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“Nicole Baart is a writer of immense strength. Her lush, beautiful prose, her finely drawn characters, and especially her quirky women, all made Far From Here a book I couldn’t put down.” (Sandra Dallas, New York Times bestselling author of Prayers for Sale and The Bride’s House)

Far From Here was a rare journey to a place that left me healed and renewed by the end of this beautiful, moving novel. A tribute to love in all its forms—between a man and a wife, between sisters, and among mothers and daughters—my heart ached while I read Far From Here, but it ached more when I was done and there were no more pages to turn.” (Nicolle Wallace, New York Times bestselling author of Eighteen Acres)

“Nicole Baart is a huge talent who has both a big voice and something meaningful to say with it. Far From Here is a gorgeous book about resilient people living in a broken world, finding ways to restore hope and even beauty in the pieces.” (Joshilyn Jackson, author of Gods in Alabama and A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty)

"Far From Here, Nicole Baart's tale of the certainties of absolute fear and the uncertainty of love whirls the reader up and never lets go.” (Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author, The Deep End of the Ocean, and Second Nature: A Love Story)

“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. . . . Pulsing with passion and saturated with lush language, Baart's [Far From Here] will leave an indelible mark.” —Publisher’s Weekly, starred reveiw

About the Author

Nicole Baart was born and raised in a small town in Iowa. She and her husband have three young sons. After the adoption of their infant son, Nicole discovered a deep passion for global issues and co-founded a non-profit organization, One Body One Hope, which works alongside a church and orphanage in Monrovia, Liberia. She is also the author of After the Leaves Fall, Summer Snow, The Moment Between, and Beneath the Night Tree.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books; Original edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439197334
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439197332
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #969,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nicole Baart is the mother of four children from four different countries. The cofounder of a non-profit organization, One Body One Hope, she lives in a small town in Iowa. She is the author of seven previous novels, including, most recently, The Beautiful Daughters. Find out more at

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joan N. on March 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
Danica and Estelle had married young. He loved flying but it terrified her. They were full of love and dreams for the future and each thought the love would take them through whatever came. They formed their lives in northwest Iowa, he flying for his "adopted" mother, she owning a hair salon.
Eight years into their marriage, he has an opportunity to fly in Alaska and goes. Days later, Danica receives the dreaded phone call. Estelle is missing. Without results, the search is finally called off. Danica cannot stand not knowing. She has to go to Alaska to pursue looking for him. But what she finds there is not at all what she wanted.

Baart has created a well written novel of a young widow making her way through grief. Danica's memories flesh out the history of their early romance and years of marriage. Her sisters and quirky mother round out the process of grieving. Then there is the single pastor next door.
The plot unfolds as the story progresses. The reader becomes aware of issues just at the right time. And when the truth of what really happened in Alaska crashes into Danica, she must make a decision that will change her life forever.

I liked this novel. It grabbed me after a bit of a slow start and I felt compelled to continue reading. The way Baart wove the history of the relationship into the present was done well. Baart crafts her sentences with care. Reading her work was a pleasant experience.

A couple of things to think about, however, if you plan to read this novel.
First, the subject matter. I have a brother-in-law who flew for a lodge in Alaska, transporting hunters and supplies. This novel hit close to home. It could have described my sister's grieving. I am not sure she or any of her close friends could read this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Salvagin La Deetda Reads VINE VOICE on February 2, 2012
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No synopsis here, the book description says it best.

I liked this book even though it was, for the most part, sad. I have to admit that generally I shy away from books that are "downers" but I am really happy I took a chance on this one. The author created living, breathing, real people, characters. Characters you felt you knew really well, characters with flaws and strengths. She unfolds glimpses into their married life all along the pages of the book. She also shows how family influences a marriage. This book was beautifully written, moving and hopeful. FAR FROM HERE was so compelling that I had to finish it in one sitting. I could not put it down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By christianfictionaddiction on April 20, 2012
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Far From Home is a poignant story written with grace and beauty. Nicole Baart has a wonderful grasp of the English language, and her descriptions are vivid and unique. Baart used an interesting writing technique in this novel that I haven't seen before, where she alternated between first-person and third-person for the same character. Although in theory this may sound confusing it actually isn't, and I found that doing so served the plot very well in that it kept the story moving along by alternating these points of view. As the book deals with deep themes like grief and loss, it had the potential to become slow moving, but I felt the plot unfolded at a nice pace. The characters are well-developed, and I enjoyed the interactions between Dani and her sisters and mother, which resulted in moments that were at times heart-breaking and others times humorous. The author leaves much to the imagination in how the story ends, and yet either way it is a satisfying conclusion no matter what you decide the ending implies (you will see what I mean after you read the book!).

My one disappointment is that the book seemed light on the spiritual themes. While I'm sure the author was trying to appeal to a broader audience, how beautiful it would have been to have seen the character interact with Jesus, who, when we are in the pit of despair, climbs down there with us, holds us close, and wipes every tear away. I never got the impression that Dani really had an encounter with the living God, though it's clear she was moving on her own journey towards the Truth. I should also caution that there are some swear words used in the story, and I can see from other reviews that this has offended numerous readers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer VINE VOICE on February 15, 2012
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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 memory about their relationship. It's an age-old plot, but told in such a fresh way.

I can see where some readers might become frustrated with Dani's attitude, but to me, she was incredibly lovable and while I've never lost a spousal connection, I understood her pain through the high quality of the writing.

I do have a warning about this novel. Strong language, which did offend me and will most likely offend other Christian readers, should not pick this novel up assuming it to be geared for the Christian market as I did. It is not. It's a great story, but one must contend with offensive language. And I'll be honest, this lowered my opinion of the novel...and disappointed me.

The ending is incredibly strong for the tragic bent of the novel. But it closes the book with such hope, a hard thing to do. But well done.

This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers for my copy to review.
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