Evergreen: A novel

Evergreen: A novel

by Rebecca Rasmussen
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Evergreen: A novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
SharonChance More than 1 year ago
I was so thrilled to hear of Rebecca Rasmussen's second novel, and was privileged to receive a review copy. I knew from her debut novel, "The Bird Sisters," that I enjoyed Rebecca's writing, but I wasn't prepared for the wonderful treat of reading "Evergreen." Rebecca once again brings her skillful style of storytelling to a tale that includes a stirring romance, unforgettable and loyal friendships, and a tragedy full of secrets, lies, and regrets. Set in the early wilderness of Minnesota, this story captures the untamed countryside and the strong and resilient people who set out to tame it. Rebecca's cast of characters are intriguing and personable - I especially loved Lulu, the eccentric but loveable gal who everyone needs as a friend! And I so admired both Eveline and her daughter Naamah for their strength and bravery as they work so hard to find a flittering of happiness and joy in their lives. This is just a magnificent story. If you are looking for a read that will stay with you long after you finished the book, then "Evergreen" is the one for you. I'm absolutely putting this title in my top books of the year!
SiobhanMFallon More than 1 year ago
Rebecca Rasmussen proves her luminous talent once again in her second novel, Evergreen. The story opens with a sleeping girl in a rowboat without paddles, floating down a river that has flooded its bank. This pretty image disguises the destructive passion at its root: earth and trees are violently upturned on both sides of the river, the government’s greed built the dam behind the flood, Eveline’s attempt to row her way to her new husband is dangerous and it’s a miracle he actually finds her. Such is the careful balance that Rasmussen manages to strike throughout: regret with constancy, betrayal with loyalty, rejection with rescue. This tale spans generations, offering a glimpse of an America caught between unruly logging camps, insular small towns, and those who want nothing more but to be left alone to dwell in the forest. Here’s one of my favorite passages, you can see Rasmussen’s resonating, multi-leveled prose, how every word snaps together perfectly: “The terrifying stillness of that moment, the way the wind and snow stopped blowing, the way even the leaves stopped falling from the trees, made Eveline realize what she’s always known. Her husband was wrong about preservation. You couldn’t justify taking a life because it fit squarely into three paper rules. You couldn’t justify taking a life even if it mean saving your own. All you could do was live with what you’d done. What you were going to do.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful book that begins with a young couple setting off in the wilderness of Minnesota. It follows three generations of families in this places, which eventually comes to be known as Evergreen. I don't want to write too much more because I don't want to give anything away. The writing is just stunning! As is the story! My book club will be reading it next month. I can't wait to discuss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book so much!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The premise was good but the execution was poor. I kept waiting for it to get better then I kept waiting for it to be over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A new favorite.....