Sere Prince Halverson * Sourcebooks Landmark * February 16, 2016 * 384 Pages
Advanced Reader Copy provided through Amazon Vine.
Kachemak Winkel hasn’t been back to his childhood home in Alaska in over twenty years, not since his parents and brother died in a plane crash. But now that he’s lost his job and his girlfriend has dumped him, he’s out of excuses to stay away. He makes the long trip back to Alaska, and when he finally arrives, his aunt tells him that she never went back to his childhood home to clean it out or even maintain it after his family was gone. Angry, Kache immediately drives to the old house, fully expecting it to be in shambles. Much to his surprise, though, the house is as well-maintained as ever–all because Nadia, a Russian woman hiding from her crazy religious family, is living there…and has been for the past ten years. Kache and Nadia eventually become friends and are able to help each other heal from past hurts so they can both finally move forward in life.
Oh, how I loved this book. The premise of the story is unlike anything else I’ve read before. Certain aspects are maybe slightly farfetched, but themes of love, friendship, family secrets, and abuse are certainly familiar. The story is told from the alternating perspectives of Kache, Kache’s grandma, Kache’s aunt, and Nadia. I fell in love with Kache immediately. He’s got that old soul vibe–like he’s been through some things, but life’s only made him sweet, not bitter. He is the best part of the book, in my opinion. I also enjoyed getting to know Kache’s aunt and grandma. Nadia is probably my least favorite character, but I still appreciated what she brought to the table, and I liked where things ended up between her and Kache.
Overall, this was such a wonderful read. The story is long, but I loved every second of it and was actually sad when it was over. Seré Halverson, you’ve got yourself a life-long fan, my friend. Wow.