Marnie is just 35 when her boyfriend, Brian, drops dead of a sudden heart attack. Stunned by his death, Marnie finds her greatest grief is for Troy, Brian's son whom she has raised as her own since he was a kindergartener. When he is reclaimed by his train wreck of a birth mother, Troy's departure drives Marnie to a grief group at the local rec center. There she finds unexpected allies, three strangers who join her in an impulsive road trip from Wisconsin to Las Vegas to reconnect with Troy. Along for the ride are fifty-something Rita, prim and ladylike on the outside, seething with rage on the inside over the murder of her daughter; Laverne, Marnie's introverted landlady who is crippled by grief for her late husband; and Jazzy, a psychic driven to the grief group by an unseen voice. Together they embark on the adventure of their lives, a journey toward healing, friendship, and love.
©2012 Karen McQuestion (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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"I You Liked "Enchanted April"..."
Full Disclosure: While I love nonfiction, military history and genocide and such all... I've gotta admit it. Sometimes I'm just in the mood for some good chick lit.
The description of the book makes it sound as though this would be a grittier read, what with murder, death, etc. involved, but actually, it's a sweet and easy listen.
Like "Enchanted April," "The Long Way Home" is a story of four very different women who come together on a whim and wind up finding parts of themselves that they thought they'd never find. The characters are well fleshed-out, likable, and have different strengths and weaknesses.
It's a delightful listen, especially as I just finished a couple of audiobooks on Cambodia and was in the mood for something light, but touching. "The Long Way Home" did not disappoint. The only quibbling I have is that the narrator falls into the female narrator trap of: man's voice—better make my voice low and growly, but it wasn't too bad.
Also, and this is just the writer in me, I thought there were opportunities for a little bit more tension to be thrown in, twists, anything except such neat bows tied onto problems faced and problems solved.
Other than that, I really enjoyed my time with the characters.
Oops! One more thing: I listened to it at 1.25 speed as I felt that there were far too many pregnant and ponderous pauses (Alliteration!) in the narration
"Light, Fun, Perky Chick Lit"
This is very, very light reading. The characters are caricature, the plot is light and predictable. But sometimes that's just what you want to read. The narrator was perky, which was the right tone for this book. I can't recommend it as literature, but as chick lit escape, it was enjoyable.
I would give it about 3 1/2 stars. I felt more enjoyment than a 3 star, but felt that some parts ranked 4 stars for me. In general I felt it was about as hokey as a quote from a Cracker Barrel gift shop....but then I always seem to find a little comfort browsing through them! Must be my Southern roots surfacing. So even if it was predictable I somehow found parts of the book somewhat soothing, as in the way the women managed to work out their relationship difficulties with each other.
So this book is definitely not for everyone, but if you find odd comfort from the occasional Facebook platitudes, then you might just like it.
I loved it. a little slow at times, but an entertaining story. great character development.
"The Long Way Home"
Really enjoyed the story!
Lots of surprises to the story line.
Enjoyed the narrator.
"Not what I meant to listen to"
The story was sweet but I hadn't meant to listen to a book about a psychic. I thought this was going to be a romance when I picked it. Lol. Teach me not to read the synopsis. My mistake, psychic stuff is not my cup of tea. Would have been a perfectly moving story had Jazzi been just a bubbly young woman and the events happenstance as opposed to her being a bubbly young psychic. Bit of a shame but good luck in your future endeavors.
This was a really good and uplifting book. The characters were like able and relatable even though they varied in age and circumstance
"I want to go on a road trip"
Four women who barely know each other decided to drive from Wisconsin to Las Vegas to check in on Marnie's not really stepson. Rita is grieving over the unsolved murder of her daughter, Marnie is grieving over the death of her fiance of ten years and losing his 14 year old son to the boy's mother, Laverne a shut-in and Marnie's never seen neighbor and landlady, and Jazzy, a free spirit who speaks to the dead.
This is a really good story, although it drags a bit in the middle.
enjoyed it. looked forward to getting into the car every day to hear the next chapter on my way home from work
She gave a clear picture of each character. I listened while driving so I often felt like I was in the car with them.
I enjoyed the book. I thought it would be even better with a sequal but it ended in such a way another wasn't needed. It was about stretching and developing friendships and how important they are. I enjoyed it. It was just what I needed at the time. Light hearted, thought provoking but in a reflective way.
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