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North of the Tension Line

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North of the Tension Line

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<p>Fiona Campbell is a newcomer to tiny Ephraim, Wisconsin. Populated with artists and summer tourists, Ephraim has just enough going on to satisfy her city tastes. But she is fascinated and repelled by the furthest tip of Door County peninsula, Washington Island, utterly removed from the hubbub of modern life. Fiona's visits there leave her refreshed in spirit, but convinced that only lunatics and hermits could survive a winter in its frigid isolation.&nbsp;&nbsp; In a moment of weakness, Fiona is goaded into accepting a dare that she cannot survive the winter on the island in a decrepit, old house.&nbsp;Armed with some very fine single malt scotch and a copy of&nbsp;<i>Meditations&nbsp;</i>by Marcus Aurelius, Fiona sets out to win the dare, and discovers that small town life is not nearly as dull as she had foreseen. Abandoning the things she has always thought important, she encounters the vicious politics of small town life, a ruthless neighbor, persistent animals, a haunted ferry captain, and the peculiar spiritual renewal of life north of the tension line.</p>

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Fiona Campbell is a newcomer to tiny Ephraim, Wisconsin. Populated with artists and summer tourists, Ephraim has just enough going on to satisfy her city tastes. But she is fascinated and repelled by the furthest tip of Door County peninsula, Washington Island, utterly removed from the hubbub of modern life. Fiona's visits there leave her refreshed in spirit, but convinced that only lunatics and hermits could survive a winter in its frigid isolation.   In a moment of weakness, Fiona is goaded into accepting a dare that she cannot survive the winter on the island in a decrepit, old house. Armed with some very fine single malt scotch and a copy of Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, Fiona sets out to win the dare, and discovers that small town life is not nearly as dull as she had foreseen. Abandoning the things she has always thought important, she encounters the vicious politics of small town life, a ruthless neighbor, persistent animals, a haunted ferry captain, and the peculiar spiritual renewal of life north of the tension line.

Fiona Campbell is a newcomer to tiny Ephraim, Wisconsin. Populated with artists and summer tourists, Ephraim has just enough going on to satisfy her city tastes. But she is fascinated and repelled by the furthest tip of Door County peninsula, Washington Island, utterly removed from the hubbub of modern life. Fiona's visits there leave her refreshed in spirit, but convinced that only lunatics and hermits could survive a winter in its frigid isolation.   In a moment of weakness, Fiona is goaded into accepting a dare that she cannot survive the winter on the island in a decrepit, old house. Armed with some very fine single malt scotch and a copy of Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, Fiona sets out to win the dare, and discovers that small town life is not nearly as dull as she had foreseen. Abandoning the things she has always thought important, she encounters the vicious politics of small town life, a ruthless neighbor, persistent animals, a haunted ferry captain, and the peculiar spiritual renewal of life north of the tension line.

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Series Title
North of the Tension Line
Publisher
Beaufort Books
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
478
Author
J.F. Riordan
ISBN-13
9780825308291
Publication Date
June, 2016
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.98 x 6.08 x 1.14 Inches
ISBN-10
0825308291
Customer Reviews
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Top Positive Review
Fiona Campbell is a newco
Fiona Campbell is a newcomer to tiny Ephraim, Wisconsin. Populated with artists and summer tourists, Ephraim has just enough going on to satisfy her city tastes. But she is fascinated and repelled by the furthest tip of Door County peninsula, Washington Island, utterly removed from the hubbub of modern life. Fiona's visits there leave her refreshed in spirit, but convinced that only lunatics and hermits could survive a winter in its frigid isolation. In a moment of weakness, Fiona is goaded into accepting a dare that she cannot survive the winter on the island in a decrepit, old house.Armed with some very fine single malt scotch and a copy of Meditationsby Marcus Aurelius, Fiona sets out to win the dare, and discovers that small town life is not nearly as dull as she had foreseen. Abandoning the things she has always thought important, she encounters the vicious politics of small town life, a ruthless neighbor, persistent animals, a haunted ferry captain, and the peculiar spiritual renewal of life north of the tension line."
Top Negative Review
I was excited to receive
I was excited to receive this book because I live in Wisconsin and have been to Door County so obviously the setting intrigued me. I was sorely disappointed once I started reading though. I only made it to page 159. I wanted to stop before that, but I really wanted to give it a good effort since I needed to write a review. However, my time is worth a lot and I did not want to waste anymore of it on this book. I realize it is an early copy and sometimes those contain typos but this one had more errors just in those first 159 pages than any other advanced copy I have seen. That in itself was off putting and then there was the writing...it was not good. The premise of the story is decent and the setting is interesting, but the writing is some of the worst I have read in awhile and the conversations between characters were awful. Also the characters were not even likeable. You know it is a bad book when you don't care at all what happens to the characters. It is not often that I do not make it through a whole book and I like many different genres, but this one was not worth finishing much less recommending.
Top Positive Review
Fiona Campbell is a newco
Fiona Campbell is a newcomer to tiny Ephraim, Wisconsin. Populated with artists and summer tourists, Ephraim has just enough going on to satisfy her city tastes. But she is fascinated and repelled by the furthest tip of Door County peninsula, Washington Island, utterly removed from the hubbub of modern life. Fiona's visits there leave her refreshed in spirit, but convinced that only lunatics and hermits could survive a winter in its frigid isolation. In a moment of weakness, Fiona is goaded into accepting a dare that she cannot survive the winter on the island in a decrepit, old house.Armed with some very fine single malt scotch and a copy of Meditationsby Marcus Aurelius, Fiona sets out to win the dare, and discovers that small town life is not nearly as dull as she had foreseen. Abandoning the things she has always thought important, she encounters the vicious politics of small town life, a ruthless neighbor, persistent animals, a haunted ferry captain, and the peculiar spiritual renewal of life north of the tension line."
Top Negative Review
I was excited to receive
I was excited to receive this book because I live in Wisconsin and have been to Door County so obviously the setting intrigued me. I was sorely disappointed once I started reading though. I only made it to page 159. I wanted to stop before that, but I really wanted to give it a good effort since I needed to write a review. However, my time is worth a lot and I did not want to waste anymore of it on this book. I realize it is an early copy and sometimes those contain typos but this one had more errors just in those first 159 pages than any other advanced copy I have seen. That in itself was off putting and then there was the writing...it was not good. The premise of the story is decent and the setting is interesting, but the writing is some of the worst I have read in awhile and the conversations between characters were awful. Also the characters were not even likeable. You know it is a bad book when you don't care at all what happens to the characters. It is not often that I do not make it through a whole book and I like many different genres, but this one was not worth finishing much less recommending.
1-5 of 12 reviews

Fiona Campbell is a newco

Fiona Campbell is a newcomer to tiny Ephraim, Wisconsin. Populated with artists and summer tourists, Ephraim has just enough going on to satisfy her city tastes. But she is fascinated and repelled by the furthest tip of Door County peninsula, Washington Island, utterly removed from the hubbub of modern life. Fiona's visits there leave her refreshed in spirit, but convinced that only lunatics and hermits could survive a winter in its frigid isolation. In a moment of weakness, Fiona is goaded into accepting a dare that she cannot survive the winter on the island in a decrepit, old house.Armed with some very fine single malt scotch and a copy of Meditationsby Marcus Aurelius, Fiona sets out to win the dare, and discovers that small town life is not nearly as dull as she had foreseen. Abandoning the things she has always thought important, she encounters the vicious politics of small town life, a ruthless neighbor, persistent animals, a haunted ferry captain, and the peculiar spiritual renewal of life north of the tension line."

Awesome, awesome. I loved

Awesome, awesome. I loved the setting, small island, with some really quirky characters. Brave Fiona to live on the island by herself through a harsh winter. The detail from landscape to coffee house, food and art made for an escaping read and you don't want to put the book down.

A nice, easy, contemporar

A nice, easy, contemporary Wisconsin story that was a breath of fresh air for me. Having lived in Wisconsin my whole life, it was a nice change of pace to read something about somewhere I'd been, and that wasn't all murder-y or filled with jerks. While it may not be a nail-biter in terms of needing to get back to the story to see what happens, it reminds me of more old-fashioned books I've read and loved, in that the whole point is to live life on a manageable scale and to have real human connections and challenges. It seemed very real to me in a way that a lot of other, more-hyped, books aren't. I look forward to going to Door County again, and I'll bring this book with me. A wonderful book by one of my new must-buy authors!

I loved this book. Just

I loved this book. Just read the other reviews and I can't really believe that a few of the readers hated it! Maybe it's the story line that I found so interesting and when I read a book I like to escape into the characters and places. I think the author did a great job of introducing us to all the characters and I found something to like in most of them. I think the descriptions of the landscapes in the story were excellent and made me (winter hater) want to visit Washington Island in winter! I'd love to read more from this author and I'd love this to become a series!

I received this book as p

I received this book as part of LT's Early Reviewer program...and I loved it. North of the Tension Line took me a few chapters to become deeply engrossed, but this lyrical novel set in Wisconsin is a beautiful novel. Fiona takes a dare and moves to a rural island, discovering both a deep peace and facing challenges of making her way in a small, insular community. Fiona and her close friend, Elizabeth, are introspective characters, and some of that threw me off a bit...they are a bit too mature and self-knowing for women in their early 30s, yet they still kept me interested. North of the Tension Line is not a fast-paced, light hearted, beach road, but is a wonderful novel to enjoy and savor.
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