Thirteen year old Leni Allbright hopes that this relocation to Alaska will be the thing her family needs to bring some stability to her father, who is struggling with PTSD from his time as a POW in the Vietnam War. When Leni arrives with her mother and father, they quickly realize they are not well prepared for what winter holds in this beautiful but brutal land. The town's residents step in and help the Allbrights setup their home and land for the winter month's ahead. It seems that Alaska really might be the cure for Leni and her family as they find new purpose on the land and Leni finally feels like she belongs. Unfortunately, just when things seem to be working out for the Allbright family, winter arrives. Alaska winters can be harsh and it isn't long before the danger inside Leni's home is more lethal than what waits outside.
I enjoyed the historical setting of this novel and it really provides an enlightening view of Alaska in the 1970s. The first half of the novel moved a little slowly for me, but the second half kept me engaged and eager to see how the story would unfold. The Great Alone was an uplifting story of determination and the power of love that was a four star read for me.
I received The Great Alone courtesy of St. Martin's Press through NetGalley.