Under A Pole Star by Stef Penney

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Read Under A Pole Star Online Free - Flora Mackie was twelve when she first crossed the Arctic Circle on her father's 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.

Title : Under A Pole Star
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ISBN : 1786481162
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 608 pages


Paromjit rated it ★★★★★

October 11, 2016

Stef Penney returns to the Arctic in this intense and epic novel that looks at the darker side of the golden age of explorers in the nineteenth century. It begins with a group visiting the Arctic, amongst which is the elderly Snow Queen, Flora Cochrane, and Randall Crane who is intent on getting...

Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 19, 2017

I was instantly intrigued by the cover and the blurb of the book when I first saw it on NetGalley and I was thrilled to get a chance to read it. However, I had some serious problem with the story. 2 times during the book was a very tempted to give up the book. First, at around 30% and then around...

Sarah rated it ★★★☆☆

October 07, 2016

I have an image of Stef Penney sitting down to write this book. ‘Well everybody loved the cold, haunted darkness featured in ‘The Tenderness of Wolves’, so my next novel will be set in the Artic’. After a bit of Google procrastination Stef hits upon that the biggest book sales in recent years hav...

Nigel rated it ★★★★☆

October 27, 2016

In short - A great tale of the Arctic, exploration and particularly Flora, a character I really liked, a British explorer at the end of the 19th century. In full The start of this book introduces us to The Snow Queen, a now aging Arctic explorer, going to Greenland on another Arctic expedition in...

Maggie rated it ★★★★★

November 22, 2016

What at amazing book! Stef Penney captures the world of the far North brilliantly and lyrically. (Reading it during a cold snap I'm sure added to my enjoyment!) The story follows Flora's life. She first went North with her father who was a Dundee whaling captain and fell totally under its spell....

Gill rated it ★★★★☆

October 19, 2016

Review added October 20th 2016 'Under a Pole Star' by Stef Penney 4 stars/ 8 out of 10 I read and enjoyed Stef Penney's first novel 'The Tenderness of Wolves', so was interested in reading her latest work 'Under a Pole Star' (to be published in October 2016). This novel tells the story of Flora Macki...

Manchester Military History Society (MMHS) rated it ★★★☆☆

December 12, 2016

Overlong, but glad I made the journey. Steff Penney’s epic Arctic romance centres around Flora who spent a large part of her childhood in the Arctic onboard her father's whaling boat resulting in a love of the Arctic and the native people that lived there. An older Flora returns to the Arctic as a...

Joanne rated it ★★★★★

October 25, 2016

Under a Pole Star is a much bigger book than I have read for some time at over 600 pages, but I loved every page of it. Stef Penney returns to the frozen settings she described so convincingly in The Tenderness of Wolves. I was quite surprised to learn that, like me, she is from Edinburgh. I was...

Hannah Eve rated it ★★★☆☆

June 20, 2017

*Contains spoilers* This book is about sex. It’s sometimes about Greenland, glaciers and death. But mostly, it’s about sex. And yet I was disappointed. The sheer amount of sex scenes in the novel serves to celebrate the sexual emancipation of a young and oppressed Victorian woman. Where Flora feel...

Cphe rated it ★★★☆☆

November 07, 2016

A novel set in the Arctic Circle in the latter half of the eighteenth century. Wonderful descriptions of snow and ice, an unforgiving, brutal environment. This story tells of the fated romance between Flora Mackie and Jacob de Beyn. Flora is unusual for the time depicted, no narrow insular world f...

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