Thursday, March 8, 2012

Review: Far From Here by Nicole Bart

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.

Received for review.

As you know, I don't do Chick Lit very often but this sounded intriguing so I decided to give it a try.  The whole premise of the book was just strange and the story left me vaguely unsettled.  The writing and presentation were good, it was just the story itself that disconcerted me.  I didn't really connect with the characters and as such didn't care a whole lot about what happened to them.  I felt like I should have cared more about them, but I just didn't.

If you're a fan of the type of books Oprah recommends you should find this a good read.

★★☆☆ = Liked It


Kaye said...

It's hard to like a book when you can't connect with the characters. Sorry this one wasn't stellar!

StephTheBookworm said...

I think I'd like this one a lot! Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

Ryan said...

Oprah has steered me wrong in the past, so I think I'll pass on this one.

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