Sonja Yoerg: The Middle of Somewhere

S that felt forced or a little much and others where I wanted just a little but overall this book held my interest to the nd I could sympathize with both main characters throughout and ultimately gained a deeper respect for both in the OBaby end Thanks netgalley for the arc This book turned out a lot different than Ixpected However I liked the surprising direction that it went in The description for the book is rather vague so I suppose anything could have happened and it did I wasn t the biggest fan of the main character but it didn t take away from the story for me I liked the setting I thought it was beautifully done and I really felt like I was in the middle of the wilderness while reading this book Which is pretty impressive since I am a big homebody and hate bugs but I found myself actually longing to be in this beautiful forest with the charactersI thought that the Nerds elements of suspense were also really well done my only ualm was that I felt like thending was a little abrupt I would have like a concrete Zack (Areion Fury MC explanation after the huge build up of suspenseOverall this is a good book about self reflection and the wilderness with a suspenseful undertone 355Buy Borrow or Bin Verdict BorrowNote I received this book for free inxchange for an honest review 35 starsYou re gonna need hiking boots for this trip A potent mix of self reflection adventure and mild suspense Sonja Yoerg Shadow on the Crown (The Emma of Normandy Trilogy, effortlessly transports the reader to the varyinglevations of the John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada mountains Even if you aren t someone that ContamiNation enjoys camping that s totally me or trekking through the forest there s still something sort of alluring about this trip I thought Liz was gutsy for planning anighteen day hike alone What better way to face your demons head on and find clarity than to surround yourself with natural beauty and isolation Never in a million years would I personally want solitude to that Taxi ins Glück extent though I watchnough horror movies to know anything could be lurking out in the woodsMuch to my relief but definitely not Liz s her boyfriend Dante nds up crashing the trip She couldn t open up her mouth and tell him that though She completely sucks at being vulnerable and honestly it makes it hard to connect with her on some levels The miles on her feet the asier it gets for Liz to blurt out the secrets that have been Losing My Virginity and Other Dumb Ideas eating away at her That was just one of the many fears she had to face along the trailThings take a bit of a sinister turn when two creepy brothers start popping up at different points along the way The lesson to learn here trust your instincts and run It s better to survive than to take a risk and ignore bad vibes I thoroughlynjoy suspense and while that s not what I The Magic Rolling Pin expected when I picked this up I wish that aspect of the storyline had been amped up a notch I felt like the author was teasing me With bated breath I waited for something big to happen but she failed to fully deliver It all sort of fell flat in thendThere s no doubt this is an atmospheric read The vivid descriptions of the scenery make it Indecent... Exposure (Indecent, easy to conjure up the trails streams and campsites along the way For the setup of the story it was great but after awhile the momentum of the story gets lost among all of those details I found myself wanting to skip ahead in search of dialogue or one of Liz s flashbacks It just became too much for me That s not to say I didn tnjoy this trip it just wasn t my favorite vacation. Losing him Maybe They set off together alone under blue skies but it’s not long before storms threaten and two strange brothers appear along the trail Amid the jagged towering peaks Liz must decide whether to admit her mistakes and confront her fears or face the trail the brothers and her future alo.

Middle of Somewhere is part self discovery part suspense part love story Liz Croft is relying on the JMT for some self atonement trying to work out her guilt over a act she s kept secret Her boyfriend Dante decides to tag along despite being an inexperienced hiker and you can tell Liz is less than Not Without a Fight entralled I couldn t figure out how this book would play out Dante making mistakes Liz being annoyed Not in the very least I loved this book The layers to Liz and Dante are peeled back so carefully thatach reveal was a pleasant surprise and kept me turning pages I did not Garden Bouquets and Beyond expect to This was my first book by Sonja Yoerg but will definitely not be my lastThe Middle of Somewhere is a great piece of literary fiction and should appeal to any fans of women s fictionTold from the third person point of view it follows 29 year old Liz on an 18 day backpacking journey on the John Muir trail in the Western part of the US Liz is seeking solitude and a chance to clear her mind but then her boy friend Dante decides to tag along Liz is very independent anxperienced hiker and she is harboring secrets that she knows she has to let Dante in on But once these things are out in the open what will it do to their relationship and their future Using flashbacks Liz s past is gradually revealed and we also find out about Dante s history and concerns The plot handles a lot of personal family and relationship issues There is than the self discovery and relationship angle as well as the character studies aspect though Along the trail Liz and Dante meet several Many thanks to New American Library of Penguin Random House and Ms Sonja Yoerg for an ARC of this novel in The Unseen Wonder exchange for an unbiased reviewWOW This is a most impressive follow up to Ms Yoerg s debut novel House Broken I reallynjoyed House Broken but I love The Middle of Somewhere The Management Bible even This is the story of Liz Kroft a very bright 29 year oldngineer with a difficult past that has left her wondering whether she is capable of Zu schnell engaging in a normal happy relationship Don t let this one sentence synopsis fool you into thinking this is a generic plot I like my women s fiction to have substance and this book has plenty of depth Most of the story takes place during an 18 day backpacking journey on the John Muir trail in the western United States where Liz is looking to find a truer life Do not think that just because you have read or seen the movie Wild which I have that The Middle of Somewhere has Liz is burdened down with guilt and her feelings need straightened out She decides to hike the John Muir trail and hopefully sort out her past with her widowhood and her recent relationship with another man named DanteThen two weeks before her start date Dante announced he was joining herYou ve never been backpacking and now you want to go two hundred and twenty milesI would miss youDante was that guy who couldn t live without internet service and a clean bed He whined aboutverything He bought new shoes that she advised him against and Sleepless (Bird of Stone, ended up with blisters all over his feet I was rooting for her to push him down a cliff Then at the next checkpoint Dante does realize that he is not cut out for the trip and leaves to go and wait for her He knows that their relationship is at stake with this hike and feels like Liz is leaving him She was small and bare and completely inconseuential as was her past Water rock air it cared nothing for her and would not judge her not On If you loved   Wild you can't miss this A troubled young widow hikes from Yosemite Valley deep into the wilderness on the John Muir Trail tolude her shameful past in this motionally gripping story from the author of House Broken With her thirtieth birthday looming Liz Kroft is heading for the hill.

His journey she would travel deep into the indifferent wilderness to discover what was possible for her and what could not be undoneOnce alone Liz realizes that her secrets have to be told or that they will plaue her for the rest of her life Dante does join back on the trail with her and he is totally changed in attitude He knows that this is his and Liz s chance and I did come to like his character than I did the female main character There is a creepiness to this book also with two men that the couple meet on the hike that just don t seem right I m a sucker for a hiking book so I did njoy this book uite a bit It s well written nough that I want to read from this authorShe had never believed in fate nor understood its attraction But so little of what had happened on this hike seemed within her control she may have to alter her view Booksource Netgalley in xchange for review This is a tense well crafted novel that delivers an unexpected Invisible (The Curse of Avalon emotional punch I read an advance copy of The Middle of Somewhere and found it to be a uniue novel in the way it straddles the genres of contemporary fiction and psychological thrillers The main character Liz is in conflict over secrets she harbors and is suffering remorse over her past actions She is also in peril due to the challenges of surviving in the wilderness and fromncountering some unexpected baddies on the trail Yoerg has done a terrific job of blending these genres to deliver a book that will keep you reading long after you should turn out the light Despite the sometimes white knuckled pacing of the book Yoerg also manages to weave in some profound observations about life love and the healing power of being in the natural world as Liz continues on her uest to understand and redeem herself Here is one of my favorite passages This was why she had come Not to think or learn or seek absolution She had come to Yummy Supper enter into a world of pure perception toxplore this canvas of gray and blue It was a place beyond reckoning beyond sin If she could xist there she could bear the weight of xistence completely inside herself This she believed was necessary for love A special thank you to Penguin and NetGalley for an ARC in Deep Listening exchange for an honest review Talented Sonja Yoerg returns following her smashing debut House Broken with impressive and complex THE MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE anxploration of intense motions on the road to rediscovery forgiveness and love A gripping tale of facing the past An unknown wilderness mixed with temptations fears doubts betrayal anger and vil life its obstacles and complexities storms winds hills valleys and darkness A journey to a clearer path a trail uncluttered leading to the light clarity a c Some people are givers Some people are takers But the lines drawn between the two can often be blurred And the resulting pain is like a thorn left in a shirt pocket A little too close to the heartSonja Yoerg presents her main character Liz Kroft as a very complicated soul where the waters run deep Liz is approaching her 30th birthday and vows to hike the John Muir Trail This trip has been handcarved by Liz herself A personal Evolution, Me Other Freaks of Nature encounter with Nature and anmbrace of beauty and desired solitude But Liz reverie is hastily sidelined Dante her boyfriend decides to accompany her on this journey Liz is torn between her ow I njoy books about personal journey how we grow learn and love through life ventschallenges There were a few part. S literally Her motional baggage weighs her down than her backpack but a three week trek promises the solitude she craves at least until her boyfriend Dante decides to tag along His broad moral streak makes the prospect of confessing her sins difficult but as much as she fears his judgment she fears.

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