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Sunday, September 16, 2012

One Mountain Away - Emilie Richards

Released August 2012

Emilie Richards

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

She grew up in a poverty-stricken farm, raised by her grandmother, but after her grandmother dies, Charlotte Hale left her home and her drunken, no-good dad and to start life anew. She built a thriving real estate development firm and made enemies in the process, including her own daughter who Charlotte alienated when her her daughter had a child in her teens.

Eleven years have passed. Charlotte's ready to make amends with the world, especially her daughter and ex-husband, after receiving tragic news. The question becomes: is the world ready to forgive Charlotte? She certainly hopes to change opinions, and not by throwing money at past issues, she plans to undo all of her wrongs of the past through hard work and dedication.

One Mountain Away is a very touching book. It's not hard to see why so many hate Charlotte based solely on her past, but the reader sees a gentler, kinder Charlotte, so you root for her almost immediately. She is an incredibly tough woman, and as she meets new faces and begins working on her goals, you get caught up in the story. I found myself loving every character in this book, from the pregnant young waitress to the Charlotte's granddaughter who has major problems of her own.

A lot of the theme behind this book involves unwanted/unplanned pregnancies and how they can change the course of your life. Watching Charlotte, her daughter, and the waitress work their way through their decisions is a touching experience. It's hard to finish One Mountain Away without shedding a few tears, so have Kleenex handy!

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