ARC BOOK REVIEW: The Beautiful and the Wild by Peggy Townsend

Publication Date: November 7, 2023
Format: Kindle 
Genre:  Domestic Thriller

Publisher: Berkley
 304 Pages
Buy: Kindle | Audio


It’s summer in Alaska and the light surrounding the shipping-container-turned-storage shed where Liv Russo is being held prisoner is fuzzy and gray. Around her is thick forest and jagged mountains. In front of her, across a clearing, is a low-slung cabin with a single window that spills a wash of yellow light onto bare ground. Illuminated in that light is the father of her child, a man she once loved. A man who is now her jailor. Liv vows to do anything to escape.

Carrying her own secrets and a fierce need to protect her young son, Liv must navigate a new world where extreme weather, starvation, and dangerous wildlife are not the only threats she faces. With winter's arrival imminent, she knows she must reckon with her past and the choices that brought her to the unforgiving Alaskan landscape if she is ever going to make it out alive.

A story of survival in the wilds of Alaska, The Beautiful and the Wild explores the question of whether we can ever truly know the person we love—or ourselves.


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Being held hostage on a homestead in the wilds of Alaska by her husband who is presumed dead caught my attention immediately. This book is not what I expected it to be. It's a slow moving book that deals more with Liv's inner dialogue and finding her inner strength against her manipulative and charismatic husband. I thought it would be more action adventure but it is much more about learning inner strength, standing on your own, and gaining the power to move on. I really enjoyed this much more than I thought I would when I started it. It's a book you have to stick with to see growth. You start to witness someone go from a victim to independence.  It's actually quite remarkable and well worth your time. 

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