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Distant Shores
Distant Shores
Author: Kristin Hannah
In her remarkable New York Times bestseller, Summer Island, Kristin Hannah struck a chord in readers and critics alike with her portrayal of the bittersweet reunion between an errant mother and her unforgiving daughter. Now Hannah once again reveals the fragile ties that bind a family in transition, as two people choose to escape t...  more »
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780345450722
ISBN-10: 0345450728
Publication Date: 1/29/2002
Pages: 416
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 250 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 0
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reviewed Distant Shores on + 5 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
In the aftermath of a tragedy, Elizabeth "finds herself questioning her life-her choices, her marriage, and her long-forgotten dreams. In a daring move that will shock her husband, friends, and daughters, she chooses to let go of the woman she had become - and reach out for the woman she wants to be."

A page turner especially for anyone who has wondered what happened to the person they were or the one they thought they'd be. It's for anyone who every thought the grass is a little greener on the other side of the fence...or down the road not taken. I loved it!
maurak avatar reviewed Distant Shores on + 16 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
The novel's cover, featuring relaxed painted toes lounging in a hammock on what looks like the warm Carribbean, is no way to judge this moving and sometimes dark novel about a 46-year-old woman facing an empty nest, an absent husband, and forgotten dreams in middle age. Our heroine doesn't jet off to a tropical island to get her groove back, but rather simply chooses to stay in the house she loves on the rugged and rainy Oregon coast and face her darkest fears - of being alone, of being not good enough, of finally figuring out something you love beyond your family and risking failure to try to reach it.

Although I have no husband or children, as I face the decade starting with a 4- in my age, I can relate to so much of what Elizabeth Shore confronts in "Distant Shores" -- breaking decades-long habits of putting others' needs first, feeling paralyzed by not knowing what you want but knowing that you need to want something, feeling the sadness of finally remembering a forgotten talent, and facing the risk that the grief and regret about lost years will get in the way of the years you have left. Add to that the loss of a beloved parent, a marriage drifting in halfhearted habits of affection, and a handful of fully realized minor characters, and Kristin Hannah pulls together a contemporary set of problems that will become familiar to many readers. Hannah does not allow readers to have an easy, perfect happy ending where everything is resolved neatly and triumphantly, but the light at the end of the tunnel is strong, warm, inspiring, and well worth the journey.

Interestingly, although the novel is not even 10 years old, its anachronisms are surprisingly jarring -- no one emails one another, there is no talk of texting -- so what is otherwise in every way a "contemporary" novel feels slightly off. Nevertheless, it's an enjoyable read.
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Helpful Score: 2
I like any thing Kristin Hannah writes. This book was just as good as her others.
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Helpful Score: 2
Thoroughly enjoyed this book about Elizabeth's struggle to rediscover who she really is after 24 years of nurturing marriage. A lovely book and characters to care about.
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Helpful Score: 2
I reallly like this book, but the story is fairly depressing throughout the entire book. The characters are richly drawn and the story is very compelling. I would recommend--just make sure you're in an upbeat mood when you read it!
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I enjoyed this book. Following the couple through their trials seemed real. Likely the same issues had by many others. I appreciated the final outcome.
kewlmom23 avatar reviewed Distant Shores on + 2 more book reviews
I enjoyed reading this book very much, though I have not read a Kristin Hannah book I didn't love. I highly recommend this book, it will make you laugh, cry and reflect.
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Good read.


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