Review of True North by Beverly Brandt

Review of True North by Beverly Brandt

It was my usual routine to buy for something to read once I received my monthly salary.  After I paid for our monthly bills, I went straight to a bookstore and scoured the shelves for interesting books. I decided to pick up “True North” by Beverly Brandt.

The cover displays a snowcapped mountain, a lady in an office attire, a compass and hands holding it.  It gave me the excitement to flip the pages and read the story inside.

Claire Brown, the workaholic heroine in the novel was impeccably entertaining. She has a strong and lovely personality despite some flaws revealed as I progressed with my reading. ‘

Her ideal romantic and perfect vacation in the Hunter’s Lodge located in Colorado were vanished as she discovered the betrayal done by Bryan, her fiancé.  It was a painful experience but instead of going back home, Claire decided to stay for nine days in the Hunter’s Lodge as what she planned.

There was no room left for her. She was left with no choice but to stay in the room in the garage which John McBridge, the owner, considers as a mere storage room.

It was amusing how Claire handled the situation of meeting everyday her ex fiance in the same place but her anger and disappointments were more powerful than her love for Bryan. She revenged by stealing the things of Bryan’s newfound girlfriend which shows her weak side.

From Claire and Bryan, the story shifted to Claire and John McBride. The relationship between them was rough at the beginning.

They were like cats and dogs most of the time even though they were both physically attracted toward each other. This is something that I find normal between a man and a woman who were trying to deny their romantic feelings by trying to be hostile toward one another. With the help of John’s mother, the issues between Claire and John was resolved.

But, it was not only that. I was also thrilled by the adventures and mysteries covered in the book that I was able to finish the 327 pages novel for less than a week which rarely happens with the kind of schedule that I have.

The following are the insights I have gained after I finished the novel.

Not all people who gives love are reciprocated by it.

When it comes to love, I have my attention towards Claire and Mary Jane McBride, the mother of John. They both have different ways of showing their love to the people that matter in their lives, yet, it wasn’t reciprocated the way they wanted it to be.

Claire worked hard to win the approval of those people who are important to her. She was promoted for her excellence but those things were not enough. Her father was still cold and she even experienced two consecutive failures on her past relationships.

On the other hand, Mary Jane McBride did her best to be a good wife to her husband, and a good mom to John. She had been selfless, yet she thought that she gave everything to her family and received nothing much in return. She felt that her son and husband were so close to each other that her presence was no longer noticed. Furthermore, she reflected that perhaps if she and her husband enjoyed the same activities, she would be loved more.

Being not genuine with their feelings is one of the reasons why people cheat.

Claire has been loyal to her first boyfriend but was cheated. She got engaged for the second time with Bryan Edwards but the latter betrayed her trust. After she discovered the truth about Bryan and his newfound girlfriend, she felt that love was not meant for her.

A person becomes workaholic because of some needs that were not met.

John McBride dislikes workaholic persons.He dislikes his mom for being a person too obsessed with her company. Claire for him was just like his materialistic ex-wife and workaholic mom.

Two factors molded Claire as a woman who was all the time engrossed in her work. The first one was her father who misunderstood her when she rejected to get married to her first boyfriend. The second factor was her failed relationships from the past. Her career becomes her outlet to forget those frustrating experiences.

As the story progresses, the reasons behind their attitude toward their jobs unfold. Both Claire and Mary Jane McBride felt that they were only recognized because of their job. Their lives belong to the companies they were working with because it is only on those companies they felt appreciated.

True North is a mixture of romance, action, drama, and suspense. To cap it all off, it is for me is an impressive novel which will not let you get bored reading. It was successful in  capturing my attention from the very first chapter up to the last. In fact, each page has its ability to stir someone’s emotion of happiness, love, betrayal, fear, anger, failure, and victory. It has now its place as one my favorites for 2017.

Have you read the same novel? Let me know your thoughts on the comment section below.

Review True North by Bervely Brandt

 

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Ana Rose Alvaro

Ana Rose was born and raised in the Philippines. A full-time teacher and a part-time student. She loves her simple and yet adventurous life with her wonderful family, great friends, and supportive boyfriend. Roads and Pages serves as her outlet to share what she loves to do the most in her life. Those are spending time with people who matter the most, reading books, and traveling one country at a time.

34 comments

  1. I am not familiar with this author so I haven’t read this book. I love your review of it, very thorough. It sounds very interesting and like something that I would enjoy reading. I’m hoping to get better at making time to read this year!

  2. I can relate to this unfortunately. I haven’t heard of this book before, but I tend to find myself obsessed when working. I was recently laid off, and as a single mom, that’s scary. I’m the only income to support my son and I. So, trying to get my business off the ground is a priority.

  3. Great review! I haven’t heard of this book before. I really enjoyed reading about the things the book made you reflect on. It’s amazing how much books make us think about love, human nature and life in general.

  4. Sounds like an interesting read. I love to read a good emotional story. It’s been a long time since I read a romance book. With summer coming, I’ll be looking for some good books to read while camping.

  5. Thanks for the detailed review of this book! Its really difficult to find a book that catches you right from the beginning! I don’t usually read outside my zone of paranormal romance, but this looks like a fun read as I am trying to expand my love for reading into different genres!

  6. It seems to be such an interesting book. I love reading romance novels. It would be even better there are some suspense elements in it. I am always looking for books to be put on my reading list. Great sharing!

  7. It’s true that when one has unmet needs or unresolved issues, it is easy to throw oneself headlong into work, as an escape or distraction. I like how you tied the various characters under various themes in the story.

  8. I love your review of this book. I don’t get to read a lot of fiction stories these days, just so much work to do, my day is pretty much all-consuming. I will try to see if I can find some time to read this book though – based on your description, this is the kind of story that I would love reading, I think.

  9. I have not read True North nor have I read anything by Beverly Brandt. I have recently gotten back into fictional reading after a long drought. I am looking forward to adding this one to my tall wishlist.

  10. This sounds like a really good book. I’ll have to add it to my list of books to read. Reading is one of my favorite things to do!

  11. I hadn’t heard of this book but that’s an interesting insight into why people become workaholics. I like the title too!

  12. This sounds like a great book. I’ve been loading up my kindle for the long flight to Beijing ahead–I’ll add this to the list. Great review!

  13. It sounds like a good book with relatable characters – Or at least themes we can relate to. I used to read a book a week, but I’ve fallen woefully behind. Maybe this will inspire me to commit to reading this evening!

  14. Thanks for the review. This sounds like a good read. I like that it is multi-faceted. I’m always looking for a good read. Might have to pick this one up.

  15. It sounds like life to me. We came here for the journey not the destination and this appears to be tone of this book. Btw, please accept this as constructive criticism, but you should proofread your posts before you publish. We can all by guilty of this including myself. I know if I’m in a hurry or I’m distracted my writing failed to be polished. I can see you like writing very much. Write for the reader.

  16. I enjoyed your review and your insight into the characters. And kudos to Brandt who showing the flaws in her female lead,far too often romance writers have Barbie and Ken type of people who can do no wrong. Makes for a boring read.

  17. This novel sounds close to home for me. I know I’ve been guilty of being a workaholic. I love what I do, so the lines sometimes gets blurred. But spending quality time with my love is always appreciated. And make time to read more. This novel will probably be on my summer reading list when I finally take a holiday 🙂

  18. I’m glad you liked this book! I haven’t heard of it but it sounds like it has an interesting romance. I tend to read mystery stories myself. Agatha Christie is my all-time favorite but I am always looking for others.

  19. Seems like an interesting read. I like novels as well that show different emotions but in the end, love still prevails. Used to read a lot of romance novels but all my purchases went left unattended now that I am busy with my 18-month old son. I hope to regain my interest in reading, and True North migjt help me.

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