Advance reader reviews of How Far Is the Ocean from Here by Amy Shearn.

How Far Is the Ocean from Here

A Novel

By Amy Shearn

How Far Is the Ocean from Here
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  • Published in USA  Jul 2008,
    320 pages.

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  • Geralynn (Hobart IN)


    Interesting Book
    How Far Is The Ocean From Here was a different, yet interesting read. Susannah, a somewhat lost and impulsive young surrogate mother, flees to Thunder Lodge to contemplate her situation. There, she meets a cast of offbeat and quirky characters that added plenty of humor and took the story into interesting directions. I can't say I truly liked Susannah. There were times when her actions baffled me. But I do think the author did a good job with this story. I'll keep an eye out for her next novel.
  • Melanie (Templeton MA)


    How Far is the Ocean from Here
    A beautifully written story about a surrogate mom who just wants to see the ocean. Leaving her life behind, Susannah sets of for nowhere, anywhere, wherever the road leads her just weeks before the baby she is carrying for Kit and Julian is due to arrive.

    Although Susannah's thoughts aren't always clear, the reader can understand the wonderment and uncertainty she is feeling about turning over this *stranger* once he finally arrives. We see the deals she makes with herself throughout the book, if she makes it to the ocean, she'll keep this baby, if she doesn't Kit and Julian were meant to have him. It's truly a roller coaster ride of emotions for both the reader and all the characters involved.

    We as readers get to peer into the lives of these characters: Into the road trip Susannah feels the need to take, Feeling the fear and uncertainly Kit and Julian experience not knowing what is to come. And of course the thoughts and feelings from the rest of the cast of characters who we are introduced to as the story progresses.

    How Far is the Ocean From Here is a delightful book filled with a few questions, some answers and a whole lot of entertainment!!
  • GM (Martinsburg WV)


    How Far Is the Ocean From Here
    Amy Shearn has created a memorable character, Susannah Prue, who is searching to belong to someone. Her journey takes her across a desert that is so vividly described by Shearn that you can feel the heat and right into the hearts and lives of five strangers who show Susannah what family really is: imperfect, forgiving and unpredictable. I would highly recommend this book for book clubs. There is something about each character that I could relate to thus making this a book I couldn't wait to read.
  • Marcia (Hendersonville NC)


    Delightful journey
    Author Amy Shearn takes readers on a delightful journey which explores relationships, family, parenthood, love, and the unique and strange bonds that connect people. Readers who appreciate beautiful and insightful writing as much as a good story line itself will find a lot to like about this novel. I know I'll go back over passages to enjoy again Shearn's way with words and observations.
  • Lisa (Riverwoods IL)


    First Novel a Triple Success
    Things happen in threes for a reason and the relationship between Susannah, Julian and Kit is only the tip of the iceberg. The story unfolds as triads form, meeting, overlapping and blending, one into the other, much like the collections of three that Susannah keeps in her glovebox. As the story unfolds not only does the landscape evolve from desert to ocean but the lives of the characters evolve also from drabness to beauty. Each is a study in contrasts, most notably Frankie who is quite literally trying to change her whole being. I found the book hard to put down and the author's use of language was exceptional.
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