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review 2015-08-20 00:00
The Far End of Happy
The Far End of Happy - Kathryn Craft This book is at the far end of romance. It is about a failed marriage and divorce, but every good divorce story originates from a love story. Craft has written a story about love that dies a slow death. Since the tragedy of any divorce is grounded in the loss of true intimacy, as a romance writer, this premise is worth looking at.

The story takes place during the course of the day of Jeff, the husband's, suicide standoff. Ronnie, our protagonist, has filed for divorce from the man she still calls the love of her life. And despite his many faults, Jeff clearly loves Ronnie in the best way he can. Still, after years of steady downslide, all markers of a happy marriage have faded. Alcoholism seems to be at the root of their problems, but even this assumption is called into question as the plot unfolds. So many anecdotes from this marriage suggest that this was true love many years ago, the kind of love found in romance novels, the kind that can save both Jeff and Ronnie from the loneliness and depression that they have suffered from. But in the end, it doesn't. Instead of ending in happily ever after, the reader slowly realizes that at this stage Jeff and Ronnie's story cannot end happily, no matter what choices the characters make.

The story is larger than just Jeff and Ronnie's. Both their mothers get a perspective, and their own stories are relevant to the course of events as well. But Jeff's story is never really told or clearly explained. This is intentional, and it shows the line between romance and tragedy. In many ways, Jeff is the "perfect" romance hero at the beginning of the relationship, and he loves Ronnie with the kind of intensity and devotion that would make Christian Grey proud. But after 12 years of marriage, love isn't enough.

Romance novels often end with a moment of true connection, where the hero and heroine finally begin down the road of togetherness. But this book suggests that even storybook romance isn't enough to chase away problems left unattended. A relationship based on true love isn't immune to total destruction. The events in The Far End of Happiness are made even more poignant by the author's note that they are based on event in the author's own life. Craft tells the story of love and tragedy that could even be called a counter-story to a romance novel, the way romance can and does also end.
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text 2015-05-13 14:54
VBT: The Far End of Happy - Kathryn Craft [books giveaway]

 

Spread the word and Join today at goo.gl/aEVZO1 for the ‪#‎VBTour‬ for The Far End of Happy a ‪poignant and touching novel about three women facing a day full of tension and tragedy, based on author Kathryn Craft’s personal experience. Available now.


We will have ‪#‎teasers‬, #reviews and the author will award two copies of her book to two randomly drawn winners via Rafflecopter during this tour - do share your thoughts with us!

Source: bookschatter.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/tour-far-end-of-happy.html
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text 2015-04-23 10:40
Trailer & Giveaway: The Far End of Happy - Kathryn Craft
The Far End of Happy - Kathryn Craft



The Far End of Happy
 is a powerful new novel based on author Kathryn Craft’s personal experience with a stand-off involving her husband.  "Here Craft delivers 'real, raw emotion' (Library Journal) exploring a marriage unravelled by mental illness; and one man’s spiral towards a violent conclusion that tests the courage, love, and hope of the three women he leaves behind.

Source: bookschatter.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/trailer-far-end-of-happy.html
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review 2015-04-23 07:20
The Far End of Happy - Kathryn Craft

A true story of 12 hours in a nontypical day in the life of this author. It's very candid, eye opening , and shows great strength by the author. A woman whose husband had to have a say in everything she did. He kept making up all these projects they could do together just to keep her in his sights. An alcoholic who knew that he got better than he deserved.

I know that these hostage situations happen all the time, but when you hear about them, you don't really stop to think, what when on during all those hours? Luckily, this family got away from the destructive father and did not have to spend those 12 hours in the same house with him.

It's still a really, really sad story no matter how it went down and one you will definitely shed tears over. It was definitely an eye opening experience between the mother in law and the daughter in law, as well as the mother and daughter. The grandmothers who had been friends since the couple were young also learned some things that the other was hiding.

This was a true story packed with human emotions from every different angle by all the people involved. Family, coworkers, neighbors and etc. I would highly recommend this book. Yes it's depressing at times, but it also contains some life lessons that a lot of adults could use.

Thank you Sourcebooks and Net Galley for providing me with this free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2015-04-18 19:50
Reading progress update: I've read 71%. Based on this review, another one added to my TBR list. :)
The Far End of Happy - Kathryn Craft

Okay...so, I have struggled with insomnia to the point where I now take medication to combat it. That's my backstory for this:

 

This book got so fiercely good after the chicken scene that I probably could have read all night. Sleep is REALLY important to me...but let's just say, last night, I wanted to read all night if it meant I finished this book. I had to stop where I did or risk fall damage to my Kindle.

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