Long Journey Home
Excellent story. I have not read many of Mrs. McLaren's books but that is soon to change. She is a must read for sure.
May 12, 2010
I was so looking forward to reading this book, as I have enjoyed reading the two other books by Sharlene MacLaren that I've read. I must admit, I was disappointed in this book. I liked Dan and Callie individually, but I did not like their interactions together. Their interactions in the beginning didn't seem logical to me, after the loss of Dan's wife, and him moving to another state to live, I had a hard time with his attentions to Callie so soon. In parts of the book, it depicted such a struggle with his loss, and in other parts he seemed too interested in Callie. Perhaps, reading it at a different time in my life could make the difference, as I've dealt with similar loss in a close family relationship, and the quick start up of a relationship soon after. I quit reading after about half way through the book.
February 3, 2010
Mrs. MacLaren has quickly become one of my favorite authors. This book is terrific. I couldn't and didn't put it down until I finished reading it. She does a terrific job in writing about abuse and the life of a teacher. I loved so many aspects of this book. The hero was gorgeous, yet flawed. The heroine was real-courageous, spunky and timid at the same time.
July 7, 2009
Sometimes a book takes you away from your everyday circumstances into a place of comfort. Other times the book is a sweet love story that renews your belief in true love. And some keep you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. Then, there are the books that bring broken hearts and faith together in perfect healing. When you find a book that does all of this and more, you have a true treasure. Sharlene MacLaren has written such a book in Long Journey Home.Newly divorced from an abusive husband, Callie May is trying to be the best single mother, daughter, and school teacher she can. She knows first-hand that emotional scars take longer to heal than physical ones. She isn't sure how to trust God, much less her handsome new neighbor, Dan Mattson. Dan, recently widowed is searching for a place in a world without his wife and daughter. Bitterness has planted deep roots in his heart. And, as the attraction between the neighbors grows, he comes face to face with his anger and rejection of the One Who can truly heal him. When Callie's ex-husband returns to stake his claim, will Dan overcome his own internal obstacles and come to her rescue? Can two broken people find the way to healing and another chance at true love and happiness? This book is one of those treasures that surprises. The characters are rich and attach themselves to your heart. You will laugh when they do, cry with them, and wish you could slap some sense into their stubbornness. I highly recommend this book. This is the first Sharlene MacLaren book I have read, but I guarantee it won't be my last.
October 17, 2008