Far From Home

Far From Home

Belladonna Ink, Book 1

eBook - 2016
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My name is Rachel. I'm straight . . . I think. I also have a mountain of student loans and a smart mouth. I wasn't serious when I told Pari Sadashiv I'd marry her. It was only party banter! Except Pari needs a green card, and she's willing to give me a breather from drowning in debt.

My off-the-cuff idea might not be so terrible. We get along as friends. She's really romantically cautious, which I find heartbreaking. She deserves someone to laugh with. She's kind. And calm. And gorgeous. A couple of years with her actually sounds pretty good. If some of Pari's kindness and calm rubs off on me, that'd be a bonus, because I'm a mess--anorexia is not a pretty word--and my little ways of keeping control of myself, of the world, aren't working anymore.

And if I slip up, Pari will see my cracks. Then I'll crack. Which means I gotta get out, quick, before I fall in love with my wife.

Publisher: Burnsville :, Riptide Publishing,, 2016.
ISBN: 9781626494510
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Oct 09, 2016

I liked this, but it felt a little short, especially as the last 5-10 (my library's overdrive system's page count doesn't match up with what the GR record says, so it's not clear exactly how many pages we're talking about) pages that were included as part of the page count were actually pages of advertising for other books from Riptide Publishing and a short biography on Brown.

Because this was told from Rachel's POV I didn't feel like I got to know Pari as well as I would have liked, especially as Pari seemed the more interesting and sympathetic character and I would've liked to have heard exactly what she thought of Rachel. Plus, because of Rachel's history as an anorexic (not so much 'recovering', despite what she tries to make us and herself believe, until the epilogue) so many of her thoughts were negative that it gave me a negative impression of her. Constantly listening to her put herself down, express the self-doubt that she could ever be good enough was frustrating and made it hard sympathise with her struggles rather than just be irritated by them. I have no doubt that her internal negativity is entirely true to life and readers with some of the same struggles will likely see themselves in her, but that doesn't mean I want to spend four or five hours stuck in her head. I think this would have been a better book if we could have switched between Rachel and Pari, a chapter at a time. That way the reader would have had some relief from the persistent negativity and we could have gotten to know Pari better. I will definitely make an effort to get my hands on the second book in the series.

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