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Far from Perfect (Perfect Indiana) Paperback – October 23, 2012
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"Far From Perfect is a romance with heart. Noah is a delightful hero whose tortured soul is nearly impossible to resist. Ceejay was tough to like at times, but matured nicely. This is a sweet read that will leave a smile in its wake." —Romance Novel News
About the Author
As a child, Barbara Longley moved frequently, learning early on how to entertain herself with stories. Adulthood didn’t tame her peripatetic ways: she has lived on an Appalachian commune, taught on an Indian reservation, and traveled the country from coast to coast. After having children of her own, she decided to try staying put, choosing Minnesota as her home. By day, she puts her master’s degree in special education to use teaching elementary school. By night, she explores all things mythical, paranormal, and newsworthy, channeling what she learns into her writing.
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Barbara holds a Masters in Education, and taught for many years. She enjoys exploring things mythical, metaphysical, paranormal and anything newsworthy. Much of what she learns makes its way into her stories, where all things are possible. 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, or follow her Amazon author page.
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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
THE HIGHLANDER'S BARGAIN
2015 GDRWA Booksellers' Best
If you are interested in reading excerpts of her other works of fiction, please visit her website
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Top Customer Reviews
We meet Ceejay Lovejoy preparing her laundry while her boyfriend Matt is anxious to leave their apartment. He leaves all right. He leaves Ceejay at the curb, literally, after stealing her car and life savings. She's pregnant, all alone, with no money, no car and her dreams of escaping small town Perfect, Indiana are gone. Aunt Jenny takes her back to the family homestead where Ceejay lives and raises her daughter Lucinda Mae (Luce) until she can take herself and Luce out of Perfect and to a big city where no one knows her life's history. There's only one problem, Noah Langford shows up on her doorstep with a kind heart and soul she can't resist.
Noah Langford is a veteran who has returned home after surviving a suicide bombing, losing a leg, and is now coping with PTSD. His stepbrother dies in an accident and while looking through personal belongings, Noah finds an addressed envelope, cash, a letter and a life insurance policy for the woman his stepbrother abandoned when he found out she was pregnant. Informing his parents of this news, he sets out on a journey of healing, finding himself and unexpected love.
This story grabs you from the beginning and holds you till the end. You will be swept away to Perfect, Indiana and won't want to leave. Barbara Longley writes with the charming detail, color, life and emotion. You will smile and you will cry. Far From Perfect now sits on my keeper shelf alongside my Nora Roberts books. Yes, it's that good.
*Interesting characters, the main characters have a lot of depth. And even a few of the side characters are explored.
*Well thought-out and detailed plot.
*Could feel the connection between the two main characters.
*Definitely become emotionally invested in the characters.
*Author tends to repeat herself. One specific example; "She knew that intellectually, but emotionally?" Phrase was repeated several times throughout the book.
*Passage of time and confrontations are done rather abruptly.
*Sometimes the characters acted a bit contradictory, and due to that there were one or two plot points that just seemed off.
Overall: Took off a few stars for the cons but overall I would say a good read. Talented author.
The first four chapters were really good (a fourth of the book). I was enjoying it and full of anticipation. Then in chapter 5 Ceejay was bitter, narrow minded, angry and mean to the well-meaning grandmother. I would not have done what she did. Ceejay was angry at Matt, but she directed her anger at others. And Ceejay continued being rude, angry and mean later in the book (several times). I don't require perfect heroines. That would be boring. I'm ok with heroines doing stupid or unlikeable things when it fits, but here it made me angry. I would have preferred circumstances and other characters create the conflicts.
The last part of the book reminded me of TV/Lifetime movies. Major life events happen for various characters - health issues, accidents, marriage, children, careers, moving. This was ok, but filming doesn't pick up the depth and inner feelings that books can. I wanted more chemistry and interesting relationship development between Ceejay and Noah, and maybe with some of the other characters as well.
I loved Noah. He is close to being the ideal boyfriend/husband. I'd love to have a mother-in-law like Allison. She was meddlesome in a compassionate, loving, and helpful way.
The narrator Kate Rudd seemed ok. I wonder if her tone of voice made the heroine less likeable for me. I'm not sure.
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Unabridged audiobook length: 9 hrs and 56 mins. Swearing language: moderate including religious swear words, but rarely used. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: 2. Setting: current day Perfect, Indiana. Book copyright: 2012. Genre: contemporary romance, amputee.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoyed getting to know the folks in Perfect and look forward to reading the whole series!Published 13 days ago by Clint Worthley
Book was slow and too many steps backward instead of going forward. I felt like the female character was even more messed up than the male and she couldn't see what was in front... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Martha Treleaven
I had originally gotten this book because I lived in IN all my life.. As I read the book I fell in love with the characters.. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Heather
I really enjoyed this book. I was first drawn to it because of the wounded warrior angle. My husband is a veteran and so I enjoy reading about military men and women falling in... Read morePublished 17 days ago by April Adams
First book that I have read by this author and I was greatly impressed. The main characters were interesting and the small town residences added to the story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amanda
Loved the book! It makes you feel for all the characters. If you know anything about PTSD, I hope you'll want to do more for our Military personnel and their families.Published 2 months ago by Debra B.
Barbara Longley does an excellent job with creating believable characters. You soon feel that you are part of this warm-hearted family! The settings are well-defined and inviting. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Customer in Texas