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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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    Judith 06-22-14
    Judith 06-22-14 Member Since 2010
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    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 South Elgin, IL, United States 05-27-14
    Megan South Elgin, IL, United States 05-27-14 Member Since 2010
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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.

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    Marydior 05-25-14
    Marydior 05-25-14 Member Since 2010
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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.

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    Lydia United States 05-24-14
    Lydia United States 05-24-14 Member Since 2004
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    I enjoyed this book. While I agree with some of the flaws that other reviews have pointed out, I found the story sweet and entertaining. I liked the characters, although I agree that CJ's anger seemed a little unreasonable and over done. Also, it seemed like things happened too fast at times and too slow at others. Nevertheless I enjoyed the setting and the story and was caught up enough to want to read the second book in the series. Additionally, I think Kate Rudd is an excellent narrator and probably added significantly to the audio version of the book. It's not difficult to imagine that a poor narrator could have turned this audio into a totally different experience that was not nearly as positive.

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    Hilary Honolulu, HI, United States 05-24-14
    Hilary Honolulu, HI, United States 05-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "female lead is a whiney witch too much of the time"
    Would you try another book from Barbara Longley and/or Kate Rudd?

    I will try one more from this series but I am hoping it will have more likable characters in it.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have had the characters in it be so much less irritating. Noah and the Aunt were the only likable adults in the entire story.


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

    I really liked CeeJays Aunt.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    The feeling of actual chemistry between Ceejay and Noah. It would have helped too if she was a more likable person.


    Any additional comments?

    This story had potential. I stuck it out to the end but I found the endless nonsense with Noah's father and the budinski sherriff so very irritating. It seemed to go too far. They were both behaving too stupidly to even be the antagonists of the story.

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    Mary Miami, FL, United States 05-20-14
    Mary Miami, FL, United States 05-20-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Awesome love story ever told!!!"
    What did you love best about Far from Perfect?

    All the lives that were affected and how the pieces of the story fell together.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It would be a toss up between C.J. and Noah.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Rudd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first book I've read and I'm going check out a few more of her books.


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    Davida BUFFALO, NY, United States 05-20-14
    Davida BUFFALO, NY, United States 05-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "TEDIOUS AND NEEDY"

    This was painful. Two broken characters that need constant assurances between the counting and self doubt I was totally exhausted. Couldn't wait for the end. Never again!

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    Page & Andy Lie Pacifica, CA USA 05-13-14
    Page & Andy Lie Pacifica, CA USA 05-13-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Steamy tearjerker"

    This well written romance is the first in the well-named town of perfect. It hasn't been a perfect town for our heroine to grow up in, nor has it been the perfect place for our hero to land in, but I won't spoil the rest for you! Grab a box of Kleenex & enjoy the ride!

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