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 gonemean? 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 rating: 4 of 5 stars
Reading this book was eye-opening. There were a lot of sad and somber moments in this book. From the initial reason of sorrow to the final moments, it was just really emotional. I expected that from this book, but what I didn’t expect was the heroine’s strength through it all. Don’t get me wrong, of course I expected a strong heroine, but Baart wrote a different type of strength.
Nicole Baart’s newest novel is Far From Here. From the beginning, there was already a grey cloud that set the tone of the story. I was introduced to Danica and Etsell Greene, whose relationship started as a storybook romance. Etsell met Dani and he fell hard. Etsell refers to Dani as his ground, his center, and his home. And as for Dani? She is deep in love with her golden boy. Etsell flies plans as a career and as a hobby, and funny enough, Dani has a fear of flying.
Etsell goes to Alaska for a career opportunity, and while on a flight, his plane disappears. Danica’s life unravels at the seams sending her into a roller coaster of emotions. Each moment of happiness between Dani and Ell is soon counter balanced by equal moments of secrecy and betrayal. Dani struggles to cope with the truth of Ell’s few weeks in Alaska, as well as doubts the integrity of her marriage.
I couldn’t help but feel Dani’s pain. Baart wrote her character beautifully, making it easy to slip into her shoes and live in a day of pain and confusion. From the different stories between past and present, I understood who Dani was as a person, who she became to be as Etsell’s wife, and who she will be as a woman torn apart.
I loved the characters, and I felt that they were well-rounded and full of depth. They weren’t just characters on the page, but instead they were tangible people that I could picture in my mind. Each character, especially Dani, had so many layers of emotion that brought out my own fears and tears.
Far From Here is such a compelling read, realizing different types of strengths. From overcoming fears to facing the truth, Baart touched on some pretty tough subjects. Far From Here was well written filled with surprises at every turn.
Baart’s Far From Here will definitely be a book that I won’t forget about. It’s story, characters, and message will live on for a long, long time.