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Monday, February 13, 2012

Far From Here

About The Book:

How long do you hold on to hope?
Danica Greene has always hated flying, so it was almost laughable that the boy of her dreams was a pilot. She married him anyway and together, she and Etsell settled into a life where love really did seem to conquer all. Danica is firmly rooted on the ground in Blackhawk, the small town in northern Iowa where they grew up, and the wide slashes of sky that stretch endlessly across the prairie seem more than enough for Etsell.
But when the opportunity to spend three weeks in Alaska helping a pilot friend presents itself, Etsell accepts and their idyllic world is turned upside down. It’s his dream, he reveals, and Danica knows that she can’t stand in the way. Ell is on his last flight before heading home when his plane mysteriously vanishes shortly after takeoff, leaving Danica in a free fall. Etsell is gone, but what exactly does gone mean? Is she a widow? An abandoned wife? Or will Etsell find his way home to her?
Danica is forced to search for the truth in her marriage and treks to Alaska to grapple with the unanswerable questions about her husband’s mysterious disappearance. But when she learns that Ell wasn’t flying alone and that a woman is missing, too, the bits and pieces of the careful life that she had constructed for them in Iowa take to the wind.
A story of love and loss, and ultimately starting over, Far From Here explores the dynamics of intimacy and the potentially devastating consequences of the little white lies we tell the ones we love.

Cafe Lily's Review:
I wanted to love everything about this book.  When I read the synopsis, the plot fascinated me and I wanted to find out more about this couple, and in particular, the main character Danica, whose husband goes missing.   But for some reason, I was never able to connect with the story or the characters.   I made myself finish the book and felt completely frustrated at the end.  I'm not sure why it didn't work for me, other than the dysfunction of Danica's family completely overwhelmed the main story at times.  It reads a bit choppy and the back and forth between Danica's past memories and her present situation, felt "off" to me.   I was distracted a lot of the time and just could not get into this story, hard as I tried.

Conservative readers need to be aware that although Nicole has written Christian fiction in the past,  this title is NOT marketed in that genre, and there is some profanity in this book.  Personally, I was disappointed by that choice but it *is* hers to make and she in no way misleads her readers into thinking it is something different.   Check out her statement about the new book here

Disclosure of Material Connection:
I received this book free from Howard Books.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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