One stormy May night, just as Tom Olsen is about to leave with his Native American friends to visit his grandfather's grave deep in Washington State's Olympic Peninsula wilderness, he answers a knock at his door to find an abandoned 13 year-old girl.
The girl announces her name is Sarah Cooley and that Tom is her grandfather. She tells Tom he lives at the end of the earth. All she sees is dripping forest, tall trees, rain and wind. Astonished, all Tom sees is trouble. He knows he should cancel the trip and deal with Sarah, but when his friends suggest bringing Sarah along, Tom reluctantly agrees, hoping a backpacking trip might teach Sarah some sorely needed lessons about character, responsibility and grit.
All too soon, Tom and his friends have reason to wonder - are they taking Sarah Cooley on this journey, or is she taking them?
Adventure, scientific inquiry, a tinge of mystery, and a hint of the unexplainable infuse this meticulously-imagined tale. In a story matching the breathtaking scope of its Pacific Northwest and North Pacific setting, Sheldon's tale startles, yet challenges us to think.
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Definitely. I didn't want it to end.
There were so many!
She was the perfect narrator. She took on each character brilliantly.
Strong Heart fits perfectly.
Powerful Story, Wonderful "Listen"
I would recommend "Strong Heart" because this novel is as rich as the finest gourmet meal – and like a fine meal it has multiple layers, varied textures and complex and complementary tastes. This is a story filled with history, myths, legends … all in a way that sounds like truth.
Truthfully, Sheldon’s book reminds me of Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code”. It is that complex and that good.
The narrator, Laurel Anne White, is brilliant in bringing this story to life on the audio book.
I was lucky enough to listen to this while on a roadtrip in the Pacific Northwest. Gazing at the mountains and terrain described in the book while listening may have enhanced my experience. But I believe I would have smelled campfire, heard bears’ breath, and seen the ice floes even if I was sitting on a sofa in Manhattan.
I would have loved to listen to it in one sitting, but loved that I had to savor it over many hours.
I was blown away by “Strong Heart”.
I highly recommend reading … or listening … to “Strong Heart”.
- Diane Graham