I'm always looking for great books to read, one that I can read during breaks at work and that I can use to take a break from studying. I have a whole collection of books at my apartment but sometimes, I enjoy checking out a new book from the library. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah was a peak pick at the Seattle Public Library when it caught my attention and it is now one of my favorites.
About The Book
It is 1974. Leni Albright's father, Ernt, is a recovering POW and decides to move his family to Alaska to make a fresh start. However, Leni and her mother, Cora, learn the depths of his PTSD during the winter days that are dark and cold. Even as they are trying to create a new life, the past comes back to haunt them. Leni and Cora now have to learn independence and put their strength together to survive.
This was not the first time I read a book by Hannah, but it is by far the best that I have read thus far. I felt so much emotion as I read each page and it was such a hard book to put down. I love how she presents the characters. You grow with them, feel their pain, sorrow, joy, and love. Hannah's detail about the violence going on in the Albright home made me feel for Leni and Cora as well as want Ernt dead. If you have been in a domestic violence situation or have PTSD, I do not recommend this book. However, if you love historical fiction, strong female characters, and a little darkness, this book is perfect for you. I recommend reading this novel on a rainy day with some coffee and a warm blanket.
More of Kristin Hannah
Hannah has written books like The Nightingale, Winter Garden, Magic Hour, On Mystic Lake, and many other books. You can find out more about Hannah on her Goodreads page. If you have any recommendations of your own, or have your own thoughts about the book, leave a comment below.