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Far From Home

Belladonna Ink Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Jill Smith
Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
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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. 

©2016 Lorelie Brown (P)2019 Riptide Publishing

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  • Aimee
  • 20-03-2019

Perfect narrator for a beautiful book

It’s rare to find a narrator so obviously perfect for a story. Jill Smith took an already beautiful story and shaped it into something absolutely stunning with her almost ethereal voice. I’ve heard narrators butcher accents so badly, it felt offensive to continue listening but Jill’s accents are lovely and effortless. The story itself is deeply touching on so many levels, I very nearly cried. This was well worth my time. Lorelie Brown and Jill Smith are a sublime pairing.

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  • Cat
  • 16-03-2019

The series title doesn't do it justice

The series title Belladonna Ink, in my opinion, has no place here. Neither Pari or Rachel are connected to Belladonna Ink, Rachel's friends are and they are barely mentioned as is Belladonna Ink. If I hadn't read the blurb I would never have chosen this book, but I was intrigued by the anorexia. I am glad I took a chance on this book. There are two covers. I prefer this one as the other is misleading and like Rachel, the blonde is far from home.
I loved all of the characters, right down to Pari's mom. I was happy to see that through a different nationality and culture she was accepting of her daughter's sexuality. the story had a very realistic feel, the anorexia disorder was handled well and the sexual tension was hot.
This is a very good, well written, thought-provoking story.
This is my first narration by Jill Smith. I enjoyed it a lot. Her voice is clear, her inflection and pacing is good. It never felt like she was just reading the story. Her voice for Pari and her mom had just enough dialect to give them a unique accent. I loved it.

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  • Emyrinth
  • 16-03-2019

at long last

i've read this book so many times and I love it so much! I'm so glad that it's finally come to audible. this is one of those books that I was both scared and excited to see in audio because a good narrator can really bring it to life but a bad one could ruin it. there are a lot of challenges for a narrator any time that cultures intersect and I think Jill Smith did an absolutely wonderful job with it. she has really good emotional range and she pulled off the Indian accents believably. thank you so much Lorelie Brown for writing this book and thank you Jill Smith for bringing a favorite to life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-04-2019

I am so torn about this review

First let me start with this. The narrator in the being was very monotone and I wasn't sure that I was going to be able to handle that. I apparently got used to that, so maybe give it a minute. The dialect was amazing, so all in all the narration wasn't what has me torn. It's the fact that when I noticed there was only 9 minutes left of the book my thought was, "Oh God, they are never going to a decent ending, and us see a wedding like we have been promised this entire book, in 9 minutes." Well, that thought was correct. You have this huge build up and then boom it's done. I didn't hate the book, but the ending left a lot to be deserved. I understand that in all books you don't get the big moment, but they don't use them as description for the entire book either, and then cram it in to the final minute. I saw the 5 stars and was like, "Yay! I am getting that one." I would say that the book, this version, is just okay.

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  • Jennifer
  • 05-04-2019

Beautiful

Beautiful story that was beautifully narrated. I loved every single thing about it. Pari and Rachel were just perfect. Very romantic story that dealt with some heavy issues in a way that made you crave more. Highly recommend

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-03-2019

wow

this book was surprising! it was well written, full of passion and inspiration. loved it

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  • 25-03-2019

Could’ve been better

I really struggled with Rachael in the beginning of the book although she said she was not interested in Pari or any other woman. The book continues to describe pari’s physical features in a sensual way as if she’s being ogled by Rachael. Pari’s aloofness on and off was annoying and being a spoiled brat made her even less likable. The whole story was hard to connect with. I wish I hadn’t spent the money on it. Best part of this book was the narrator.

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  • charity johnson
  • 24-03-2019

soooooo gooood!

Narrator Jill Smith nails it! Written beautifully. wish it was longer. I would have given 10 stars if I could. And I'm picky about audiobooks!!

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  • Jlnicky
  • 21-03-2019

Wow a total gem and the best read. Funniest ever

I usually hate first person but every word Lorelie wrote on behalf of her characters was so exact and felt so natural. The humor, the drama, the internal debate, and especially the romance was spot on fucking fantastic. I love reading a plot that has two likable characters, women that bring out the best and worst in each other. This story has a feeling of realistic truth to it.

What made this incredible on a second level even higher was the audio performed by Jill Smith. I should stop dropping f-bomb but holy f-cow jill nailed it. Not so much the Indian accent and switching between which was excellent but the emotion and timing. It was spot on perfect 5-5-5

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  • Sondra A., Cobb
  • 19-03-2019

WOW!!!

I finished this audiobook in 2 days. it was a great listen! the narrator did an excellent job with the voices/accents. I love romance novels where the two women have a fake romance and fall in love for real. This book is one of those, but more. They started as friends (they didnt know each other that much in beginning), became better friends, one struggled with an eating disorder, they worked together and had a happy ending (although near chapter 18 I was starting to wonder if it would end on a happy note)... my thoughts are scattered but I really enjoyed this book. Hope to read/listen to more from this author.