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Distant Shores

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  19,378 ratings  ·  1,332 reviews
Elizabeth and Jackson Shore married young, raised two daughters, and weathered the storms of youth as they built a family. From a distance, their lives look picture perfect. But after the girls leave home, Jack and Elizabeth quietly drift apart. When Jack accepts a wonderful new job, Elizabeth puts her own needs aside to follow him across the country. Then tragedy turns El ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 1st mass market edition (US/CAN), 416 pages
Published May 2003 by Ballantine Books (first published 2002)
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Jun 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody. Especially not to people in troubled marriages
This book made me cry.
No,really,it did. And not in a good way.

I was having my period. A friend (that I will have to disown) told me to read this book. It was about second chances and a married couple.


It was about an ex NFL star that was hungry for attention and his wife,a nice woman that always put him first.

When the hero,or as I call him in my mind-the biggest jerk out there-got a new job he decided to move his wife and kids,disrupting their lives so he could be famous again.
They agreed
May 01, 2010 rated it did not like it
This was really disappointing. It was poor writing. I found the story to be rather cheesy, predictable & left some elements I feel would've made it a stronger story for me.

I've really enjoyed Hannah's books. I'm wondering if this is one of her 1st books as I've really enjoyed the others I've read up to this time. Plus, I love that the settings are always in the NW.

I could get that Elizabeth felt she needed time for herself. Totally get that, and I think is was great she put herself first for
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booksiveread
Kristin Hannah is my current go-to author when I'm looking for a light read. I'd just finished a number of heavier books and non-fiction pieces so needed something light.

Well, it was light. And there were characters I found interesting. But there was so much wrong with this book. The red flag went up when Hannah talked about how air travel was down after 9-11, but then went on in the next sentence to set up a scene where the character Birdie met her daughters' airplane at the gate. No, after 9-
May 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book was so beyond messed up. It was horrible. I've read the cheating books and feel the angst and usually enjoy them bu this one goes above and beyond for an asshole hero. Seriously, avoid it. First let me tell you what happened..

The hero and heroine have a decent marriage and children, when the hero get a chance to expand his dying career, he takes it. He tries to move his kids and the heroine but the heroine won't have it, so he takes his whore of a PA or secretary or whatever bad names
Dec 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
lame. Don't bother. Not even sure why i finished it. Oh wait, I do know why - I gave myself a goal to read X amount of books before the end of the year and so I finished just because I want to truthfully finish my said amount of books or more. Now if only I could be as truthful with my diet ;)
Cititor Necunoscut
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Still searching for something that resembles the Winter Garden. This was not it.
Cheryl Lewis
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Kristin Hannah has failed to disappoint me with her writing. The haunting portrayal of a woman in her 40's, whom realizes how most of her life she has been living for others' (her husband, her 2 grown children that are now off at university). The "empty next syndrome" forces Elizabeth (the central character of the book) to reexamine her life, her goals, her relationships with friends, her daughters and her marriage.
With her children out the house, and her husband consumed with work,
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
The more Kristin Hannah books I read, the bigger fan of hers I become. Her books deal with subject matter I think women relate to but always prove better written than the typical chic-lit out there. Her novels keep me engaged the whole way through and I end up caring for her characters. Distant Shores was another great Hannah novel.
Well, first off I should say that I am typically a Kristin Hannah fan. Everyone of her books I've read to date, I actually liked / loved, so I was disappointed to say that I barely liked this one. As a matter of fact, I toyed with the idea of a one star, but in the end decided on two. I won't read this again, not that I ever do, but I also won't be loaning it to any of the ladies that I know who like to read. I think it was really that I just didn't like the characters or that they weren't as dv ...more
DISAPPOINTING!this is what i felt about the book.

Jack is the most selfish man who always thought about how he had lost so much and blamed Elizabeth for it,he was never a good husband not a good father ,over the pages you will see how he keeps thinking how many he was tempted to have sex but cause he was married he left them go,he is such a great guy made of steel(his own words) how he mixed what all stars do drink -have sex with loads of woman instead he was stuck with a wife and 2 daughters,his
Clara Dearmore Strom
This is a relationship book. A typical story of a housewife who takes care of everyone, but herself. Her self-absorbed husband really loves her, but doesn't really know who she is. The pace is fairly fast and the characters are easily recognizable. Set on the Oregon coast, it made me long to sit by a fire and read this book.
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Love this author, she doesn't disappoint. She writes about real life topics but not in a chick lit way. Her books keep me engaged the whole way through and look forward to reading more from her.
❤Marie Gentilcore
I enjoyed this book very much. Elizabeth and Jack have been married a long time and they both begin to question their life choices. I liked all of the characters and their journey felt believable. The ending was satisfying.
Oct 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
I liked this book and I didn't like this book. On the one hand, it was a typical "middle-aged woman becomes empty nester, realizes she doesn't have a life of her own because she forgot her dreams years ago, husband only seems to care about his career, so she needs time to find herself" kind of book. But then again, by the second half of the book the characters were better developed, the writing seemed much improved (or was that my imagination?), and the story line felt less shallow and more inti ...more
Sally Wolf
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a bird who falls out of her nest because she has forgotten how to fly. Elizabeth Shore aka "Birdie" realizes one day that her life is not all it is cracked up to be. She has a husband, and two wonderful kids but somewhere along the way she has lost herself. After a tragedy in the family shakes her foundation. Grief forces her from her nest and she realizes that has to find the deep down love for herself and her lost passions before she can fly up to her nest to be loved once m ...more
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Story of Elizabeth's 24 year old marriage in crises, a wife who has given up her dreams for her husband and children. Watching her own life pass her by as she became the best wife and mother she knew how to be, she no longer looks in the mirror and sees a whole and happy woman looking back. A lot of truth and enlightenment came thru on the pages of this book. It is one to be remembered, the finding of one's self, how to follow some of your own dreams while still doing for those you love. I espec ...more
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kristin Hannah just has a way with words. I really enjoyed this story about a couple coming to terms with their lost marriage and how they individually worked through it to get back to each other.
Rachel Brand
Jan 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, audible, 2012
I really, really enjoyed this book. I thought it would end up being a 8/10, but the ending pushed it up to a 9. I loved how it showed that you can rediscover who you are deep inside and invigorate your life without giving up your marriage or family. Yes, Elizabeth made mistakes in letting her family take over who she was and lost herself in the process, but she was able to reawaken herself without giving up her husband and daughters. My only real difficulty with this book was that Jack and Birdi ...more
Susan Haught
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow...KH is becoming one of my all-time fave authors.

This book wasn't a page-turner in the normal sense...and there were some places where I gritted my teeth and hung on, because I know Hannah has a way of maneuvering around a realistic, touchy subject and make it turn out brilliantly.

I adored the main character's journey...and that's basically what this book is about...the "look in the mirror" sort of thing needed when a long marriage is on the brink of failure. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that the char
Feb 15, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: drama
Jack & Elizabeth have been married for 24 years; they have 2 grown children aged 20 & 19. However, they are having problems in their marrige.

Jack, a ex-NFL star, is trying to land a big-time TV announcing job. In the process he has moved his wife and family all over creation. Elizabeth is sick of moving. She feels like she has lost herself.

So when Jack moves to NY, Elizabeth stays in Oregon in order to try and decide what she wants to do with the rest of her life. She starts to paint aga
Sally Lindsay-briggs
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Birdie and Jack have a 24 year marriage and there are problems between them. Jack is unhappy in his job and wants to find the celebrity he once knew as a popular football player. Birdie can't find herself. Birdie's father passes away and everything gets much worse but some thing become better. This is a very slow moving story but in some ways reminded me of my first marriage. Changes in life often make you stronger and help you find talents you didn't know you had.
Minty McBunny
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017, october-2017
I like some Kristin Hannah books like Winter Garden, Nught Road and Firefly Lane. This book lacked the intrigue and drama of those novels though, was a bland, predictable, and not terribly believable plot.
Nik's Nook
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Good, easy read. Pretty predictable, but there were a few times I teared up. The formatting on the nook book was a bit of a mess, so that took away from the story some. All in all, a story that makes you want to remember all the reasons you fell in love in the first place.
Glenda L
Sep 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is a story of an unraveling mariage. Elizabeth and Jackson Shore married young, raised two daughters and weathered the storms of youth as they built a family. This is a book that I could relate to ... They were able to reach out and become the people they want to be in the end.
Nancy Baker
Jan 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I have read several books by Kristin Hannah and this one seemed a bit distant (pardon the pun) from some of her other stories. The story revolves around a couple who have been married 24 years; their two daughters are now in college and the couple is now dealing, or NOT dealing, with themselves as a couple and not parents anymore. It is an honest look at what can happen in a marriage or relationship when you don't divide up your time and attention in proportion to the needs at hand. Most mothers ...more
Kirsten stracke
Apr 02, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is terrible! I liked the Nightingale and The Great Alone so I figured I would try another Kristin Hannah book. Wow this was bad. Both parties in the marriage sucked, but I’m surprised all the reviews only focus on the husband. He was no prize, but I’ll focus on her. At first I thought I was reading a tired stereotype that was going to be debunked, but no, the whole book drug out the whole “Poor mom sacrifices herself for her kids and has no idea what life is truly about” trope. She eve ...more
Cristina Cammarato
I loved this book. I was instantly drawn into this book because I related to Elizabeth who dedicated her life to her husband and children. Any woman who has been married and raising children must have felt what Elizabeth felt at some point in their life. In the end I believe that when you experience that “empty nest” syndrome, you start to look at who you have become and what you want to do next. Relationships change and take a different direction as life moves on and changes. Not everyone is lu ...more
Halie Domingue
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book during a travel day. It was perfect for the occasion. I liked this book because the conflicts were not melodramatic, but seemed to stem from a place of real life experience. The way Elizabeth came back to herself over losing her way after many years of mothering and marriage was really inspiring to me. I love how Hannah described her internal struggles, and I loved watching her stand up to her husband. Watching the Dad relearning how to connect with his daughters at the end was ...more
Dew Tinnin
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
I've found Kristen after a recommendation to read Nightingale - which I loved. Since then, I've been reading her other work and I'm continuing to be disappointed.

This was a huge disappointment. Aside from the obvious foreshadowing, I was so disappointed that she took me out of the book when she visited Nashville for Christmas. "I learned to ice skate on the pond in front of my house." What? There's no ice skating outside in Nashville - it rarely gets below freezing! No one owns ice skates in Nas
Susannah Carleton
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great story of a couple that has been married for twenty-four years, but has grown apart because she has ignored her dreams to help him and their daughters pursue theirs. Now, after her father’s sudden death, she re-evaluates her life and chooses not to travel across the country with her husband when he has a second chance at achieving his dreams. Will she achieve her dreams? Will their marriage and family survive the separation?

A well-written and heart-tugging book about love, family, and hopes
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Kristin Hannah is the award-winning and bestselling author of more than 20 novels including the international blockbuster, The Nightingale, which was named Goodreads Best Historical fiction novel for 2015 and won the coveted People's Choice award for best fiction in the same year. Additionally, it was named a Best Book of the Year by Amazon, iTunes, Buzzfeed, the Wall Street Journal, Paste, and Th ...more
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