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The View from Here

The View from Here [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Howzell
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Product Description

The View from Here focuses on the beauties and hardships of marriage; the betrayals and promises made between husbands and wives; and the grief of one woman haunted by secrets.

Nicole Baxter has always tried to control every element of her life, but that control is slipping away. She has issues. Abandonment issues. Marital issues. Conception issues. And she thinks her house in the hills is haunted. It doesn't help that her husband Truman spleunks and climbs, making her worry more with each adventure he takes. As the two grow apart, Nicole makes decisions that may ultimately shatter her fragile marriage.

Her life changes on the afternoon she receives a phone call from the harbor. During a scuba dive, Truman disappears. No one -- not his diving instructor, not the Coast Guard -- can find him. Is he still alive? Or is grief making her believe the impossible?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 429 KB
  • Print Length: 277 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004BA52W6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #246,196 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rachel was born in Los Angeles, California fifteen days after Paul McCartney announced the split of the Beatles. As a child, she kept a pen in her hand, writing everywhere--in notebooks, on loose-leaf paper, in her big brother's prep-school yearbook and on the back of church bulletins. But never on walls, buildings or freeway overpasses. That is graffiti. For four years, she lived in the forest at UC Santa Cruz. There, she received a degree in English and American Literature, and helped to charter the Pi Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Incorporated.

She left Santa Cruz in 1992 and returned to Los Angeles. Since then, she has worked a variety of jobs, including for incredible organizations like PEN Center USA West, American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and City of Hope.

In 2002, her debut novel, A Quiet Storm, was published by Scribner to great notice, including reviews from O Magazine and Publishers Weekly, with a starred review from Library Journal. A Quiet Storm was also a featured selection for Borders' Original Voices program, as well as an alternate selection for Black Expressions book club. A Quiet Storm was also chosen as a "Rory's Book Club" selection, the must-read book list for fictional television character Rory Gilmore of The Gilmore Girls. She also published two e-novels: The View from Here and No One Knows You're Here.

Rachel's fourth novel, Land of Shadows, will be published in May 2014.

She lives with her husband and daughter in L.A

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Cheryl M-M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
i received a complimentary copy of this book for my review. in the first few pages i felt the author jumped from here to there a little, then things started to get interesting. the main character is nicole, who is a happily married working woman. happy, except for the fact hubby is never home and would rather spend his time extreme sporting with his amazonian galpal. that is, until one day there is an accident and he disapears. nicole has to deal with his alleged death and with the guilt that consumes her, because she has one or two dirty secrets herself. i don't want to reveal anymore details, i might inadvertently give the plot away. it kept me guessing till the end and i stayed up to read it in one go. i enjoyed the plot, the pace and fluidity of the writing. i recommend this author and will def. be reading more of her work.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Starts well but predicable ending 18 April 2014
By Nous
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I got into this story quite quickly as it was well paced.
Lady lives a life where she is happy until her husband works and plays hard so she never sees him. You know what happens next!
Unexpectedly husband disappears and wife thinks he is a ghost.
Quite quickly it becomes obvious who did it (even to me and I am gullible enough to go for the obvious). However there are some inconsistencies with the story making it harder to buy in to. The ending is happily ever after as expected.
Having said that; I did enjoy reading this story even with the inconsistencies and the obvious. I enjoyed it because it was an easy read and I was in holiday.
If it had not been free then I think my review would be different and not so positive.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprise from the beginning! Full of heart and suspense. 14 Dec 2010
By B. Phoenix - Published on
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One of the best things about 'e-books' is that it opens a marketplace for unknown Authors who may not have the big budget publishers promoting their talents. Rachel Howzell was unknown to me anyway and I'm glad to have made her acquaintance with this book. She breathes life into her characters in such a way that you feel you are having a conversation, she deals with the complexities of love and marriage and grief with grace, insight and humor. I try not to read reviews or even descriptions of a book too carefully before I dive in - and that's how I began this book, no expectations. I was swept in and thoroughly engaged throughout and reveled in the discovery of the story as well as the Author. I would like to say that I'm a bit confused as to why this book would be labeled as "African-American Fiction" because that label could be seen as limiting (as most labels are). I didn't find the story or characters to be uniquely black, the themes are universal! Read it - you won't be disappointed and if you are like me you will try to seek out more "Indie Authors" as we do "Indie Rock bands"!
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 6 Jan 2011
By L. Chinnery - Published on
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It was a captivating story and you could relate (even if only imagining the loss of your husband). The story sucks you in and you really get inside the heads of the main character and how she is feeling. I loved the twist at the end. I didn't expect it. I had other ideas of how it might turn out.
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars My final straw? 6 April 2012
By Reader With Standards - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
After finishing this book, I was tempted to give up on self-published e-books and sell my Kindle on eBay. Yes, it's that bad. (Fortunately, the book I'm reading now makes up for it and has redeemed the Indy Book industry in my eyes.)

The holes in this story are big enough to drive a truck through. The husband is completely non-sympathetic. His widow, the main character, is supposedly an intelligent woman but she acts like a blithering idiot. I have no sympathy for weak women, even less for stupid ones. She installs a camera, way too late, but never thinks to check it? And **SPOILER ALERT** we're supposed to believe the coked up, useless sister of the deceased is smart enough to pull all this off?

My boyfriend has a saying, "buy into the premise and you'll buy into the book." I couldn't buy into the premise and I had no interest in the book. I finished it only because I'm stubborn and was hoping the book would get better. It didn't.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Story, Poor Editing 4 Feb 2012
By BarbB - Published on
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This was my first Kindle book, and while I really enjoyed the story (and reading it on my Kindle Fire), I found the editing (or lack thereof) to be extremely distracting. There were multiple typos and myriad formatting errors such as inconsistent paragraph indents and a random center-aligned body paragraph at the end of a chapter. Granted, I work in the design field, so perhaps I'm more sensitive to this sort of thing than most people, but I found it had a significant impact on my enjoyment of an otherwise compelling story.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare for suspense with a twist! 16 Nov 2010
By Tracy L. Conway - Published on
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Rachel's novel is a page turner from the very first chapter! 'The View from Here' is a riveting tale that demonstrates the complexities of our relationships while exploring the inner turmoil of remorse. A love story and a spine tingling ghost story all at the same time; this novel effectively delves into the bonds of love, loyalty, friendship and betrayal.

It isn't difficult to empathize with Nicole, the main character in this novel. She is seeking resolution and absolution following the disappearance of her husband, while dealing with a torment which is almost too much for her to endure. She is plagued by supernatural events that are exacerbated by overmedication and exhaustion, while her friends endeavor to assist her through the ordeal. This well crafted and descriptive narrative will have you on the edge of your seat in suspense!
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