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Posted February 10, 2012
Unpredictable Story, Great Read!
A truly bittersweet story about one woman's journey through a difficult & unpredictable situation. An inspiring story about a woman named Danica who is forced to be strong & except reality even when life is rough & just keeps throwing her curve balls. This book hits so close to the reality of real life situations & the fact that sometimes you just never have all the answers your looking for. I was hoping for a different ending but this story will take you through many ups & downs as Danica struggles to hold herself together & as she fights to put her life back in order. This book is about love, marriage, lose, sadness, finding joy again, & so much more. I found it hard to put this book down, I wanted answers, I wanted to get to the end.
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Posted February 1, 2012
A story about loss and finding a way to move forward!
Danica Greene 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.
When 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 hit dream, he reveals, and Danica knows that she can't stand in the way. Etsell is on his last flight before heading home when his plane vanishes shortly after takeoff, leaving Danice in a free fall. He's gone, but what exactly does gone mean? Is she a widow? An abandoned wife? Or will Estell find his way home to her?
Forced to search for the truth in her marriage, Danica grapples with the impossible questions about her husband's mysterious disappearance. And when she learns that Ell wasn't flying alone, the bits and pieces of the careful life that she constructed for them take to the wind...
I received Far From Here by Nicole Baart compliments of Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster for my honest review and found this story hard to comprehend. I don't know what I would do if my husband went missing, with no sign of a crash and no remains of a plane, just a big opened ended question much like what Danica is faced with in the book. Not quite knowing what to do or where to begin, she struggles with taking advice from her dysfunctional family who means well and from her surrogate mother-in-law who offers to help her get her life back on track by any means possible. There's even a kind pastor/neighbor who offers to get her mind off things by helping her maintain her lawn without bringing up her missing husband.
This really hits home in so many ways because the struggle by Danica to figure out what to do is very real. She deals with how long does she wait before she must realize he isn't coming back, how does she cope with being alone, and how does she deal with the truth that her marriage wasn't all she thought it was. A very compelling read and one I could not put down until the final page was turned. A believable and well-written story about a tragic loss and how one woman will weather the storm. For that I rate this story a 5 out of 5 stars.
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Posted May 23, 2012
Disappointed! Don't be fooled; this is not an inspiratio
Disappointed! Don't be fooled; this is not an inspirational book! There are swear words, inappropriate gestures and God is a distant being without any true personal connections with the characters.
The storyline is interesting, but I never felt like I "knew" the main character. It was like Dani was keeping a lot more secrets from us and the ending fell flat. This story would have been so much different if God was a main influence in Dani's life.
Nicole Baart's "Summer Snow" series was EXCELLENT!!!! The characters were well written and developed! This series of books I recommend and would consider being inspirational books. Since I read these series of books first, I was expecting a lot more from "Far From Home," and was so disappointed that this book does not even compare to the level of quality that were in her previous books.
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Posted May 13, 2012
When Danica's pilot husband doesn't return from a job in Alaska,
When Danica's pilot husband doesn't return from a job in Alaska, she has to face the reality that he may not ever return. Slowly that acceptance begins, but not before some other realities about her marriage, her husband and herself also have to be faced. With support from sometimes unexpected sources, Danica begins to learn not only who she really is, but also who the rest of her family and friends are. So many things left unsaid and assumptions made over the years have formed her ideas of her mother, her sisters, and her almost mother-in-law. As she learns to face the future without her husband, and eventually starts the process of remaking her life, the support she receives from her family helps her to understand the new life she finds herself living. It is a joy to watch her begin to heal, and to open herself to the possibilities this new future holds for her. I love the different relationships, and the growth and exploration of each relationship. This book was just a beautiful celebration of women helping each other, with a nice male neighbor thrown in for some spice.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 27, 2012
Winsome Portrayal of Grief and Life
Nicole Baart is consistently one of my favorite authors. Why? She captures the hearts of strugglers so well. She mines their inner landscape. And she pulls off surprising, twisty stories that keep me turning pages. Far From Here kept me turning the page. She accurately portrayed the complexity of grief, particularly over losing someone who didn't always do things right. Baart's words represent reality, truth, and the beauty of human relationships.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 7, 2012
Romance with a Twist
Here is a romance with a twist. Through flashbacks, the author tells the story of Danica and Etsell (Dani and Ell)--meeting, falling in love, and marrying while quite young. Ten years into marriage, and Ell, a man who loves flying a small aircraft, leaves Dani, who has a white-knuckle fear of flying, for a three-week business trip in Alaska, and goes missing. The characters are fleshed out so well that connections are made with this reader. The author is adept in bringing characters to life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The story is compelling; I became anxious to find out how the plot ends. The conclusion, although somewhat expected, felt abrupt. This is one of those books, the reader did not want to end.
Some profanity is used.
Reading Group Guide is included. If you're in a book club, this one will definitely help the discussion.
Thank you to Anne Staszalek from AuthorsOnTheWeb for my copy.
Posted June 6, 2012
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