North of Here: A Novel + Giveaway

Not everything is as it seems.

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Title:  North of Here
Author:  Laurel Saville
Publisher:  Lake Union Publishing
Release Date:  March 1, 2016


The sounds of unexpected tragedies—a roll of thunder, the crash of metal on metal—leave Miranda in shock amid the ruins of her broken family.

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 he 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.



Let's get this off first.  This is not a book for anyone.  Laurel Saville writes with such sophistication and intensity that makes North of Here not for the faint of heart.  If you're looking for an easygoing and mindless read, this is not for you.  However, if you prefer books with depth and meaning, North of Here will not disappoint.  Though I must warn you, this novel set in the Adirondacks is not a typical romantic suspense nor is it predictable in any way.

Written in the perspectives of four characters, readers get to be part of their thoughts and their lives from their own eyes; and disturbingly enough, the start of a "back-to-nature" cult that threatens the livelihood and whatever happiness these characters have.  Laurel's poetic narratives of the environment, with her unyielding display of a person's emotional turmoil in self-destruction gives readers a poignant novel that beseech compassion and logic.  I did not put this book down, because you just don't know what's next, and after the tragic beginnings for these characters, you don't want to leave it at that. Your compassion kicks into high gear and you hope that by the end, the twists and turns will end and there finally will be lasting peace and happiness.

"...many of these children lived in a moment-by-moment world with little room for what Miranda was slowly starting to realize were luxuries: curiosity, ambition, and reflection." (5)
"The sun always came up, but sometimes it was obscured by clouds; a grand tree fell down in a storm and became a nurse leg for other trees; a deer died in a hard winter, giving lots of other small animals an important source of protein; acute baby birds also sometimes pushed their siblings out of the nest; foxes hunted both vermin and new chicks; mothers took care of their young simply because hormones compelled them to. He had little philosophy in him other than a dogged desire to do quality work, to be kind and helpful when called upon, to leave things better than he found them...He never considered how rare and decent these qualities made him." (34)
"They both counted the minutes.  In a fewer than expected, the door swung open, banging rudely against the wall.  Stamp, stamp. Two boots. No voices. Miranda stood. Dix strode into the room and met her eye. 'Call 911,' he said." (13) 

(Please note, for my readers who prefer clean reads, this book does contain some profanity and sex scene. )

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book through TLC Book Tours for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.





Laurel Saville is an award-winning author of numerous books, articles, essays, and short fiction. Her work has appeared in the LA Times Magazine, the Bark,, and other publications. She holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and lives and writes near Seattle. She is also a corporate communications consultant and has taught and spoken at a variety of colleges and writing conferences.

Her memoir, Unraveling Anne, won the memoir category of the 2011 Indie Book Awards and was a runner-up to the grand prize winner at the Hollywood Book Festival. Her first novel, Henry and Rachel, a fictionalized account of her great-grandparents’ lives, was a finalist for a Nancy Pearl Award from the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. 

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  1. Sending love to Laurie! �� The book sounds great would love to win a copy.

  2. This sounds like an intriguing story! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

  3. You're welcome Britney. Here's to a win!

  4. Anne, thanks for stopping by! Here's to a win! Remember to stop by other tour stops for additional giveaways!

  5. Wow, the first few sentences of your review have me adding this to my TBR list right near the top! I can't wait to pick up a copy and see how this story impacts me.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

  6. North of Here sounds really interesting.

  7. Thanks for the chance to win It does look like a really great book Thanks for sharing

  8. Glad I found your blog! What a great blog, Annie!!

  9. Great book. Also a great giveaway on Just Commonly. Would love to win.


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