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Sere Prince Halverson is the international bestselling author of The Underside of Joy, which was translated into seventeen languages. She and her husband live in Northern California and have four grown children.
Set in the stunning, eerie Alaskan mountains, this is a love story you will never forget. Step into the home that lay empty for decades...After a family tragedy, the old Alaskan homestead lay abandoned for two decades, until the one person who need it most came looking. What Kache found was more than a house full of old memories and buried secrets: he found Nadia, who had been hiding from the world, unseen, for ten years. Held captive by a past too painful or too dangerous to face, they must now break free from what binds them in place - and face the ghosts that have never stopped haunting them. Step into the house of frozen dreams...
Alaska doesn't forgive mistakesThat's what Kachemak Winkel's mother used to tell him. A lot of mistakes were made that awful day twenty years ago, when she died in a plane crash with Kache's father and brother--and Kache still feels responsible. He fled Alaska for good, but now his aunt Snag insists on his return. She admits she couldn't bring herself to check on his family's house in the woods--not even once since he's been gone.Kache is sure the cabin has decayed into a pile of logs, but he finds smoke rising from the chimney and a mysterious Russian woman hiding from her own troubled past. Nadia has kept the house exactly the same--a haunting museum of life before the crash. And she's stayed there, afraid and utterly isolated, for ten years.Set in the majestic, dangerous beauty of Alaska, All the Winters After is the story of two bound souls trying to free themselves, searching for family and forgiveness.
*** Er schliet die Tur zur Vergangenheit auf - Sie hat sich zehn Jahre vor der Welt versteckt***Der zweite Roman von Bestsellerautorin Sere Prince Halverson nach Die andere Seite des Glucks erzahlt eine absolut auergewohnliche Liebesgeschichte, angesiedelt in der majestatischen, aber auch gefahrlichen Wildnis Alaskas.Zwanzig Jahre, nachdem seine Eltern beim Absturz ihres Buschflugzeugs starben, kehrt Kachemak Winkel, der inzwischen in Texas lebt, zum ersten Mal in seine Heimat, nach Caboose, Alaska, zuruck. Seine Tante sollte sich um das einsam gelegene Haus der Eltern kummern, doch offenbar ist sie trotz ihres damaligen Versprechens in der gesamten Zeit nicht einmal da gewesen. Als Kache sich auf den Weg dorthin macht, erwartet er eigentlich, nur noch morsche Balken vorzufinden. Zu seiner groen Uberraschung trifft er dort jedoch eine junge Frau an, Nadia, die sich schon seit Jahren hierversteckt. Aus der wechselnden Perspektive von Kache, seiner Tante und Nadia wird nach und nach enthullt, welche Ereignisse in der Vergangenheit die drei miteinander verbinden, sie alle gefangen halten. Konfrontiert mit ihren Erinnerungen und Angsten, lernen sie, sich aus diesen Fesseln zu losen. Jeder muss seinen eigenen Weg finden, sich daraus zu befreien.Ein atmospharischer Frauenroman, eine auergewohnliche Liebesgeschichte, die zeigt, wie Verzeihen und Verstandnis und eine vertraute Landschaft Wunden heilen konnen. Sere Prince Halverson ist freie Texterin und Autorin und lebt mit ihrem Ehemann in Nordkalifornien. Sie haben vier erwachsene Kinder. Im FISCHER Taschenbuch erschien ihr Bestseller Die andere Seite des Glucks.
Set in the stunning, eerie Alaskan mountains, this is a love story you will never forget.Step into the home that lay empty for decades...After a family tragedy, the old Alaskan homestead lay abandoned for two decades, until the one person who need it most came looking. What Kache found was more than a house full of old memories and buried secrets: he found Nadia, who had been hiding from the world, unseen, for ten years.Held captive by a past too painful or too dangerous to face, they must now break free from what binds them in place - and face the ghosts that have never stopped haunting them.Step into the house of frozen dreams...
Wie weit gehen wir, um die zu schutzen, die wir lieben? Dieser Frage geht Sere Prince Halverson, Autorin des Romans Das Haus der gefrorenen Traume in ihrem Debutbestseller nach.Ein herzzerreiender, vielschichtig erzahlter Roman. Ein Drama das unter die Haut geht. Eine Sommerlekture, die Sehnsuchte weckt - und am Ende glucklich macht. Ella Beene kann sich glucklich schatzen mit ihrem wunderbaren Ehemann, zwei lebhaften Kindern und Schwiegereltern, die sie wie eine eigene Tochter betrachten. Aber als ihr Mann Joe bei einem Unfall ertrinkt, ist ihr Leben mit einem Schlag auf den Kopf gestellt, und das Gluck, das ewig dauern sollte, scheint vorbei zu sein. Als Joes schone Exfrau, die ihn und die gemeinsamen Kinder drei Jahre zuvor verlassen hatte, plotzlich auf der Beerdigung auftaucht, furchtet Ella das Schlimmste - zu Recht. Sie muss ihre eigene Trauer bewaltigen, darum kampfen, die Kinder zu behalten und sich um das wirtschaftliche Uberleben der Familie kummern. Aber wahrend sie alles daran setzt, alles richtig zu machen und den Prozess um das Sorgerecht zu gewinnen, muss sie auch die Frage beantworten, ob sie die beste Mutter fur die Kinder ist.
May 2012 Debut of the Month. Captivating, beautifully written with a real sense of location this is a heart wrenching story of modern motherhood that is a real emotional roller-coaster. A "Piece of Passion" from the publisher... Dear Reader: The first time I read Underside of Joy I was lying on my sofa at home feeling very sorry for myself, and not a little annoyed when I heard that a ‘hot’ book had arrived in my inbox. Frankly, I’d rather have been drinking a hot toddy and having a snooze… Three hours later, I looked up from the manuscript, got on my phone to the office, and started bidding. Underside of Joy is that special. To my great relief we were able to successfully pre-empt in the UK before our competitors got started, and every day we received news that another territory had gone to auction – the US, France, Brazil, Germany, the list was endless, and within a month 14 territories had snapped it up. So, what is this book that seems to speak to readers so universally? It tells the story of two children, and two mothers. Ella has been mum to her husband Joe’s children, 3 year-old Zach and 6 year-old Annie, for the past three years, believing their ‘natural’ mother, Paige, has abandoned them, and she loves them as fiercely and passionately as any mother. Then the unthinkable happens and Joe is killed in an accident, leaving Ella gasping for air but clinging to her children for dear life. And then, the moment that stopped me in my tracks, and gave me the goosebumps you only get when you read something special… Little Annie breaks away from the mourners at Joe’s funeral, runs headlong and hurtling towards a statuesque blonde, and calls out the word ‘Mama’. From that page onwards, Seré has you in her snare, sympathies switching endlessly between Ella and Paige, emotions being wrung out by this tragic, uplifting, complex and unforgettable narrative. The novel is so moving that, as one publisher in the Netherlands said after reading its pages, “[I] hugged my kids and husband a little tighter, and felt that bit more patient and grateful.” And as you finish reading this journey through the under-side of joy, you are left feeling its polar opposite – pure unadulterated joy. And how many books can deliver you that! Happy reading. Sarah Ritherdon, Publishing Director, HarperCollins _____________________________________________________________________________________ A few Lovereading members have been lucky enough to get to read this novel ahead of publication. Scroll down to see what they think...
No one can love her children like she can, can they? With a wonderful husband, two animated kids and an extended family who regard her as one of their own, Ella counts as her blessings. Yet when her soul mate Joe tragically drowns, her life is turned upside down without warning, and she finds that the luck, which she had thought would last forever, has run out. When Joe's beautiful ex-wife, who three years earlier deserted their children, arrives at the funeral - Ella fears the worst. She is right to. Ella discovers she must struggle with her own grief, whilst battling to remain with the children and the life which she loves. Questioning her own role as a mother, and trying to do what is right, all she is sure of is that she needs her family to make it through each day. Yet when pushed to the limits of love, Ella must decide whether she is, after all, the best mother for her children?
Set against the backdrop of Redwood forests and shimmering vineyards, Sere Prince Halverson's compelling debut tells the story of two women, bound by an unspeakable loss, who each claims to be the mother of the same two children. To Ella Beene, happiness means living in the northern California river town of Elbow with her husband, Joe, and his two young children. Yet one summer day Joe breaks his own rule-never turn your back on the ocean-and a sleeper wave strikes him down, drowning not only the man but his many secrets. For three years, Ella has been the only mother the kids have known and has believed that their biological mother, Paige, abandoned them. But when Paige shows up at the funeral, intent on reclaiming the children, Ella soon realizes there may be more to Paige and Joe's story. "e;Ella's the best thing that's happened to this family,"e; say her close-knit Italian-American in-laws, for generations the proprietors of a local market. But their devotion quickly falters when the custody fight between mother and stepmother urgently and powerfully collides with Ella's quest for truth. The Underside of Joyis not a fairy-tale version of stepmotherhood pitting good Ella against evil Paige, but an exploration of the complex relationship of two mothers. Their conflict uncovers a map of scars-both physical and emotional-to the families' deeply buried tragedies, including Italian internment camps during World War II and postpartum psychosis. Weaving a rich fictional tapestry abundantly alive with the glorious natural beauty of the novel's setting, Halverson is a captivating guide through the flora and fauna of human emotion-grief and anger, shame and forgiveness, happiness and its shadow complement . . . the underside of joy.