How long do you hold on to hope?
Danica Greene has always hated flying, so it was almost laughable that the boy of her dreams was a pilot. She married him anyway and together, she and Etsell settled into a life where love really did seem to conquer all. Danica is firmly rooted on the ground in Blackhawk, the small town in northern Iowa where they grew up, and the wide slashes of sky that stretch endlessly across the prairie seem more than enough for Etsell. But when the opportunity to spend three weeks in Alaska helping a pilot friend presents itself, Etsell accepts and their idyllic world is turned upside down. It’s his dream, he reveals, and Danica knows that she can’t stand in the way. Ell is on his last flight before heading home when his plane mysteriously vanishes shortly after takeoff, leaving Danica in a free fall. Etsell is gone, but what exactly does gone mean? Is she a widow? An abandoned wife? Or will Etsell find his way home to her? Danica is forced to search for the truth in her marriage and treks to Alaska to grapple with the unanswerable questions about her husband’s mysterious disappearance. But when she learns that Ell wasn’t flying alone and that a woman is missing, too, the bits and pieces of the careful life that she had constructed for them in Iowa take to the wind. A story of love and loss, and ultimately starting over, Far From Here explores the dynamics of intimacy and the potentially devastating consequences of the little white lies we tell the ones we love.
This book starts out with Ell flying a plane and taking his wife Danica up with him, which terrifies her. Then we learn that Ell is missing and Danica is lost not knowing if she is a widow or deserted or if he is injured and needing help. His plane disappears in Alaska and she finds herself at a loss of what to do to find her husband. The rescue squad looking for him, has stopped unable to figure out where he was headed. She takes Ell’s sort of mother Hazel with her and finds herself flying in a plane to Alaska the thing she hates the most. When she gets to Alaska she learns a woman is missing as well named Samantha, which makes Danica wonder if there is more to the situation then she knows. This story is also told through back flashes to the couple’s relationship, and the relationship Danica has with her mother and sisters. Danica slowly tries to pick up the pieces and move on with her life and do the right thing. The vast majority of the book is dealing with her grief, anger and trying to cope with what happened. Just when you think she figured it out, Sam shows up and drops another bombshell on Danica and Danica has to decide what to do. As this is happening a relationship between Danica and Benjamin her neighbor and local church Pastor is developing. The ending really leaves something you with a big question. I really enjoyed this story, definitely had me on the verge of tears at times.