Book Reviews of Distant Shores

Distant Shores
Distant Shores
Author: Kristin Hannah
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780345450722
ISBN-10: 0345450728
Publication Date: 1/29/2002
Pages: 416
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 249 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
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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!
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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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Helpful Score: 1
Very good book where a husband and wife are in a rough spot. I love Kristen Hannah!
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Helpful Score: 1
Ok but I did not like it as much as some of her others.
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Helpful Score: 1
Kristin Hannah is an amazing author!!!
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Helpful Score: 1
a fun, worthy read
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Helpful Score: 1
I liked this book well enough to read it to the end. It deals with family relationships - a man, a woman and their 2 daughters. The husband and wife get very caught up with living and find out later they have drifted apart. The story is about how they find themselves and what really is the most important to them.
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Not my favorite Hannah book, but did enjoy reading it.
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I have found a delightful new Author in Kristin Hannah,her stories are so touching and real I look forward to reading all her books.I recomend this book to everyone who wants a great story.
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Middle age couple drift apart. Tragedy makes her reassess her life choices.
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another great Kristin Hannah book
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This was a very good book - I really enjoy this author - read Firefly Lane by her
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I love Kristin Hannah. I thought this was another good one.
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Well this book is questionable for me. I did read it all which is saying something. I am one who will put it down if a book does not keep my interest. As a Mom of teenagers, you always worry about "what will my life become when they are gone" I hope it does not do any of this. That is why I think I did not like it. On the other hand I did like how she decided to stand onher own and learn to be her own person. That is what I did like about it. I also like the relationship that delelpoed between her and her step mother. It is a good weekend read. I read it in about 2 days.
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Good book!
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Really did not care for this book. The characters were not relatable, the writing was poor, and there was barely a story.
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Good read.
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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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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.
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Didn't really care for this book. It was long and depressing, I felt like the author drug things out way too long. Also, I didn't like all the foul language in this book- that really doesn't add anything to the story and it was just trashy. Won't recommend this book to any friends and will not read again.
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If you ever hade that blah feeling in a relationship you can relate to the charater in this book.
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Great story set in the northwest about a married couple who drifted apart, especially after their children were grown and had moved on. Romance, family, children, & careers make up the storyline.
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I read this some time ago and I liked it.
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Another well written book by Kristin Hannah!!!!
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GREAT BOOK
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This is the first book I have read by this author. Very good story.
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Elizabeth "Birdie" Shore finds herself firmly ensconced in middle age and just going through the motions of marriage with Jackson, her husband of 24 years.

She has always put her husband's needs and career first, moving constantly while raising their two daughters, but now that the children are in college, she feels herself slowly drifting away just as Jackson's career is finally on the upswing. A star football player who lost his way after being injured and developing an addiction to pain killers, Jackson is having a comeback in the world of sports television, but that means they have to leave Birdie's dream house in Oregon and move to New York City. As usual, she just follows her husband, but when her father dies unexpectedly, Birdie decides to separate from Jackson and go back to Oregon to find herself and her former dream of being a painter.

Isolated in her beach house, Birdie tries to rekindle the passion she had for her art, which reminds her of the passion she felt for her husband. Jackson, however, is busy indulging in the lifestyle he always thought he missed by marrying too young -- he's famous and surrounded by beautiful young women.

This insightful look into the dynamics of marriage will resonate with readers, and mark Hannah as a strong voice in women's fiction.
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A sharply observed and well told story of an unraveling marriage, Hannah examines whether love and commitment are enough to sustain a marriage when two people drift apart.
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This is an excellent book about a woman decided there was more in life for her and it was high time she thought of herself..as soon as she figures out what that someting she wants is and she DOES figure out what she wants...it held my interest to the end.
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Circumstances provide a chance to revaluate past life and restablish goals.
Good read.
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A tale of a women at the crossroads of her life. good read
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This book was a really good read. You could actually feel the emotions of both of the main characters as they struggle through a very rough patch in their marriage. Very well written and enjoyable.
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Enjoyed this book very much. Its about a women who after raising her family looks at her life and then decides that there is more.
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I am a Kristin Hannah fan,and love everything she writes. So much so, that a few chapters into this book, I realized I had read it already, but enjoyed it all over again! I love stories about families and relationships.This one was interesting, in that we watched the main character, Elizabeth, finally become her own person after living in here husband's shadow for their whole married life.
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Good book
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Enjoyed this book. Great plot.
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Judging the book by the cover, I thought it was a summer read. I found the book very sad.

I found the book hard to get into, by the last 200 pages I wanted to finish to see what happens.

I found the main characters lacking and was not able to take the journey with them.
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Another wonderful story from Kristin Hannah!
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Elizabeth and Jackson Shore married young,raised two daughters,and weathered the storms of youth as they built a family. From a distance, their lives look perfect.But after the girls leave home,Jack and Elizabeth quietly drift apart. When Jack accepts a wonderful new job,Elizabeth puts her own needs aside to follow him across the country. Then tragedy turns Elizabeth's world upside down. In the aftermath,she finds herself questioning herlife-her choices, her marriage,and her long-forgotten dream.In a daring move that will shock her husband,friends and daughters,she chooses to let go of the woman she has become-and reach out for the woman she wants to be.
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A beautiful story.
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My mother in law liked it very much
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Elizabeth and Jackson Shore raised two daughters and weathered the storms of youth as they built a family. After the girls leave home, they drift apart. Tragedy turns Elizabeth's world upside down, causing her to question her choices, her marriage and her long forgotten dreams.
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Elizabeth and Jackson Shore married young,raised two daughters, and weathered the storms of youth as they built a family. From a distance, their lives look perfect. But after the girls leave home,Jack and Elizabeth quietly drift apart. When Jack accepts a wonderful new job, Elizabeth puts her own needs aside to follow him across the country. Then tragedy turns Elizabeths world upside down. In the aftermath, she finds herself questioning life-her choices,her marriage,and her long forgotten dreams. In a daring move tht will shock her husband,friends and daughters, she chooses to let go of the women she has become--and reach out for the woman she wants to be.

A great story and a tear jerker.