I have to preface this by saying Kristin Hannah is my favorite author, so my review is biased. I’ve read almost all of her books over the last few years. She just writes such beautiful stories about women and speaks to a woman’s soul.
This novel tells the story of Leni, starting at age 13 and ending when she is an adult. Leni’s family struggled with the change in her father who came back from Vietnam after enduring an experience as a POW. Leni’s family decides on a whim to move to Alaska. I fell in love and felt despair for Cora, Leni’s mother, as a wife to a man with such awful mental problems after the war. The description of Alaska was so clear and her development of the characters was exactly what I expect from Kristin Hannah. I cried at the end, not just at the story, just because it was over.
I gave this a 5 out of 5 on Goodreads.