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Distant Shores: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Kristin Hannah
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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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.

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book April 6 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This author is my favourite. she has a knack for hooking you on the plot, making you feel that the characters are friends. Love her!
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4.0 out of 5 stars What a lot of we as women have beeb March 14 2013
By joann
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It was a book that has given me new look into my life and fully it was excellent and well worth the time
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great beach book. June 4 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. Hannah built up enough suspense that I could not put this book down until the end. Walking the journey of self preservation and discovery for the protagonist and her husband was a wonderful reward at the end. I have since looked forward to other works by this author.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Schmaltzy, Predictable but Enjoyable. Oct. 20 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book while on vacation and rather enjoyed it's simplistic subject (wife and mother whose 'lost' herself) and easy flow. I thought it a perfect 'poolside' book, nothing more, nothing less.
The only real 'groaner' part for me was when the step-mother miraculously changed from Dolly Parton-like to a bun-wearing granny type.
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4.0 out of 5 stars burned the midnight oil for this one! Aug. 1 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 jokingly call women's lit or "pink fiction" is for those of us who have been married and settled and suddenly facing a crisis bigger than ordering a Cosmopolitan or a martini and whether to bed the boss.The protagonist is not dancing around in Prada or Versace, she doesn't spend hours in the health club while writing ad copy or legal briefs. She is a very realistic, married, 40s+ woman. Elizabeth's character in this book goes through some major transformations. She is not one-dimensional. Hannah draws a well-rounded character-read the book and you will see this is almost a pun. I would have liked her to develop Elizabeth's relationships with her children more, but the book is a definite page-turner. This was definitely above the usual summer beach reads.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My First Kristin Hannah Read Won't Be My Last ~ May 28 2003
By Lisa
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 married things were put on hold for them both. Jack wanting to find something he was good at after his football career did work out he wanted to be well know and Elizabeth wanted more out of life then she was getting from Jack, they have been married for so long that they some how lost there way to each other they have two grown beautiful daughters that they are so proud of but they have to find themselves before they can find the love they once had a very beautiful story this is I loved it! I am looking forward on reading her others books that she has written.
Happy Reading Lisa
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hopeful May 23 2003
Format:Hardcover
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. I couldn't put it down--I think I read it in about 4 days. Kristin Hannah explores the life of a middle-age woman who has over the years lost herself and her talent. After a tragic accident, Birdie must learn to put her wants and needs above those of her husband and chilren. After years of dedicating her life to others, this wife and mother must find her wings and learn to fly again. Great book! A must read! I can't wait to read another of her books! :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Coudn't get into May 8 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. I was a little disappointed over all. This was the first book I have ever read that I "couldn't put down" .........because I just couldn't wait to be finshed with it!! This book isn't for someone who wanted a really romanic read!
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