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Distant Shores (Wheeler Hardcover) Hardcover – Large Print, Nov 2002

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  • Hardcover: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Wheeler Publishing; Lrg edition (Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587243199
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587243196
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.4 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,603,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘A must-read. Tender and moving’ -- Eileen Goudge

‘An exquisite tale …You will love this story’ -- Adriana Trigiani --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Elizabeth and Jackson Shore married young, raised two daughters, and weathered the storms of youth as they built a family. From a distance, their life together looks perfect. But when the girls leave home, Jack and Elizabeth find themselves in a relationship that has lost its spark.

When Jack is offered the job of his dreams, Elizabeth follows him across the country. Once there, she feels lost and empty, missing her cottage by the sea. Then a family tragedy turns her world upside down. In the aftermath, she questions her choices, her marriage, long-forgotten plans. In a daring move that will shock her husband, her friends and her children, she chooses to let go of the woman she has become - and reach out for the woman she wants to be. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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By Cas Allas Mazda on 30 Nov. 2013
Format: Paperback
A nice story that allows the reader to weep and feel happy for the characters. I felt very involved and enjoyed everything. I'd like to read another one of Kristin Hannah's novels.
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By hazel carruthers on 8 July 2013
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brilliant story again for kristen hannah,i read everyone of her books that i can get hold of.What a wonderful author she is.
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By Grimble on 18 July 2015
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Only recently discovered Kristin Hannah - such good easy reads.
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6 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Javaslublu Books on 28 Aug. 2008
Format: Paperback
Elizabeth and Jackson Shore married young, raised two daughters and weathered the storms of youth together. But when their girls leave home, they find themselves left in a relationship that has lost its spark
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful, soul-searching novel 23 July 2002
By R. Pride - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Jack and Elizabeth "Birdie" Shore are at a crossroads. After 24 years of marriage, they have raised two beautiful girls and withered the storm of Jack's rise and fall as a football star and his addiction to pain killers. Now Jack's career as a sportscaster is rising, and on the outside, everything looks perfect. But Elizabeth feels she is losing herself. She has raised her children, lifted Jack when he stumbled, and forgiven him for the times he strayed earlier in their marriage. She gave up her dream of becoming a painter because she thought that was what she was supposed to do. But when he beloved father dies suddenly, she realizes how empty her life truly is. And when Jack takes a job that will take him to New York, Elizabeth, for the first time, doesn't follow him and remains in Oregon, hoping to find what will give her her own identity.
Distant Shores is a wonderful, soul searching novel about two people who have lost their way. They're not bad people, and they haven't done terrible things. They still love each other, but as times change and they become different people, they wonder if they love each other enough. Few writers get to the heart of this as well as Kristin Hannah. You will sympathize with both Jack and Elizabeth, understand both their points of view, and hope they will find their way back to each other before it's too late. Very highly recommended.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Just walk away.... 13 April 2012
By MaumelleReader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am so grateful I picked this up used for only $2. Cannot believe how much I hated this book. The story is weak and the characters are just plain gross. What can I say. First, Elizabeth is about as boring and shallow a character as you can imagine. She gave up her dream of being a painter to be a good wife and mother and follow hubby, Jack, around the country while he pursued his dream and, I gather, pretty much jumped on any little ole thing that crossed his path. Ick. And natch, when Elizabeth decides she needs a break so that she can figure out what to do with her empty and unhappy life, Jack can't keep it in his pants for a few measly months in spite of being devastated by the loss of Elizabeth's love and their family. As if all of that wasn't bad enough, the ending was stupid. I'm sorry, there is no other word for it. Stupid. Elizabeth and Jack decide they can live happily ever after and all it takes is Elizabeth following Jack to NYC, enrolling in graduate school, and Jack feeling bad for sleeping with his assistant during the separation.Oh yeah, Jack doesn't tell Elizabeth when they reconcile about his little dalliance with his assistant. So is it just me, but doesn't that seem like kind of a critical piece of information to share if you're trying to start fresh. I cannot imagine that at some point in the future it is not coming back to bite someone in the tush. Man, I seriously just wanted to slap these two people silly and say, get a life, grow up, and quit whining.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Story of a Stale Marriage 26 Dec. 2002
By Mamalinde - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Yes, it happens, and this author gets just a whole lot of it EXACTLY right. I do wish I could have LIKED Elizabeth (Birdie) Shore a little better, "poor little misunderstood rich girl" comes to mind here, though. The Jackson Shore character really didn't have much depth to him beyond himself and his beloved sports. Did he ever really "get it"? Some of the women characters were richly sketched, and the daughters were artfully portrayed as a study in contrasts. The setting on the Oregon coast was well detailed and occasionally breathtaking but does it match the rather tropical looking cover of the book? Just a lot of bits and pieces that did not work for me - the single handed destruction of the dining room wall being one of them. Some of the rough language seems to come from no where and seems unnecessary and a bit trite. Not a favorite book, but Ms. Hannah does have an interesting spin on the staleness of a marriage, what makes a family, and finding yourself again.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
This book is exactly what I needed. 22 Aug. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'm feeling a lot of the same things that Elizabeth (our heroin) went through. I am on the back burner. I'm still raising my children (13 yrs. & 2 yrs) and I have been married for 14 1/2 years. We were married at 19.
My children come first (that will always remain), then my husband, and finally me.
Like Elizabeth, I was feeling like I didn't matter very much. I don't work out of my home, so I felt that my needs are not as important.
After reading this book, I realized that I am a person of my own. I became my own mother and I was feeling unhappy. I DO matter and I have dreams worth following and fighting for.
I see that it's too easy to loose yourself. I'm only 33 and already I couldn't see myself in the mirror.
Thank you Ms. Hannah, I'm learning to find my voice again, and the spunky girl my husband fell in love with.
I love this book.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Ho Hum 1 Jun. 2005
By Wendy Kaplan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio Cassette
Maybe I would have liked this book better if I had not suffered through the egregious unabridged audio, with singularly untalented reader Bernadette Quigley, who, throughout the entire book, put her inflections on the wrong words as though she were reciting by rote rather than looking at what she was reading. Example, "Thank you," Elizabeth SAID.

Once having gotten used to that weirdness, one is blown away by the plethora of cliches contained in only one small book. Middle-aged woman faces empty nest and boredom in her marriage. Husband wants something more. Wife wants to "find herself." College-age bratty daughters want mom and dad to stay together forever so they feel secure.

The middle-aged wife, Elizabeth, was once a promising painter, but of course she got married and gave up painting and yada yada yada...husband Jack was once a star quarterback, but "blew out his knee" and got addicted to painkillers, so now he's a third-string TV commentator in Oregon. He yearns to be back in the bigtime. Yawn. Daughters are polar opposites, but both at Georgetown University, sharing a room (as if!!). Back in Tennessee, Elizabeth's Daddy is almost a mockery of grade C Southern Tobacco Grower movies. Stepmother Anita has piled up hair and high heeled shoes and Elizabeth hates her.

Enough. This is probably an OK book to read on a boring plane ride or better yet, when stuck in the airport. But don't expect a single original thought or word.
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