Far from Here
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 slash...more
Etsell and Danica met in their teens, married when Dani was 19 and seemingly the happiest couple around. There have been several ups and downs, like when Dani bought the building that would house her beauty salon and more recently when Ell decided to go to Alaska to fly a bush pilot route to help out a friend. It's on this trip that Ell goes missing, bringi...more
This is the fifth novel by Nicole Baart; my first by her.
Danica Greene and her husband, Etsell, seem to be an unlikely couple. Danica is extremely afraid of flying; Etsell is a pilot. Even her Hazel, her mother-in-law, questions how the two of them ended up married. Etsell disappears shortly after taking off from an airport in Seward, Alaska. Danica is left wandering if he is dead, left her, or just lost in the wilderness.
Danica's first-person accounts read li...more
My Speedy Summary...
Danica and Etsell...I know...quite the odd name...meet in high school and marry. Etsell loves to fly. Danica does not. Etsell goes off to Alaska to fulfill a dream. Danica stays at home and waits for him.
A lovely story about life and the unpredictable things that can happen. Etsell goes off to Alaska and a tragedy occurs. It is far reaching and involves far too many people. Dani is a character who suffers and retreats into her grief an...more
Danica, or Dani, loves her handsome and dashing aviator husband, Etsell, but as much as she loves him, she hates to fly. It is the one thing in their marriage that they just can't share. She is even close to his mother, Hazel, who is completely supportive of their love.
Etsell is given an opportunity to go to Alaska to do some flight work and he leaves without Dani. Instead of returning to her in a few weeks, she is sent condolences. Etsell's plane has disappeared and no...more
The novel is set in fictional Blackhawk, Iowa where the main characters are clustered. Danica Greene, a hairdresser, and Etsell, her pilot husband, were youthful sweethearts even though they had little in common. Etsell loves flying while Danica has a pathological fear of flying.
After 7-8 years of marriage, Etsell accepts a three week job flying in Alaska when his plane disappears without a trace and so the story begins. Danica later learns that Etsell wasn...more
SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2012
Review of Far From Here by Nicole Baart
Far From Here by Nicole Baart
Howard Books - February 7, 2012
Source: Libby Reed from Howard Books for review
Read what this book is about here.
This is not the style of writing that I am used to. It is slow and eloquent. It is as if I am about to step into a body of freezing water but first I have to stop and admire the beauty that encompasses me. It is beautiful in an aching kind of way. A...more
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...more
He's gone. Her untamable, golden-boy husband flew his plane into the Alaskan sky and disappeared.
Even as teenagers Danica and Etsell were like two halves of a whole. They belonged together, depended on each other. But in the mundane unfolding of life, they forgot to nurture their love, and then fate, destiny, or whatever stepped in.
Too late Danica realizes a love relationship needs gentle care and can never be taken for granted nor sh...more
Far from Here is published by Howard Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. The imprint is described as being for "faith-based" books. One of the characters is a minister but other than a fune...more
When 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 hit dream, he reveals, and Danica knows that she can't stand in the way. Etsell is on his last flight before heading home when h...more
In the aftermath of her husband's disappearance emerges Danica's emotional journey. She is left in limbo between hope and despair. She is forced to look deep within herself to see what has become of her marriage, what has become of the people who entered into it then and now. As she searches for answers, she unravels a past filled with telling clues and meaningful mo...more
Baart is a wonderful storyteller and Far From Here is a poignant story...more
Danica discovers that there is much more to her husband's life. He was not flying solo as originally thought, and as Danica struggles to uncover the truth, she learns things about her...more
This book was well written. The style of writing was very rich in description and soothing as you read. It was also a bit jarring because it did not seem to match up with the story-line. It seemed like the writing style should have been teamed with a story more deep and moving than this book puts forth.
Danica has lost her husband in a plane crash. Actually, more of a plane disappearance since the crash site is never found since it is in the wild...more
by: Nicole Baart
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This novel is about a couple, Dani and Etsell, who marry young and seem to have the perfect romance. He's a pilot and Dani has a fear of flying. Etsell gets an opertunity to make a trip flying to Alaska and ends up missing. After a week the search is called off and Dani is left to figure out the pieces of what she thought was her life.
Dani makes a trip to Alaska herself after the search is called off to try to find answers fo...more
This book was definetly what I needed. It wove a tale I could relate to, one everyone would rather ignore. A story about real love--how it starts out unstoppable then wanes int...more
I identify with Nicole’s devotion to portraying realistic characters. Through gifted storytelling, Nicole’s exploration of loss, grief, and eventual forgiveness is tangible and crawl-inside-my-head familiar...more
I became totally involved in this book pretty much from the beginning. The author started off with a time in Dani's life that pretty much explained alot of her actions and her married life later.
I loved the way the story was told in both first person and third person form. It helped give more depth to Dani that would ha...more