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"A tender, touching and wonderful depiction of a tortured hero struggling to free himself of the past and a woman struggling to believe she's worth sticking around for." —Connie Brockway, New York Times bestselling author

"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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Product Details

  • Series: Perfect Indiana (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (October 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612185894
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612185897
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (510 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,413,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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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

2014 ACRA Heart of Excellence Readers' Choice Award Winner/Long Contemporary
2014 Virginia Romance Writers' HOLT Medallion Merit Award
2015 GDRWA Booksellers' Best
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Format: Paperback
Far From Perfect is perfect. It is a heartwarming story that will sweep you away to a small American town and have you falling in love with the people who live there.
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.
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*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.
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Ceejay Lovejoy is an unwed mother whose boyfriend stole her money and her car when he deserted her. Years later, his stepbrother, Noah Langford, finds out about her situation while dealing with his dead stepbrother's things. Noah is an Iraqi war veteran who is suffering from post-traumatic stress as a result of the attack that killed his men and lost his leg. He decides to take a trip to see Ceejay in an effort to make things right as well as deal with his own psychological issues. Ceejay lives in the small town of Perfect, Indiana which is full of charming characters - most of whom are relatives and friends whose relationships go back generations. Noah rents a carriage house from Ceejay, and decides to feel his way before telling her who he is, while also trying to heal and find himself. The book is the touching and romantic story of how these two damaged people heal each other. Things are all tied up a little too neatly and unrealistically, but the characters are believable so it is a small nit to pick. The secondary characters are well rounded and involving, and readers will enjoy their visit to Perfect. I look forward to the next book in the series which picks up from where this one leaves off, telling the story of one of the secondary characters. This is a sweet but passionate story, and an involving read.
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FAR FROM PERFECT by Barbara Longley.

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.
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