For six years, FAR AWAY HOME ranked among the Top 100 bestsellers in Amazon’s Romance/Western and US Historicals categories and holds nearly 3600 ratings with Goodreads. It is now available in its Enhanced Edition with a bonus introduction to the much-awaited sequel, EMBRACE THE WIND.
In post-Civil War New York City, sixteen-year-old Aislynn Denehy cannot find a job, she has no place to live and no family to help her. Some might think this is a problem; Aislynn believes it is an opportunity, but she has a lot to learn. No formulaic romance, this well-researched love story depicts life as it truly was for the thousands of women who went west reaching for a new life. Aislynn’s journey begins in a New York City tenement and leads her across the frontier to a Utah mining camp where she must cope with the three very different men in her life: smart, solicitous Tim, good-natured, good-guy Johnny and the intense but intriguing Liam Moran. Life in the roughshod camp brings small joys and devastating losses. The novel races through authentic experiences involving historical events until it erupts in an unexpected ending. In today’s troubled world, Far Away Home will make you believe no matter how many challenges fate sends your way, the human spirit can triumph.
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In 2011, I published the novel FAR AWAY HOME about a young woman who left New York City in 1868 to start a new life in Utah. Up to that time, most of my writing focused on professional journals and texts. When I ventured into fiction, I wrote short stories. One story received honorable mention in a NOW short story contest and was published in Creative Woman.
The novel FAR AWAY HOME began as a chapter for a college history book. I conducted my research in the American west for three years; I even drove a covered wagon (check out the Youtube video on the FAR AWAY HOME page at www.susandenningauthor.com). When the history book project dissolved, I used my research to write an historical novel.
As a self-published, unknown author, I never imagined anyone would read FAR AWAY HOME. But tens of thousands of readers did. For six years, it ranked among the Top 100 in the Historical- US and Romance Western categories. To my great surprise, many readers requested the next chapter of the story. In EMBRACE THE WIND, Aislynn’s journey continues