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Four Thousand Miles [Kindle Edition]

Jesi Lea Ryan
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When Natalie Spencer loses both her career and marriage in the same morning, the emotional shock sends her on a spontaneous journey to England. There, she is nearly mugged in a Tube station, but an introverted songwriter named Gavin Ashby scares off her attackers. Recognizing Natalie’s fragile state, Gavin offers help and invites her to recuperate from her trauma at his country home.

As she adjusts to her new role and surroundings, Natalie finds healing by helping others. Gavin and his family begin to accept Natalie into their hearts, leading her to a choice…abandon her old life in the States and trust in a new chance at love, or flee once again?

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Product Details

  • File Size: 413 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Publisher: DCL Publications, LLC (October 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00529VU8A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #873,752 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Journey! June 29, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I just finished 4000 Miles. If you're looking for a gentle romance that will sweep you off to another country, this is it. The author has drawn interesting characters who keep your interest. You want to know what is going to happen to them.

Ryan's gift for description is wonderful. She shows you the English countryside in a way that makes you feel right at home, wishing you could be there in person. Her heroine is intelligent, vulnerable at all the right times, and strong when she needs to be. Natalie is someone we all want to identify with. Gavin is the guy every woman hopes to meet; sensitive, gentle and loving.

The story flows at a good pace. You have time to get comfortable in Kent just as Natalie does. Misunderstandings occur at the worst times, as they tend to do in fragile new relationships. I don't want to give anything away because I really enjoyed the journey in this book. I want you to enjoy it, too. Read 4000 Miles.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant debut novel! May 25, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I absolutely loved "Four Thousand Miles." Natalie is instantly relatable, in that she's your average working girl, just laid off in the bad economy, just like so many other people in this country. She has a very real attitude, and as you watch her life fall apart in one morning, you instantly feel sorry for her. From that moment on, you want to know how she's going to handle it, what is going to happen next as she goes on this journey to sort her new life out. She flies away to England, almost literally stumbles upon a handsome British bloke with issues of his own, and at this point, you are totally sucked in. I honestly couldn't stop reading, and as the book was on my computer screen, that's saying something.

This book is well-written, engaging, funny, and tragic all at the same time. The romance is executed brilliantly, and I loved all of the characters, and the development of the relationships between Natalie and the people of Kent.

I highly recommend this to anyone who feels like their life is falling apart, loves England, loves Romance or Chick Lit, and/or small towns.

I can't wait to read more by Jesi Lea Ryan!! This was a fabulous debut novel.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for a great summer read? May 25, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Then look no further! This is a great book to relax with on a lazy summer day - or curl up with on a cozy winter's night, too! Natalie's life falls apart and she runs off to London to get away and think. When she runs into a spot of trouble, she meets Gavin who offers her the chance to regroup and plan at his family's B&B. But she finds life never lets you take it easy for long.

I really enjoyed this story. I found the characters engaging and real. They made mistakes, had flaws, and yet were likeable and genuine. The romance is well handled, and I really wanted to see how things would work out for Natalie. I laughed, I cried, I recommended it to my family and friends!

A great start for a this author! Can't wait to see what she does next...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved This Book!! May 25, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book!! This is a great first effort from a very promising author!! I cannot wait for her next story!!

I found the story very engaging, couldn't put it down until the end!!

I know Ms. Riggles has a great career ahead of her!!

Shaunna Gage : O )
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, pleasurable read! June 28, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Jesi Lea Ryan inspires readers with her first novel about Natalie Spencer. Natalie is having problems and like the typical person runs away, specifically to another country. There she finds the love and friendship of many new friends including Gavin, who help bridge the gap between past and future. Natalie inspired me to be brave, have faith, and stay strong. Sometimes running is the right thing to do! I recommend you read the story of Natalie and find the courage that lies within you!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Usually a Nicholas Sparks Reader and LOVED this book! February 8, 2013
By Julie
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Just finished this book late last night. Literally couldn't put it down. I'm not a big reader so when I read a book, it's gotta keep me interested, keep moving and have characters that are real and intriging. You pull for these charachters throughout the whole book and are in constant anticipation of what's gonna happen next. Just loved this book and highly recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Thousand Miles May 26, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Natalie Spencer just had to get away. Losing her job was bad enough. Then her self-absorbed mother just informed her that she was pregnant- and the father is a former classmate's of Natalie's. And she found out her husband had been leading a double life and an affair under her nose for years. Yes, Natalie Spencer just had to get away. She takes the first flight out of Milwaukee that she can find and ends up in London- only to nearly get mugged in the Tube station. Gavin Ashby comes to Natalie's rescue, thwarting the mugging attempt and offering her a place to recover at his home. Gavin provides a distraction to Natalie and the crumbling state of her life, and they form a special friendship. But when Natalie realizes she may be falling for Gavin, she doesn't know if she can give up her life back in the States and stay in London with him. She must decide if she is willing to give love another chance, or if she should just get away.

I really liked Four Thousand Miles, the debut novel from Jesi Lea Ryan. Natalie was a terrific heroine, and I supported her when she boarded that plane to London. Her journey with Gavin was romantic yet tricky. I was never quite sure Natalie was going to realize what a great guy Gavin was, and the ending had me flipping frantically through the pages to see how the relationship turned out. I think one of the main reasons I connected so much with this novel is because it felt very real. Natalie was a real girl living in Milwaukee, struggling with her job and family, and did what I would probably have done- fled. Even the ending that had me guessing felt real, because it wasn't just a nice and tidy little love story ending. There were real people with real problems going through the motions and figuring out their lives. And I love that! I think Jesi Lea Ryan did an outstanding job in Four Thousand Miles, and I hope she has more for us soon.
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Jesi Lea Ryan grew up in the Mississippi River town of Dubuque, IA. She holds bachelor degrees in creative writing and literature and a masters degree in business. She considers herself a well-rounded nerd who can spend hours on the internet researching things like British history, anthropology of ancient people, geography of random parts of the world, bad tattoos and the paranormal. She currently lives in Madison, WI with her husband and two exceptionally naughty kitties.

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