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Product Details

  • Series: Perfect Indiana Book 2 (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (April 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611099374
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611099379
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,800,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On the night his drinking and playing Russian roulette would have turned deadly, army war veteran Ryan Malloy gets a phone call from his former lieutenant asking if he’d like to come work for his American-heritage furniture company in Perfect, Indiana. Because he knows he's in a dangerous spiral, Ryan accepts. Meanwhile, his lieutenant's sister, Paige Langford, is fired from her first job when her boyfriend at the firm sabotages her. Licking her wounds, she flees to Perfect and her brother. When Paige and Ryan meet, sparks fly, but both resist because their self-esteem is at rock bottom. As they get to know each other and work at the furniture company together, however, their attraction and their sense of self-worth build. Longley successfully attacks issues associated with returning veterans as well as those commonly associated with finding oneself as an adult and recognizing true love. Neither Ryan nor Paige can truly be there for the other until both dispel their demons and become whole. — Pat Henshaw

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"In this tender, emotional addition to the Love from the Heartland trilogy, Longley tackles the issue of veterans struggling to reintegrate into society ...The settings and the characters are described with such enthusiasm, it's obvious the author spent many hours trying to capture their essence entirely." —RT Book Reviews, 4 stars

More About the Author

Award winning, Amazon bestselling author Barbara Longley and each of her four siblings were born in different states, and because her family moved so frequently, she learned early on how to entertain herself with stories. As an adult, she has lived on a commune in the Appalachians, taught on an Indian reservation, and traveled from coast to coast. When her own children came along, she decided to try something new--staying put. She has made Minnesota her home ever since.

By day, Barbara is a teacher. She holds a Masters in Education, and has taught for many years. By night, she likes to explore things mythical, metaphysical, paranormal, and/or newsworthy. Much of what she learns makes its way into her stories, where all things are possible. While she loves teaching, reading and writing are her passions. Don't miss hearing about new releases and breaking news--subscribe to Ms. Longley's newsletter via her website: http://www.barbaralongley.com

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FAR FROM PERFECT:
2012 OKRWA National Readers Choice Award Winner/Contemp. Romance
2013 Virginia Romance Writers' HOLT Medallion Award of Excellence Winner/Mainstream Fiction
2013 GRW Maggie Award of Excellence Winner/Single Title
2013 GDRWA Booksellers' Best Award Finalist
2013 ACRA Heart of Excellence Readers' Choice Award Winner/Contemporary single Title

THE DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES
2014 ACRA Heart of Excellence Readers' Choice Award Winner/Long Contemporary
2014 Virginia Romance Writers' HOLT Medallion Merit Award


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Customer Reviews

The characters were easy to identify with.
Carole Schmidt
I enjoyed the first book so much that I couldn't wait to read the second.
Alison R Davis
A well written book with a great story line.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Constantreader VINE VOICE on March 19, 2013
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This is the second sweet romance taking place in Perfect, Indiana. Like the first, it's about a war veteran with PTSD who's trying to cope with life after recovering from his physical injuries. Ryan Malloy went into the army to cope with a tragedy in his life, and then had the experience of being one of the few survivors of a suicide bomber. In despair and at the end of his rope, he suddenly gets a call from his former lieutenant, Noah Langford (the hero of the first book) offering him a job. He jumps at the chance and comes to Perfect. Noah's sister, Paige, has just lost her job in Philadelphia after a betrayal by her boyfriend, and arrives in Perfect just in time to see Ryan at his worst. The two connect, but Paige's ambitions seem to limit any relationship between them. Paige and Ryan are interesting people and the romance between them is an enjoyable read. While this is a pleasant romance, however, it suffers in comparison to the first in the series. For one thing, the story is very similar, without some of the more original character touches in the first book. What's also missing are the involving secondary characters in the town of Perfect, which gave that story more depth. Longley has a knack for giving dimension even to characters only seen briefly so that we want to see more of them. I suppose that makes this a backward compliment in that I felt cheated of those people I expected to see more of. There is another book planned, and hopefully more of the folks of Perfect will show up in it. All in all, I'd recommend this one as pleasant, if unoriginal.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By tomby on May 28, 2013
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there was far too much sex content that took away from a book that could have been far more enjoyable. The story line was good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By debbie falaschetti on August 16, 2013
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I enjoyed book one, but this book was great! I enjoyed every minute of the story. I was sad when I was finished, I was so involved in the story line I could have kept
reading. I would recommend this book to everyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patricia on October 21, 2013
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I have a whole new perspective on the problem PTSD after reading these novels. They are quite enlightening and I am even more grateful for those who serve this country in the military.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Villanueva on August 12, 2013
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I was worried I wouldn't enjoy the second book after reading the first but I was surprised how much I liked The difference a day makes, I look forward to the third book coming out soon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Burns VINE VOICE on July 4, 2013
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Ryan Malloy is at the breaking point. He joined the Army to try to escape the guilt he felt over an incident in his past, and then his Army career ended when a suicide bombing left him physically broken and emotionally devastated. Suicide almost seems like a viable option until his former commander calls with a job offer. Ryan heads for the small town of Perfect, Indiana, with the feeling that this may be the first step in getting his life back on track.

Paige Langford has "success" written all over her. With an MBA from Harvard she's landed her first real job and has her sights set on eventually running the family business. Getting fired isn't in Paige's Five Year Plan, but that's exactly what happens. Humiliated and at loose ends she heads for her brother's house in Perfect to hide out for a spell and get her act together.

While Ryan and Paige get off to a bumpy start, there's no denying that there's a mutual attraction there. Is it possible to meet the right person at the totally wrong time in your life?

Based on the premise - a vet with PTSD trying to get his life back - I was sure I would love this small town Romance. Unfortunately, while I thought it was OK, the story felt flat and too drawn out. I did not find this a compelling read at all. The dialog was clunky and stilted in some parts and the characters often sounded like they were reading from a script rather than having a conversation. Here's an example. This is a 21 year old guy having a casual conversation with a 25 year old woman:

"I'm not `most guys.' When I have a family, I plan to be an equal partner in the child-rearing and housekeeping duties. Most women today have jobs. No reason why the work at home shouldn't be shared.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CINDY on June 12, 2014
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The stories are really good, but I don't like some of the bad language and the sex parts were too graphic for me. I don't want to read all the details. I won't be reading the next one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John J. Hodgson on December 8, 2013
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I enjoyed the book since it struck several feel-good themes - love, romance, veteran rehabilitation, family ties, loyality and a bit of sexuality. It was all a bit too fanciful to call it a great work of literature but not everything has to be. Sometimes you just want to read a nice story that engages you and maybe endears you to it without a lot of heavy significance. This is not about changing the world but rather a few people ultimately finding peace within it.
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