Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Far From Here review and giveaway

I've been a fan of Nicole Baart's for years and was really excited to get my hands on her latest. I really love her trilogy (beginning with After the Leaves Fall) and The Moment Between was quite the quiet thriller. Now, with Far From Here, we just have pure emotion and resiliency on the pages. I wish my she could write quicker...

In Far From Here, we meet Danica, a young wife to Etsell, a pilot. Quite ironic, as Danica is scared to death of flying. On a remote flying job in Alaska, one Danica begged him to not take, Etsell's plane disappears without a trace and the aftermath that follows for Danica is filled with confusion, grief, and so many questions. Did Etsell's plane crash and he's dead?  Did he just leave her? And most of all: is it better to know or not to know?

Danica's character is written in a heartfelt way and leaves a lasting impression. I've thought of her story often in the weeks since I've finished the book and in the beautiful way that Baart manages to portray a potentially tragic situation. She wrestles with trying to understand exactly what has happened to her life in a completely believable manner and I definitely connected with her.
The ending...oh the ending. I won't go into it, obviously -- no spoilers here -- but I immediately wanted to call up the author and beg her to fill me in on some things. Please?! Nicole...if you're out there...I want to know!

If you're looking for a good, deep read where you'll end up immersed in the characters' lives, I would highly recommend a Nicole Baart book. Thought provoking, with lovely prose, I've never been disappointed.

Lucky for you, I have a copy of Far From Here to give away! To enter, just leave a comment on this post by 11:59pm on 1/31 and I'll use the random number generator to choose a winner. Lots of time to enter! U.S. only.

13 comments:

Susan said...

Oooh, I love me a good,character-driven novel! Enter me, please.

Glad to hear Elliott (and his mama) is/are doing so well :)

Bridget R. Wilson said...

I've never heard of the author, but after your review, I think I need to check her out.

bridgetwilson4765(at)gmail(dot)com

skkorman said...

i would love to read this book—please enter me to win!

skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

Jes said...

This book would be a totally awesome birthday gift, random number generator ;-P

jpetroroy said...

I really like the sound of this one.

rhonda said...

your review got me ,want the book!!lomazowr@gmail.com

Nicole Baart said...

Thanks for the fun review, Amanda! Host a book club and I'd love to Skype with you all about the ending. Of all the books I've written, this one is my favorite--mostly because of the ending! ;-)

Peter said...

This author sounds quite interesting.

nancydigirolamo said...

Please enter me!

Becky said...

I'd love to read this!

Lynn Kasserman said...

Cannot wait to read this one!!

What was I doing again? said...

Don't let me down random number generator! I can't wait to get my hands on this one!
rachelpostma(at)gmail(dot)com

vlpl said...

I'm a big fan of her books. I read the trilogy one after the other on my Kindle. Been waiting impatiently for this one.