It’s been several months since I have set foot in a bookstore. I was doing good and reading books that I already owned, but today I didn’t have much self control. I only walked away with three books, so that was an accomplishment.
Winter 1945. WWII. Four refugees. Four stories.
Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies, war. As thousands desperately flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom. But not all promises can be kept . . .
I have heard that Ruta Sepetys is a great historical fiction writer. I went in with the intentions of buying Salt to the Sea. However, I couldn’t find it so I took that as a sign that I didn’t need it. But when I was walking passed the YA section to check out it caught my eye. I decided it was meant to be. I guess I just didn’t realize that she was a YA author.
Alaska, 1974. Ernt Allbright came home from the Vietnam War a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes the impulsive decision to move his wife and daughter north where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.
Cora will do anything for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown. Thirteen-year-old Leni, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, has little choice but to go along, daring to hope this new land promises her family a better future.
In a wild, remote corner of Alaska, the Allbrights find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the newcomers’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.
But as winter approaches and darkness descends, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own.
I’m not sure why I bought this. Women’s fiction is not usually my go to. I have tried reading The Nightingale in the past and I just couldn’t connect with the story. The synopsis of The Great Alone just sounded so interesting. I am going in with an open mind.
A man with a mysterious past must find a missing teenage girl in this shocking thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Run Away.
Thirty years ago, Wilde was found as a boy living feral in the woods, with no memory of his past. Now an adult, he still doesn’t know where he comes from, and another child has gone missing.
No one seems to take Naomi Pine’s disappearance seriously, not even her father-with one exception. Hester Crimstein, a television criminal attorney, knows through her grandson that Naomi was relentlessly bullied at school. Hester asks Wilde-with whom she shares a tragic connection-to use his unique skills to help find Naomi.
Wilde can’t ignore an outcast in trouble, but in order to find Naomi he must venture back into the community where he has never fit in, a place where the powerful are protected even when they harbor secrets that could destroy the lives of millions . . . secrets that Wilde must uncover before it’s too late.
This was one of my most anticipated reads for the spring, and I am just getting around to buying it. I am excited to finally pick it up.
I am proud of myself for keeping my book buying to a minimum, but yet I still have plenty to read. I hope all of these live up to my expectations. If you have read any of them let me know what you thought in the comments.
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