Title – From Afar
Author – Frank Scozzari
Genre – Literary Fiction
Length – 200 Pages
Publication – March2015
My Rating – 4/5 Stars
For centuries, poets have argued that unrequited love is love in its strongest form. From Afar is a timeless tale of Morgan Stanfield’s search for love in the far northern city of Saint Petersburg, Russia. Leaving the warm climate of Santa Barbara, he embarks on a four-day odyssey where he encounters a Russian beauty, a prostitute, a wise old babushka, an American chauvinist, intellectuals, the Russian mafia, and the ‘face’ of love, and comes to know how love from a distance can be more captivating than love close on hand.
Where do I start..this was such a lovely little love tale, or loveless tale depending on which way you look at things.
We follow Morgan in his search for love in Russia after failing to find the love he craves in America.
Morgan is the hapless romantic type.. truly believes in love and he wants to find it. Obviously things don’t always go his way and the author brings some depth to the character by showing Morgan struggling with his emotions and his changing views on love.
It’s a sweet story and Frank gives you some great insight into Russia also, I know next to nothing about the country so it was very interesting to read.
I won’t lie, the ending wasn’t what I expected and sort of left me feeling a little deflated. It wasn’t the wow factor finish I’d imagined but saying that it was a very good book and I’m glad I took the time to read it
Frank has a way with words; he manages to put humour and angst together so well. You want to laugh and cry at the same time.
If you’re a fan of the genre I’m sure you will love this