Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Out of Necessity by John Hansen is the story of a man who was quite satisfied with his existence, but circumstances changed the course of his life and took it in directions he never even imagined. This is the story of Myles Keegan, a man who believes in earning an honest living and being content with it. He works as a logger and is happy with the way things are, even though he barely earns enough to make ends meet. He has a happy life with a wife and a son whom he loves and who love him back.
However, his life takes a turn for the worse when his job and his financial security are threatened. So, to protect himself and the future of his family, he decides to take a risk. If luck works in his favor, he might be able to end all of their troubles, but if he fails, he could lose everything he has worked hard to achieve. What can an ordinary man like Myles Keegan do when he is faced with the threat of losing everything? Can he even do anything about it?
The story is simple yet extremely powerful. Set in 1897, the writing style of the author reflects that era. Nothing was out of context; everything was appropriate for that time period, which I enjoyed immensely. Myles is a complex character, someone who is not that easy to love but his determination is admirable. I enjoyed the way he perceived situations, how he took chances and when he made a decision, he stuck with it. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.