Meg, however, Bassie's granddaughter, finds the family lore oppressive. When an excavation on the old Bass family property beckons a now-elderly and viper-tongued Bassie back to the fabled land of her childhood, Meg only grudgingly consents to accompany her. Determined not to live under the shadow of her ancestry, Meg has never even read the journals. But when an unexpected discovery casts doubt on the history recorded in their pages and harbored in Bassie's memories, Meg finally succumbs to the allure of her great grandmother's story and ventures even deeper into Hannah's life to unlock the mystery at the journal's core.
Reminiscent of Carol Shields' The Stone Diaries and the novels of Anita Shreve, The Night Journal is an enthralling tale in which Indian ruins, majestic desert hotels, and the hardship and boldness of frontier life fit seamlessly with a modern-day story of coming to terms with loss, family secrets, and shattering truths that lie shrouded in memory.
©2006 Elizabeth Crook; (P)2006 Books on Tape
"Crook's third novel...blends mystery, chick-lit-style romance, and historical fiction for a glimpse of the current and past American West." (Publishers Weekly)
"Warmly drawn....A multilayered narrative of impressive historical perspicacity, enriched by the author's loving attention to character." (Kirkus Reviews)
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NO, It was rather drawn out and could have been told in half the time.
Didn't think there was sufficient character development to love or hate the characters.
Hannah...the other characters were frustratingly inept in their development.
The historical facts surrounding this novel were extremely interesting as well as the description of life as it was in the late 1800's.
Well written literature, excellent story woven together at the end. Based on historical facts. Highly recommend reading, listening to this book!
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