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Under A Pole Star
Under A Pole Star | Stef Penney
Flora Mackie was twelve when she first crossed the Arctic Circle on her father's whaling ship. Now she is returning to the frozen seas as the head of her own exploration expedition. Jakob de Beyn was raised in Manhattan, but his yearning for new horizons leads him to the Arctic as part of a rival expedition. When he and Flora meet, all thoughts of science and exploration give way before a sudden, all-consuming love.
The affair survives the growing tensions between the two groups, but then, after one more glorious summer on the Greenland coast, Jakob joins his leader on an extended trip into the interior, with devastating results.
The stark beauty of the Arctic ocean, where pack ice can crush a ship like an eggshell, and the empty sweep of the tundra, alternately a snow-muffled wasteland and an unexpectedly gentle meadow, are vividly evoked. Against this backdrop Penney weaves an irresistible love story, a compelling look at the dark side of the golden age of exploration, and a mystery that Flora, returning one last time to the North Pole as an old woman, will finally lay to rest.
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JacintaMCarter
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The female narrator in this book was great. We follow her through her childhood on a whaling ship to her college days and on her various journeys back to the frozen north. The male narrator was just okay. His storyline focused more on all of the women he slept with than on his own arctic exploration. The best parts of the book, however, were the sections where the two characters were finally together.

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rachaich
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I read Tenderness of Wolves some time ago, then saw this last week in the library. It's a chunkster of a book but her writing is good to read so I'm Hoping it keeps moving.

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JenniferEgnor
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Picked this up at dollar tree today. Have any of you read it?

I‘m always down for anything with Indigenous peoplx and the cryosphere ❄️🤎🐺

TheNeverendingTBR Gorgeous cover! 😍 2y
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Foxyfictionista
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❄️❄️❄️❄️This is a departure from my usual fare but it's really good to step outside of one's comfort zone occasionally and read different things. The story was really good but the problem for me was that I didn't feel close to any of the characters. It wasn't that I didn't like them; they just felt a bit distant. I really enjoyed reading this though and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to indulge in their inner adventurer.

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ReadosaurusText
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A friend just recommended this, and I was able to pick up a copy at the library today! I know it is technically spring, but after a pretty Artic-like snowstorm yesterday, I think this fits the bill!

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BookishTrish
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Book Buying Ban Day Three: no fewer than eight books showed up in the mail; husband questions my commitment. I realize how it must look to him but genuinely forgot I had 8 books coming when I bought half of Indigo in the Boxing Day sales. There is much room for improvement #nowheretogobutup

bunny How long is your ban? I‘m trying not to buy any new books for the whole month and it‘s turning out to be harder than I anticipated. Good luck! 5y
Tamra 😆 5y
BookishTrish @bunny I at least need to finish the 25 books I got for Christmas and my birthday and the 8 that arrived today. So... June? 5y
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Foxyfictionista I put myself through a book buying ban in November and December so now I feel like I'm free to buy the world! 😄 5y
BookishTrish @Foxyfictionista Please do and I'll live vicariously... 5y
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Bookwormjillk
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I had to pick a new audio for tonight's baking binge. This won because the book is so thick I know I won't get to it for a while. Six batches of cookies later I am loving it.

RealLifeReading Ooh what kind of cookies? 5y
Bookwormjillk @RealLifeReading all kinds, but I've been heavy on the peppermint this year. Gingerbread too. 5y
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Wife
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Mehso-so

I reverted to my habit of finishing when I should have bailed on this one. I was about 400 pages in and pushed through. I wanted more of the Inuit characters. And I‘m all for a well placed sex scene, but there were too many and all were frankly boring 😴💤. I give this a generous so-so.

LeeRHarry Mmm I'm wondering if I should take this off my end of year holiday reading pile.... 5y
wonga hi 👋 i have you listed as my person to swap bookmarks with but i don‘t have any mailing info, etc. 5y
Wife @wonga I‘m sorry 😐 that I didn‘t get back to you. I did get your email and will make sure I get on the computer tonight. 5y
wonga @wife no hurry - i haven‘t even started anything yet! I just wanted to connect :) 5y
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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She's a doozy! Clocking in at 580 pages! Looking forward to it.

Wife Stacked! This sounds so so good!❄️ 5y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Wife yes!!! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 5y
mjdowens I am still working on Antarctic Navigation that is about 800 pages, so really good. I stacked this one also🤗 5y
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LeeRHarry I have this on my holiday pile for when I go to Europe this northern winter - looks like a good read - will be interested to hear your thoughts! 😊 5y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @LeeRHarry I'm hoping it's like Eowyn Ivey's To the Bright Edge of the World kind of read! 😊 5y
LeeRHarry @Penny_LiteraryHoarders that one's still on my TBR but I loved the Snow Child 😊 5y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @LeeRHarry I really loved it! (Probably more than The Snow Child!) 5y
LeeRHarry @Penny_LiteraryHoarders ooooh good to know!! 5y
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Rhondareads
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Tenderness of Wolves was incredible can't wait to read Stef Penny's new book.📚😀

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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 5! #BEA17 edition! Flora was 12 when she crossed the Arctic Circle in her father's whaler. The next time's at the head of an exploration expedition. A rival team means to outdo hers, with one Jakob on that team. When the 2 meet, a love affair begins which overcomes all. Jakob eventually accompanies his leader in a devastating interior expedition of Greenland. An elderly Flora recounts the events. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

LitsyGoesPostal 😊👍🏻 6y
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TNbooklover66
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Husband: why are you ordering books from England?
Me: because they aren't released yet in the US. Husband: oh so you've read all the US releases? Me: totally not the point. 😂🙄😮

vivastory You should have said "Yes, yes I have." Haha 6y
Alfoster 😂😂😂😂 6y
JenP I have been known to order the U.K. Editions if I like the cover more 😂😂 6y
TrishB And me - but vice-versa 😀 6y
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Quercus_USA
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Sometimes you have to travel to the furthest edge of the world in order to find your true place in it...
One of our favorite love stories, we'll be publishing Stef Penney's UNDER A POLE STAR in September 2017!

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bookishkai
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My plans for #LitsyPartyofOne. I have to work for a few hours this afternoon, but it's the easiest part of the day: pick Little Llama up at school, take her home, get her down for nap, and then read until MomBoss gets home. Usually I'm done by 3, so then it's home for more reading.

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bookishkai
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Ignore my pigsty of a living room. Life is currently kicking my ass. But I got book mail from the UK today! And yarn (not from the U.K.), but that's not pictured here. These are total #blameitonlitsy purchases. The books, not the yarn.

kspenmoll Both sound wonderful- books & yarn. I prefer reading to cleaning so visit me anytime for chaos! 6y
Tanner Hopefully tomorrow you can kick ass back! 6y
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pageturnersnook
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‪More #bookpost today from the wonderful Quercus #underapolestar by ‬#stefpenney

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bookishkai
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I #blameitonlitsy. Two irresistible-looking titles I saw on here that aren't available in the US, so thank goodness for Amazon UK.

tricours Ooh polar stuff! Now I also need to find this book! 6y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @tricours Polar stuff! Me too! Want! 6y
BookishTrish @tricours @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled.com you should check out Penney's other novels while you wait 6y
prowlix I tend to use bookdepository.com for U.K. options. Sometimes they have prettier covers... 6y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I will! Thanks!! 6y
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Heather_Reads
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I'm in two minds about this one. On the one hand I loved the setting in the Golden Age of Polar exploration; I loved that one of the main characters was a female explorer; and the descriptions of Greenland and all the cold places were wonderful.
On the other hand it could have done with a trim as 600 pages really felt like 600 pages. And the super graphic sex scenes were too many and too long. It felt like a real chore getting through them.

EvieBee Okay, wow. I fell in love with Greenland after reading Smilla's Sense of Snow. Should I give this a go? 6y
Heather_Reads @EvieBee84 I haven't read that one so I can't say whether you'd like this one. I liked this one enough to stick it out (which was tough considering it was 600 pages long), but I probably wouldn't read it again. You should give it a try though for the historical aspect of it - and I did love the writing for the most part. 6y
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nickimags
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That moment when you're in a bookshop and come across a hard copy of the book you're reading from NetGalley! 😃

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Heather_Reads
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I requested this book on NetGalley because I LOVE reading about books set in the extreme cold places of the planet (like Antarctica and it's surrounds, and the Arctic Circle). What I didn't know when I requested it was that it also had whaling in it, making it the third book I've read this year, and the fifth in my possession, that has whaling in it.
Also, it's very good so far.

nickimags I've started my copy from NetGalley as well, hoping I'm going to enjoy it. 6y
Heather_Reads @nickimags I'm liking it so far, but I suspect it's going to be a v e r y slow read. 6y
nickimags @Heather_Reads yes I quite agree! 6y
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IReadThereforeIBlog
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Stef Penney returns to the frozen landscapes she conveyed so evocatively in the Costa winning THE TENDERNESS OF WOLVES with an epic historical romance set among the early polar expeditions. However while the landscape is luscious, the emotionally chilly Flora is difficult to relate to and I never cared about her relationship with Jakob so while I kept turning the pages, I never really connected with the story.