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.
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