Here On Earth Pdf Summary Reviews By Alice Hoffman

Here On Earth Pdf is a Contemporary Fiction and Magical Realism Romance novel By the Talented Alice Hoffman.

Here On Earth Book Summary

After nearly twenty years of living in California, March Murray, along with her fifteen-year-old daughter, Gwen, returns to the sleepy Massachusetts town where she grew up to attend the funeral of Judith Dale, the beloved housekeeper who raised her. Yet returning to her hometown also brings her back to Hollis, March’s former soul mate and lover. March’s father had taken the teenaged Hollis, an abandoned child, and the product of a series of detention homes, into his house as a boarder, and treated him like a son. Yet March and Hollis’s passionate love was hardly a normal sibling relationship. When Hollis left her after a petty fight, March waited for him three long years, wondering what she had done wrong.

Encountering Hollis again makes March acutely aware of the choices that she has made, and the choices everyone around her has made—including Mrs. Dale, who knew more of love than March could ever have suspected, and her brother Alan, whose tragic history has left him grief-struck, with alcohol as his only solace. Her attraction to Hollis is overwhelming—and March jeopardizes her marriage, her relationship with her daughter and her own happiness in an attempt to reclaim the past. 

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About Alice Hoffman Author Of Here On Earth Pdf Book

Alice Hoffman
Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman Author Of Here On Earth Pdf  is the author of thirty works of fiction, including Practical Magic, The Dovekeepers, Magic Lessons, and, most recently, The Book of Magic. She lives in Boston. Visit her website: www.alicehoffman.com

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Here On Earth Pdf
Here On Earth Pdf
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Berkley Books (July 1, 1999)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 309 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0425169693
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0425169698
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 6.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
  • Best Sellers Rank: #1,397,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • #11,016 in Women’s Domestic Life Fiction
  • #23,352 in Family Life Fiction (Books)
  • #33,856 in Contemporary Women Fiction
  • Customer Reviews: 4.2 out of 5 stars    706 ratings

Here On Earth Book Reviews

Bianca Gumus

4.0 out of 5 stars Re-telling of a classic
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 22, 2022

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This book is actually a retelling/ take on Wuthering Heights in modern times and what might have been had different decisions been made. Both versions made me sad. This one made me both sad and mad. Great storytelling but I don’t like the interpretation despite the fact that it is probably spot on.

S. Warfield

3.0 out of 5 stars I liked it but didn’t love it
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on July 28, 2013

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“Here on Earth” by Alice Hoffman was good enough to keep me turning the pages, but it fell short in some respects for me because of what I perceived as flatness in the characters. Marcheline Murray, known as March, has returned to her childhood home in Massachusetts to attend the funeral of the housekeeper who raised her, Judith Dale. March has brought her 15-year-old daughter, Gwen, along so that she can keep an eye on her and husband, Richard, has stayed home in California where they have lived for nearly 20 years. Richard is also from the same community where they met when young, but March is nervous about returning. The boy she fell hopelessly in love with as a teenager still lives here and she has never forgotten Hollis, and as she suspects, Hollis has never forgotten her.

This is the story of two lovers who are reunited 20 years after they’ve gone their separate ways and both have married other people. Hollis’s wife is dead, but March’s husband is alive and well. It is also the story of how one woman, who desparately loves a man and becomes consumed by him, begins to overlook his treatment of her and in the end, loses her self. Hollis has raised himself from a sorry child who barely spoke at all to the richest man in the town and county and who owns most of it. Those who used to mock him now step aside to allow him to pass on the sidewalk.

The story of March and Hollis is also the story of many women in society who are blinded by love and fear to believe that “he didn’t mean it” and “he would never hurt me.” With the exception of the daughter, Gwen, I didn’t like most of the main characters. I loved Gwen’s relationship with Hollis’s horse, Tarot, and I think that Gwen’s life was changed for the better by her experiences with this dangerous horse who loved Gwen and taught her wonderful lessons. Gwen is the character who changes the most, in my opinion.

“Here on Earth” is a dark story with a lot of symbolism and also truth in it. Just because I didn’t feel it was worthy of four or five stars doesn’t mean it isn’t, but my reading experience left me feeling that the characters could have been more than they were in this literary novel by an author who has produced many other excellent books.

L. L.

2.0 out of 5 stars This is the 4th book I read by Alice Hoffman and LOVED the others..but
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on April 13, 2021

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I have to admit, I’m disappointed with Ms Hoffman on this one. I’ve loved many of her other books and recommended them to friends. The clue should have been when I read it was an “Oprah’s Book Club Pick”.I don’t usually like Ms Winfree’s books. (No offense to her fans) To start, “Here on Earth” was really “S L O W” and a hard one to remain with from the start. Small town girls doing stupid things they never outgrow from, and everyone having affairs that go nowhere, and women with low self esteem I can’t relate to.. I’ve never understood the “Bad boy attraction” or the abusive, disrespectful behavior March calls “love.” Hollis doesn’t care if her daughter gets hurt, neither does she. I don’t understand the abusive relationships some remain in, and I’m certain this isn’t “love” they feel. It’s almost obvious what’s going to happen before she gets us there (finally by page 134), worse it’s sad, and pathetic to call what he feels for her “love.” Rather this is a typical narcissistic unhealthy relationship on his part of long awaited revenge, that she enables. Why the author calls this “love” is beyond me. This is not “love” this is self destruction and ruin, on steroids, and predictable. Everyone gets hurt but we see that coming don’t we. It should be titled “Narcissist Reunited.”

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