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3.43  ·  Rating details ·  799 ratings  ·  178 reviews
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 slas

Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Howard Books
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Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
I just couldn't connect with Dani. She annoyed me for some reason. A little disappointed in this one, I loved the other books I've read by Nicole Baart.
Jan 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book looks at marriage: how we make mistakes that can haunt us later, how people change, and how long people will wait before moving on.

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
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Publishers Weekly (starred review): This gorgeously composed novel is a candid and uncompromising meditation on the marriage of a young pilot and his flight-fearing wife, their personal failings, and finding the grace to move beyond unthinkable tragedy. Baart (Beneath the Night Tree) catalogs ample flashbacks with incisive details to develop Danica ("Dani") and Etsell Greene's relationship, making them appear to be the perfect couple: Etsell calls Dani his ground, his center, his home, and she e ...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Danica Greene 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.

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
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
I'm totally indifferent about this book, I could not get into the back and forth point of view and I did not care for the main character, or really any of them for that matter.

I actually felt sort of bad that I didn't like this book because it deals with important issues about marriage and an unthinkable situation that is a sometimes scary reality.

I did really like this quote in the book though when Dani is talking about her relationship(s) and says "We fail each other. But sometimes we come t
Feb 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
Did Not Finish
Pages read: 138 of 337

When I requested this book for review, I had thought it was Christian Fiction and would be clean... well it wasn't what I expected. There was a lot of cursing and that on its own made my opinion of Far From Here lower. If it would have just be one or two swear words, I could have accepted that, but the "D" word, "B" word, and others were used (there might have been even more had I continued reading).

I also found parts of the story very slow and sad. I finally
Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!
Recommended to Veronica Marie by: Howard Books
(Reviewer’s note – I am an independent writer. I am also a freelance reviewer for Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. What this basically means is that I am on an email list, and the publisher notifies me of new releases. If I see a book that I like, they will send me a copy. In other words, I choose the book that I wish to read and I write a review and post it on my websites. My reviews are based solely on the merits of the book, and I receive no remuneration from the publisher or aut ...more
Danica Greene and her husband, Etsell, married at a young age and have been together for ten years. Etsell, a pilot, has always dreamed of being a bush pilot in Alaska. Danica is not only deadly afraid of flying; she can't imagine a life in Alaska. Without consulting Danica, Etsell suddenly decides to go up to Alaska and help out a pilot friend for three weeks. Near the end of that time, he flies off from the Seward airport and his plane vanishes. Danica's world is turned upside down: is he stil ...more
May 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: for-me
I don't often finish a book that I don't particularly enjoy but I did finish this one. My reading time is limited and I would rather invest the time in a book that really grabs me. I was disappointed with this book and often turned back to the cover to make sure I really was reading a book authored by Nicole Baart. I have read every book that Nicole has written and have always made it a point to follow her as a Christian author. Her books are worth reading. But what confused me was the inclusion ...more
Jan 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
*Since I posted my review, I have been informed that this book was not ever meant to be a Christian fiction book. Had I known that going in I would not have been as offended by the language. However, in my defense, I had known this author published three Christian fiction books previously and thought this one was the same.* Far From Here is a story of a marriage gone very wrong. Dani's husband Ell goes missing in Alaska when he takes his airplane there to fill in for a friend delivering passenge ...more
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Far From Here by Nicole Baart is written like a classic author returned from the dead. It is not a book to read quickly. It is so well penned that each word must be savored like a fine wine. I would read a sentence and often have to reread it to make sure I grasped the entire meaning. Ms.Baart writes from her heart. This book is so full of emotion that I was gasping out loud. I believe any author that can stir a reader's emotions with their words is a genius. I was never sure how I wanted to fee ...more
Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Captivating writing, solid story plot and characters that live on the page, are just a few things this novel hides between its pages.

The writing voice lives little to be desired. Strong and poignant, its literary quality does not lend that the reader’s attention goes anywhere, but stays exactly where it should: with the book.

A heart-wrenching story of a woman who has lost her husband in a tragic accident and must move on with her life, but a hidden secret just might tear apart every good memo
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Nicole Baart can write. Her prose is beautiful, almost poetic. She manages to use a sophisticated vocabulary and yet not create a book that is hard to read. This is one of those infrequent books where the high quality of the writing itself speaks to me, makes me take notice. The story is not bad either.

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 funeral
Dec 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book and I'm so glad that I picked it up. It was easy to lose yourself in the words and the story being told. This tale of a wife's heartbreak as she comes to terms with the disappearance of her pilot husband was one that every woman wishes that she never had to face. There are times when you find yourself grieving with Danica as she comes to terms with what happened. I thought the book was going in a different direction than it did, but it was a great story nevertheless. Baa ...more
Roger Royer
Jan 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: womens-lit
This book was very good though I would definitely classify it as Women's Fiction for more than a few reasons. I enjoyed the main character's failings and fears as much as I did her hopes and dreams. The fear she has of flying sticks to my mind the most as it should and at the same time I wonder if the fear is also based in a desire to have something to defeat when she needs it.

So much happens to our hero that I am glad she has her family around though I really do wonder why the only male focus i
I liked it. This is one of those books I'd throw across the room then hug tight, afraid someone might see me in the pages like I saw myself. The characters were each well-devoloped to the point of wondering who I should root for. The story laced with love, fear, and hate was, real? It was good--um, really good.

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
BBMoreB ~
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amazon-vine, own
Received this ARC from Amazon Vine.

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
Oct 22, 2012 rated it liked it
I generally LIKE "Christian" writers...Often the author will give a view through her/his writings that will enlighten me in a principle I had not seen in that view before...HOWEVER, this particular story...did NOT do that for me. Inserted in the story...were things that I would not have expected a "Christian" writer to have expressed...Example: "giving the finger"...and a bit of "language"...Wasn't necessary to the story...

The story had potential. A great story is one I would desire to READ agai
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Nicole Baart is consistently one of my favorite authors. Why? She captures the hearts of strugglers so well. She mines their inner landscape. And she pulls off surprising, twisty stories that keep me turning pages. Far From Here kept me turning the page. She accurately portrayed the complexity of grief, particularly over losing someone who didn't always do things right. Baart's words represent reality, truth, and the beauty of human relationships.
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
I hate it when I work my way through a book, and then it leaves me guessing at the end. This book leaves too many unanswered questions. Go ahead and read it if you like to supply your own ending, but if you want answers at the end, pass it by.
Alicia Brooks
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
Found it to be little more than soap opera material.
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
A decent story...but a pokey pace, and the inclusion of profanities and sexual description, which was shocking for a Christian novel. Discerning readers can do much better.
Beckie Burnham
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am going to Alaska in a few months, so I’m listening to audiobooks that are set in Alaska. Kind of trying to immerse myself in the culture and setting before I get there. I’m also trying to read varying genres to get a wide variety of viewpoints and experiences. So, I found Far From Here by Nicole Baart, a women’s fiction novel which is partially set in Alaska. Let me first say this is not an Alaska novel. A few scenes are set in that state, but the majority of the novel takes place in the mai ...more
Hope Garmon
Oct 20, 2020 rated it liked it
I had fully intended to give this book 1 star until the last quarter. I really wasn't loving Dani's character, and I felt any of hers or the other character's redemption would have been too little too late by the end, but Baart pulled it together and I really loved the ending. Only reason I can't give it more stars is that even though this is advertised as Christian fiction, it really isn't. There is an underlying Christian theme, but there is SOME language, and God is only mentioned in an ether ...more
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Typical chick lit, I had started another book but when it turned into a ghost story and I was alone on a rainy night I needed to switch to something more benign if I wanted to sleep easy. To be honest the characters names bugged the heck out of me... just a throw away book for me until daylight returns!
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this novel from the very first page. I felt like I was part of the character lives. Very emotional. Lots to think about while reader. Fans of Kristin Hannah Emily griffin and Jonathan tropper will enjoy
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book but kept skipping whole paragraphs when the action got slow, especially the flashbacks. So the twist at the end got me interested again in the plot. I like how the ending was a bit elusive.
DeeAnn Jeschke
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it
This was way different from what I usually read and difficult for me to get through. It was like listening to members of a family describing their lives. I’m not sure what the point of the book was supposed to be. I didn’t find it entertaining. I did find it painful for the most part.
Patty Mitchel
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Nicole Baart is a New York Times bestselling author, collaborator, ghostwriter, and speaker. Her critically acclaimed novels have been featured in Southern Living, Country Woman, Book Page, Glam, Bookbub, Brit & Co., and Yahoo! Lifestyle among several others. Nicole’s Little Broken Things, was a PEOPLE Magazine Editor's Top Pick, a Goodreads Best Book of the Month, and featured in Library Journal. ...more

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