Running from Love: A Story for Runners and Lovers Paperback – November 13, 2012
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 14.1 ounces
- Paperback : 386 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1477599738
- ISBN-13 : 978-1477599730
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 13, 2012)
- Product Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.87 x 8 inches
- Language: : English
Best Sellers Rank:
#12,699,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #122,427 in Contemporary Women Fiction
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Farrah is a competitive racer and will do anything to win. She takes it too serious, whereas I just like to run for fun. Track and Field and other races are of no interest to me.
From then on, we get a team of racers that get together and talk about what? That's right. Racing. Calve definition, biceps, triceps, muscle building, running form, diets, etc. Oh, brother. I hope this is not all they talk about throughout the book. But I couldn't stand the insipidness any longer to find out.
The running. My favorite is the scene on Wave Hill, but I enjoyed all the running scenes.
The ending scene. It's silly and fun and pairs up the running and romance perfectly.
Too many minor characters are there mostly to advise Farrah or Jude. Many of them have just about no purpose but to offer advice. I actually liked Missy because she had her own life and her own motives.
Not enough comedy during the parts where Farrah and Jude misunderstand each other.
Will is such a cookie-cutter bad guy. He would be more interesting if he had some good traits. Farrah did love him.
The only thing wrong with the book is that quotes are frequently missing around spoken words. It's a bit hard to figure out when a speaker is speaking or finishes speaking when the quotes are missing. I had to re-read those parts (and there are a lot of them) for clarity. Fixing the missing quotes issue would greatly improve the reading ease of the story.
It was a freebie and it was entertaining but just not memorable.
However, I found I HATED the heroine. She was self-centered, judgmental, and stupid to name a few. She goes with a guy for 3 years, he criticizes, judges her every action, tells her how to talk, does everything but physically slap her. He is the love of her live! R U KIDDING ME? This guy is a total jerk and has no redeeming qualities. He dumps her over the phone no less and in 8 months he is married to the rich socialite. Then after a short time he decides the marriage is not working because he is bored so he shows up back on her doorstep.
She gets ready pissed because she sees the hero with a group of women and assumes the worst. Hangs up on him because he was talking to a woman on the phone, etc. Acts like a crazy woman. BUT SHE IS SEEING HER EX who is still legally married, in some countries, and she seems to be okay with that. REALLY? At least he wasn't DATING any of these women he was just having his picture taken, in public, with them. She is DATING a married man, considering having sex with him again but oh, almost forgot. He was the love of her life. Sterling character that he is.
The hero I liked. Sort of. He has all the makings of a good hero, he came from a poor family and was the son of the custodian of one of the largest estates in his area. So he grew up around rich but he didn't share in it. So far so good. But then, he seems to do everything he can to copy the rich that he professes to dislike. Especially the fake and phony women. Yet every goal seems to get into the country club to be around them. And he pretends to be one of them to achieve it. Didn't make sense.
Now here is where he lost me. He falls for the runner girl, an average hard working girl paying her own way and not a lot left over after paying. She treats him like crap. He keeps chasing her. WHY? She had no sweet, loving traits. Just snarky hateful actions. AND to top it all off. When the ex shows up she spends way too much time considering taking him back.
NOW< just ONE reason why she should take him back. He dumps her without a second thought to her feelings, etc. He treated her like crap the whole time he was dating her, she was never good enough. OH BUT I almost forgot. He was the LOVE of her life! Really, that is LOVE? So he drops back in and wants to take up right where they left off. And she is undecided? I got so annoyed with this girl and so disgusted that he would become such a doormat for her that I quit reading right around Thanksgiving. I went back to the reviews and one after another was loved the book, great book, etc. I just do not see it. Plus, I will admit the hero had a lot of thoughts that just were not hero like to me. Plus, he seemed to be broke, in debt, and instead of doing something about it, he would just charge something else. Not a trait that I would think high on the pro list. Maybe these people were more real than most of the characters I like to read about. If so, I would rather get away from real and get back into fiction. I didn't care for it and really did not like the characters, especially the heroine and her ex, they really deserved each other. Of course, I did learn one thing. I now know why the divorce rate is so high if morons like this marry how could it possibly last? He did it to her once and she was setting herself up for him to do it again.
All thru the book she gets good advice in remembering thoughts her parents shared with her. Too bad she didn't listen to more of them.
Top reviews from other countries
Frau Gaston baut über fast 400 Seiten emotional reichhaltige Bilder sowie die Identitätsumwandlung und Identitätsfindung der beiden Protagonisten auf. Es ist ihr im besonderen Maße gelungen, diese innere Landschaft, lebendig, realitätsnah und sehr einfühlsam, ebenso sehr authentisch darzustellen. Es handelt sich um realitätsgetreue emotionale und soziale Konflikte, die jeder von uns in der einen oder anderen Facetten kennt oder sogar erfahren hat.
Die Schriftstellerin hat ein besonderes Gespür und auch Freude an der Sprache. Ich habe ihre Wortschöpfungen und ihre Wortwahl sehr genossen. Ihre Sprache ist wie ein gutes Glas Wein oder Champagner. Ich kann dieses Buch sehr empfehlen.