More Than Halfway There

Fiction - Literary
342 Pages
Reviewed on 11/01/2019
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Author Biography

David Hartshorn grew up in Lancaster, New Hampshire, and is an honors graduate of Middlebury College with a degree in American Literature. He currently lives in Burlington, Connecticut where he is a practicing trial attorney. The Life That Follows is his second novel. Reviewers have called it “truly compelling” and “a profoundly empathetic and keenly observed meditation on how the human spirit can endure.” His first novel, More Than Halfway There, recently placed third among thousands of entries in an international book contest in the category of literary fiction. Both novels fondly examine the lives of characters living in small towns nestled in the mountains of northern New Hampshire and Vermont.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

More Than Halfway There is a work of fiction focused on small-town drama and character-led story arcs, and was penned by author David Hartshorn. The central drama is based around Jake Taylor, who abandons a successful law practice to return to Jackson Meadows, New Hampshire, where he once grew up. Returning to the past in his current lonely state is bad enough for Jake’s psyche, but when complications arise with old friends, old flames, and a demented father who now lives in a nursing home, it seems Jake will never get his life back on track. However, maybe a small-town visit is just what he needs to get some real perspective, however happy or sad those are.

Heart-warming and superbly poignant in the writing, author David Hartshorn has created a literary styled slice of life that speaks volumes about the human condition. Central to the emotional powerhouse of the piece is the character work and devotion to the development of Jake, who is relatable in his conflicts, and the heartaches that he has carried from the big city back to the small world of his roots. Despite these serious themes and emotive truths, the novel is also layered with intelligent and subtle humor that keeps you smiling throughout, bringing the many simplicities and complexities of life into stark and humorous contrast. Jake’s story is well told and well settled, but beyond that, there is an even bigger message for readers to absorb. Overall, More Than Halfway There is a highly recommend and thoughtful work of fiction.


An introspective journey about a mans search to find his place in the world after devastating life situations and losses. It makes you think about what’s really important in life.