In September 1993, four generations of the Travis family gather to celebrate the 80th birthday of their matriarch, Isabelle. Reflecting on their experiences at the rustic family cabin set on a lake in the Chippewa National Forest, they talk of fishing for walleye, cooking the perfect beef roast, pulling pranks, making love, and living life abundantly over eighty years. Simultaneously heart-warming and heartbreaking, the stories told by Isabelle, her daughter Ruth, and her grandson Eddie slowly unwrap secrets long held secrets long hidden deep in the Minnesota North Woods.
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Whispering Pines was like a warm welcoming hug. It beckoned me inside and offered refreshments. The story was written over a 60 plus year period in the Travis family. Each major player shared from a first person perspective ala journal entries.It spanned from the early 1940's to the present day. I truly enjoyed the extended glimpse into Isabelle, Ruth, Eddie, Eleanor, Kate, Walt, and their spouses. This book felt like a vacation to the Minnesota woods. The lake setting was relaxing, refreshing and homelike. The supporting cast were highly entertaining. I really appreciated the authors self deprecating sense of humor when sharing family stories. I wish I was a Travis.
"Whispering Pines: Tales from a Northwoods Cabin" captures the nostalgia of family and its bonds after those golden years have passed, as it tells the story of Isabelle and the family she creates with her beloved husband, Sam. The book is broken into three parts, with Isabelle's voice starting off she takes a chance and marries a man who is handsome and appealing but perhaps not the best match on paper. However, their love is real and so is their compatibility; together they work hard and build a life that includes a cabin on Lake Dunbar, where they will take their children (including Ruth, who narrates the middle section) and Eddie (who narrates the end). The novel is made up of small incidents that weave together the tapestry of a family, much like everyday life, and includes when Isabelle decides to paint the house pink, family struggles with cancer, tales of beloved pets, and more. The part I enjoyed the most was Isabelle's perspective, perhaps because I enjoy history; reading about her youth and marriage in a different era than our won is engaging, in large part because the author takes the time to bring both the time period and Isabelle alive through description and character development. Reading the book is like easing into your own family, getting to know the different generations and their traits; the story rings with real affection for its characters. While I did find parts of it a little slow, as it's not necessarily plot driven but rather is character driven, I still did like the book as a whole. It left me with a warm feeling and inspires thought about family bonds, growing up, and growing old. Recommended to readers who enjoy multi-generational fiction rooted in family and its importance to living a full life.
Whispering Pines is a great book that caught my attention as soon as I started reading. This book painted a vivid picture of the lake, cabin, and woods that took your imagination along with the book. It takes you through the events of heart warming and heartbreaking events. After 80 years the Travis family knows how to keep the cabin up and change the housewarming traditions. I really enjoyed this book. I believe that this book would be goof for anybody who enjoys reading about different traditions and even just the beauty of nature.
Whispering Pines is an account of 3 members of the Travis family and their trips to their beloved cabin they named Whispering Pines. The first account is from Grandma Isabelle who gives her account of her time at the cabin and the losses and stories her and her grandchildren have gone through. The second account is from Ruth and she gives a different perspective on her time at the cabin, but she also gives different stories. And finally we get Eddie’s perspective. They all have a central theme of how important family is and how to stick together through the hard times. Whispering Pines was a well-written novel. All three accounts gave the novel a different perspective, but all the stories intertwined in a way. All of the characters in the book were very relatable and you got attached to them and felt like they were actually your family. If you like family stories you’ll love Whispering Pines.