As Far As Far Enough [NOOK Book]

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Two very different women from two very different worlds meet by accident?literally.<br><br> Collier Ann Torrington, a blue-blooded southern Californian, is running from her family, their money and her father?s ruthless political ambitions. Meri Margaret Donovan lives on a Blue Ridge Mountain farm and refuses to see the world beyond her back gate. Their dramatic meeting is only the first of the tests that knock both women way out of their comfort zones. <br><br>Just when it seems like ...
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As Far As Far Enough

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Overview

Two very different women from two very different worlds meet by accident…literally.<br><br> Collier Ann Torrington, a blue-blooded southern Californian, is running from her family, their money and her father’s ruthless political ambitions. Meri Margaret Donovan lives on a Blue Ridge Mountain farm and refuses to see the world beyond her back gate. Their dramatic meeting is only the first of the tests that knock both women way out of their comfort zones. <br><br>Just when it seems like Collier and Meri might find détente, the intrigue and destructive manipulations of Collier’s family threaten her independence and Meri’s way of life. There is only one way to survive the onslaught: together. But Meri’s own shadows of the past threaten her ability to believe in any kind of future. <br><br><i>Bella Books is proud to introduce the talent and unique voice of Claire Rooney to readers everywhere.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016632308
  • Publisher: Bella Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/3/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 448,660
  • File size: 607 KB

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

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    The book shows promise

    Collier Ann Torrington is a fugitive from her own family. She ran away on her wedding day when her father, a powerful US senator, tried to force her to marry a man who would further her father's career. She doesn't have a plan except to keep running so that Senator Torrington can't use his extensive resources to find her. An accident that damages her motorcycle strands her in the Blue Ridge Mountains however and she finds herself hiding on a farm owned by Meri Margaret Donovan. Meri has suffered her own trauma and prefers the life of a semi-recluse, shying away from interacting with the world. These two would seem made for each other, but there's still the problem of Collier's father and the ruthless way he may deal with both of them. With the help of Meri's old boyfriend, they come up with a unique plan that leads to a confrontation with Collier's parents, the shattering of her family and a dramatic change in the senator's fortunes. Maybe a quiet life on the farm will be possible after all.

    As Far As Far Enough is pedantic reading that can provide a couple of hours of diversion. The basis of a good story is there, but the characters are sometimes superficial and underdeveloped. At times the reader doesn't care what happens to them because there is little to no engagement. The solution the women come up with to free them from the senator's control is ridiculous at best and disturbing for its callousness. Without giving away a plot point, suffice it to say that what they do is done for all of the wrong reasons. The different elements of the story don't blend, but come in fits and starts and sometimes don't ring true. When Senator Torrington finally makes his appearance, he comes off more as a Mafia don than a skilled politician. The collapse of the Torrington family is awkward and Meri's behavior often borders on neurotic. The story does have redeeming points however. The plot line, though not fully developed, has some directions that aren't predictable and therefore keep it interesting. The supporting characters are indeed "characters." Aunt Beatrice strikes a nice balance between being shocked and then supportive when she discovers the women's relationship and there is a horse that provides some humorous incidents. The people in the town are perhaps a little too "rustic," but that doesn't mean they aren't accurate to some places.

    As Far As Far Enough shows that Claire Rooney has the basics of storytelling and it will be interesting to see how she develops her skill in later books. The book is a short, quick read and fine for a few hours of entertainment. That's probably what most readers are looking for in the first place.

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