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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (322 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nicole Baart Narrator: Jennifer Ikeda, Laurie Birmingham Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781464038556
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Nicole Baart is a writer of immense strength. Her lush, beautiful prose, her finely drawn characters, and especially her quirky women, all made Far From Here a book I couldn’t put down.”

    Sandra Dallas, New York Times bestselling author of Prayers for Sale

  • Far From Here was a rare journey to a place that left me healed and renewed by the end of this beautiful, moving novel. A tribute to love in all its forms—between a man and a wife, between sisters, and among mothers and daughters—my heart ached while I read Far From Here, but it ached more when I was done and there were no more pages to turn.”

    Nicolle Wallace, New York Times bestselling author of Eighteen Acres

  • “Nicole Baart is a huge talent who has both a big voice and something meaningful to say with it. Far From Here is a gorgeous book about resilient people living in a broken world, finding ways to restore hope and even beauty in the pieces.”

    Joshilyn Jackson, author of Gods in Alabama

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 2/10/2014

    " A good adult read about a woman that tries to comes to terms with the loss of her husband. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia N' | 1/30/2014

    " A nice summer read. Reminds me a little of an Anita shreve (pilots wife) novel but more uplifting. I liked her well rounded characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virginia Campbell | 1/28/2014

    " Danica Greene, the heroine of author Nicole Baart's compelling novel "Far From Here", was just sixteen when she met the man of her dreams. Three years later, she married him and together they built a life together, working around her fear of flying and his life as a pilot and flight instructor. When Danica's husband, Etsell, accepts an offer to help a friend and spend several weeks in Alaska, she is not pleased that she was not consulted in his decision. Shortly after takeoff on a test run, his plane vanishes, and Danica's life becomes a nightmarish emotional limbo. The news that Etsell was accompanied on the trip by another woman is unbearable and unfathomable. Was everything that Danica thought to be true about their lives simply her refusal to see things without blinders? Danica's struggle to cope with her crippling pain and personal doubt is intensified by interference of her highly dysfunctional family, the watchful eyes of her very small community, and her own reaction to the empathy offered by her neighbor, Ben. A bombshell revelation about Etsell's relationship with the other woman further complicates her fight to regain control of her existence. You can't read this story without placing yourself in Danica's shoes, feeling her pain and confusion, and rebelling against the cruelty of a fate unknown. This is the story of a remarkable woman whose inner strength and mental fortitude are tested in ways that she could never have imagined. You will follow her through to the end of her eventful emotional journey and weep at her sorrows and share in her smiles. A recommended read. Review Copy Gratis Amazon Vine "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee | 1/26/2014

    " I thought it needed a lot of edits. long and somewhat boring "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carla | 1/18/2014

    " Far From Here is as "Close to Heartbreaking" as a novel can get. The story follows Danica and Estell, who married while still teen-agers, and never realized that their love and would change and age just as they do. Estell is a pilot who gets the chance to fulfill his lifelong dream by spending three weeks in Alaska flying for a pilot friend whose wife is ill. Dani despises flying as much as Estell loves it, and when Estell's plane goes missing, she is forced to face her greatest fears and goes to Alaska to search for him. While there, Danica discovers that her husband is not totally the man she thought he was, and when she returns home, she also begins to realize that she was not always the person Estell expected, and that they both let the other down in their marriage. The ending of Far From Here is a little too tidy for such a heart-tugging story, but it is also life-affirming and a testament to strength of the human soul, and that maybe love can conquer all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devon | 1/18/2014

    " Not your typical predictable story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurel Kooiman | 1/12/2014

    " I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!I AM GOING TO READ ALL OF NICOLE'S BOOKS!!Great ending!! (AND I almost positive that I babysat her. yikes that makes me feel old. ) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 10/18/2013

    " Nicole Baart tells a very heart warming story of a love lost and the courage and strength that it takes to move on. She includes a cast of characters that you will love and love to dislike. But in the end the reader is left feeling a slow happiness returning to lovely Danica. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbi | 7/28/2013

    " I loved this book. The heartfelt love between Danica and Etsell was so special you feel apart of it. The sadness and despair when he goes missing was well portrayed. It is worth reading and I wished there was more of it to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry Dingwall | 7/17/2013

    " Very enjoyable read! The reader is immediately drawn into the story and you feel you want to see the characters handle life as the story unfolds. A book that was not easy to put down. Would definitely recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ella | 5/27/2013

    " Loved this story and the characters. The ending was a perfect blend of mystery and closure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean Brazil | 2/10/2013

    " Book club pick. Story of a young woman who has to move on with her life when her husband disappears while flying in Alaska. Good but not great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathi Hanaka | 1/16/2013

    " Received this book for free from the publisher. It wasn't bad - and it wasn't good - I could have cared less what happened in the story. Kind of predictable and dull. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 11/29/2012

    " Ok. Not fantastic, but good for the beach. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dina Maldonado | 11/1/2012

    " I really liked this book. Its not my all time favorite but it was a good journey. I dont like books that leave u to decide some things in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angelica | 7/10/2012

    " The content matter wasn't necessarily pleasant or enjoyable, but the book was very well-written. It was an interesting and engaging story line with interesting characters. I'd read something else by the author. "

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About the Author
Author Nicole Baart

Nicole Baart lives in a small town in Iowa and is the mother of three young sons. After the adoption of her second son from Ethiopia, she discovered a deep passion for global issues and cofounded a non-profit organization, One Body One Hope, that works alongside a church and orphanage in Monrovia, Liberia. An accomplished novelist, she was a 2009 Agatha Christy Award finalist for fiction.

About the Narrators

Jennifer Ikeda has been narrating audiobooks since 2002. Among her readings are When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park; Just Listen by Sarah Dessen; and After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away by Joyce Carol Oates. She has won six AudioFile Earphones Awards.

Laurie Birmingham is an experienced stage actress. She has appeared in many theaters around the country, and has recently returned to the Milwaukee Rep. Laurie lives with her rescue dog, Odi, in Milwaukee.