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The Long Way Home [Kindle Edition]

Karen McQuestion
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Four women bound by chance take the trip of a lifetime in Karen McQuestion's fifth novel The Long Way Home.

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.

About the Author

Karen McQuestion writes books for adults as well as for kids and teens. She is a bestselling author on Kindle. Two of her novels placed in the top 100 Customer Kindle books for 2010, based on sales and reader reviews. Originally self-published, she now writes for Amazon Publishing and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. McQuestion lives in Wisconsin with her family.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 448 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (May 1 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073HQ85O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,818 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book Nov. 12 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A very heartwarming story warming up to the characters and identifying with each one of them . The long way home should be made into a great movie . I am an avid reader reading about a hundred books a year. I am sixty-five year old still working grandmother of two beautiful granddaughters inside and out and I'm going to give them this great read for Christmas Thank you
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137 of 144 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Road Trip You Haven't Been On Before May 1 2012
By TheLostBookReports - Published on
Karen McQuestion has done it again! The Long Way Home is a truly new take on the ever so done road trip book. I am always hesitant to read a road trip plot based book, because I feel like for the most part I have read them all before, although this road trip is much needed for these ladies and there is some self discovery involved.. you will not find anything cheesy.
I loved each and every character. They each had qualities in them that were truly endearing and they also had qualities that made you groan and roll your eyes. However, they complimented each other well, there wasn't one person who you strongly disliked or who was going to cause a huge rift, that would create to awkward dramatic lull in the story. I must say though what is better than the story itself is McQuestion's talent to write realistically. Something I have always respected about her writing. There were moments when I would say out loud " oh my god, that is something I would Do!" or say, or think...

So, this why I cannot say it enough, go read The Long Way Home and all other books by Karen McQuestion.

I like this book so much, it is hard for me to even properly tell you how awesome it is.
93 of 101 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read for the price May 13 2012
By Cristalle M. - Published on
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I'm not going to write some long drawn out critique of the book. I'm just going to get to the point and tell you what I thought of it. I will say that upon reading the description the story sounded a little implausible. I didn't get how the author was going to randomly throw together a mish-mosh of women on a life altering road trip. She did lay the groundwork well in the story and bring the women together in a realistic (or at least somewhat more realistic way). I did enjoy following along on there journey and all the developments throughout in each character and in their relationships. I do say that towards the end I feel like the author tried to wrap things up a little to quickly, like she didn't know what to do with the characters after their road trip but all in all a very enjoyable read, especially considering the price.
32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You, KMcQ! May 2 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition

This was my first pre-ordered Kindle book. I wouldn't buy a book from any other author without reading the free preview first, but I knew KMcQ wouldn't let me down. I stayed awake all night to read this & it was well worth the sleepy daze I was in at work today. There are so many things I want to say about this book, but instead of wasting time reading reviews, you should just buy the book and enjoy it for yourself :)
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This Book! May 15 2012
By Tiffany Lovering, Author - Published on
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A Review

The Long Way Home by Karen McQuestion features four women who go on a road trip from Wisconsin to Las Vegas. Add the elements that these women are barely more than strangers, range in age from 20's - 70's, have conflicting personalities, and are all dealing with the loss of a loved one, and you have just a little of what Karen McQuestion does to put an authentic twist on a "done before" road trip plot.

Jazzy is a ray of sunshine that Marnie, Laverne and Rita haven't seen in quite some time. When Marnie makes the decision to go to Las Vegas to reunite with the boy she helped raise, it's Jazzy's optimism that keeps the women moving forward both literally and figuratively. While I loved each of the characters for very different reasons, I must admit that Laverne is by far my favorite. I can picture the other three women rolling their eyes and becoming frustrated with this old woman but she does many things on the trip that I know I would do.

What I love about Karen's novels is that she develops the characters throughout the story and you never really have them figured out until the end. The amazing thing about The Long Way Home was that I didn't just love the four main characters, I also found myself mourning for those they lost. Each individual story was powerful and moving without being over the top.

I've only said this a handful of times in my years of reading, but I sincerely hope The Long Way Home goes from print to screen. There's nothing in this novel that wouldn't translate beautifully to a movie version, and I would be first in line to see it.

I rate The Long Way Home a perfect five stars and recommend it for anyone who enjoys an adventurous, heartwarming book with strong female leads.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light hearted road trip May 18 2012
By Celine Derudder - Published on
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To me it read a bit like an on-the-road Jill Mansell or Marian Keyes, because of the light humor and story, as the four main characters get onto an improbable car trip to Las Vegas.
I liked how every piece fell in place even when I least expected it (and started to wonder where the whole thing is going).

Jazzy as a character has a "magical" quality about her, and I don't mean just because of her supernatural intuition, but because of her beauty and upbeat personality, her power to convince and motivate others.
She's the running engine in the little group of ladies - she's also by far the youngest, but in this book middle age, and old age, and being single, are not treated as a big deal or a bad thing, which I liked.

It's a nice on the road adventure, cheerful and never cheesy. It reminded me a lot of " A place of forgetting" (except in that book the protagonist is more on her own), so I would recommend that one if you liked "The long way home", and "Four of a kind" for the at-first-unlikely -friendship between women, too.
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