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The Northeast Quarter Paperback – November 15, 2016
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About the Author
After graduating from Stanford, S. M. Harris spent several years as a property manager and working in an art gallery. When he began volunteering at a Santa Monica theater, it piqued his interest and led him on a new path. He moved to New York and became a playwright. Author of the acclaimed Colleen series, his works have been produced off Broadway, in Spokane, Cincinnati, and Baltimore. The Northeast Quarter is his first novel.
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On top of that, this book is dreadfully slow. It’s unfortunately one of those books where if you wanted to, you could skip whole chapters and still know exactly what was going on. It hardly gets interesting until part two, and at that point your kind of already fed up with the characters. In all honesty, not one is too likable. Ann is ok, but even then I never fully warmed up to her.
On the plus, and besides the pace of the story, it is written really well. However, more time could have been spent on character development and editing and this book might have really shined. I also really enjoyed the epilogue and how it tied everything up in a bow.
Ann is 10 when the story begins. Even at this young age Colonel Carson knows he has to make her understand that she is the one to save his land. His intuition and timing are perfect because later in that very same day the Colonel is killed.
Here begins the story, historical fiction, that will endear you to The Northeast Quarter. Ann has ten years of struggles and hardships to try and keep her path to saving the land. Ann's grandmother remarries after the Colonel is killed. That proves to be probably the very worse union that could have happened to Ann. Royce Chamberlin becomes Ann's grandfather by marriage and his holy terror reign begins.
Ann will spend the next ten years, until she is 18, trying to keep up with, defend, and match wits with Chamberlin. She has much to endure from him, but will not give up on The Northeast Quarter.
Ann finds her time and chance to make her move for The Northeast Quarter--the year is 1929 -- the place is Winfield, Iowa--the young lady is Ann. Things will change!!!
Historical fiction - Harris covers many facets of the early 1900's. A very well written book that will carry you through the early Twentieth century in a very personal way.