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Title:
The distance home
ISBN:
9780765390417
Edition:
First edition.
Physical Description:
332 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
Sixteen years ago, a tragic accident cost Emma Metz her two best friends--one human and one equine. Now, following her father's death, Emma has reluctantly returned to the Maryland hometown she'd left under a cloud of guilt. Sorting through her father's affairs, Emma uncovers a history of lies tying her broken family to the one place she thought she could never return--her girlhood sanctuary, Jumping Frog Farm. Emma finds herself drawn back to the stable after all these years. It's easy to win forgiveness from a horse, but less so from her former friend Jillian, their once strong bond destroyed by secrets and betrayals. But despite Jillian's cold reception, for the first time in years, Emma feels at home. To exorcise the past, Emma will have to release her guilt, embrace an uncertain future, and trust again in the healing power of horses.
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Sixteen years ago, a tragic accident cost Emma Metz her two best friends--one human and one equine. Now, following her father's death, Emma has reluctantly returned to the Maryland hometown she'd left under a cloud of guilt.Sorting through her father's affairs, Emma uncovers a history of lies tying her broken family to the one place she thought she could never return--her girlhood sanctuary, Jumping Frog Farm. Emma finds herself drawn back to the stable after all these years. It's easy to win forgiveness from a horse, but less so from her former friend Jillian, their once strong bond destroyed by secrets and betrayals. But despite Jillian's cold reception, for the first time in years, Emma feels at home. To exorcise the past, Emma will have to release her guilt, embrace an uncertain future, and trust again in the healing power of horses.


Author Notes

After years in the corporate world (most of it in the space industry), ORLY KONIG took a leap into the creative world of fiction. She is the founding president of the Womens Fiction Writers Association and an active member of the Writers in the Storm blog. She lives in Maryland with her family. The Distance Home is her first novel.


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Booklist Review

Emma knew it wouldn't be easy to come back to Maryland after her father's sudden death, but she didn't expect it to be this difficult. Sorting through her father's things and signing all the paperwork was manageable, but just being back in Emmitsville brings back memories that Emma has spent 16 years trying to forget. After her mother's suicide, Emma found solace at Jumping Frog Farm, learning to ride and losing herself in the barn chores. Emma even made a friend at the stable, Jillian. Emma hasn't seen Jillian in 16 years, ever since the gossip around a terrible car accident flew around Emmitsville. Now that Emma's back to manage her father's estate, she has to decide which memories of her past she's willing to confront and how they'll affect her future. Author Konig's debut novel explores the turbulent years of teenage friendship, the emotional scars of parental neglect, and the unbreakable bond between man and beast. This will appeal to readers looking for a powerfully heartwarming and introspective story.--Turza, Stephanie Copyright 2017 Booklist


Library Journal Review

[DEBUT] Growing up, Emma and Jillian were best friends and horse lovers, but an accident that killed a horse and injured another split their friendship irrevocably. Now a successful businesswoman in Chicago, Emma Metz returns to Emmitsville, MD. She's only planning to stay long enough to put her father's affairs in order, but the pull of the horses is too strong. She returns to Jumping Frog Farm, where the horses and Jillian's grandparents are happy to see her-even if Jillian isn't. Being back on the farm brings up for Emma memories of her mother's death, her cold upbringing by her father, and her passionate relationship with the animals and exposes feelings she has been trying to suppress under her ambitious career goals. But as in many homecoming stories, Emma finds that you can't re-create the past. As she reconstructs her family's history through her father's letters and confronting Jillian, she also figures out how to construct her future. Verdict Readers who were horse-crazy girls will recognize Emma's deep emotions and find the story of lost and found love of horses compelling.-Anika Fajardo, St. Paul © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.