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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (620 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Crook Narrator: Kimberly Farr Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2006 ISBN:
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Meg Mabry has spent her life with her back turned to her legendary family legacy. In the 1890s her great-grandmother Hannah Bass composed starkly revealing diaries of her life on the southwestern frontier, first as a Harvey Girl at the glamorous Montezuma Resort in New Mexico and later as the wife of brilliant, and often-absent, railway engineer Eliott Bass. A generation later, Hannah's daughter, Claudia Bass, renowned historian known to all as Bassie, staked her academic career and reputation on these vibrant accounts, editing and publishing them to great acclaim. Thanks to the journals and to the industry Bassie created around them, Hannah would forever be one of the most romantic and famous figures of southwestern history.

Meg, however, Bassie's granddaughter, finds the family lore oppressive. When an excavation on the old Bass family property beckons a now-elderly and viper-tongued Bassie back to the fabled land of her childhood, Meg only grudgingly consents to accompany her. Determined not to live under the shadow of her ancestry, Meg has never even read the journals. But when an unexpected discovery casts doubt on the history recorded in their pages and harbored in Bassie's memories, Meg finally succumbs to the allure of her great grandmother's story and ventures even deeper into Hannah's life to unlock the mystery at the journal's core.

Reminiscent of Carol Shields' The Stone Diaries and the novels of Anita Shreve, The Night Journal is an enthralling tale in which Indian ruins, majestic desert hotels, and the hardship and boldness of frontier life fit seamlessly with a modern-day story of coming to terms with loss, family secrets, and shattering truths that lie shrouded in memory.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/14/2014

    " Crook details an interesting history of the "Harvey Girls" who weren't sent to small western towns to serve meals to train passangers in resturants called Harvey Houses. An interesting story of family history and how some truths are worth searching for, even if they change our perceptions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia | 2/3/2014

    " Another slow starting book, but ended up being a really good story. The book is actually two stories intertwined into one and very well done. I enjoy the historical lessons of New Mexico in the late 1800's and the guessing game played with the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mabeo | 1/27/2014

    " I bought this book at a library book sale and it was pretty good. Kind of one of those easy books you pick up for a trip or an airplane ride. It was about a family in early 1900s out west. The plot includes some parts of the Mountain Meadows Massacre, not a pretty time in Mormon History but I didn't object to the way they included it. I don't know all the history there but it seems like they got most of it right. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Samaire | 1/24/2014

    " I like the premise of the novel, but I'm not so sure about the execution. Written in both journal form and traditional modern novel, Meg travels to New Mexico with her grandmother on what appears to be a first glance is a pointless trip to retrieve dog bones. The trip then turns into a quest to find the truth behind her great grandmother's very public and published life. Meg finds the answers, often at great cost with very little reward. I think the author wanted to convey the importance of facing one's past and one's family's past, but was unsuccessful in the attempt. I cannot see what was gained through Meg's knowledge except more pain. The story line was hard to get into, but kept me intrigued enough to finish and that's about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 1/21/2014

    " A very good read if not a bit slow/meandering at times, especially towards the first half of the story. The tale takes a while to tell, as a lot of set up is given to establish Meg, Bassie, Hannah's history and they all relate to each other. In my opinion, the journal parts of the book are the most intriguing, as they put the reader directly in line with those experiencing history (Hannah and Elliott). The book, and perhaps larger Western drama, attempts to present a reasonably accurate depiction of the events, emotions, and hazards experienced by pioneers and travelers as they struck out West in search of opportunity and adventure. After reading this, a definite draw of the Western genre would be the setting itself. A significant amount of the text is given over to painting the landscape and sky and helping create the world that will serve as a backdrop for - and it's so large at times, it feel as though it's in itself a character - of the story. Another draw includes the myriad of detail and attention paid to the setting Old West, like cultural and national politics historical events like the Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857. Through her story, Crook presents how those in history are affected by the events surrounding them and echo through their lives. One could also argue that perhaps the appeal lies in the fact that despite the passage of time, people experience the same emotions - hope, betrayal, love, and guilt - as they go through their lives. The past is also never really the past and despite our best efforts continues to influence and shape us, rippling down through time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary sipp rigby | 1/20/2014

    " o so good 20006 , martha must read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pancha | 12/29/2013

    " This book does a good job of balancing between the two times interwoven in the narrative. Usually I feel like the past is preferenced in this type of book, but the modern day held its own. Under the Banner of Heaven is an odd companion piece to this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary-kate | 12/16/2013

    " I learned that I love historical fiction!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 12/6/2013

    " Facinating book that I found on the bargain book shelf. The stories of several generations of a family are intertwined with the history of New Mexico. The descriptions are vivid and the characters real. Add some twists of the plot and you have this great find. I highly recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Norma | 11/12/2013

    " A good book. I just couldn't give it 4 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 10/31/2013

    " Intense book that is an interesting mixture of history, mystery, and several love stories. I thought the character of Bassie and her daughter were a bit too exaggerated, but really enjoyed this book overall. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katy | 9/9/2013

    " Run of the mill. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Terrill | 8/14/2013

    " Historical novel with way too many details of turn-of-the century life in New Mexico added just so we can see how good the author was at reading her microfiche newspapers. I stopped reading halfway through, but then skimmed the rest to assauge my curiosity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tfalcone | 5/20/2013

    " Intriguing,especially since I stayed in all the places where this book is set. If your IB training was in New Mexico, you should like this book. The ending was ...different, overall a decent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Delacruz | 4/6/2013

    " I enjoyed this book where it is a nice story about a woman who learns about her family past and unfolds a mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 3/17/2013

    " Between 3 and 4 stars, good story, some characters I didn't like "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosie | 2/25/2013

    " I loved it! Thanks to sis for recommendation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia Scott | 2/10/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. A fascinating tale of three women spanning three generations, historical events in the founding of New Mexico, cultural clashes, and a family mystery that archeology might be able to solve. Lots of twists and turns. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 11/19/2012

    " Interesting mix of historical fiction, mystery and family relationships. Learned about the Harvey girls in New Mexico. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki | 11/6/2012

    " A woman with a complicated family history discovers new things about it after her grandmother's death. Numerous historical flashbacks. Good for people interested in the Southwest and in genealogy/family history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marsha | 3/26/2012

    " very good book - easy read - interesting how the story pans out "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 12/12/2011

    " Meg's difficult grandmotherr wants her to read the journals her great-grandmother wrote. Meg resists but is finally drawn in and as usual, all is not what it seemed to be. Again the theme is driven home that you don't know (as in appreciate or treasure) what you have until you don't have it anymore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 6/22/2011

    " I enjoyed this novel as it went back and forth between present characters and those from the past. The characters from the past told their story through a journal. There was a nice twist at the end that keep readers guessing as to what really happened in the past. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 5/23/2011

    " This was our April/May selection, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Although we decided on it because of it's New Mexico connection, I would have enjoyed it even without it. The story of two women connected through family, but separated by generations, was both educational and heart-warming. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne Brookfield | 4/26/2011

    " Mesmerizing read. History. Love story. Mystery. This book reminded me of Wallace Stegner's magnificent novel CROSSING TO SAFTY because the land of the southwest (New Mexico) is an important character in the book. A beautifully written novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne | 3/27/2011

    " As many others have said, the author should have stuck with the historical story. The modern-day romance was just silly and predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 12/27/2010

    " I thought the story was just OK. None of the characters was particularly likable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Norma | 12/2/2010

    " A good book. I just couldn't give it 4 stars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Magic Mary | 10/18/2010

    " I know I read this book, but the fact that I am drawing a blank about it a month later doesn't say much good about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 8/27/2010

    " Good historical fiction story. I found I could not put it down. The book ran on a bit, but overall a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dereka | 8/19/2010

    " Another book I borrowed on my bike ride and perhaps the one I liked above all the others-- and there were none that I have up on or regretted reading. A little bit of history, a little bit of mystery, really well written. I highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 7/22/2010

    " Great story -- shocked by the very real history woven into the story re: the White Trails massacre....ugly. "

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