As she searches for new meaning in her life, Miranda finds quiet refuge with her family’s handyman, Dix, in his cabin in the dark forests of the Adirondack Mountains. Dix is kind, dependable, and good with an ax—the right man to help the sheltered Miranda heal—but ultimately, her sadness creates a void even Dix can’t fill.
When a man from her distant past turns up, the handsome idealist now known as Darius, he offers Miranda a chance to do meaningful work at The Source, a secluded property filled with his nature worshipers. Miranda feels this charismatic guru is the key to remaking her life, but her grief and desire for love also create an opportunity for his deception. And in her desperate quest to find herself after losing almost everything, Miranda and Dix could pay a higher price than they ever imagined.
Title: North of Here
Author: Laurel Saville
Genre: Fiction | Contemporary Fiction | Romance | Suspense
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Published: March 1, 2016
Format: Kindle edition, 241 pages
FTC Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the publisher via TLC Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed are mine.
Laurel Saville softly and tenderly tells the stories of four characters. Two women. Two men. All haunted by something in the past. All seeking something for the present and the future.
In North of Here, we meet Miranda, Dix, Sally, and Darius. Four people who could not be more different if they worked hard at being so. Yet, they are drawn together in four separate sections in the book.
Each section deals with relationships between the characters at different times. As in real life, tragedies in the past and hurts never healed color who we are and make relationships difficult to develop. The same is true in North of Here. Juxtaposed to this is one character who has the ability to draw young women, totally unaware of his talent, into a tight-knit, commune-like living arrangement.
I found North of Here somewhat difficult to get into as the book unfolded. However, and I don’t know exactly where, something in the character development and loving way the stories of each character played out, I found myself locked into reading until finished. Laurel Saville’s use of eloquent language and detailed descriptions of people, places, and things makes for a good read and one you look back on with pleasure.
Readers who enjoy a taste of romance sprinkled in with some suspense and yes, blended with a bit of violence, North of Here should be in your TBR stack. Laurel Saville can easily become a favorite author.
Laurel Saville is the award-winning author of the forthcoming novel “North of Here,” (03.01.16), the novel “Henry and Rachel,” the memoir “Unraveling Anne” and several other books, as well as numerous articles, essays, and short stories, which have appeared in The Bark, The Bennington Review, House Beautiful, the LA Times Magazine, NYTimes.com, Room and many other publications. Laurel has an MFA from the Writing Seminars at Bennington College.
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