AN INFORMAL, UNOFFICIAL BOOK REVIEW
I must confess. Because it was her “first” book, I figured it couldn’t be as good as the rest of her work. Usually, a person's “first” anything is something they try to bury in their memory (kind of like my first live reports as a journalist working for a local television station).
Well, shame on me for having the thought cross my mind that THE LONG ROAD HOME might not be as good as the rest. I was hooked by page 2 of the prologue!
Here’s the basic rundown-- Michael MacKenzie, a shady businessman, makes a public suicide inside a bank. His shocking death leaves his socialite wife, Nora MacKenzie, widowed and suddenly bankrupt, forcing her to try to make a life of her own at a small sheep farm the Vermont mountains. That’s where she meets C.W., a farmhand secretly on the run from his past life, after witnessing the MacKenzie suicide. All Nora knows is that the truth behind her husband’s death is scrawled in the pages of his diary, which she has yet to make sense of.
To me, THE LONG ROAD HOME is secrecy and suspense, hope and healing. You want Nora to make it as a farm girl, but the odds are heavily stacked against her. This novel is so different from the bestselling novels that her fans are most familiar with. However, the similarity I did see was that the parallels of humans and nature she so poignantly writes about in her Lowcountry-based novels existed in her work from the very beginning. That talent has always been a foundation of her writing style since book number one.
I’m thrilled that THE LONG ROAD HOME is available in bookstores again fifteen years after its debut. Now I’ll finally have other people I can talk with about the novel!