Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Far from Here by Nicole Baart
When her husband flies off to do a temporary job in Alaska as bush pilot, Danica is not happy. She knows she can't stop him, though, flying in Alaska is part of his dream.
Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you). It was published the 7th of February, so you can get a copy at your local bookstore now.
Etsell and Danica were high school sweethearts who married shortly after school. Etsell lived to fly. Danica lived for Etsell and hated flying. After being married ten years, she knew she couldn't get in between Etsell and flying. She'd lose. So she reluctantly lets him go fill in as a bush pilot in Alaska.
When she gets a phone call that tells her he's missing, her life falls apart...
This author has good insight on emotional trauma, the anatomy of marriage, and shows an accurate response to a spouse disappearing. Is Etsell dead or will he be found alive? Is he making his way home now? Or is he gone forever?
None of those questions are quite as clear cut as they seem. The Etsell Danica knew is not the one that went missing in Alaska. And, suddenly, Danica isn't even sure of who she is anymore.
This a novel about a traumatic life event that is written very well and makes you feel like it happened in your life. There are life lessons in this story. It's sad, but it ends with hope. It's well worth a read.