Kristin Hannah always comes through with groundbreaking bestsellers, and Distant Shores is one of her best works to date. This is a moving, thought-provoking and heart-wrenching romantic drama that will leave you speechless. Jack and Elizabeth fell in love with each other and married way too young. Together they raised two wonderful kids - daughters - and managed to overcome every single obstacle in their way.
From afar, their lives and the family that they built look simply ideal. However, when the girls grow up and leave the hometown, the man and wife slowly drift apart. There's a wonderful job offering for Jack, and Lizzy puts her own dreams on hold and follows her man to the other side of the country. But, a horrible tragedy changes her life completely. It makes her question everything she thought she knew about herself and her life - the choices she's made, her marriage to Jack, and the dreams that she never really had the time to follow.
So, she decides to do what most of us are just too scared to do - she roundly changes herself and leaves the woman that she's become over the years behind, turning into the brilliant, funny, engaging and gifted woman that she's always wanted to be. Yes, it comes as a shock to Jack, their relatives, and neighbors, but Elizabeth doesn't even care about all that.
It took her a very long time to build up the necessary courage to go for the unknown, but it's still a game-changing decision, one that she sticks with. She's been married to the love of her life for 24 years, but now it's finally time for her to focus on herself. Distant Shores is Kristin Hannah at her best: it's a brilliant soul-searching novel that's both touching and uplifting. We, the human beings, are afraid to take a step forward and limit ourselves from the wonders of this world, but Hannah encourages us to go for it!