The Snow Child meets The Shipping News in this atmospheric novel about a man who returns to his Alaskan hometown after 20 years away.
Kachemak Winkel never intended to come back to his hometown of Caboose, Alaska, where his family died in a plane crash 20 years earlier. When he finally musters the courage to return and face his painful memories, he's surprised to find a mysterious young woman living in his abandoned house.
Hiding from a past that gives her nightmares and withdrawn from a world she can't find her place in, Nadia certainly never expected one of the owners to come knocking on the door 10 years after she turned the little abandoned cabin into her home. Set in the majestic yet dangerous natural beauty of Alaska, All the Winters After is ultimately a love story about two lost, broken souls who discover the healing powers of forgiveness and family.
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An excellent version of the old old story of loving and letting go. The unique setting was refreshing but the story could have been told in any setting. Finding and losing love is a universal emotion with which everyone can identify. It is encouraging that the storyteller illustrates, with heartbreaking realness, the love of LBGT persons and the societal struggles they have had to face for too long. Love is within everyone and along with its euphoria, it seemingly always brings trials and tribulations. Halverson has done a masterful job of presenting that case.
I have ambivalent feelings about the book. The descriptions of the people and scenery were exquisitely drawn. Their emotions and struggles were beautifully portrayed and yet…
Central to the story are the Old Believers whose heritage is Russian Orthodox. They are much like the Mennonites or Amash in their strict beliefs and ways of doing things. This side story added a great deal to the novel.
The book dragged. It was one I could easily put down and it was very predictable. I felt my efforts to finish the book were betrayed by the open ending.
Three chapters in and my skin is crawling. The narrator nails the pronunciation of "Kachemak" correctly, but fails miserably with "Kenai" and "Redoubt." Maybe this is nitpicky, but it takes a few minutes to confirm the correct pronunciation of place names. The narrator sounds like my GPS.
I thought the audiobook's reader was fantastic! He read both male and female characters in a believable voice. The book itself strikes me as literary in style. I'm not a fan of literary writing, which is why I only gave it three stars. Fans of literary and poetic styles would probably like this book a lot more than I did.
great fan of George Newbern narrations (man called ove). The book was well done except sometimes the characters were a little too competent.
This novel is beautifully written and paints an impressive mental canvas of the Alaskan wilderness for the reader.
A man experiences his coming of age at the age of 38 after losing his family in a plane crash 20 years prior. "Ketch" travels home to Alaska to face his demons as well as a young Russian woman has staked an emotional claim on his family's homestead. Past family secrets unfold throughout the novel.
The author provides female characters with strong, significant, and respectable roles. However, it's not chick lit.
The narrator got better as the book progressed, and by the end, gave a commendable performance. The ending is very well done. A worthy read that is worth your time.
In a promo, this novel was compared to The Snow Child (which was only "okay"), and I almost did not get it as a result. Remembering Audible's return policy, I took a chance, and I am so glad I did. What a great novel! It is a relationship story that takes place in rural Alaska, and has equal appeal to men and women. The main character is Kache, a man returning to his homestead after being away for 20 years. He left when the rest of his immediate family was killed in a plane crash. Now, he meets a strange woman of Russian descent, living alone in his isolated house. This is a novel of tragedy, and a great feel-good story too. It is a multi-generational family saga. I cared so much about all the characters, and the reader was SO GOOD. This novel transported me to a new world, and I did not want it to end.
I was disappointed with the way that the book ended. It built up then went down fast and left me wondering if the main couple will ever be together.
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