Books are the mile markers of my life. Some people have family photos or home movies to record their past. I’ve got books. Characters. For as long as I can remember, books have been my safe place.
Thirteen-year-old Leni is living in a desperate situation.
Her father, Ernt Allbright, is back from the war but he came back…different. Plagued by nightmares and horrors associated with his time as a POW.
Her mother, Cora, desperately clings to the man he used to be but it’s incredibly clear to Leni that the man her mother remembers is far gone.
Love and fear. The most destructive forces on earth. Fear had turned her inside out, love had made her stupid.
Ernt inherits some land from a friend and suddenly Leni finds herself leaving everything behind for Alaska.
It’s 1974 and the world is bursting with music, movies and glamour…and Leni finds herself isolated and alone. Trapped with an increasingly violent father and surrounded by an unforgivingly harsh land.
And yet…and yet… Leni is slowly finding her home. In the friendly neighbors, the kind townspeople and the animals surrounding their little homestead.
But winter is approaching and when the world goes dark, her dad loses what little he has left.
This book was seriously STUNNING.
From the moment I picked it up, I was hooked.
The landscape and setting was gorgeously done.
The harsh world coupled with the beautiful scenery and surroundings truly made me immersed in this book.
The tension from the father and the harsh wilderness kept my heart pounding.
Leni was truly an amazing main character. I couldn’t look away. I was constantly cheering and gasping at what Leni lived through.
The ending was incredible – I definitely didn’t see it coming but it really was perfect.
All in all, I absolutely loved this book and I now have to read everything this author has ever written.
A huge thank you to the Mimi from Goodreads for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review!