DISTANT SHORES
by Kristin Hannah

July 2002
ISBN: 0-345-45071-X
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Jackson and Elizabeth Shore have been married for 24 years. They have two beautiful daughters in college, a waterfront home in Seattle, Washington and they never go a day without saying “I love you”.


Jack was a star pro-football player before a knee injury and an addiction to painkillers ended his career. Through it all, Elizabeth stuck by him and helped him. When he turned to sports casting and moved from city to city, she moved with him. Then one day, he stumbles onto "the big story" - the one that will make him somebody again. When he gets the chance at a job in New York, it never crosses his mind that maybe this time Elizabeth won’t follow him.


Elizabeth has spent 24 years being Jack’s wife and the mother of his children. Along the way, from city to city, she has made every house they have lived in a home. With this move to New York, Elizabeth suddenly realizes that love is not enough to hold their marriage together. When she tells Jack that she doesn’t want to live in New York, he doesn’t know what to do. Elizabeth wants time to find out who she is. For one thing, she has forgotten how to paint.


Distant Shores is not a typical romance. Jack and Elizabeth spend more time on opposite sides of the country than with each other, yet they are never truly separated. This is a story of fear, loneliness, heartbreak, insecurity and the enduring bonds of love and marriage.


Ms. Hannah has crafted a tale that is sure to tug at your heartstrings and make you question what love really is and how strong your commitment is.


I loved this book, even though at times I wanted to shake both Elizabeth and Jack and tell them to wake up - that life is short and true love is rare and should never be thrown away. The ending is heartwarming and not only brought tears of joy and happiness to my eyes, but also reaffirmed my belief that true love does exist and that it really can last forever.



Reviewed in July 2002 by Carolyn.

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