Author: Kristin Hannah
I wanted to read this book because of the first book I've read by Kristin Hannah: The Nightingale, which I loved so much and definitely recommend for reading. The Great Alone is nothing like this other book. Probably the same writing style, it's harder for me to tell since I mainly stick to audio books, but it's not a historical fiction like The Nightingale.
This book however is still great. It follows a young girl, thirteen at the beginning of the novel, until she grows of age. Her family packs up and moves to Alaska, but not just any part of Alaska, the part that's considered the last frontier. It has no plumbing, no electricity, and all kinds of wild animals.
The novel brings to light a lot of hardships that Lenny had to go through. Her father was a mean and abusive drunk man who suffered from PTSD due to the Vietnam War. She had to watch her mother get beaten for 5 years while they lived in that Alaskan cabin.
Young romance along with multiple tragedies riddle this book with tension and the notion to keep turning the pages (or in my case, pop in the next CD while sitting in rush hour traffic).
Overall, I enjoyed this book. Not as much as The Nightingale, but definitely enough to still recommend it to everyone. It will definitely make you think about all the hurdles that women have overcome in the law due to domestic violence and abusive relationships. And it will definitely make you teary eyed at the fact that these characters can overcome to very uphill battles and still end up happy as ever.
4 out of 5 stars!