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Set in the majestic Montana Rocky Mountains, this contemporary saga develops through a coming-of-age tale of newfound love to a “leeward side of life’s” struggle with lost love.

Young Midwesterner Haakon ventures to America’s Inland Northwest to gain summer employment. As he labors outdoors for a building contractor, the suburbanite develops a passion for the surrounding wild landscape and an appreciation for its inhabitants’ colorful, rural culture.

By chance, at the unlikely location of a cedar shake rooftop, deep in the woods, he meets Kari, and he discovers love.

Yet, despite a burgeoning romance, a changing season launches Haakon and Kari into separate trajectories. College, marriage, career, parenthood, graduation, and retirement come to pass and, years later, a graying man finds himself at a crossroads. Following the philosophy of Joseph Campbell, he chooses to “follow his bliss.” Haakon returns to the northwest Montana of his youth.

Once returned, an event unravels so perfectly that mere happenstance seems implausible. As if designed, it gives him a second chance to make amends for a previous, painful decision.

Gary Spetz writes of a “time and place and people” he knew well. As a lifelong painter, he vividly portrays Haakon’s journey with brushstrokes of words. To author/artist Spetz, the setting of Sometimes It Feels Like Far is as paramount as the novel’s sentiments.

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"Gary Spetz writes like he paints – boldly and with earthy realism."

"The Notebook meets A River Runs Throught It."

"The descriptions are excellent and paint a wonderful, clear picture of the landscape, people, and their emotions and thoughts."

"... characters are so real they could be family."

"A good book to “curl up with.”"

"Through the journey, Spetz uses his aptly “painted” characters and circumstances to evoke his readers’ memories of events in their own lives."

"... a book filled with gentle humor and with people so real, you genuinely feel you know them, like a homecoming of sorts."

"The storyline and content were outstanding..."

"(the characters) become as multi-dimensional as the Montana environment in which they live."

"Gary Spetz truly used his artistic sense to paint (I mean write) a poignant love story where the conversations of his characters and the colorful description of northwest Montana touched on all my five senses..."

"... very detailed and descriptive and I felt like I was present in the story."

"The characters were unique and relatable... (their interactions) humorous, sometimes tense, while other times deeply emotional."

"... held my interest with its theme of choices and promises made in younger years that have implications for the rest of one's life."

"Honest, observant, and filled with wry observations of human nature..."

"... enjoyed it from the first page."

"Easy to read, delightfully descriptive, engaging characters, the author's words ‘painted’ a clear picture in my mind's eye of the wilderness and beauty of Montana."

"Truly lifelike characters and a great story line engage the reader from start to finish."

"... easily transports the reader to another time and place... a skillfully written tale."

"This novel is a page-turner filled with emotion and gripping dialogue."

"Heart warming.!!"

"Gary's style of writing lets you feel like you are hanging out with the characters."

"Recommended for readers of romance who enjoy intelligent characters who can tug at your heart."

"Such a beautiful story."

Gary Spetz is also the author of the humorous childhood memoir, Searching for Alpha Centauri in a '64 Chevy.

And, as a “signature member” artist of the National Watercolor Society, he has hosted, scripted, filmed, and co-produced—with his wife, Marlene—three painting/travel series (111 episodes) for Public Television (distributed via American Public Television): Painting Wild Places, Watercolor Quest, and Color World.

His artwork has also been depicted in various art publications, including Watercolor, Artists, Watercolor Magic, Searching For The Artist Within, and Art From The Parks. And his paintings have been included in the “Top 100” of the National Park Academy of the Arts.

Gary and his wife live in Northwest Montana, where—when not trying to outsmart a trout—he continues to paint and write.

Gary's Blog:
A hodgepodge of mostly useless information.

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