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from FictionZeal.com re: North of Here by Laurel Saville

North of Here - Laurel Saville

Everyone is affected by their relationships to others – family first.  At the opening, Miranda’s brother had died and her mother had turned to alcohol.  Then her father dies in an uncanny accident.  We’re introduced early-on to the family’s handy man, Dix.  He tended to watch out for them, more so after her father’s death.  Miranda is intrigued by him.  When more misfortune prevails upon Miranda’s life, Dix invites her to stay with him in his cabin.  He’s attracted to Miranda and he’s a compassionate and caring individual.  She seems to be content with Dix, but alas, the grass always seems greener on the other side.  Darius, known as David to Miranda many years ago, reappears.  He talks her into working at The Source, a kind of a commune existing in his old fixer upper house.


The beginning held my attention and I desperately wanted to know how Miranda would handle her ever changing situation.  However, it seemed to be rather winding instead of focusing on a destination.  The setting was the Adirondack Mountains and a very simplistic lifestyle.  The author gave Dix and Miranda very distinguishing personalities and I felt empathy for both of them.  Real life has ups and downs and so I’d expect fiction to mirror that.  In this story, the ‘downs’ were more apparent.  It’s sad – Miranda is a depressed individual – it’s a book of the choices we make and often choosing the wrong path.  Since there are people who are sensitive to novels with bad language, I just wanted to add that the f-word was included.  Rating: 3 out of 5.