Friday, September 21, 2012

One Mountain Away by Emilie Richards

Genre: General Fiction/Women's Fiction
Series: Goddesses Anonymous
Publication Date: 1st August 2012
Pages: 377
Book Source: Thanks Harlequin Australia

Synopsis: Emilie Richards' background as a family counsellor and minister's wife has given her deep insights into people and relationships – insights she brings to bear in her award-winning novels.

With nothing but brains, ambition and sheer nerve, Charlotte Hale built a career as a real estate developer. Her professional reputation is rock solid ... but her life is empty. Her friends are as grasping and insincere as she's become, and she's alienated her family so completely that she's never met her only granddaughter.

So Charlotte vows to make amends, not simply with her considerable wealth, but by opening her home and her heart. And in doing so, she learns at last what it really means to build a legacy.

My Thoughts:
I'm drawn to stories of complex family relationships and One Mountain Away is certainly that but there was something special about this book. Something that touched me to the core ... Emilie's insight, the lyrical writing, the life lessons, Charlotte's character. It all came together so beautifully and had me smiling, sighing and crying a bucket load at the sheer goodness.

This was my first Emilie Richards novel and I seriously cannot wait to read more. Her characterisation rings clear and true. Charlotte, Harmony, Reverend Anna, Taylor and Ethan could be people next door, friends ... frailties, flaws, eccentricities and kindnesses, I was pulled in to their lives. 

It wasn't difficult to empathise with Charlotte, this woman who'd lost so much in her quest for 'everything', I was rooting for her as she acknowledged her mistakes and made changes in her life. 

One Mountain Away is about living life, appreciating the little things, learning from  mistakes, making the most of second chances and not quitting ... five minutes before your miracle. 

Hope, forgiveness, empowerment, sadness and an absolute joy to read!!

tissues ready ;)

Want to know more about Emilie Richards? Visit her website.


  1. Replies
    1. I loved it Mystica, I think you would too

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    1. I'd love to know what you think if you get to this one Julie :)

  3. Great pic ;)
    Tissues are important

    1. I can't believe that I'm so in love with a book that made me cry so much lol

  4. I think this sounds like a fantastic story. I will have to see if my library has a copy. Thanks for your review!

    1. Hope you love it as much as I did Christina!

  5. I'll have to check this one out! I adore the picture you shared ;)

    1. Let me know what you think if you do get to it Jennifer :)

  6. This book does sound good! I am putting it on my to read list and going to see if my library has it. Thanks for letting me know about this one.

    Love that photo of you reading. Nice touch. :)

  7. I interviewed Emilie on my blog in 09.
    I've read a few of her books and this looks like a must read.


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