Thursday, February 23, 2012
Far from Here
Synopsis: 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.
My Thoughts: At first I was uncertain if I cared for Far from Here; it's one of those books that bounces around with flashbacks and truth be told I can get easily confused but it worked for this story. Danica's husband disappears while on a job in Alaska. We learn that Danica and Etsell had a typical relationship with ups and downs. Little by little, we learn more about their past and we see Danica come to grips with being a widow despite Etsell's past showing up at her doorstep. I was a bit disappointed by the ending because; it was too neatly tied up although it did leave a question in the reader's mind. I will be adding Nicole Baart to my 'to be read' list of authors.
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This book was provided to me by Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster; I received no monetary compensation for my honest review.