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Book Review: North of Here by Laurel Saville

Cover of North of Here by Laurel Saville

After finishing college, Miranda takes some time off and moves from her family home in Connecticut to their cabin in the Adirondacks to try to find herself. Then her brother is killed suddenly and her parents end up in the mountains with her, trying to cope with their loss. When even more tragedy strikes her family, Miranda struggles to find meaning in her life, leaning on two different men, in different ways, to help her make it through.

North of Here by Laurel Saville is told in four parts, sharing the stories of not only Miranda but also three other characters she touches in her journey: Dix, Darius and Sally. Dix is the handyman who has taken care of her family's home in the mountains but he is so much more. Darius is the man from her past, from a similar wealthy background and trying to find meaning in his own life. And then there is Sally, who gets wrapped up with Darius and can't seem to pull herself away.

This was an interesting novel in that it starts off feeling like a story about one woman's life and her struggle to overcome tragedy, but it turns into much more. The characters who seem to be secondary at first end up playing a major role in the second half of the novel. I will admit I got annoyed with both Miranda and Darius, who come off as rich snobs at times. But the storyline kept my attention and moved in such unexpected directions that I found it hard to put the book down.

If you're looking for a different sort of story that will build upon itself as it progresses and end up somewhere you didn't expect, but are satisfied with, I'd recommend checking out North of Here.

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This review was written based on a copy of North of Here that I received from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This post includes Amazon Affiliate links. If you purchase something using my link, I will receive a very small commission but your price does not change.

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