Stef penney under a pole star

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Under A Pole Star by Stef Penney

Flora Mackie was twelve when she first crossed the Arctic Circle on her fathers 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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Posted by Mondyboy Dec 12, Book Reviews 0. What could have been a fantastic historical novel about the first woman to chart the North Pole becomes a disappointing and frustrating book about an ill-fated but torrid romance.
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This combination is the true rocket fuel of Under a Pole Star , and what makes it resonate long after the Snow Queen has divulged her long-held secret. As immersive as it is mesmerising, this is a novel that you won't ever forget. A perfect winter read. First of all I'd like say that the stark beauty of the Arctic, it's remote, cold unfriendly and also tender beauty is so greatly described in the pages that, this book can literally transports you to that Having a keen interest in the polar extremes, I was excited to give this a read and Penney's descriptions of the Arctic landscape do not disappoint. She shows there is far more to the northern ice cap than a mere Please sign in to write a review.

Please Note: Items in our extended range may take longer to deliver. Delivery in Days. See our Delivery Charges section below for a full breakdown of shipping costs for all destinations. Under a pole star by Stef Penney 10 August Category: Historical Fiction. Follow your ambition. Follow your heart Flora Mackie first crossed the Arctic Circle at the age of twelve.

An endless expanse of ice, brutal and beautiful. The so-called Snow Queen, fearsome and lovely, the men before her entranced and afraid. Flora Mackie is the daughter of a whaling ship captain from Dundee, taken on perilous journeys to the north as a child after her mother dies. She becomes something of a celebrity after a journalist discovers her girlhood travels and dubs her the Snow Queen. However, the Inuit ways remain more familiar to her than the London to which she moves as an awkward and naive…. Get The International Pack for free for your first 30 days for unlimited Smartphone and Tablet access. Already a member?

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No catches, no fine print just unadulterated book loving, with your favourite books saved to your own digital bookshelf. Flora Mackie leads a remarkable life. Daughter of a whaling captain, with her mother dead, she spent many of her teenage years sailing with him and living with the Inuit of Greenland. When grown, it naturally suits her to join an Arctic expedition with a British scientific team. Though they meet only briefly, he and Flora live similar lives with many parallels and some extraordinary stories. Hardship and determination colour both to the point where it is the Arctic that feels like home and the civilised Victorian world that seems hostile, and it is those sections that I found the most thrilling. Her elegant prose is a joy to read.

Please take a moment to review Hachette Book Group's updated Privacy Policy: read the updated policy here. We use cookies to enhance your visit to us. By using our website you agree to our use of these cookies. Find out more. Reviews Curl up with this stunningly evocative tale about an intrepid young female explorer.

In a way, I am the ideal and worst reader for this novel. So all the pieces were in place for me to love this book, and indeed, there are some very fine descriptive passages and a number of interesting ideas; not just about the Arctic, but about love, dominion, ambition and fulfilment. Moreover, the author has a proven track record, having won the Costa Prize ten years ago. Well, quite. But my curiosity was piqued.

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