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How Far Is Heaven? (Louise Golden Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

Laurie Hanan
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Book Description

Christmas is never easy for mail carriers. But for Louise Golden, the season of good cheer is about to become a nightmare. Exhausted after a long day of delivering mail in nasty weather, Louise is heading back to the station when, through the heavy rain, a ghostlike figure appears in her headlights. Louise hits her brakes, but it’s too late.
The girl is taken to the hospital, unconscious. Who is she? What was she doing in the middle of the road on a rainy night, dressed only in an oversized tee-shirt? Why hasn’t anyone reported her missing? When Jane Doe regains consciousness, she remembers nothing—not even her own name. Louise befriends the frightened girl, who then disappears.
Louise is suspended from work during the accident investigation, and uses her time to search for the missing girl. Meanwhile, with the holiday in full swing around her, Louise is confronted with religious traditions she feels no connection to. And how in the world is she supposed to sort out her relationships with the four men in her life? Each of them seems almost right, and yet so completely wrong.
Sexier and grittier than Almost Paradise, the second Louise Golden mystery takes the reader on a true Hawaiian roller coaster ride.


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About the Author

Laurie grew up in the picturesque islands of the South Pacific. Her father pioneered air travel to many of the tiny islands, and Laurie often accompanied him on his flights. She moved to Seattle to study photography and dance at the University of Washington. While there, she discovered an interest in Jewish Studies, Hebrew, and Middle Eastern dance. She moved to Israel to pursue these subjects, earning her keep by working in the cotton fields of the Jezreel Valley. Laurie moved to London, then lived in several European countries, before returning to Israel. It was on this second trip to Israel that she met the love of her life. They eloped and were married in Cyprus. Laurie and her husband spent time exploring the Far East, before settling in Hawaii. Laurie had a career with the Postal Service, and raised three children. She retired in 2006 and started writing her Louise Golden mystery series. She also promotes animal rights and rescue, and practices yoga, meditation, and qi gong. Laurie lives on Oahu with her husband, two youngest children, a Westie and an alley cat.

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  • File Size: 2022 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hoaka Moon Publishing (March 7, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IMHGQ4
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Seamier Side to Paradise May 8, 2012
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The second book in Laurie Hanen's Louise Golden mystery series, How Far is Heaven?, has a grittier plot than her debut novel, Almost Paradise. Both offer a strong protagonist and an entertaining story.

How Far is Heaven? opens with a gripping action scene. The stage is set for a story that takes the reader on a tumultuous journey to a seamier side of Paradise. Away from the bright lights of tourist attractions, illegal activities have slipped under the radar, festering unchecked until Louise Golden stumbles upon, or more accurately, drivers her mail truck into, the heart of the matter.

Several new facets of protagonist Louise Golden's character are revealed as the story progresses. During a trip to New York's Manhattan, a new dimension of her personal life unfolds that is both endearing and controversial. Tension builds as Louise experiences conflicting emotions over the death of an estranged family member. The strain of expectations, real or imagined, only adds to her stress.

As mentioned, the novel opens in Honolulu. Louise is suspended from her job over an accident that was beyond her control. While the case is under investigation, she travels to Manhattan, where she attempts to gain perspective into the earlier years of her life. Upon returning to Honolulu, she resumes her search for an evil that has woven its tentacles deep into a segment of life in Hawaii. As that world begins to unravel, Louise is dragged into a situation that turns life-threatening.

Before reading How Far is Heaven?, I wondered how the horse on the book's cover related to a mystery set in Hawaii. Now I know.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How Far is Heaven April 8, 2012
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I just finished Laurie Hanan's kindle version of How Far is Heaven! It was a great read, from the moment I started it, I couldn't put it down.

I felt like I was in Hawaii sharing the same feelings as Louise!

If you love easy reading books that have a little romance, a little sadness, a lot of action and set in a a beautiful location -- this is the book for you.

Pick up a copy, I know you will not be dissapointed.

Looking forward to the next Louis Golden adventure!!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars how far is heaven July 17, 2012
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Exciting, entertaining, and beautifully written! Laurie has a fresh and unique way of telling her stories! Not the same old, same old!! When I reached the last page I wanted the story to keep on going!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your average mail carrier! October 21, 2012
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It took me a little while to settle into the mellow pacing of Laurie Hanan's How Far is Heaven? but once I did, I couldn't leave the complex, layered world she built around Louise Golden, a mail carrier who is so much more: a young woman with family issues, a "complicated" love life, and a menage of pets. The central drama, the rescue of a young woman from a family keeping her as a sex slave, almost isn't as dramatic as Louise's pilgrimage to bury her estranged father in the strange world of New York...or her exploration of her relationships with three different, intriguing men. In spite of these seeming glamorous interludes, nothing in Louise's life is glitzy and her angst is believable, as is her quest for justice for a woman who won't get any without her help. The story has a "real Hawaii" feel that only someone who makes their home here can understand, from the intimate friendships with neighbors to the use of pit bulls for security.
Write on, Laurie!
Toby Neal, author of the Lei Crime SeriesBlood Orchids (The Lei Crime Series)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This series is going to be one to watch June 11, 2012
Format:Paperback
In her second Louise Golden Mystery, Laurie Hanan once again takes us to Paradise, where there is a new and very different mystery to be solved. We learn more about Louise, her background, her conflicts, and her complicated love life in this installment, but her commitment to never letting go until she finds an answer is once again on display. The setting of Christmastime in Hawaii plays as much a role in this finely crafted mystery as the intriguing characters. The characters that return from the first book grow in depth while retaining the features that made us care about them the first time around. The Louise Golden Series is one that you will want to climb on board, if you haven't already, and hang on for all the exciting stories that are sure to come. laurie knows how to capture and hold your interest while continually inviting you to explore what is beneath the surface.
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The second book in Laurie Hanan's series, How Far Is Heaven? takes us forward a few years in the life of Lousie Golden. Old characters appear anew as their relationships deepen, and new characters popup, adding texture to Golden's life. She travels from Hawaii to New York in this story, though most of the mystery takes place in Hawaii. In New York, we learn more about Golden's family history and what makes her tick.

I can relate to some parts of Golden's life - my father was a German Jewish immigrant to England and then to the States, and my mother was American from Christian roots that went back to the Mayflower. Gordon's family's Judaism is the focus of her time in New York. A the same time, we learn a little more about her Christian roots, too. I enjoyed the Hebrew verses as they hearken back to times I shared Jewish festivities and funerals with my cousins and friends. I also enjoy learning a little more Hawaiian. It does not distract from the story at all, but adds depth to Golden's personality.

The focus is not the mystery in Hanan's tale, but the development of Louise Gordan and her decisions to empower herself and grow from who she has been to become the stronger woman she is today. There's plenty of growing left to do! Curiosity over who she will become makes the next book in the series one to get!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed, exploring more in the series.
I enjoyed this story enough to order a couple more books from the character series, Paradise and Stairway to Heaven. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Now and Then
5.0 out of 5 stars so that the reader can breeze through without stumbling over poor...
Laurie Hanan's character, Louise Golden, is always entertaining, and this book holds the tension very well. Ms. Read more
Published 2 months ago by A K Gunn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for mystery lovers: Louise Golden Mysteries by Laurie Hanan
Held my attetion till the end. Couldn't wait for the next one.
Published 6 months ago by Maris Mohr
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven, is on the Island!
I enjoyed the second book, I get the impression Louise does not know how to live a quiet life. What I like is the characters are continued in the second book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Martha Levy
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving this series!
I lived in Hawaii for 15 years. To me, Laurie's books are in the "Sue Grafton" tradition, each one better than the last and I love the Hawaii setting. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Deborah A. Mceachern
4.0 out of 5 stars How Far Is HEAVEN?
CUTE BOOK. It had action, suspense and cute animals getting into trouble. But it did not end right for me. Still well worth reading.
Published 15 months ago by Brenda doris flynn
3.0 out of 5 stars How Far is Heaven?
I have been to Hawaii and enjoyed the trip very much. I liked reading about the places I remember from my trip. The story was okay. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars How far is Heaven
enjoyed reading this book. Would recommend it to anyone!!Love a good mystery and this book caught my eye and my time.
Published 16 months ago by Donna Kitts
5.0 out of 5 stars Louise Golden does it again. Another story proves that she can really...
This is a story of a postal worker who overcomes all the odds to solve a crime.....who ever expect that she is a super mind? Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kerstin Lampert
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Not a whole bunch of mistakes that I caught either. One or two that might not even have been real. Of course. I haven't lived in Hawaii in a whole lot of years. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amanda Peck
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Laurie grew up in the picturesque islands of the South Pacific. Her father pioneered air travel to many of the tiny islands, and Laurie often accompanied him on his flights. She moved to Seattle to study photography and dance at the University of Washington. While there, she discovered an interest in Jewish Studies, Hebrew, and Middle Eastern dance. She moved to Israel to pursue these subjects, earning her keep by working in the cotton fields of the Jezreel Valley. Laurie moved to London, then lived in several European countries, before returning to Israel. It was on this second trip to Israel that she met the love of her life. They eloped and were married in Cyprus. Laurie and her husband spent time exploring the Far East, before settling in Hawaii. Laurie had a career with the Postal Service, and raised three children. She retired in 2006 and started writing her Louise Golden mystery series. She also promotes animal rights and rescue, and practices yoga, meditation, and qi gong. Laurie currently lives on Oahu with her husband and two youngest children.

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