By Kristin Hannah
5 out of 5 stars
Thanks to The Girlfriend for this beautifully exquisite novel. My heart is still on my sleeve hours later.
Ernt Allbright has struggled since his return from being a POW in Vietnam. He is abusive to his wife Cora but she loves him and feels she is the only one who can keep him calm. Their 13-year-old daughter Lenora (Leni) loves her parents very much, especially her mother. When he uproots them to Alaska, their lives change in all kinds of ways. They find a community. They work hard. But those long days of night are too much for Ernt. He gets more abusive. Leni is scared that one day, it will go too far. And young Leni falls in love with the boy of a man that Ernt just despises and things take a really bad turn.
Kristin Hannah has placed the reader into those confined spaces and you feel the dread. In fact, I knew something was going to happen and it hung over me the whole time I was reading. But she also describes the beauty of Alaska in a way that you want to hop on a plane and take it all in. There is so much emotion in every word, in every phrase. You will get to love this little town and it’s inhabitants. (I was partial to Large Marge.) You will pray that these brave women can escape this violence and abuse. You will cry ugly tears. Oh yes, you will. I don’t think I can express enough just how superb this book is. Kristin Hannah is never a disappointment.