Sonja Yoerg: The Middle of Somewhere

Ceptance forgiveness redemption by taking a step outside your comfort zone conuering fears of the past holding us back in order to embrace the future and all that is waiting for the taking by simply reaching out trusting Told from Liz s point of view written with engaging iterary prose and stunning metaphors Yoerg takes readers on an amazing journey with an array of emotions of Strictly Temporary - Volume One (Strictly Temporary, loss fearove and hope as she guides with vivid descriptions a nature backdrop setting an adventure both physically and mentally running parallel The characters we meet the other hikers along the John Muir Trail have a purpose We will earn how each person along the trail will play a role in the overall novel A transformation of Liz a rediscovery a ife Cheri Red lesson Can Liz and Dante peel back theayers to discover real Discovering Your Heart With The Flag Page love their true selves andet go of the past holding them back At times a trail is not wide enough for two and someone has to remain behind or make room for the other Sometimes Kingdom of Ashes (Nightfall, life isike an elevator we have to Websters Ii Dictionary, Third Edition, Office Edition let some people off on our way up Meet Liz Kroft age 29 years old a sharp engineer with a rocky past in the relationship department She is complex and insecure about her choices her past and her future She does not trust anyone muchess herself She wants to escape she yearns for solitude to take her secrets and sins with her to bury deep inside the forest A hike is perfect for her mood and her survival from Aladdin life s storms Sheongs to do it alone She does not want anyone to accompany her especially Dante She was excited about planning her solo trip hiking the John Muir Trail the planning and research restored her calm as she studied the weather patterns the emergency provisions and the Daddy Must Die logistics of resupply She immersed herself in backpacking blogs and books about the trail taking her mind off her problems She never fears 18 days of backpacking through an unknown forest yet she fears her own feelings her doubts her sins insecurities and Dante soveLiz was married in the past to Gabriel What started out wonderful ended in betrayal Then there was Dante There is tension conflict between the two As he gets closer she backs away Has she made a mistake He cannot The Message Glorious learn the things she has done She is shamed by her actions He surely will notove her when he O Cérebro de Broca learns the truth Dante follows her even though he is not passionate about hiking however he is afraid he willose Liz unless he goes along and tries to fit in There is tension stress and obstacles along the way as they try and survive not only the journey but their relationship We Damia's Children: Rowan 3 (The Tower Hive Sequence) by Anne McCaffrey (1994-02-03) learn about Liz s past her parents her childhood where Lizearned to keep her own company When she was tired of her books and toys she would disassemble household objects hence her bio medical engineering passion From past to present a beautifully written and well researched novel When fear itself may be bigger than the wolf we are hiding from Liz and Dante must face haunting emotional challenges and at the same time the often treacherous terrain of the wildernessReminiscent of some of my favorites Charles Martin The Mountain Between Us Wiley Cash This Dark Road to Mercy T Greenwood The Forever Bridge Tim Johnston Descent Allen Eskens The Life We Bury Catherine Ryan Hyde Take Me With You Christopher Scotton The Secret Wisdom of the Earth and Richard Paul Evans The Walk Series with the outdoor mountain wilderness setting and the deep human emotional dynamics which connect a compelling deeply moving and emotional rich journey Ideal for book clubs and further discussions with many what ifs and a wide range of perspectives Sonja includes some great discussion uestions to jump start your group Well Done Can t wait to see what s next An author to follow On a Personal Note As an avid hiker cycler and an outdoor enthusiast I Breaking The Curse (Sexy Reversed Fairy Tales love solitude Give me a backpack water books and a trail in the wilderness for the next 20 hrs and I am in heaven Nothing better than the great outdoors to offer a new perspective I find solace in the dark wooded areas the mysterious treesthe uiet the dampness the rich earth streams waterfalls surrounded by God s beautiful nature Given a mountain hiking or bike trail I am a happy camper Of course I prefer a uaintog cabin with a swing in the middle of the woods when spending the night versus a tent Love to spend days hiking alone and cycling through 300 miles of trails however I do take books along to keep me company To me the uiet time hiking on a mountain or cycling helps me recharge so than a day at a A Banquet of Consequences (Inspector Lynley, luxury spa Thoseate nights stranded alone in total darkness in thunderstorms with 4 or 5 hrs to go not so relaxing As you see I made it out alive than once JDCMustReadBooks This is a tense well crafted novel that delivers an unexpected emotional punch I read an advance copy of The Middle of Somewhere and found it to be a uniue novel in the way it straddles the genres of contemporary fiction and psychological thrillers The main character Liz is in conflict over secrets she harbors and is suffering remorse over her past actions She is also in peril due to the challenges of surviving in the wilderness and from encountering some unexpected baddies on the trail Yoerg has done a terrific job of blending these genres to deliver a book that will keep you reading ROMANTIC TAKEOVER long after you should turn out theight Despite the sometimes white knuckled pacing of the book Yoerg also manages to weave in some profound observations about ife ove and the healing power of being in the natural world as Liz continues on her uest to understand and redeem herself Here is one of my favorite passages This was why she had come Not to think or Keeper of the Light learn or seek absolution She had come to enter into a world of pure perception to explore this canvas of gray and blue It was a place beyond reckoning beyond sin If she could exist there she could bear the weight of existence completely inside herself This she believed was necessary forove. Losing him Maybe They set off together alone under blue skies but it’s not ong before storms threaten and two strange brothers appear along the trail Amid the jagged towering peaks Liz must decide whether to admit her mistakes and confront her fears or face the trail the brothers and her future alo.

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35 starsYou re gonna need hiking boots for this trip A potent mix of self reflection adventure and mild suspense Sonja Yoerg effortlessly transports the reader to the varying elevations of the John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada mountains Even if you aren t someone that enjoys camping that s totally me or trekking through the forest there s still something sort of alluring about this trip I thought Liz was gutsy for planning an eighteen day hike alone What better way to face your demons head on and find clarity than to surround yourself with natural beauty and isolation Never in a million years would I personally want solitude to that extent though I watch enough horror movies to know anything could be urking out in the This book turned out a The Homing lot different than I expected However Iiked the surprising direction that it went in The description for the book is rather vague so I suppose anything could have happened and it did I wasn t the biggest fan of the main character but it didn t take away from the story for me I The Women of Easter liked the setting I thought it was beautifully done and I really feltike I was in the middle of the wilderness while reading this book Which is pretty impressive since I am a big homebody and hate bugs but I found myself actually Why Are You So Scared? longing to be in this beautiful forest with the charactersI thought that the elements of suspense were also really well done my only ualm was that I feltike the ending was a The Power of One little abrupt I would haveike a concrete explanation after the huge build up of suspenseOverall this is a good book about self reflection and the wilderness with a suspenseful undertone 355Buy Borrow or Bin Verdict BorrowNote I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review I enjoy books about personal journey how we grow The Wolf Gift (The Wolf Gift Chronicles, learn andove through He Who Dares life eventschallenges There were a few parts that felt forced or aittle much and others where I wanted just a The Thing About December little but overall this book held my interest to the end I could sympathize with both main characters throughout and ultimately gained a deeper respect for both in the end Thanks netgalley for the arc Liz is burdened down with guilt and her feelings need straightened out She decides to hike the John Muir trail and hopefully sort out her past with her widowhood and her recent relationship with another man named DanteThen two weeks before her start date Dante announced he was joining herYou ve never been backpacking and now you want to go two hundred and twenty milesI would miss youDante was that guy who couldn tive without internet service and a clean bed He whined about everything He bought new shoes that she advised him against and ended up with blisters all over his feet I was rooting for her to push him down a cliff Then at the next checkpoint Dante does realize that he is not cut out for the trip and Os Peixes Também Sabem Cantar leaves to go and wait for her He knows that their relationship is at stake with this hike and feelsike Liz is t leaving him She was small and bare and completely inconseuential as was her past Water rock air it cared nothing for her and would not judge her not On this journey she would travel deep into the indifferent wilderness to discover what was possible for her and what could not be undoneOnce alone Liz realizes that her secrets have to be told or that they will plaue her for the rest of herife Dante does join back on the trail with her and he is totally changed in attitude He knows that this is his and Liz s chance and I did come to ike his character than I did the female main character There is a creepiness to this book also with two men that the couple meet on the hike that just don t seem right I m a sucker for a hiking book so I did enjoy this book uite a bit It s well written enough that I want to read from this authorShe had never believed in fate nor understood its attraction But so ittle of what had happened on this hike seemed within her control she may have to alter her view Booksource Netgalley in exchange for review Many thanks to New American Library of Penguin Random House and Ms Sonja Yoerg for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an unbiased reviewWOW This is a most impressive follow up to Ms Yoerg s debut novel House Broken I really enjoyed House Broken but I Stand Up and Fight love The Middle of Somewhere even This is the story of Liz Kroft a very bright 29 year old engineer with a difficult past that haseft her wondering whether she is capable of engaging in a normal happy relationship Don t et this one sentence synopsis fool you into thinking this is a generic plot I ike my women s fiction to have substance and this book has plenty of depth Most of the story takes place during an 18 day backpacking journey on the John Muir trail in the western United States where Liz is Now Is the Hour looking to find a truerife Do not think that just because you have read or seen the movie Wild which I have that The Middle of Somewhere has been done before It has not This novel is a character study an adventure a thriller and a Londons Glory (Bryant May, love story Liz is highly complex and Ms Yoerg gives us a detailedook inside her head by telling the tale from Liz s perspective 3rd person point of view and using flashbacks to help us understand how she came to be the way she is She is a strong independent woman whom I Jingle Bells liked very much She and her boyfriend Dante who accompanies her over a major portion of the trip run into a number of perilous situations and theast 125 pages of the book had my pulse racing The story was so compelling I read the entire second half of the book in one sitting which is something I just don t do I usually fall asleep when I try that As engrossing as the adventurousthrilling aspects of the book are I found Liz s personal story to be the most powerful arc To go into that in detail would be risking spoilers There are other elements I ike about this book Ms Yoerg s prose is beautiful and highly communicative That and the intricate nature of the protagonist If you oved   Wild you can't miss this A troubled young widow hikes from Yosemite Valley deep into the wilderness on the John Muir Trail to elude her shameful past in this emotionally gripping story from the author of House Broken With her thirtieth birthday ooming Liz Kroft is heading for the hill.

Personal issues are two areas that I think are done even better in this book than in her debut novel Further the author clearly did her research She has wonderful true to ife descriptions of the wilderness through which the John Muir Trail traverses I felt I was right there in the scene with the characters I also Knights Templar in Britain learned a tremendous amount about the ins and outs of backpacking I have done many day hikes but hiking 8 hours a day for several weeks is a whole other sport Finally this story is very real including the complex dynamics between Liz and Dante It touched me There was nothing I did notike about this book except that since it is a stand alone I will not encounter these wonderful characters againI am very impressed with Sonja Yoerg She is a cut above in her genre which is a scary good thing considering she has only written two novels I recommend The Middle of Somewhere to all readers of women s fiction and Reign of Fury (Battles in the Dark, literary fiction I will definitely read everything this author writes An easy 5 stars for me This was my first book by Sonja Yoerg but will definitely not be myastThe Middle of Somewhere is a great piece of Nature Cure literary fiction and should appeal to any fans of women s fictionTold from the third person point of view it follows 29 year old Liz on an 18 day backpacking journey on the John Muir trail in the Western part of the US Liz is seeking solitude and a chance to clear her mind but then her boy friend Dante decides to tag along Liz is very independent an experienced hiker and she is harboring secrets that she knows she has toet Dante in on But once these things are out in the open what will it do to their relationship and their future Using flashbacks Liz s past is gradually revealed and we also find out about Dante s history and concerns The plot handles a The Bookshop on the Corner lot of personal family and relationship issues There is than the self discovery and relationship angle as well as the character studies aspect though Along the trail Liz and Dante meet several other hikers that have an impact on this journey There is danger adventure and suspense All the characters feel real and are well developed The plot moves along at a good speed and it was difficult to put the book down once startedThe prose is simply beautiful with vivid descriptions of the scenery Youearn a The Fixer (The Fixer, lot about backpacking along the way I have to say I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book as it is uite different to what I usually read My only slight criticism the ending was too neatly wrapped up for myiking I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review Middle of Somewhere is part self discovery part suspense part One of Your Own love story Liz Croft is relying on the JMT for some self atonement trying to work out her guilt over a act she s kept secret Her boyfriend Dante decides to tag along despite being an inexperienced hiker and you can tell Liz isess than entralled I couldn t figure out how this book would play out Dante making mistakes Liz being annoyed Not in the very Nina least Ioved this book The Super Gran (Super Gran, layers to Liz and Dante are peeled back so carefully that each reveal was a pleasant surprise and kept me turning pages I did not expect to reallyike Dante as much as I did by the end Despite Some people are givers Some people are takers But the Jay McGraws Life Strategies for Dealing with Bullies lines drawn between the two can often be blurred And the resulting pain isike a thorn Legally Sane left in a shirt pocket Aittle too close to the heartSonja Yoerg presents her main character Liz Kroft as a very complicated soul where the waters run deep Liz is approaching her 30th birthday and vows to hike the John Muir Trail This trip has been handcarved by Liz herself A personal encounter with Nature and an embrace of beauty and desired solitude But Liz reverie is hastily sidelined Dante her boyfriend decides to accompany her on this journey Liz is torn between her own sense of alone time and the nagging guilt of Shadowspell Academy leaving Dante s enthusiasm behind right along with Dante himselfWithin moments we realize that there is weighing down on Liz than her 45 pound backpack Unlike that cumbersome hiking euipment Liz has been trekking throughife unable to breathe freely Life has not been kind to Liz and Liz has not been kind to Anna Del Contes Italian Kitchen life The tauntness of theseife strings make their way throughout the story Liz had been raised in the environment of an aloof mother who barely even acknowledged her presence and she is the offspring of a phantom of a father She is a voiceless soulSome may say that Yoerg has produced another Wild in the Dead Center likes of Cheryl Strayed I d say that this book hikes up a completely different mountain trail Oh pun intended Liz who was initially seeking solidarity is certainly not alone here We are introduced to uite a few characters who round out this story in such smooth and jagged ways There is also the creep factor that I totally enjoy You don t have to be a hiker to know the potential for danger on the trailways It s there in the fouregged and the two Murder Moonflowers (The Herbalist legged variety Stick around to find outI absolutely enjoyed The Middle of Somewhere It speaks to the demons that fester inside all of usthe slither of past decisions and events that find their way into our presentives and will eventually poison our waters It s the meeting of minds and souls and the hushing sounds we make in trying to evict them A special thank you to Penguin and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review Talented Sonja Yoerg returns following her smashing debut House Broken with impressive and complex THE MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE an exploration of intense emotions on the road to rediscovery forgiveness and ove A gripping tale of facing the past An unknown wilderness mixed with temptations fears doubts betrayal anger and evil ife its obstacles and complexities storms winds hills valleys and darkness A journey to a clearer path a trail uncluttered Exploring Limits (Exploring Limits, leading to theight clarity a compelling journey to honesty ac. S The Herbalist (The Herbalist literally Her emotional baggage weighs her down than her backpack but a three week trek promises the solitude she craves ateast until her boyfriend Dante decides to tag along His broad moral streak makes the prospect of confessing her sins difficult but as much as she fears his judgment she fears.