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North of Here

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  3,266 ratings  ·  272 reviews
The sounds of unexpected tragedies—a roll of thunder, the crash of metal on metal—leave Miranda in shock amid the ruins of her broken family.

As she searches for new meaning in her life, Miranda finds quiet refuge with her family’s handyman, Dix, in his cabin in the dark forests of the Adirondack Mountains. Dix is kind, dependable, and good with an ax—the right man to help
Hardcover, 270 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Lake Union Publishing (first published January 12th 2016)
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
This book took me by surprise. At first, I didn't find the story more than an OK reading, had a bit of a problem connection to both the story and Miranda. The story wasn't bad, it just felt like perhaps this would be not my kind of book, but somewhere along the way I got hooked.

I think after the intro with Miranda losing pretty much everything that had some meaning to her is over the book's story really take off. Miranda is a very vulnerable young girl, and she isn't ready to be thrown into a li
2.5 stars

This book isn't poorly written, but I found it bizarre and, as a result, never really connected with it. Is it the story of a young woman's struggle to get past her family dynamics? Is it a healing tale of love between two unlikely people? Is it an exploration of the psychological morass of a narcissist who tries to set up his own compound? Spoilers to follow.

Actually, it's all of these things, and the odd mishmash didn't work for me. I kept reading because I couldn't figure out where i
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This very gently told story set in the Adirondacks turned out to be a real little surprise of a read. Our central character is Miranda, who has always led a life of privilege until a series of little tragedies slowly turn her life upside down. A wonderful little story starts to unfold when she takes refuge and assistance from Dix, the family’s local handyman who gives her a place to stay and begin to heal from the tragedies that have torn her life in two.

I have to say that this read is not at al
Judy Collins
A special thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Laurel Saville delivers NORTH OF HERE, a complex saga, absorbing, and unpredictable tale of tragedy, loss, sadness, and a journey of despair to hope, set in the wooded mountains of the Adirondacks.

Miranda, from a wealthy family-- wanted to get away from watching her mother fill her days with small and less meaningful tasks moving to her family’s Colonial in Connecticut where she had grown
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Miranda has suffered a shocking loss of all she’s ever known and she’s desperately trying to find her way back to happiness. When she goes back home and starts spending time with her family’s handyman Dix, she thinks she may have found what she needs. Dix knows exactly who he is and he’s very comfortable in his skin. He is calm and peaceful and she finds comfort in his company.

David is a rich kid who has rebelled against his upbringing. He has created a new persona and taken a new name to go al
Katie B (Bisforbookiemonster)
This is actually a 3.5 for me, which admittedly is higher than I originally expected. I got the book free with Kindle First and I honestly chose it for the sole purpose that it mentions a “guru” and “nature worshipers.” What’s not to love about a good cult story?

Well, this goes way deeper than that, and it shocked me how emotionally invested I became in some of these characters. Saville, you got me at parts, you really did.

The Characters

Miranda: The main character, Miranda, is a sad person. She’
After suffering through multiple family tragedies, a young woman of previous privilege tries to get beyond what has defined her for years. Miranda has literally lost her family. Brother to a drinking and driving accident, her father to a freak accident involving a tree and lightning, and her mother to complications from a stroke. She just wants to move on, make a life, whatever that will be.
Her family's handyman/caretaker,Dix, becomes her stabilizing force. But even as she tries to relax into t
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Compelled to write a review

I normally am not one to write a review and just stick to a star rating. I gave this book five stars because of the accuracy of the human emotions and the surprise turn of events. It was a book that made me think and reflect about so many different things. The "charismatic" leader who is able to convince others of his spiritual calling and the advantages he then takes of said people. The followers, just searching for themselves and being taken advantage of as a result.
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book is written in 4 sections. I really liked the first section and the characters Dix and Miranda. But in section 2 things went downhill for me pretty quickly. Everything became too melodramatic and the character Darius gave me the creeps. I couldn't understand Miranda's attraction to him. I know she had a wounded spirit, but something was missing for me. Just ok.
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
3.5 stars

North of Here is a story of contrasts and characters. Of two men. Of two women. Of those born into wealth but walking around poor in spirit. Of those personalities who are self-sufficient and of the ones who always seem to need a rescue.

As I read Laurel Saville’s latest novel, I was struck especially by the differences in the four main characters, seen acutely in the narrative written from these four perspectives in turn. Perhaps most haunting to me was Miranda – the daughter of wealthy
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016, for-review, kindle
2.5 stars
North of Here is a story told in 4 parts. I thought the book was well written but it was completely not something that I expected. It definitely started off strong and I did read through to the end. I have to admit though, this isn't really a book for everyone. I think it's one of those you have to be in the mood for and be prepared to dislike at times. I thought the characters were well fleshed out. My favorite being Dix. He is the one I had the most sympathy for throughout the book.

Amanda - Cover2CoverMom
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2017
You can read all of my reviews on my blog -> Cover2CoverMom Blog

For some reason I thought North of Here was going to be a mindless & “fluffy” read, but much to my surprise (and delight) this book was much deeper than I was expecting. Maybe it was the cute cover? ((which doesn’t really fit the book in my opinion)) or maybe it was the fact that I didn’t read the synopsis very closely… Either way, North of Here tackled darker themes like loss, grief, depression, alcoholism, and manipulation
Diane Coto
Mar 24, 2016 rated it liked it
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 a ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Mar 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, fiction
"North of Here" is the story of Miranda, who finds herself all alone after losing her parents. She is spinning and trying to find something to hang on to. She becomes wrapped up in a cult of sorts that will shake her down totally. It's a fascinating read about the downfall of one family and the aftermath when only ashes are left.

The story itself was fascinating. I am always interested to see how people fall into things that seem to me to be something that you'd want to stay far, far away from. I
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Striking and beautifully sad.

What a lovely bit of writing. Laurel Saville has a real way with words, elegantly crafting descriptions of people and places in such a way that you instantly know them. In particular, the setting of this novel really resonated with me, because although it's set in the Adirondacks, it actually reminded me of the stark and slightly desolate beauty of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and Dix's character reminded me of some of the people I met while I lived there. And th
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
It took me a little bit to get into the book, but then I was hooked. Miranda had to deal with the death of one family member after another, and had no idea how to deal with her father's financial mistakes. She grew up never having to worry about balancing a checkbook or worrying about paying her credit card bill. That all changed, luckily Dix was there to help her. Dix was a man of few words, but gave Miranda everything she needed. Then Darius appears, a spoiled rich boy who decides to create hi ...more
Martha Johnson
I really liked the first 3/4 of this story. Some lovely prose and well crafted characters whose behaviors rang true. Several passages that showed great insight into human nature. Then things got weird and the author skipped over some weeks here and some months there, and I found myself disconnecting. Characters did things that didn't make sense based on who I thought they were, and it felt like I had skipped a chapter or two. I could have used some more scenes to support the changes, especially ...more
Jan 01, 2016 rated it liked it
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Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as an Amazon freebie and -- I'll admit it -- I downloaded it because the blurb accidentally made me snort. At the time, it said something like, "...her sadness creates a void even Dix can’t fill."

Sorry. My experience reading it was about that level. I guess I got what I deserved. :D
Nancy Nelson
Wow. I never expected to be drawn in to the lives of these characters so quickly. From page one, I was caught in the tangled web of the lives of four main characters--Miranda, Dix, Sally, and Darius. Saville has an ability to create characters whose development is organic and whose lives we care about.
3.5 stars. I never read the synopsis for this novel; it was offered on Kindle for free so I jumped in blind. Wow, the story took a turn I wasn't expecting but found immensely intriguing as it unfolded. There are plenty of concise observations made about human nature and interpersonal relationships that don't come off as cheesy, just honest. The story has a deep sadness to it, so heads-up.
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
I read approximately half of this book.

I rather enjoyed the beginning, getting to know Miranda and Dix. The family was a bit odd. The narrator a bit aloof from the action.

But when we started learning about Darius, I just got bored bored bored, and nothing in the reviews leads me to believe that I would enjoy finishing this book, so FAREWELL BOOK!
Feb 04, 2016 rated it liked it
This book definitely didn't take me where I thought it was going to. There are moments in the book that the author brings to life certain characters or events and others that seem to be left unsaid.
Gay Mccants
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heart Breaking

Could not put this book down from mid-book to the end. But, it was a bit slow initially getting through all the details of Miranda's life. After surviving growing up, never feeling worthy, happiness was beyond her reach.
Jeanette Hurrelbrink
North of here

I did not care for this story,BUT I could not stop reading it. I thought it moved too slowly but kept reading. It grabbed my interest because of the character conflicts within themselves.
Cheryl Laughlin
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
The book kept me interested but I did not like the ending.
Fazlinda Thomas
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A sad, tragic, yet absolutely beautiful story.
Loraine Oliver
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fiction readers
Recommended to Loraine by: Net Galley ARC
Shelves: reviewed-books
North of Here is a book I will not forget for a long time and perhaps will read again from time to time. I have not read anything quite like it for a good long time, and this book made me feel everything that I usually do not feel too often. This book is a poignant, at times tragic, bittersweet, and overall a heartbreaking tale. That being said, I am so glad I was able to read it and now I will try to write a review that is worthy of this book! This is my first book by Laurel Saville, and it won ...more
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
North of Here by Laurel Saville is an entrancing but unpredictable mystery and suspense thriller set in the enigmatic and perplexing mountains of the Adirondack Park and its environs in upstate New York, which is roughly more than six million acres. Indeed, this stunning beauty of 10,000 lakes, 30,000 miles of rivers, huge tracts of dark forests, countless wetlands, mysterious wildlife, struggling farms, dramatic weather and 46 mountains over 4000 feet is an ideal setting for a story that explor ...more
Beth Peninger
Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for this free readers edition. In exchange I am providing an honest review.

I'm not sure how I feel about this story. I don't dislike it but I'm not especially drawn to it. And about halfway through I felt antsy, I was ready for the story to be done but there was still so much of it left.
Miranda is the daughter of a couple who has lived a very entitled life. She had a brother until about a year ago when he died in a car accident caused by his own
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Laurel Saville is the award-winning author of the novels "Beneath the Trees," "North of Here," and "Henry and Rachel," the memoir "Unraveling Anne" and several other books, as well as numerous articles, essays, and short stories, which have appeared in The Bark, The Bennington Review,, House Beautiful, the LA Times Magazine,, Room and many other publications. Laurel has an MFA ...more
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