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"A gorgeous book; from the strangely tactile, softly coloured cover right through to the unresolved ending, Kobras plays on all the senses to weave a tale of love that is bigger than either of the main characters. Her style is reminiscent of Anita Shreve, and if you liked Body Surfing, then you will love this." --Jane Travers
"Kobras delivers a story of love that transcends time and crosses continents. Poignant and beautiful . . . Fans will appreciate her fresh voice." --Donna Carrick, author of IPPY Award-winner,The First Excellence --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
The storyline for The Distant Shore was inspired by her fascination with the limitations fame can impose on people. Her book explores the value of love in a world where money and a front-page photo are sometimes more important than a person's soul. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- Publication date : January 16, 2012
- File size : 1603 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 346 pages
- Publisher : Buddhapuss Ink LLC (January 16, 2012)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B007B4X7TE
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,706,366 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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When Jon Stone receives a letter from the son he never knew existed his life is turned upside down. He drops everything and heads to Norway to reconnect with the love that escaped him so many years before. Although love always seems to be the motive, Jon and Naomi forge a tumultuous and strained relationship each feeling guilty over past mistakes. Love, as always, triumphs over all and Jon and Naomi find themselves in each others arms again, picking up right where they left off. But, not everyone is happy about this union and others will stop at nothing to end it. Can Jon and Naomi survive their second chance at love?
The Distant Shores is a well written romantic story that easily captivates readers with its thick plot and abundance of intriguing characters. I fell in love with this story, but tired quickly of Naomi's negativity and whining. I felt like she had such a beautiful opportunity for happiness and spent much of her time trying to make Jon pay for the poor choices she made many years before. Jon seems so patient with her and repents for his past transgressions, but it never appears to be enough for Naomi. Her personality, although frustrating, makes The Distant Shores into a heartfelt painful romance that played on my emotions and held my attention until the end. I am eager to read Book 2.
I highly recommend picking up a copy.
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So how and why did it end up on my Kindle? Simple really, it was a limited offer free download on Amazon and because money is extremely tight right now I am taking the opportunity to get as many freebies as possible. Having said that, it sat in my "Waiting to be Read" folder for 3 months before I got around to reading it but once I started I just couldn't put it down until the end.
I had been expecting the usual love 'em and leave 'em type of Rock Star story, the kind of light, wild sex filled, candy floss for the brain, book. Instead what the author has produced is a deep love story filled with so many emotions that I times I had to reach for the box of tissues. But not once did I find myself getting cross with the characters for being stupid or superficial because they aren't.
I don't intend to actually go into the story as I feel that I couldn't possibly do it justice and I also have no desire to spoil it in any way for any future readers. All I would say is that it is one of those books that I know I will be re-reading in the very near future.
Oh and the only reason I didn't give it 5*s is that the book could have done with more editorial work to correct the typographical and grammatical errors, which is a bit of a bugbear for me.
There is only one reason I've given this book four stars rather than five. For me - and this is a personal preference - the middle section, which comprises about 80% of the book, didn't have enough conflict in the storytelling. The characters go through a beautifully depicted and utterly believable series of ups and downs, as they get to know each other again after a long parting. But, for me, there wasn't enough threat; I barely worried about them at all, until the stakes were raised close to the end of the book. (Also, there were too many flashbacks for my taste - but I guess that's inevitable, with this narrative, and again, it's a personal preference.)
Given this, it is a testament to the writer's skill that I didn't get bored. And Mariam Kobras is very skilled - which didn't surprise me, because I know her on Twitter as a highly articulate, clever, compassionate, funny writer. Her characterisation is excellent, and her descriptions superb. She took me to coastal California, New York streets, and a remote area of Norway; places I've never been to in real life, but now feel as if I've visited, thanks to her evocative descriptions. And I know much more about the jet set lifestyle than I did before I read this book - for a start, I now understand why it's called the 'jet set' - so Mariam is also a good researcher, or a closet superstar (I'm hedging my bets on this one).
I found that the first and last sections of the novel, where the conflict was strongest, were entirely compelling. It's definitely worth reading, and if you like romance, you'll probably love it.
Jon and Naomi's love story had me captivated and I was carried along on the roller coaster of their relationship. Her ability to set a scene had me transported to Norway, New York and beyond. I got a sense of the bleakness and remoteness of Naomi's hideaway in Norway, yet she still conveyed the beauty of the place and the warmth of the people.
She shows an insight into personal relationships and reveals a vulnerability in her characters which makes them endearing and leaves you rooting for good things to happen to them. The journey she takes us on is not an easy one for her characters as they struggle to overcome years of separation and the differences in their lifestyles, hopes and dreams.
I look forward to book 2 coming out in October and have no hesitation in recommending Distant Shores as perfect escapism.
The story draws you in & has you hooked right from the start Mariam sets the scene perfectly and you want to find out what happens to Jon & Naomi to see how the journey they began several years ago turns out
It is a story of twists and turns of a love lost & found again, but is it forever? I won't spoil it for you by giving anything away you just keep turning the pages, it helps that you get to know the characters really well learn about their hopes and fears and see their vulnerable side, Mariam gives beautiful descriptions of Norway, so well that you can feel how bleak it is & wonder why Naomi chose to flee there just how bad was it to make her want to spend time in such a cold bleak place,
If you are going on a beach holiday this book is a must to take with you is pure escapism just what you need
I can't wait for the next part of the trilogy.