Sixteen years ago, a tragic accident cost Emma Metz her two best friendsone human and one equine. Now, following her father’s death, Emma has reluctantly returned to the Maryland hometown she’d left under a cloud of guilt.
Sorting through her father’s affairs, Emma uncovers a history of lies tying her broken family to the one place she thought she could never returnher girlhood sanctuary, Jumping Frog Farm.
Emma finds herself drawn back to the stable after all these years. It’s easy to win forgiveness from a horse, but less so from her former friend Jillian, their once strong bond destroyed by secrets and betrayals. But despite Jillian’s cold reception, for the first time in years, Emma feels at home.
To exorcise the past, Emma will have to release her guilt, embrace an uncertain future, and trust again in the healing power of horses.
Orly Konig's The Distance Home is a powerful and sparkling women's fiction debut novel of second chances, friendship, and healing.
|Publisher:||Tom Doherty Associates|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)|
About the Author
After years in the corporate world (most of it in the space industry), ORLY KONIG took a leap into the creative world of fiction. She is the founding president of the Womens Fiction Writers Association and an active member of the Writers in the Storm blog. She lives in Maryland with her family. The Distance Home is her first novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book kept me engaged to the final page. There is a lot of conflict with the characters but also a heartwarming story.
The Distance Home is lovely book about how a difficult adolescence can shape the things we do and the choices we make later in life. Can we overcome our insecurities and needs of the past to become fully engaged adults? For me, the heart of the story was about how the intense “best friend” bond we often find as teenagers inevitably fades as people grow up and grow apart. It’s hard to feel left out or left behind. For our heroine Emma, her flawed childhood ends up haunting and shaping her values and sense of self long into adulthood. It’s a relief to witness her start to break those chains and begin to better understand the past so she can fully live in the present. We also wonder if she can ever reconcile with her best friend Jillian, as they share a love of horses and a feeling of home with the farm where they rode as kids. We can also see in this story about how absentee mothers (whether due to illness or neglect) may impact daughters at vulnerable times of their lives. While we never get more than a glimpse of either Emma’s mother or Jillian’s mother, their absence plays a huge role in the story. I also enjoyed the horses in this book! I was transported back to the days (I was about 11 to 13 years old) when I loved to ride and spent time at a local stable. My daughter went through the same phase when she was the same age. While riding wasn’t ultimately for either of us, it was nice to be reminded of the smell of the hay and the feeling of bonding with a sweet animal much bigger and stronger than ourselves. Horses do seem to have a healing power for many people, and you could feel how true that was for Emma.
If you're looking for the kind of escapism perfectly suited for curling up in a porch swing or with a blanket fireside, this debut delivers: Konig beautifully renders life on a horse farm and at a country inn until you wish you were there, enjoying a hearty breakfast, a crisp trail ride, the simple pleasure of a homespun scarf--even while the main character tugs at your heart as she grapples to move beyond her troubled past. At once cozy and compelling, this is a story of friendship and family lost and rediscovered, and a satisfying reminder that happiness and "success" should be defined on our own terms, in our own time.
The Distance Home, Orly Konig Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Women's fiction, What a terrific debut book, absorbing story, well told and one I enjoyed reading. Emma is the consummate career woman, successful, polished, and never really switches off from working. Her boss wasn't keen to let her have the week off to attend to affairs after her fathers death, and she almost agrees with him, that could wait, work is more pressing. HR insists though so Emma makes the journey home ( great title , fits perfectly BTW), somewhere she's not been for 16 years. She's no other realtives now so its a lonely journey. The story is told from Emma's POV, and in present/past flashbacks. That works well to slowly let the reader see what happened, how she grew up, why she is the person she is now. We think we know who she is and what happened, but it's a very slow reveal to the full truth, and along the way Emma learns that her view of events is just that - her view, and things weren't necessarily as simple as a child sees them. There were reasons she either didn't understand or simply didn't see. As her stay gets extended she gets more drawn into the reactions of people around her about that one catastrophic event, the things that were a catalyst for it, with her recall set against why things happened. I loved Emma, she was such a lonely child I felt for her. The horses had become her world and being a horse mad child and adult I could see how she got strength from them. My last horse died this year, 25 years of horse-owning, a childhood dream that took much effort and sacrifice but horse lovers will understand it was all worthwhile. Of course while she's being slowly drawn back, increasingly entrenched in that past life her current one is blowing up the internet. Frantic emails pass back and forth, demands to know how soon she can go back etc. I did find it hard to see why she accepted there was something huge going on and yet happy to wait til she was back on the following Monday, some days away, to find out what. I wasn't a quarter the workaholic Emma is and yet I couldn't have waited, would have to have answers now, and that bit didn't sit right with me. Its a small crit though in a fabulous book I really enjoyed. Not sure its one I'd re-read now I know the story, favourite romances and some other books I love to read over and over but I don't think this will join them. Stars: four, great characters, including the animals, and a terrific debut read ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers