(The Faraway Series, #1)
Publication date: November 10th 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Former U.S. Attorney, Meredith Walsh, took some time off to raise her children. But the time took away everything she once trusted about herself. She’s lost within the mundane confines of her children’s schedules of lacrosse, soccer, Cub Scouts, and math facts. Desperate for a sliver of her former passion, and isolated in the small town her corporate husband relocated her to, she counsels herself on risking her family for the rush of a fling.
But Vincent Pratt, the local chief of police, weakens Meredith’s abhorrence of affairs and her dedication to her family. With him, she finds a new version of herself, one capable of contributing in her new world, and thriving in her lonely home. In spite of the fact, she’s not the kind of woman who has an affair.
First of all, this is a brutally honest book, like oh my zeus I can’t believe I am reading this inner dialogue honest. But so so good. You get such a raw portrayal of a woman conflicted, it’s hard not to become emotionally wrapped up in Meredith’s story. Her struggles are so real, and so relatable, even if you have an amazing husband and don’t have a career you miss, there’s a lot about her that I could identify with, and that made me feel even more empathetic for her once Vince comes into the picture. I greatly appreciated the way Eliza Freed handled even the idea of an affair- nothing is black and white and there are so many things to consider beyond just “cheating is bad.” Most books just have the man or woman jumping in without a care and that is absolutely not what happens here. Heck you have to read it just to find out if it EVER happens. I’m really impressed with the maturity of the characters, far too often something that’s missing from a book like this. Adults might have to deal with messy kids and toilets, but there is more to a stay at home mom than her kids and husband. A LOT more. If you are an adult, you should read this book (i.e. it ain’t for the chitlins.) 5 stars
Eliza Freed graduated from Rutgers University and returned to her hometown in rural South Jersey. Her mother encouraged her to take some time and find herself. After three months of searching, she began to bounce checks and her neighbors began to talk; her mother told her to find a job.
She settled into Corporate America, learning systems and practices and the bureaucracy that slows them. Eliza quickly discovered her creativity and gift for story telling as a corporate trainer and spent years perfecting her presentation skills and studying diversity. It’s during this time she became an avid observer of the characters we meet and the heartaches we endure. Her years of study have taught her laughter is the key to survival, even when it’s completely inappropriate.
She currently lives in New Jersey with her family and a misbehaving beagle named Odin. An avid swimmer, if Eliza is not with her family and friends, she’d rather be underwater. While she enjoys many genres, she has always been a sucker for a love story…the more screwed up the better.