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The View from Here [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Howzell
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Book Description

The View from Here focuses on the beauties and hardships of marriage; the betrayals and promises made between husbands and wives; and the grief of one woman haunted by secrets.

Nicole Baxter has always tried to control every element of her life, but that control is slipping away. She has issues. Abandonment issues. Marital issues. Conception issues. And she thinks her house in the hills is haunted. It doesn't help that her husband Truman spleunks and climbs, making her worry more with each adventure he takes. As the two grow apart, Nicole makes decisions that may ultimately shatter her fragile marriage.

Her life changes on the afternoon she receives a phone call from the harbor. During a scuba dive, Truman disappears. No one -- not his diving instructor, not the Coast Guard -- can find him. Is he still alive? Or is grief making her believe the impossible?

Editorial Reviews


"Nicole is a character over whom I both despaired and rejoiced, finding her alternately frustrating and inspiring, but ultimately thoroughly engaging, real, and unforgettable."

- Nina Sankovitch, Read All Day --Nina Sankovitch, Read All Day

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  • File Size: 429 KB
  • Print Length: 277 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004BA52W6
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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One of the best things about 'e-books' is that it opens a marketplace for unknown Authors who may not have the big budget publishers promoting their talents. Rachel Howzell was unknown to me anyway and I'm glad to have made her acquaintance with this book. She breathes life into her characters in such a way that you feel you are having a conversation, she deals with the complexities of love and marriage and grief with grace, insight and humor. I try not to read reviews or even descriptions of a book too carefully before I dive in - and that's how I began this book, no expectations. I was swept in and thoroughly engaged throughout and reveled in the discovery of the story as well as the Author. I would like to say that I'm a bit confused as to why this book would be labeled as "African-American Fiction" because that label could be seen as limiting (as most labels are). I didn't find the story or characters to be uniquely black, the themes are universal! Read it - you won't be disappointed and if you are like me you will try to seek out more "Indie Authors" as we do "Indie Rock bands"!
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars My final straw? April 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
After finishing this book, I was tempted to give up on self-published e-books and sell my Kindle on eBay. Yes, it's that bad. (Fortunately, the book I'm reading now makes up for it and has redeemed the Indy Book industry in my eyes.)

The holes in this story are big enough to drive a truck through. The husband is completely non-sympathetic. His widow, the main character, is supposedly an intelligent woman but she acts like a blithering idiot. I have no sympathy for weak women, even less for stupid ones. She installs a camera, way too late, but never thinks to check it? And **SPOILER ALERT** we're supposed to believe the coked up, useless sister of the deceased is smart enough to pull all this off?

My boyfriend has a saying, "buy into the premise and you'll buy into the book." I couldn't buy into the premise and I had no interest in the book. I finished it only because I'm stubborn and was hoping the book would get better. It didn't.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent January 5, 2011
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It was a captivating story and you could relate (even if only imagining the loss of your husband). The story sucks you in and you really get inside the heads of the main character and how she is feeling. I loved the twist at the end. I didn't expect it. I had other ideas of how it might turn out.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a fan of this book but... January 30, 2013
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...I would certainly try another book by this author. A troubled marriage, a tragic loss, and a widow trying to pick up the pieces; the story had all the makings of a solid dramatic novel. But then unexplained things began happening and the main character begins to think she's losing her mind. Several other reviewers commented that the story was predictable but I have to disagree. I had no idea what was going on and even after the big reveal near the end, it still didn't make sense of all the odd occurrences along the way. I liked the themes in the story. I liked Howzell's writing style. And I felt that she did a good job of painting a portrait of grief. But the "mystery" in the story came across as a bit to far-fetched (even fantastical) for my taste.

One other thing bothered me about this book. The author made it a point on several occasions throughout the story to bring up the fact that Nicole (the main character) is black. I thought it was an odd choice because each time she interjected it, it stuck out like a sore thumb. Her race had nothing to do with the story or the emotions behind it. She could have been black, white, or purple for all I cared. I just didn't understand why the author kept mentioning it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Story, Poor Editing February 4, 2012
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This was my first Kindle book, and while I really enjoyed the story (and reading it on my Kindle Fire), I found the editing (or lack thereof) to be extremely distracting. There were multiple typos and myriad formatting errors such as inconsistent paragraph indents and a random center-aligned body paragraph at the end of a chapter. Granted, I work in the design field, so perhaps I'm more sensitive to this sort of thing than most people, but I found it had a significant impact on my enjoyment of an otherwise compelling story.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great portrait of grief, slow read January 25, 2013
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I was bored by the halfway point, but wanted to give this book a chance. I gave it many chances, but the ending was no more satisfying than any other part. Howzell can write poetically, but the plot dragged and the character interactions became repetitive.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare for suspense with a twist! November 15, 2010
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Rachel's novel is a page turner from the very first chapter! 'The View from Here' is a riveting tale that demonstrates the complexities of our relationships while exploring the inner turmoil of remorse. A love story and a spine tingling ghost story all at the same time; this novel effectively delves into the bonds of love, loyalty, friendship and betrayal.

It isn't difficult to empathize with Nicole, the main character in this novel. She is seeking resolution and absolution following the disappearance of her husband, while dealing with a torment which is almost too much for her to endure. She is plagued by supernatural events that are exacerbated by overmedication and exhaustion, while her friends endeavor to assist her through the ordeal. This well crafted and descriptive narrative will have you on the edge of your seat in suspense!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great read
Published 1 month ago by denise clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I couldn't stop reading this book,it kept my interest even though long it didn't waste space with unnecessary descriptions and I was never quite sure what to expect.
Published 3 months ago by dq chick
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Truman was a complete ass as far as husbands go and Nicole was a weak woman who used drugs to help with her grief. Rather boring.
Published 5 months ago by Charlotte Harrison
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many views from there
I managed to get to the end of this book only by making myself tough it out. Somewhere in the middle it got bogged down and stuck in a rut. Read more
Published 6 months ago by SedatelyG
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Just okay
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes time to get into but worth it
it took me a while to get into the beginning of this book but it was worth it. the twists leave you wondering how you didn't see what was coming. a definite read.
Published 6 months ago by Connie
5.0 out of 5 stars A Spectacular Thriller!
This book kept the hairs on my neck standing! Just a really well written mystery, full on intrigue, with characters you feel at one with. Loved it!
Published 7 months ago by Debi S.
2.0 out of 5 stars Where's the focus?
Well, there's a lot going on, lots of moving parts. Haunted house, therapist, high profile job for hubby, hi techie writing job for the wife, suspicions of adultery, missing... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Emilie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story but a little slow read
Good story but it took me a while to get into the book. I thought the end chapters were the best.
Published 7 months ago by Cw
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More About the Author

Rachel Howzell Hall was born and raised in Los Angeles. An avid reader and lover of books, she received her B.A. in English and American Literature from University of California at Santa Cruz.

She is the author of Land of Shadows (Forge, 2014), A Quiet Storm, The View from Here and No One Knows You're Here. She lives in Los Angeles.

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