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Distant Shores: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Kristin Hannah
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

Having found her audience with Summer Island and On Mystic Lake, Hannah returns with another second-chance-at-love story, this one as bleak as the soggy Pacific Northwest setting. Perimenopausal former artist Elizabeth Shore is feeling lost and miserable these days, as daughters Jamie and Stephanie matriculate at Georgetown and husband Jack focuses on jump-starting his stalled sports broadcasting career. So Elizabeth, tellingly nicknamed "Birdie," compulsively redecorates her empty nest and pesters Jack with lugubrious questions about what's wrong with their lives. Then Jack scores a journalistic coup, and in his implausibly meteoric return to broadcasting glory, winds up in an efficiency apartment in New York City, halfheartedly fending off the advances of both a nubile assistant and a Hollywood bombshell. Meanwhile, back in rainy Oregon, Birdie grieves for her beloved late father, joins a support group for "passionless" women, starts to paint again and talks to herself in the self-help homilies Hannah favors ("No more cheerleader years for me. I need to get in the game"). She even has a rapprochement with newly widowed stepmother Anita, who, in a particularly explosive burst of character development, somehow transforms from a tacky Southern "Bette Midler on speed" to a white-haired sylph favoring "long, flowing" white dresses. (When Birdie finds her bliss, she discovers she's miraculously lost weight.) Hannah's tried-and-true formula includes the predictable happy ending, complete with life lessons tearfully learned, but only hardcore fans will make it to the last page of this dreary soap.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

From Summer Island to On Mystic Lake to Distant Shores, best-selling author Hannah seems to walk on water. Here, as Elizabeth packs up the beach house after her father's death, she comes to realize that her own marriage is all washed up.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3233 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345469372
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st edition (July 16 2002)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FA64R8
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,006 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Story of a Stale Marriage Dec 26 2002
Yes, it happens, and this author gets just a whole lot of it EXACTLY right. I do wish I could have LIKED Elizabeth (Birdie) Shore a little better, "poor little misunderstood rich girl" comes to mind here, though. The Jackson Shore character really didn't have much depth to him beyond himself and his beloved sports. Did he ever really "get it"? Some of the women characters were richly sketched, and the daughters were artfully portrayed as a study in contrasts. The setting on the Oregon coast was well detailed and occasionally breathtaking but does it match the rather tropical looking cover of the book? Just a lot of bits and pieces that did not work for me - the single handed destruction of the dining room wall being one of them. Some of the rough language seems to come from no where and seems unnecessary and a bit trite. Not a favorite book, but Ms. Hannah does have an interesting spin on the staleness of a marriage, what makes a family, and finding yourself again.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth get a life! Aug. 24 2002
I love this author and have read most of her books, but this one just bothered the heck out of me. She has written a book about a woman who has let a man rule her life because he was once a football star and who (poor baby) hurt himself and now just can't find the glory again. She is a doormat for her husband, children and friends. I only wanted her to tell them all to go away and to reclaim her life , if she can remember when she had one! More "brand names" of products used in this book, than in a catalog, what does it add to the story? So what did we learn? Be a doormat for years, give all to everyone in your life, let your husband come back time and time again after affairs to "help him cope" have a co-dependent relationship with your children. I don't think so! Nothing to cheer about, very predictable ending, Can she work Columbia into her life? I don't think so. She will quit as soon as someone has a problem in their life.
Come on Kristin, you can do better than this and have. Write about strong women. There are so many out there and they deserve for you to tell their stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, soul-searching novel July 23 2002
Jack and Elizabeth "Birdie" Shore are at a crossroads. After 24 years of marriage, they have raised two beautiful girls and withered the storm of Jack's rise and fall as a football star and his addiction to pain killers. Now Jack's career as a sportscaster is rising, and on the outside, everything looks perfect. But Elizabeth feels she is losing herself. She has raised her children, lifted Jack when he stumbled, and forgiven him for the times he strayed earlier in their marriage. She gave up her dream of becoming a painter because she thought that was what she was supposed to do. But when he beloved father dies suddenly, she realizes how empty her life truly is. And when Jack takes a job that will take him to New York, Elizabeth, for the first time, doesn't follow him and remains in Oregon, hoping to find what will give her her own identity.
Distant Shores is a wonderful, soul searching novel about two people who have lost their way. They're not bad people, and they haven't done terrible things. They still love each other, but as times change and they become different people, they wonder if they love each other enough. Few writers get to the heart of this as well as Kristin Hannah. You will sympathize with both Jack and Elizabeth, understand both their points of view, and hope they will find their way back to each other before it's too late. Very highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars insightful middle age relationship tale July 22 2002
Forty-five years old Elizabeth feels her marriage to former Superbowl MVP Jackson Shore is failing as she feels she has lost her identity to her children and her spouse. With the kids in college, Elizabeth needs something else to overcome the empty nest syndrome and her perception of lost purpose, but concludes that her relationship to Jack is not the answer to her needs. Jack has his problems too as he threw away a golden opportunity in the broadcast booth due to drug abuse and is struggling one step at a time towards redemption.

Jack obtains the break he needs when Portland, Oregon station intern Sally Maloney provides him a tip on a story involving college basketball superstar Drew Grayland. As he seeks collaborating proof on Drew's wrongdoing including date rape, his own marriage is collapsing. As Jack breaks the Drew story, Elizabeth withdraws further from him. Is this marriage between two college sweethearts over or will they find a path to happiness together?

This is an insightful middle age relationship tale that goes deep inside the psyche of the two lead characters, in which love no longer fosters communication. The story line takes the reader inside the head mostly of the disenchanted Elizabeth, but also provides a chance to see what motivates a disgraced former golden boy to seek his former glory. Though the ending is a bit too idealistic for the tone of the plot, fans of powerful dramas with strong characters will want to read Kristin Hannah's DISTANT SHORES.

Harriet Klausner
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By slf
This is a lovely summer read. If you take this book to the beach at sunrise you'll be finished by sunset, but don't forget the sunscreen! I sure could use a day at the beach!
Anyway, this is the story of a 45 year old Wife and Mother, whom realizes that not only is her nest empty so is her life. Elizabeth, nicknamed Birdie has devoted her life to the needs of her two daughters, now at college and her husband Jack, an ex-jock and a has-been sports caster.
Now in the middle of her life she doesn't know who she is. Her marriage to Jack, is hanging by a thread. Jack is also feeling the dullness of the marriage and the staleness of his sagging career. Then....multiple events take place that cause the couple to re-examine their lives. Jack gets a second chance at a new career in New York but Birdie struggles with leaving her beloved coastal home in Oregon. Birdies Father once said; "Life is short, If you don't spread your wings, one day you will plumb forget how to fly".
With those words ringing in her ears Birdie learns how to fly again!
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3.0 out of 5 stars OKay Read
I thought the book was just okay, I have read all her books and found this one to be on the slow side
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
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Published on April 6 2013 by Rhonda Moretti
4.0 out of 5 stars What a lot of we as women have beeb
It was a book that has given me new look into my life and fully it was excellent and well worth the time
Published on March 14 2013 by joann
3.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming little story
Distant Shores is a nice feel-good story about Elizabeth 'Birdie' Shore, who find herself lost in a bad circle of emptiness at the age of 45. Read more
Published on July 11 2004 by Louise
5.0 out of 5 stars A great beach book.
This is the first time I have read work by this author and was pleased. I took this on vacation as a "beach book" and was not disappointed. Ms. Read more
Published on June 4 2004 by J. Mitchell
3.0 out of 5 stars Schmaltzy, Predictable but Enjoyable.
I read this book while on vacation and rather enjoyed it's simplistic subject (wife and mother whose 'lost' herself) and easy flow. Read more
Published on Oct. 20 2003 by M. J Pronio
4.0 out of 5 stars burned the midnight oil for this one!
This is the first time I have read a Kristin Hannah book, but I already purchased her newest. Maybe it's an age thing, but "chick lit" is for younger women, and what I... Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2003 by Sunstorm
5.0 out of 5 stars My First Kristin Hannah Read Won't Be My Last ~
This is my first time reading Kristin Hannah, this book was so good I enjoyed it so much! I love reading Elizabeth and Jack's love story though they were young when they got... Read more
Published on May 28 2003 by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Hopeful
This is the first book that I've read by this author. Normally, I read Danielle Steel; however, this book caught (and held) my attention. Read more
Published on May 23 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Coudn't get into
This book was a o.k. read but I just found it to be drawn out. I think I would of enjoyed it better if I could of related to the character more. Read more
Published on May 8 2003 by Footloose&Fancy
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