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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Book Review: A Change in Altitude

Title: A Change in Altitude
Author: Anita Shreve
Format Reviewed: ebook
Margaret and Patrick have been married just a few months when they set off on what they hope will be a great adventure-a year living in Kenya. Margaret quickly realizes there is a great deal she doesn't know about the complex mores of her new home, and about her own husband.
A British couple invites the newlyweds to join on a climbing expedition to Mount Kenya, and they eagerly agree. But during their harrowing ascent, a horrific accident occurs. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Margaret struggles to understand what happened on the mountain and how these events have transformed her and her marriage, perhaps forever.
A Change in Altitude illuminates the inner landscape of a couple, the irrevocable impact of tragedy, and the elusive nature of forgiveness. With stunning language and striking emotional intensity, Anita Shreve transports us to the exotic panoramas of Africa and into the core of our most intimate relationships.

My Review: 
I am going to admit, that even as an avid reader, this is the first book that I've read by Anita Shreve.

Imagine climbing Mount Kenya. This is exactly what is happening for this book. A life changing climb with tensions building as the climb approaches.

Patrick and Margaret have recently wed and are in Kenya {which, by the way Anita spent time there as well}. As the time passes, Margaret reaches more and more issues with where she is and what journey she will take on. Biting ants, rapes and things that would not be done the same in America, leave her thinking. She feels like an outsider as the book goes on. You see relationships developing and others being tested.

The climb and Kenya were very well described and you could get a feel for location and characters. I do think there should have been more of a bond between Margaret and her new husband. Their relationship left something missing for me.

At times, it seems there's a search for the author's voice within this book. But it doesn't turn it into a bad read. I do wonder how it would have sounded in first person from Margaret. This book left me wanting closure on several areas of the book. Surprisingly enough, it is a fast read that flows smoothly, perhaps due to author experience, or the desire to find what you hoped to see within the book.

Rating: 3/5

Details/Disclaimer: Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.

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