Book: THE VAST LANDSCAPE by Jacqueline Cioffacategories: Book, Unbreakable Bonds, Brave, Romance, Life-Affirming, Fame, Celebrity, Compassionate, Self-Discovery, Modeling, Loyal, Love, Contemporary Fiction
Jacqueline Cioffaabout this book: I rarely finish anything I start. I get bored, distracted. That's probably why I find myself comfortable with prose, essay form. When my world was shattered, I grew ill, seriously ill. My mind betrayed me, this was nothing new, I had been sick before. I was forced to take drastic measures to survive, move home to small town, abandon big city, fabulous career, 'makeup artist to the stars'. Blah, blah, blah. The one thing I could do, in between the rapid cycling was, write. I made a promise, to write and self- publish, a novel. Ambitious, grandiose, a little bit nuts, for sure. Why the hell not? I had nothing left to lose. I typed away, a few stolen hours before the mundane, cut the grass, take out the trash, long walks with the dog. I typed, don't ask me why. I did not give up.
Like magic, she appeared. Harrison, the flawed, messy, imperfect heroine. Before I knew it, I was hooked. Immersed in her world, she was driving the story. Harrison was beautiful chaos, morphing into strong and stoic.
I did not quit, even on the darkest, pain ridden days. I wanted to, but stayed the course. The cover, boots and a backpack, evoked intimate, memories of my own youth. The guts to get up and go, live the dream, nothing but boots and a backpack as guides. Harrison and I dreamt the same, the stories intertwined and personal at the start. Until roughly eight months later, they were not. On the day her story was complete, I felt numb. Happy and sad, to set her free.
You see, Harrison saved me in more ways than I can count. Start to finish, I am proud of the beautiful life-affirming, love story. The strength of the human spirit, both magnificent and remarkable.
• "The Vast Landscape is a relatable book with a heroine that you can't help but love and root for (and wish was in your circle of friends). Harrison is the real deal...fiercely loyal, compassionate, loving and fun...not to mention sarcastic and funny!"
• "This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Trust, doubt, love, and the rawness of life wrapped into one story that leaves you questioning your very core."
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