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The Long Way Home Paperback – May 1, 2012
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Four women bound by chance take the trip of a lifetime in this heartwarming novel by bestselling author Karen McQuestion.
For Wisconsinites Marnie, Laverne, and Rita, life isn't working out so well. Each is biding time, waiting for something better, something to transport them out of what their lives have recently become. And then there’s Jazzy: bubbly, positive, and happy even though she hears voices of the departed. Brought together by a chance meeting, the women decide to join Marnie on a road trip from Wisconsin to Las Vegas where she intends to reunite with Troy, the boy she raised as her own―and who she’s been separated from since her boyfriend’s death. Little do they know that as the road trip unfolds, so will their lives―in directions they never anticipated. Humorous, heartwarming, and bittersweet, the journey has something special in store for each woman.
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"Karen McQuestion just keeps getting better! Hello Love is an enchanting, impossible-to-put-down novel about big hearts and second chances." --Claire Cook, USA Today bestselling author of Must Love Dogs
"The plot is fast paced and easy to dive into, making this a quick and exciting read." --School Library Journal on From a Distant Star
"I devoured it in one sitting!" --New York Times Bestselling author Lesley Kagen on Edgewood
"I feel like I've been waiting for this book. It's kind of like all my favorite comic books rolled into one awesome package... I'm eagerly awaiting the second book, I'm hooked!" --The Kindle Book Review on Edgewood
"At first glance Favorite is a story of a girl and her family learning to cope with loss. But at some point it morphs into a psychological thriller. It's an unexpected but welcome turn that will leave readers on the edge of their seats." --Jessica Harrison, Cracking the Cover
"This story featuring a strong protagonist who has mastered the art of being the new girl will appeal to girls who are fans of this genre." --School Library Journal on Life on Hold
"An emotional and engaging novel about family..." Delia Ephron on A Scattered Life
McQuestion writes with a sharp eye and a sure voice, and as a reader, I was willing to go wherever she wanted to take me. After I finished the book, I thought about how I might describe it to a friend, and I settled on...: "You should read this. It's good."--Carolyn Parkhurst on A Scattered Life
About the Author
The bestselling author of Hello Love, Karen McQuestion writes the books she would love to read―not only for adults but also kids and teens. Her publishing story has been covered by the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, and NPR. Karen has also appeared on ABC’s World News Now and America This Morning. She lives with her family in Hartland, Wisconsin. To find out more about Karen and her books, follow her on Twitter (@karenmcquestion) or visit www.KarenMcQuestion.com.
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (May 1, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1612183565
- ISBN-13 : 978-1612183565
- Item Weight : 13.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #406,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Despite being so different from one another, they soon learn they can gain so much from one another if they truly look at the other person without their own experiences her to g in the way.
What starts out as a journey with one goal in mind, soon each woman finds they actually have individual.ones they can and want to achieve in the trip. New realities unfold for each one and as a group. Friendships are built, new relationships are found and formed and each one begins to move forward in their lives with new perspectives, new friends, and new focuses on where they have been and where they are going.
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I loved all of the characters in this book, they’re portrayed so well! It’s a story of self development and new experiences for them all. Laverne has to be my favourite though. Coming out of her shell like no one expected!
The women, who are more or less total strangers, get in the car belonging to one of their spouses and make a trip like no other they have gone through before. They learn a lot about each other and the story is comforting I found.
If you like a story of women’s camaraderie, this is a good book for you!
It is sweet in its idea and really presses home the idea of being a master of your own destiny - especially in relation to Marnie.
The characters are a mixed bunch - I found it hard to like Rita, a boring old fuddy duddy outside of her circumstance, and Marnie - a martyred victim, but otherwise the story itself captured me and I finished the book in a few days.
The ending is perfect for those who like all loose ends tied up and it's a very easy read, but at times it can lack a little substance.