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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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    Lydia United States 05-24-14
    Lydia United States 05-24-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Fun listen"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hilary Honolulu, HI, United States 05-24-14
    Hilary Honolulu, HI, United States 05-24-14 Member Since 2014
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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 2011
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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 2014
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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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    Amazon Customer Pacifica, CA USA 05-13-14
    Amazon Customer Pacifica, CA USA 05-13-14 Member Since 2014

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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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    S Sullivan Indiana 05-10-13
    S Sullivan Indiana 05-10-13
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    "Typical Romance novel, but enjoyable."
    What made the experience of listening to Far from Perfect the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was very good.


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

    I read it in two sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    I would read other books by the same narrator.

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    Blake Sydney, Australia 12-08-12
    Blake Sydney, Australia 12-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Pretty Close to Perfect!"
    What other book might you compare Far from Perfect to and why?

    Hmmm...Perhaps Brenda Novak's: Whisky Creek Series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first 'love' scene - and no not for that reason. Noah baring his scars to her. The comfort Noah gives Ceejay in her time of need. The jumping on the bed - hilarious. There's some clever moments crafted in this book - I listen to audio books on the bus to and from work each day, so it's rather inconvenient when I have public tears followed by laughter. At least I have a seat all to myself.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Noah's character is amazing...the pain and healing he endures is what makes this book a fave of mine. A truly heart melting and soul warm love story. Loved the book, the storyline is great. I feel humbled that men and women live and give their lives to keep our peace and this book brings that home.


    Any additional comments?

    Leaves you with a 'warm and fuzzy'. I've read the teaser for Book 2 from Barbara's website - WOW! Annoyed that Book 2 isn't out until May 2013 (pouty face).

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    Lia Sutton, Australia 05-28-14
    Lia Sutton, Australia 05-28-14 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Pleasant Surprise"

    What a pleasant surprise!! I have never listened to this author before and I am really glad that I did. I didn't expect much because I got this book on sale and some of the reviews were a bit negative. I don't know why because on Amazon the book had great reviews

    I really like the male character in this book, Noah. He was a wounded veteran of the Iraq war. He is compassionate, strong and smart. He falls in love with the heroine. He is convinced that he is broken not only because of his physical disability, but because of his PTSD.

    The heroine is CJ. She is also broken. Her mother abandoned her, her baby daddy left her pregnant and she thinks everyone in this very small town pities her. She wants to move to a large city where no one knows her and start a new life with her daughter.

    Things transpire and these two end up together. It is a very nice romance.

    This is an enjoyable listen that is well written. No cliff hanger - thank God for that. Check it out.

    Narrative mode: 3rd person. Unabridged audiobook length: 9 hrs and 56 mins. Swearing language: moderate including religious swear words, but rarely used. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: 2. Setting: current day Perfect, Indiana. Book copyright: 2012. Genre: contemporary romance.

    I love Kate Rudd and she did a good job with this story

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