They are about 15 miles from the nearest town, Independence, Kansas, which makes it a full day’s trip one way. In Little House on the Prairie, the Ingalls are established just outside of Walnut Grove with plenty of neighbors. However, in this trip to the prairie, which author Sarah Miller wrote based on records, census information, and many other historical documents and research, the Ingalls are just beginning life on the Prairie and there are very few neighbors, but the Osage Indian Tribe is close enough to strike great fear in Caroline, though true to his nature, Charles only sees the good in everyone.

For fans of Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books, or just historical fiction novels, I highly recommend this book. For me, there was awe, laughter, tears (both happy and sad) and revisiting the Prairie from Caroline’s perspective was very eye-opening and inspiring. If you haven’t ever been a fan, this book may change your opinion. This is a great historical fiction story about life around the 1870s and will give you a new appreciation for the modern conveniences that we take for granted every day.

What about you? Could you have left home like Charles and Caroline and struck out to a land where you knew no one and had to build everything from scratch?

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The Orphans Tale by Pam Jenoff. A Propensity to Discuss review.

The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff

When Noa was 16 years old a German soldier wooed her into bed, resulting in a pregnancy for which her parents kicked her out of their house and their lives since the soldier was gone by the time she knew about the baby. She was sent to a girls’ home and the baby was taken away from her immediately after his birth.

Astrid, a 20 something-year-old Jewish woman from the Klemt family known widely around Europe for the Klemt Family Circus, married a German officer and lived happily with him for several years. Right until the day he came in with divorce papers because Hitler made it illegal to marry or be married to a Jew. Now a 37-year-old woman, Astrid travels back to her homeland, to find all of her family missing. Having been trained on the flying trapeze since she could barely walk, Herr Neuhoff offers her a position with his family’s circus, even though he knows the risks of harboring a Jew.

After her baby was taken Noa began cleaning a train station in exchange for a small room for sleeping and a bit of food. Hearing a strange noise, Noa found a rail car loaded with babies…no mothers, just babies, many of whom were already dead, some barely hanging on, and all would freeze to death within hours. Without actually thinking about the consequences Noa grabs one of the babies. Then, realizing the implications of what she has done, she runs away from the station and what little warmth and security it held for her and out into the snow-covered forest with only the clothes on her back and the baby. When she is later found close to death in the woods she’s taken in by Herr Neuhoff where she and Astrid meet.

Astrid, knowing that her new name and façade could fail at any moment, doesn’t take to Noah very well. Especially since she has to train her to perform on the trapeze in just 6 weeks. She sees her as a threat; Noa’s presence could lead the Schutzstaffel (SS) right back to Astrid. But as they live and work together they begin to form a bond that no one could have ever foreseen. Both have a life to save: For Astrid, it is her own, for Noah, it is the baby she named Theo and both will do whatever it takes to make sure neither life is endangered.

Get your tissues ready! This is a beautifully written story based on actual events in Germany during World War II. Pam Jenoff, a law professor who once worked with Holocaust survivors for the US State Department in Poland, found evidence of two major events, the “Unknown Children” and the Circus Althoff which protected several Jews during the war. She ingeniously melded the two stories together to create The Orphan’s Tale and the result is masterfully written and pays a great tribute to those involved in both circumstances.

Told from the alternating points of view of Astrid and Noa, we learn about their trials, struggles, greatest fears, and what it means to be a family during the most horrific of situations. This is actually a tale of three orphans who actually found love that knew no bounds.

Once you read this, Herr Neuhoff, Noah, Astrid, Peter, and Theo will stay with you long after the last page, as well they should. History, once forgotten, will be repeated. We must keep these stories alive so we never have to bear such atrocities again.

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. A Propensity to Discuss review.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Admission time. I had heard about Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale, but for some reason, I had been putting off reading it. I just couldn’t wrap my mind around it. I do love historical fiction, but I was in a mystery-thriller phase that I just could not work my way out of.

Last week, however, I wanted something different, so I decided to go for it. And go for it I did. All 592 pages. Perhaps my mind knew that I would not be able to put it down once I started. Whatever it was that kept me from reading it before, I am so very glad that I finally got around to it. And I read it, ALL of it, in just over 1 day. I truly could not put it down! YES! It is that great.

Two sisters. One steadfast and true. One temperamental and headstrong. After the death of their mother and the day their father sent them away, both want nothing more than to be loved again. Vianne is married to Antoine, whom she has loved and been loved by since she was 14 years-old. Isabelle has been kicked out of one boarding school after another.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. A Propensity to Discuss review.

When news of war comes to France, Vianne remembers her father the way he was before the first Great War and how he was never the same afterward. Isabelle only remembers the man from after the war; the one who never wanted her.

With Antoine called to fight, Vianne is left to care for their daughter, Sophie, when the Germans invade France. She has no idea how she will cope. Isabelle wants to fight for France. She wants to join the Resistance and do whatever possible to free France from the horrible Nazi regime.

Differing dispositions and ideology separate the sisters, but as conditions in France turn into a real-life nightmare, each sister must tread her own dangerous path to survive the Occupation.

This is now one of my favorite books of all time. It is historical fiction, real-life, heartache, terror, love, and forgiveness all wrapped up in a story that you will not want to put down until you make it to the final page. And then you will want more.  Unputdownable!

 

5 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

 

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The Miniaturist. A Propensity to Discuss review.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Yes, I am a librarian/media specialist. And yes, I buy books for the media center all the time (you can read about that process in this post). And yes, I LOVE to read but very rarely do I have the time to read at work. I am usually helping students with computer issues, teaching kids and adults how to use computers to do exactly what they want (sounds strange for high school students and teachers to need that help, but you’d be surprised), helping students find the right book to read and a myriad of other tasks.

So if I ever take out a book during the day and take the time to stop and read, it is a REALLY good book and it has bewitched me, body and soul as Mr. Darcy so eloquently put it.  The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton is one of those books. I could not get enough of it. I could not put it down. I read every spare minute. So what had my attention, you ask?

When Petronella “Nella” Oortman turns 18, her mother arranges for her to marry Johannes Brandt of Amsterdam, who is in his late 30s, to save their family after Nella’s father drank away most of their money and then died, leaving them nearly destitute. Nella met Johannes a couple of times before the marriage but basically knows very little about him.

The Miniaturist. A Propensity to Discuss review.

When she arrives in Amsterdam, she is met at the house by his sister Marin, who in most aspects is the head of the house, Otto, a former slave from Surinam who was freed by Johannes and Cornelia, the maid. The fact that Marin takes the lead of the house is damaging to Nella’s already low self-esteem. Add to this a husband who is rarely home and does not interact with his wife when he is there and Nella cannot figure our where she belongs in this new life she is supposed to forge.

When Johannes presents her with a miniature replica of their home as a wedding gift, she is not only confused by the gift that she sees as a toy but also angry that he would think so little of her as to believe she would be interested in such an expensive waste of time and money.

However, when Marin gives her the name of a miniaturist in Amsterdam and money of her own to pay for the items, she decides to hire out pieces for the house. When she receives the items that she ordered, she also receives pieces that she did not order and that seem to mock her life and her situation. Nella, furious, sends word to the miniaturist not to send anything else.

But as Nella’s life becomes more complicated, the miniatures keep coming and seem to not just mock her life, but to foretell it. While terrified of what the miniaturist will send next and yet terrified that no more will arrive, Nella sets out to get her life, her marriage, and her house in order, just as the walls seem to be falling down around her.

Detailed and intriguing, this novel deposits you smack in the middle of a macabre world of 1860s Amsterdam where the citizens are encouraged or maybe somewhat commanded by the Church to spy on their neighbors and to turn them in for anything that the Church deems impure, even the “idol worship” of gingerbread men and dolls, not to mention the “wickedness” of money, though no Priest would ever turn down a quickly palmed bribe.

This beautiful work is a rich tapestry of history, intrigue, love, hatred and family and exactly to what lengths people will go to protect those they love and seek vengeance against those believed to have inflicted harm or wrongdoing against them.

The Miniaturist. A Propensity to Discuss review.

Burton first saw the dollhouse owned by Petronella Oortman (above) which does actually exist in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and decided to tell a fictional story about its owner. And I am so very happy that she did.

5 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

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7 Books And 2 Series That Will Keep You Up At Night. A Propensity to Discuss Post.

7 Books And 2 Series That Will Keep You Up At Night

By now you know exactly how much I love to read. Anything and everything, but if I had to pick, my favorite genre has to be mysteries. (Or maybe my favorite genre right now.) I love trying to figure out the “whodunit” of a good mystery. But what I really like are the warped minds of the people involved. I know I probably shouldn’t admit this because now you are probably thinking that I am a crazy person.

And you are probably right. I think I may have a warped mind myself when it comes to these books. I am not really sure that I like them more for the resolution of the problem or for getting into the minds of the bad guys. I promise I am not harboring a secret desire to be one of these people. I am just intrigued by the idea that there are people in the world who actually have this type of depraved minds.

On that note, there are a few that I have read that have actually left me a little freaked and made me check over my shoulder a time or two. These are the books that make you lose a little bit of sleep listening to the things that go bump in the night. If you are faint of heart and very easily scared, you may want to bypass these!

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Big Little Lies – Lianne Moriarty

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Pirriwee Public’s annual school Trivia Night ended with one parent dead and the community in an uproar of he said/she said. Told from alternating points of view, at times humorous, at times very sad, Big Little Lies* (click for my full review) is amazing. While it isn’t very scary, it will keep you up because you fall in love with the characters, the writing style and you will find that you must know what happens next.

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Dark Places – Gillian Flynn

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in what came to be called “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas”. Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing snow and later testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben is still in prison, and Libby is living off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who’ve long since forgotten her. Dark Places,* from Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, is just as macabre as it’s predecessor and the ending almost as twisted.

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Devil in the White City – Erik Larson

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Moving between the building of the 1893 World’s Fair and the cold and calculating serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death, The Devil in the White City tells a true story. The research into the history, along with suspenseful storytelling, Erik Larson has written this tale that reads like fiction and leaves you at times terrified as well as educated about things that we have and use to this day because of that event. The things that will keep you up, however, are the gruesome acts of the serial killer who found himself with hundreds of victims at the same time in the same place.

The Grant County Series by Karin Slaughter

Set in the fictional town of Heartsdale, Georgia, (in the fictional Grant County) This series, which consists of 7 books, including BlindsightedKisscut*A Faint Cold Fear, Indelible, Faithless , and Beyond Reach. The seventh book in the series is Broken, which is the 4th book in the Will Trent series (discussed below). There are 3 main characters: Sara Linton, the town’s pediatrician and part-time coroner; her ex-husband, Jeffrey Tolliver, who is chief of police; and detective Lena Adams.

All of these books keep you on the edge of your seat hoping that you never run into anyone as atrocious as the villains portrayed here!

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Just What Kind of Mother Are You – Paula Daly

Just What Kind of Mother Are You? by Paula Daly

Lisa Kallisto is not-so-perfect, and an absolutely realistic model of the modern woman. In Just What Kind of Mother Are You?* one chaotic day Lisa takes her eye off the ball for a slight moment and her world caves into a living nightmare. Not only is her best friend’s thirteen-year-old daughter missing, but it’s Lisa’s fault. In a world where we all sometimes find ourselves with too much on our plates, this book sends chills down your spine as you think, “This could be me.” Trust me, it is one of those things that will keep you awake worrying about all of the people involved.

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Pretty Baby – Mary Kubica

Pretty Baby by  Mary Kubica

What begins as an act of kindness quickly spirals into a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated. When Heidi Wood, a woman who works for a nonprofit and takes in stray cats catches sight of a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old Pretty Baby* stranded in the rain, she cannot resist the need to take them in, as well. What comes after will rip your heart out and stomp on it a few times. Your lack of sleep, however, is well worth the read.

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Pretty Girls – Karin Slaughter

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Claire, the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. Julia, the sister who disappeared. In Pretty Girls* Julia, the sister of Claire and Lydia, is the only tie that Claire and Lydia still share. But when horrific events bring Claire and Lydia face-to-face, they very well may have to bury the issues that separate them in order to stay alive. Just when you are ready to put this book down and go to sleep, everything you thought you knew is thrown upside down and rendering you unable to put it down.

The Will Trent Series by Karin Slaughter

The Will Trent series takes place in Atlanta and with Will Trent as the lead character. Trent is a GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) special agent. The series also features his partner Faith Mitchell and Angie Polaski. The first two books in the series are Triptych and FracturedIn the third book of the series Sara Linton (from the Grant County Series) joins the series that also includes Undone, BrokenFallen, Criminal, Snatched, a novella that is included with Criminal, Busted, a novella included with Unseen. Broken can also be categorized as the 7th book in the Grant County series.

You by Carolyn Kepnes

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You – Caroline Kepnes

For Joe Goldberg and Guinevere Beck, it is love at first sight. Only “Beck,” as she is known to her friends, doesn’t know it yet.

in this amazing book, You*, Joe inconspicuously and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he succeeds in bringing Beck into his waiting arms. Transforming from stalker to boyfriend, Joe morphs himself into becoming Beck’s perfect man, even though sometimes he must remove the obstacles that stand in their way. You’ll be awake long after you finish this one checking all of your social media and examining your online status to make sure no one like Joe has found you the least bit attractive.

If you are looking for really good books with a bit of spine-chilling suspense, any of these books should do the trick. By way of murder and mystery, these are some of my absolute favorites. I hope you enjoy them!

*Denotes original book reviews previously published on Propensity to Discuss

Do you have a favorite I need to read? Let me know. I am ready for another scary night!

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