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Far Away Home [Kindle Edition]

Susan Denning
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (424 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In post-Civil War New York City, sixteen-year-old Aislynn Denehy cannot find a job, she has no place to live and no family to help her. Some might think this is a problem; Aislynn believes it is an opportunity, but she has a lot to learn. No formulaic romance, this well-researched love story depicts life as it truly was for the thousands of women who went west reaching for a new life. Aislynn's journey begins in a New York City tenement and leads her across the frontier to a Utah mining camp where she must cope with the three very different men in her life: smart, solicitous Tim, good-natured, good-guy Johnny and the intense but intriguing Liam Moran. Life in the roughshod camp brings small joys and devastating losses. The novel races through authentic experiences involving historical events until it erupts in an unexpected ending. In today's troubled world, Far Away Home will make you believe no matter how many challenges fate sends your way, the human spirit can triumph.

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Editorial Reviews


Rodger Blind, Certified US History Teacher
High school level American history teachers may find a great teaching tool in the novel FAR AWAY HOME. It's realistic, historically accurate and captivates students' imaginations; they "love" reading it.
Amy Goodman, Award winning syndicated journalist, columnist and author
FAR AWAY HOME is an engaging, memorable love story. I thoroughly enjoyed it. 
 Geoff Woodland, Author of THE TRIANGLE TRADE, an antislavery novel
An engrossing story set against the back drop of early America. A page turner of adventure, romance and strong characters who stand up for themselves and their friends despite the costs

Product Details

  • File Size: 398 KB
  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0692000399
  • Publisher: No Limit Press (June 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055U8ZRK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,087 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
126 of 134 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Actually very good August 6, 2011
By Jess_U
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I just finished this book and came onto Amazon looking for similar book recommendations. I read the review about the 'shill' reviews, and I can see what you mean. The reviewers (including myself) haven't reviewed anything else. But this book was actually very good, even if the other reviewers were friends of the author.

I really enjoyed the characters and the character growth. I really empathized with the main character - I was frustrated (at men!), upset and sad with her. I learned a lot of interesting historical facts, but it was never teach-y. The romance wasn't over-the-top, although the main character did seem to be interested in a large number of men (but I guess in the West where there are a limited number of women and lots of men are throwing themselves at you, that could be understandable). There was also an odd change of point-of-view in the beginning - the author wrote a bit from Tim's point-of-view, when she never deviated from Aislynn's before or after.

Now I may have to go write a bunch of other reviews to make this one valid, but the bottom line is that, for me, this book is extremely enjoyable and well worth the money!
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89 of 98 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story but... August 18, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved this story. The author's characters are well fleshed-out. However, I found that the errors made me crazy. Maybe it is just the kindle version that needs some additional editing, but having errors like, pronouns misused, naming people incorrectly, and lack of punctuation just bothers me. I found I had to re-read parts to figure out what the heck was going on. I did enjoy the book if my grousing doesn't turn anyone off!
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119 of 133 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eagerly waiting for the sequel! April 11, 2011
Some writers excel at creating a world we want to succumb to, while others master the dynamics of a story that has the power to affect our sense of humanity. I feel that Susan Denning has found THE balance. Because I come from a filmmaking perspective, I especially enjoyed her skill at immediately grabbing the reader by the collar and dropping him in Aislynn's meticulously crafted world - the smells, the textures, the social dynamic, the moral compass of that time. And I found myself smiling with gratitude when, by page two, I realized I wanted to remain in that world. And I did, and left only when I unfortunately had to, at the end of Aislynn's journey from the girl she was to the woman she was always meant to become. I am ready, Mrs. Denning, as some of your other reviewers also seem to be, to be there for her next journey.
This is not a book you read; it is a book you experience. I hope that many, many, many get to enjoy it.

Sebastian Smeureanu
Dacian Wolf Productions, LLC
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars annoying and boring August 21, 2011
By PineLog
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love westerns and western romance novels, but this one was so boring that I had to skim the last 25-30% just to get through it. Another inexpensive Kindle novel that I found wasn't worth even the .99. Aislynn was so flat and childish and she never grows as a character. The author never explains why Aislynn makes such foolish decisions, nor satisfactorily explains her obsession with Tim. Often we read this genre because it's escapist, and it's interesting to see how characters work their way through difficult situations. However, this plot was so contrived and choppy, and the characters so flat and two-dimensional that they seem to be just thrown into situations one after the other and we don't ever see them working them through, or in Aislynn's case, maturing and growing up. The writing is choppy as well, and long, boring descriptions could have been tightened up. Relationships could have been developed with more depth. Aislynn could have grown up and become a fine woman. So many could have beens...
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! June 21, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Far Away Home was a great read. I have never written an Amazon review, but I enjoyed this book so much I wanted to share my thoughts. I gave this novel to my husband, daughters, daughter-in-law and friends and everyone has had the same response- they loved it. It subtly weaves historic fact into an engaging story. I learned so much about how hard life was on the trail and the challenges women found when they reached their destinations. Far Away Home is at its core a love story. It is Aislynn Denehy's relationships with three different men that move the story along. However, for me, it was Aislynn's journey from a young, sheltered Irish- American girl living in New York City in 1867 to a mature, independent woman that made me compulsively turn the pages; I wanted to know what she was going to do next. Aislynn is not your typical heroine. Of course, she is attractive to men. She is smart enough to know she needs a man to survive in her world, but she has an independent streak. She seems kind of spoiled, selfish, inconsiderate and manipulative, but she is also resourceful, brave, and a devoted friend. She has no family so she builds a circle of friends that she loves, supports and even feeds and shelters. Aislynn has the courage to leave New York, start her own business, ask for the right to vote, shield an abused prostitute and protect and defend herself and her friends when necessary. She's feisty and stubborn, but she's generous and caring. In other words- she's interesting and someone worth knowing. Aislynn is like so many women of that time, who took chances, challenged traditions and laid the groundwork for the freedoms women have today.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I just found this book uneventful and long, I kept waiting for something to happen. I was glad I only paid a dollar for it.
Published 4 days ago by patsy grandage
4.0 out of 5 stars FAR Away Home
This book is a great read. You don't want to put it down. The heroine is a very strong and determined young lady. She is full of spunk and determination. Read more
Published 6 days ago by jesusfreakcog
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing
I read this book in two days, I just couldn't put it down. I hope this will become a series.
Published 6 days ago by Amanda Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book from beginning to end.
This is one of those books you don't want to end. Great characters and easy-to-read style. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Published 7 days ago by Kaye Lander
2.0 out of 5 stars One big run on paragraph
This story was very disappointing. I don't typically read westerns but I thought I would branch out a little and start with a story about a young woman going west in the 1800's. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Apple
1.0 out of 5 stars One star,
Everyone in her life dies. First her Mother, then her father, and people on the wagon train. Then to top it off her new husband dies, and she gives birth to early to a baby that... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Unknown
3.0 out of 5 stars Good clean read!
A little long but good story with lots of plot changes that left you wondering which way she would ultimately go. Good read for the price.
Published 9 days ago by schaits
3.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't My Favorite
II didn't like the ending and it wasn't my taste. I am not sure whether or not I really liked it.
Published 10 days ago by Corky
3.0 out of 5 stars not a happy ending
I loved the book and it's characters. I felt like the book wasn't finished though. It just left me hanging. I hope there is a sequel so I can find out what happened.
Published 14 days ago by Shari Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner
This was a "page turner" - the author kept the story going. Good strong woman character - showed how difficult times were during this period.
Published 15 days ago by Julia Vance
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More About the Author

Susan has penned several articles for professional journals, newsletters and for the anthology, Bite of the Apple. She received honorable mention in a NOW short story contest and had short stories published in Creative Woman. Far Away Home is her first novel. Part of her research for this book included driving a covered wagon. Check out the video on her website Susan is currently working on a sequel to Far Away Home.

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