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DISTANT SHORES by Kristin Hannah

How I loved this atmospheric novel that exuded such quiet power!

Elizabeth and Jack Shore married when very young in their early twenties, and quickly had two children. Of course, they adore each other and their girls, but Elizabeth finds herself sublimating her needs to her children and to her young husband who is selfish in a way typical of young men.  He is a football player. He wants what those type of men want: fast cars, fast money, fast girls. He doesn’t stop to think enough about his young family and the effect those choices have on them.

Then Jack fails big-time, unfairly prevented from getting the positions he wants in sports radio due to a drug problem he acquired while recovering from knee surgery.

Now in their mid-forties and parents to two young women in their late teens/early twenties, Jack and his wife find they have little in common. After years of struggle, Jack finally lands his dream job in New York as a radio host. Elizabeth, yet again, wraps her life around his ambitions. But this time, it doesn’t work. The death of a beloved father brings Elizabeth up short, and instead of returning to her husband in New York, she takes off for another shore, this one on the Oregon coast where she owns a much-beloved beach house.

And so we see Elizabeth, the dutiful doormat of a wife, begin to claim back her talent as an artist. The question becomes, has husband Jack grown up enough to support her in her new life? Five stars.