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Far from Perfect: A Love from the Heartland Novel, Book 1 | [Barbara Longley]

Far from Perfect: A Love from the Heartland Novel, Book 1

For Ceejay Lovejoy, life in Perfect, Indiana, has been anything but. Abandoned by her parents and left pregnant by her boyfriend, Ceejay has had to fight every step of the way to carve out a future for herself and her daughter. She swears off men for good - until the day Noah Langford appears on her doorstep. Noah narrowly survived the roadside bombing in Iraq that cost him his leg, returning home to the news that his stepbrother, Matt, has died in a car accident. It is the final blow to Noah’s shattered soul - until he learns about the girlfriend and baby Matt abandoned.
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Publisher's Summary

For Ceejay Lovejoy, life in Perfect, Indiana, has been anything but. Abandoned by her parents and left pregnant by her boyfriend, Ceejay has had to fight every step of the way to carve out a future for herself and her daughter. She swears off men for good - until the day Noah Langford appears on her doorstep.

Noah narrowly survived the roadside bombing in Iraq that cost him his leg, returning home to the news that his stepbrother, Matt, has died in a car accident. It is the final blow to Noah’s shattered soul - until he learns about the girlfriend and baby Matt abandoned. Suddenly Noah has a new mission: to make amends with the family his brother rejected.

From the moment he meets Ceejay, her beauty and warmth act like a balm on his fractured heart. But when a painful secret comes to light, it threatens to break the fragile bond growing between them...and to destroy a love powerful enough to heal them both.

©2012 Barbara Longley (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Mona 10-05-14
    Mona 10-05-14
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    "Great book"
    Would you listen to Far from Perfect again? Why?

    great love story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Far from Perfect?

    learning to live with meager supplies


    Which character – as performed by Kate Rudd – was your favorite?

    don't remember the names.... but the young man


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    almost, had trouble putting it down


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    DonnaRussell Tempe, AZ, United States 08-20-14
    DonnaRussell Tempe, AZ, United States 08-20-14 Member Since 2009
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    Any additional comments?

    Every once in a while I want a romance. This is a good romance. I liked the characters, the story, the setup with the dead brother and materialistic grandparents. You knew from the beginning what was going to happen, and it did, and all's right with the world. It's not a book you would sit down and just listen to, but it is great for waiting in line, or painting, or cleaning the kitchen. I found it quite satisfying for that.

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    rad33 Texas 07-14-14
    rad33 Texas 07-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story"
    Would you listen to Far from Perfect again? Why?

    Great Story - however the narrator leave much to be desired. Everytime she says "to" it sounds like she is reading from a script.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Far from Perfect?

    all


    How could the performance have been better?

    different narrator


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no - over a couple of days


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lit Chick 07-07-14
    Lit Chick 07-07-14 Member Since 2011

    Litchick

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    Average says it all. Just an ok story, the narrator was just ok. Too much story not enough romance for my tastes. It was just a sweet story with a HEA ending.

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    Nicole Bednar 06-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful feel-good, human interest story"
    What made the experience of listening to Far from Perfect the most enjoyable?

    The character development and voice recordings were really enjoyable and really had me looking forward to my next opportunity to listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Far from Perfect?

    The transformation of both families to unite into one.


    What does Kate Rudd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice couldn't have been a more perfect match for this story.


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    Judith 06-22-14
    Judith 06-22-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Nice story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I didn't finish listening to the story as the narration was very hard to listen to.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Not every letter and syllable needs to be pronounced.


    Was Far from Perfect worth the listening time?

    The story is good and I would like to know how concludes; but not worth the irritation.


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    Raychel 06-19-14
    Raychel 06-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not my typical book but Loved it"
    What did you love best about Far from Perfect?

    Its real life for many people. The story line makes you feel like you are there in Perfect.


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    Susan 06-11-14
    Susan 06-11-14
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    "Predictable."

    All the "good guys" are gorgeous and rich. The "bad guys" are ugly slugs. All ends happily for the the "good guys".

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    Megan IL, United States 05-27-14
    Megan IL, United States 05-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Unbelievably awful story"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Barbara Longley again?

    I seriously doubt it.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The relationship between CJ and Noah is probably the most dysfunctional and poorly written I have ever read. From the beginning Noah tried to manipulate CJ and "handle" her by passive aggressively forcing her into doing what he wanted without regard to her thoughts and feelings. I was hoping that this would be satire! The way everyone dismissed CJ's role and rights as a mother and pushed her for access to her daughter was appalling. And the fact that CJ got "upset" but just let everyone handle her...I just can't even review it coherently. I couldn't even make it to the end of the book. I have never turned off an audiobook because I was so mad at the story - but I did with this book. If CJ ended up with Noah after he tried to handle and mansplain how to raise her daughter and what was best for them I think I would have screamed. I am now mad all over again after typing out the review.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there was a way I could get my time back. This book should be required reading for all high school girls so they know what red-flag behavior to look for in men before they get into serious relationships. Is he like Noah? RUN.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marydior 05-25-14
    Marydior 05-25-14
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    "Good but not great."

    I enjoyed this listen despite the fact I found Ceejay too insecure and needy to be enjoyable as the female lead. Fortunately Noah was everything Ceejay wasn't which helped move the story along. Kate Rudd did a good job with the narration which added significantly to the listening experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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