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About Long Journey Home
From Sarah M. Eden, the USA Today Bestselling author of the Longing for Home series, LONG JOURNEY HOME is a new romance novel set in the beloved world of Hope Springs.
Widowed by war, Maura O’Connor has raised her son alone under the weight of poverty in the unforgiving slums of New York City. That harsh and difficult life has taken a toll on them both. Desperate to save her son from the misery around them, she moves them both to the tiny western town of Hope Springs, where her late husband’s family lives, hoping that the decade of silence between them does not mean she and Aidan will be rejected outright. Her son needs family, and she would endure anything to see him happy.
Ryan Callaghan has worked the land belonging to the late Granny Claire for years, dreaming of one day claiming it as his own. Living in his brother’s home affords him no freedom, no stability, no joy. The arrangement is even harder on his mother, whose health is quickly deteriorating. A risky investment in the land has finally begun to pay off, and he is at last in a position to secure a better future for them both. When use of the home is, without warning, offered to a newly arrived widow and her son, that future is entirely uncertain.
Both Maura and Ryan desperately need the Claire farm, for their own futures as well as those of the loved ones who depend on them. Neither can remain in Hope Springs without the house and land, but only one can claim it in the end.
The Longing for Home series by Sarah M Eden is one of my all time favorites. I just love the way she’s written her characters. They are some that I think of often, almost as dear friends. And the setting of the little town of Hope Springs, Wyoming is just as great as her characters. This series is a must read in my book, but you must start at the beginning with Longing for Home. You could read these out of order, but there are so many details, I think you’d be confused.
Long Journey Home is the newest book in the Longing for Home series. This one features Maura, she’s the widow of one of the older O’Connor boys. I loved her character. She’s a single mom in 1800’s New York City. She has to work so hard to support herself and her son Aidan. But even in the face of her poverty, Maura is always looking out for someone else before herself. Many of other widows in the tenement building she lives in owe her a great debt of gratitude. Maura is sick though, she’s got brown lung from working in the factory like many of the Irish in the 1800’s did. She doesn’t want Aidan to know. And she can’t leave him alone when she dies, so they head to be with the rest of the family in Hope Springs.
That’s where things get so fun! We get to see the O’Connor family again. All of them. I just love this family so much. They are the epitome of kindness and caring. They’re always watching out for themselves and for anyone else in the community that needs something. We don’t see any of the story from their perspective, but having them in the story makes it that much better in my opinion.
In Hope Springs is also Ryan Callaghan. Ryan is a great character as well. He’s been living with his brother and his brother’s wife as well as Ryan’s own mother. Homes then were not big and this situation isn’t ideal for any of them. Ryan is hoping to buy the home on the property that he works that belongs to Tavish O’Connor and his wife. When that home is given to Maura and Aidan, Ryan isn’t sure what to do.
At first Maura and Ryan kind of see each other as enemies. But as they get to know each other, they know that they like the other too much to treat them as an enemy. I loved that about both of these characters, they’re both so unselfish. Things were bound to be hard, but they make everything work.
I loved everything about this book. The pictures each and every word painted in my head as I read it made this seem more like a movie than a book. I can’t wait to read more about this family and the town of Hope Springs!
I was sent an e-copy of Long Journey Home as a gift. All opinions are my own.
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