The author's take on the peace Hannah finds in the great outdoors is a fascinating experience. Sometimes witty, often insightful, Ms. Gross's novel gives the reader an inside view into a young woman's life. But the narrative of her escape into nature is a treat to the senses as she overcomes her body's limitations to find the healing her soul desperately needs.

Hannah is looking for an escape from her demanding boss, her almost engaged sister, Marla, and her hypochondriac father. By all appearances, she is the rock in her family, advisor to little sister Marla, and big brother Ted.

So, Hannah joins the Adventurers' Club, a group of people longing to get away from it all and explore the great outdoors.

What started out as a new way to unwind, the Adenturers' Club ultimately set her on a path to personal discovery and offer solace when Hannah discovers that this time, her father's illness is not feigned. Between Hannah's life in Boston and her adventures in nature, her story and growth unfold.

(Jun., 304 pp., $24.00)

Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick