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500 MILES = 5 STAR DEBUT
500 Miles by Deborah O'Ferry
WOW WOW WOW. Debut book from Deborah O'Ferry promises a great new writer on the Aussie scene. 500 miles, the distance between here and there, Melbourne and Sydney, Justin and Anna. 500 miles is the distance to be travelled to go from where they are to where they are supposed to be. A wonderful story full of humour, drama, well meaning friends, families in turmoil and two flawed people who are just trying to work out their lives in the middle of a really traumatic year. A bumpy ride lies ahead and the words are worth every moment.
Anna Marcus is successful in the world of computers, but not as accomplished when it comes to lasting relationships. Which would be fine ... if she wasn't also completely and madly in love with the idea of being in love and being loved in return.
Anna's growing fear in life is that the love she imagines doesn't exist at all. That she is waiting for something that isn't even real.
When she meets Justin - smart and caring, with an unforgettable smile - he is a perfect candidate for her fairytale life. It makes Anna start to wonder if there is hope after all. But if Anna's trust in love isn't a big enough obstacle, Justin's girlfriend certainly is. That, and the fact that he lives in another state ... 500 miles from Anna's Melbourne life.
When disaster strikes Anna's family, she travels to Sydney to help. Lonely and bitter, she finds herself on love's doorstep, questioning everything she thought she understood about the heart, and what she really wants.
Anna is about to learn that not all journeys can be measured by distance. It's the bumps in the road which are the hardest to travel and overcoming them is the true journey.