Thursday, July 2, 2015

Review: The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall

The Wolf Border
by Sarah Hall

Publisher: Harper
Pages: 448
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  For almost a decade, zoologist Rachel Caine has lived a solitary existence far from her estranged family in England, monitoring wolves in a remote section of Idaho as part of a wildlife recovery program. But a surprising phone call takes her back to the peat and wet light of the Lake District where she grew up. The eccentric Earl of Annerdale has a controversial scheme to reintroduce the Grey Wolf to the English countryside, and he wants Rachel to spearhead the project. Though she's skeptical, the earl's lands are close to the village where she grew up, and where her aging mother now lives.

While the earl's plan harks back to an ancient idyll of untamed British wilderness, Rachel must contend with modern-day realities--health and safety issues, public anger and fear, cynical political interests. But the return of the Grey unexpectedly sparks her own regeneration.

Kritters Thoughts:  Rachel Caine has been living in the states working with wolves and has always put her career first - her mother unexpectedly dies and she finds herself pregnant and not in a relationship so she runs back home to England to start a new pack of wolves and maybe herself at the same time.  

Rachel Caine was an interesting character, but there were some moments where I wanted to pick her up, dust her off and give her a little confidence!  I didn't think she was gaining self confidence at the rate I think she would as she was the team leader of this interesting project.  I felt as though her team and the Earl had more confidence in her and she wasn't seeing it and it was so frustrating.  Besides this character flaw, I enjoyed reading her and her journey.

I loved her team.  They were eccentric and each added to the story.  

The shining stars of the story were the wolves.  This was my second "wolf" centered book and the more I read about them the more I fall in love with learning about their pack mentality and how they survive as communities.  

This book was good, not great, but definitely enjoyable.  I would recommend it to readers who love a story that has a character come into her own when they are older than the usual coming of age stories.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


  1. At this point in my life I think I'd really enjoy a coming of age story with an older protagonist.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

  2. Interesting to read your thoughts about Rachel. I actually felt that she was quite confident, only that she didn't necessarily fit other people's expecatations of what she/a woman should be/do. Maybe it's just that we are so immersed in her view of the world that we see her vulnerabilities and imperfections and uncertainties, whereas someone else viewing her, from the outside in that fictional world, might see a strong and self-assured and successful scientist. But we, as readers, see the whole package?


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