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Now he's not sure why his ex-wife has surfaced and how he's going to tell his daughter about it. Taylor still holds a great deal of anger toward her mother and Ethan doesn't blame her. Has Charlotte always been lurking unseen around the corner, and if not, why would she start now? Harmony Stoddard works at the coffee shop that Charlotte frequents. After a bad night dealing with rude customers, Harmony just needs some rest. Charlotte had witnessed the situation and hopes to assure Harmony that the incidents weren't her fault. What she doesn't expect is to find the young woman sleeping in her car and decidedly offering her own home as a refuge.

Is this unexpected gift to a stranger really a wise thing to do? Charlotte has taken up journaling, so while the characters weave in and out of Charlotte's life, so do the memories of her past, much of which she needs to atone for. What I loved best about this novel is the interaction between the characters scattered amongst Charlotte's spiritual growth.

Most of the women are quick-witted and sometimes smart-mouthed to the extent of being very funny at the most unexpected moments. I'm especially fond of Harmony and hope to find her in future novels. Reverend Ana is a hoot and so perfect for Charlotte at this time of her life. What an amazing man. It's women's fiction and definitely follows a different drummer, which is why I love it. I highly recommend this novel as an inspirational journey well worth the box of tissue you'll go through while reading, and even though there's a great deal of love within this novel, it's more about women's relationships and their personal growth.

Emile Richards' talent for characterization makes this novel a pure joy to read. Every moment spent with each of the characters seems completely in-tune with how you'd imagine they'd act or sound if you could meet them. They're a diverse lot, from young to old, and then divided up as wise to cranky to quirky or hilarious. This novel will take your breath away in sorrow and joy.

The end is thought-provoking and I wished Reverend Ana was real and sitting next to me at that moment. Jul 02, Debbie rated it it was amazing. What a grand accomplishment. Her characters are as in depth as if they were my neighbors or friends, even enemies and she takes time to establish each one in her or his own part of her tale. Richards I'm so looking forward to where you take this series from here and thank you for always taking me on a trip worth remembering.


Check the link for future details http: Charlotte Hale has always had to be in control, little does anyone know it stems from uncontrollable fear in her past. The question is will she recognize it for the miracle it is or will she let her past relationships rule her future ones too. Reverend Analiese Wagner is going to be given an opportunity to practice what she preaches when she sees Charlotte sitting in an empty pew waiting for her. With Devine intervention and human tenacity this unlikely group will have the possibility to make a change for the better in not only their own lives but also their community, the question is will they recognize it as a gift or will they let what came before predict their futures as well.

Aug 05, Judy Collins rated it it was amazing. I have read all Emilie Richards' books so had pre-ordered on Nook and could not wait to read it. I finished it one day as could not put it down! It is one of the most powerful stories about life, mothers, daughters, grandmothers, fathers, forgiveness; Life is too short to hold grudges, and how people come into our lives with great meaning and purpose. I loved the characters and how 3 different women find themselves with an unplanned pregnancy and how each was handled.

I also loved the Asheville, NC setting as I am a native of NC and have lived in the southeast all my life and now live in West Palm Beach, FL; however, last fall returned to Asheville, NC to do some consulting work for the Grove Park Inn fantastic place — make sure to get a rocking chair view and try the underground spa!

The mountains hold a special place for me as you feel close to God and there is peacefulness there, so the setting was fitting for a book of this nature. I highly recommend as one of the top books and I read over a books a year. PS I think I went thru a box of Kleenex Jun 25, Christa rated it really liked it Shelves: This was a very bittersweet story that dealt with regrets, making amends, and forgiveness.

Many of the characters were flawed, but even so, they were sympathetic and likeable. Some of the relationships were enjoyable to read about, and others were sad. I liked the way that love and friendship come through in the book. Emilie Richards is a must read author for me, and this book is a good example of why I enjoy her work so much. Charlotte Hale has many regrets in her life, none more than the severi This was a very bittersweet story that dealt with regrets, making amends, and forgiveness.

Charlotte Hale has many regrets in her life, none more than the severing of her relationships with her daughter and her ex-husband. When Charlotte finds herself facing a terrible health crisis, she wants to make her life count. She realizes that mending fences with her family may be futile, so she looks to see what she can accomplish to impact and make real differences in the lives of others.

Along the way, unexpected things happen and she is able to find some peace in her own life.

I enjoyed seeing Charlotte change in this book from a fairly selfish woman to one who cared deeply for others. There were some wonderful secondary characters in the book. I especially liked Ethan and Harmony. This book told a good story, and it drew both smiles and tears. I received this book as an ARC from Netgalley. 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. 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 Hope, forgiveness, empowerment, sadness and an absolute joy to read!! Jul 08, Kathleen Basi rated it really liked it.

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A moving story of redemption, although it's not couched in those terms. Charlotte is someone rethinking her life following a devastating medical diagnosis. Throughout the book people talk about how horrible a person she has been, but we see none of that in the book; she's a broken woman trying to make herself whole again. We don't really see her growth, because it takes place all at once before the book begins. But I think it couldn't be any other way, because she wouldn't be a likeable characte A moving story of redemption, although it's not couched in those terms.

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But I think it couldn't be any other way, because she wouldn't be a likeable character if we had to watch her behave as people say she has in the past. I think the hardest thing about this book was tolerating Taylor, the main character's daughter, who was one of the most unpleasant characters I've ever encountered. She, too, was "redeemed" at the end, but for me it was too little too late. Nov 22, Allysia K rated it liked it. I have mixed feelings on this book. On the one hand, it was really sweet and full of goodness. Despite the main character facing a leukemia diagnosis, the tone of the book is very heartfelt and optimistic.

On the other hand, I didn't consider this a page-turner. It took me a couple weeks to finish, which is usually a gauge of how much I'm invested in a book. It wasn't blowing my mind. It was nice, but just okay.

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You can tell how much the author loves her characters, and I think the book suffers a I have mixed feelings on this book. You can tell how much the author loves her characters, and I think the book suffers a little for it. The characters are just so good and wholesome. Charlotte is practically a saint as is Analeise and Harmony. You're supposed to root against Charlotte in the beginning, I suppose, since she alienated her family 10 years prior to the start of the story, but there's never a moment where I felt like Charlotte was anything close to a despicable character.

It would have been nice to see a little more character development with her, than to simply have her be this unflinchingly courageous and good woman. For someone with a leukemia diagnosis, she never has a despairing thought, which felt a little unrealistic. The book's antagonist ended up being the daughter, Taylor - and if Charlotte was this wonderful, no-flaws woman, Taylor was the opposite.

She's petty and block-headed, and I found myself wishing she had a few more shades of gray as well. The ending also gets a little preachy, as the tone shifts to "let's have a main character plainly lay out the moral of the story". I like the morals of a story to take a little bit more work to dig up - they end up resonating more when I do.

Despite all this criticism, I still cried big ugly tears, mainly during some Ethan and Charlotte moments. So that's worth something. Oct 15, Sharon added it. Great characters, great storylines, wonderful and realistic interactions!!!

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I have never read any Emilie Richards before but you can bet I'm going to read all of hers I can get my hands on from now on!!! The women in the book are far from goddesses but they make you believe in mankind again or to be more specific, womankind. The male characters are also well written and believable and authentic also. Emilie Richards is my new favorite author of contemporary fiction!!

Recommend to anyone who wants to get lost in a wonderful story!!! Oct 15, Vicki Mohr rated it really liked it. I wasn't sure I wanted to read this once I started, but I am glad I did. The story about a lady dying from cancer and how she fixes some of the things she regrets in the past. It was sad but a good story. Oct 28, Cynthia Allen rated it it was amazing. I'm probably not going to start another book right away. This book was so thought provoking regarding family relationships and what a waste of time mis-communication is I need to digest it for several days before moving on.

Nov 19, Sandy Forman-Johnson rated it it was amazing. Aug 09, Marcia rated it really liked it. I stayed up til after Midnight to finish it. Feb 01, Catherine Anderson rated it it was amazing. When I first began this book, I wondered where it was going, and then I found out, straight to my heart.

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Feb 26, Catherine rated it it was amazing. One Mountain Away is such a moving, thought-provoking book. Charlotte is a stong, successful, and yes, controlling, woman in her 50s who has sacrificed many relationships throughout her life while trying to run from her roots. She is staring mortality in the eye and is working to repair complex relationships and right many wrongs. I really enjoyed this book. This is the first book I have read by Emilie Richards and it won't be the last.

Richards' writing style draws the reader in and seems so One Mountain Away is such a moving, thought-provoking book. Richards' writing style draws the reader in and seems so effortless. While certain aspects of ghe plot were a bit hard for me to fathom, it did not take away from the overall quality of the novel. This one is going to stay with me for quite awhile. Jul 09, Dawn Byers rated it it was amazing. I absolutely devoured this book. What a totally awesome book - A story that will make you laugh, cause anger, and bring tears to your eyes. So many emotions you experience as a daughter, mother, and grandmother.

Charlotte, came from nothing and chooses a career as a real estate developer. She has a daughter, marries. As life goes on she realizes all the mistakes she has made in life and tries to rectify them. Read along to live thru the many emotions of a life well lived and loved. I had to order mo I absolutely devoured this book.

I had to order more books by this author. I highly recommend her. Telling a congregant that the woman, or perhaps angel, who she saw in the hospital was a Buddhist goddess is just WRONG. Jun 08, Heather rated it really liked it Shelves: Even tho I read these books out of order, I have really enjoyed all of them. This one tells the story of Charlotte, who is trying to make up for all the awful things she did in her life before she dies of Leukemia. All in all, a very nice story of a hard life lived and the hurt and redemption that goes along with that. A bit of a tear-jerker in the end.

I really enjoy this author's writing and easy reading style. Apr 15, Jenny rated it it was amazing Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Write a customer review. Rated by customers interested in. Is this feature helpful? Thank you for your feedback.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Okay, I realize I'm just repeating the same praise that others have heaped on this book, but I have to write this review. I only wish I could write a review that was as good as this book is written. Now I'm a guy who usually would not pick up a book with a cover of a woman walking through a field of wildflowers.

One look at this book, and I assumed it was probably a romance with heaving bosoms and turgid man muscles , but I knew better from other books written by this fine author, so I gave it a chance. Boy, am I glad I did! As I read, I keep finding myself asking, "How does she come up with this stuff? These people are written so well, that by the end of the book the reader will feel like you know them. I suffered with them because of their mistakes, and got frustrated by the grudges they held onto for dear life. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I appreciate the view of the inner workings of these characters.

Yes, they do unreasonable things, but not without reasons that make sense in their own heads. Is this a romance novel? It deals with a number of different relationships--most of them failing.

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But it is NOT a light, mindless, fall-into-bed teenage love story. It is a well-crafted, thought provoking, and realistic novel about what people do to each other in relationships. So, in short, I loved this book, and I loved where it took me. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. One Mountain Away is a deeply emotional story.

Charlotte Hale is trying to repair and rebuild relationships with those close to her as she confronts her imminent death from leukemia. Charlotte started journaling the important parts of her life on the advice of a therapist at Duke as a way to sort out her life. These journals open many of the chapters of the story, providing background. The main story covers the last three months of her life, introducing important new friends and finding forgiveness from those she has wronged. Charlotte grew up in the poorest family in a poor North Carolina mountain area near Asheville.

She was determined to be successful after suffering the scorn of her classmates for her and her drunken father. That determination stood her well. She learned to be sophisticated, strong, and manipulative, both as CEO of her company and as a wife and mother. The main story begins 10 years later. There are a number of well-developed secondary characters, mostly women with bad experiences in their past; each has a story of her own. Together, they help Charlotte in her goal to make amends for her past mistakes. These characters meld into helpful, compassionate friends and relatives ready to continue to help women in painful circumstances; they call themselves Goddesses Anonymous.

One person found this helpful. A difficult diagnosis brings Charlotte face to face with herself and her past. Driven to rise above her childhood struggles and poverty in the mountains of North Carolina, Charlotte tried to control the lives of her family for the sake of success. In her efforts to do what she thought was right and best, she made mistakes that cost her a marriage, alienated her daughter, and cut her off from a relationship with her a granddaughter. Her doctor suggests she write a daily journal to come to grips with her diagnosis and her past.

Day after day, writing page after page, Charlotte begins the difficult process of honest self-examination, righting wrongs, and seeking forgiveness but finds that not everyone is willing to forgive or forget. Charlotte's journey is painful but transformational. It brings her to a deeper appreciation for life and love. The author handles her characters with raw honesty and sensitivity and at the same time allows her readers to identify with their own need to ask for and to give forgiveness.

Charlotte's reconciliation with her husband and eventually her daughter is a testimony to the enduring power of hope, love, and forgiveness.

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  4. After reading only a few of her books, I am a huge Emilie Richards fan. She has fascinating characters in complex situations without pat resolutions. I love reading about these people and getting to know them. This is my least favorite Emilie Richards book so far because it's so sad. I read partly to escape. I'm not looking for something to bring me down. This book has a wonderful, inspiring theme of redemption, but it's so sad I ended up skipping a couple of chapters. If you are content to read good books with a box of tissues at hand, you'll love this.

    If you like books that wrap up with happy endings, skip this one. You do not need to read this book before reading the rest of the Goddess series, and they're more upbeat than this one. Telling a congregant that the woman, or perhaps angel, who she saw in the hospital was a Buddhist goddess is just WRONG. See all reviews. Most recent customer reviews.