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A beautifully written book about love and the arctic,
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This review is from: Thirty Below (Kindle Edition)
Harry Groome has written another fine novel, Thirty Below - his best yet. This is a tale of a sexy young California woman who craves a new life and ends up with more than she bargained for. After a jolting start in Los Angeles which foreshadows more trouble ahead, the story moves to the frozen snow fields of one of Alaska's most remote and beautiful areas. Ignoring the warnings of her Jiminy Cricket best friend Hannah, a cynical South Californian, Carrie decides to take a chance when she meets through an advertisement an attractive slightly older "man of her dreams." Bart, a handsome outdoorsman who wants to withdraw from the world, persuades her to spend the sunless Alaskan winter with him in a small isolated cabin.
The romance of Carrie and Bart is tender and touching and at times highly erotic, but their love is filled with tensions and disagreements stemming from very different perspectives on life. There are other wonderful characters met along the way; Whitey, Storyteller, Feather, Lola the sled dog, and the evil Jake. The plot develops through their eyes. The book's sad but beautiful conclusion is unforgettable.
Groome has meticulously researched his novel. He describes survival techniques long used by explorers and Native Americans facing subzero weather and unpredictable storms; the constant movement of animals that can withstand the cold such as wolves, deer, birds, and caribou; and the interbreeding of wolves with sled dogs. All this and much more reveal the author's love and understanding of nature, his deeply held conservationist beliefs and his appreciation of the balance between man and nature. Groome's use of language to convey the beauty of the pristine arctic wilderness is masterful.
You won't be able to put down Thirty Below. It will teach you many things you never knew.