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The Shortest Way Home: A Novel

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

The Shortest Way Home was a really sweet, tender family novel. I

The Shortest Way Home was a really sweet, tender family novel. It is rare for a Women's Fiction book to be told from a male viewpoint, but Juliette Fay has done just that. Sean is a good guy who was, first, glad to be home around the familiarity of his past, but then r...
The Shortest Way Home was a really sweet, tender family novel. It is rare for a Women's Fiction book to be told from a male viewpoint, but Juliette Fay has done just that. Sean is a good guy who was, first, glad to be home around the familiarity of his past, but then realized just how badly Kevin needed a father figure and how badly Aunt Vivian needed a caretaker. The realization of how badly they needed him was a bit suffocating at first and that is where you can really see the transformation in Sean. Going from this guy who thought he was on vacation visiting family, to this guy who realizes the weight of the responsibility waiting for him. I especially enjoyed the relationship between Sean and Kevin. Kevin is such a unique little boy and I love the way Sean starts to realize just how unique Kevin is and that to leave him alone with Aunt Vivian would do irreparable damage.

Bottom line, The Shortest Way Home, is a sweet and tender novel about the ties that bind, family. The story itself is well written and obviously written from the heart. If you are looking for a good novel about the importance of family, no matter what the age, then you simply must read The Shortest Way Home.

posted by charlottesweb93 on November 9, 2012

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Enjoyable book but a tad slow to get going....

Lovely book with well developed, believable characters, but I did like "Shelter Me" (also by Juliette Fay) a bit better although that may be because I tend to gravitate to stories with a female protagonist over a male. I did like how Ms Fay interwove the concept of bein...
Lovely book with well developed, believable characters, but I did like "Shelter Me" (also by Juliette Fay) a bit better although that may be because I tend to gravitate to stories with a female protagonist over a male. I did like how Ms Fay interwove the concept of being called by the higher power to our life's work but being open to a changing message into the story.

posted by CB-WI on December 14, 2012

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  • Posted November 9, 2012

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    The Shortest Way Home was a really sweet, tender family novel. I

    The Shortest Way Home was a really sweet, tender family novel. It is rare for a Women's Fiction book to be told from a male viewpoint, but Juliette Fay has done just that. Sean is a good guy who was, first, glad to be home around the familiarity of his past, but then realized just how badly Kevin needed a father figure and how badly Aunt Vivian needed a caretaker. The realization of how badly they needed him was a bit suffocating at first and that is where you can really see the transformation in Sean. Going from this guy who thought he was on vacation visiting family, to this guy who realizes the weight of the responsibility waiting for him. I especially enjoyed the relationship between Sean and Kevin. Kevin is such a unique little boy and I love the way Sean starts to realize just how unique Kevin is and that to leave him alone with Aunt Vivian would do irreparable damage.

    Bottom line, The Shortest Way Home, is a sweet and tender novel about the ties that bind, family. The story itself is well written and obviously written from the heart. If you are looking for a good novel about the importance of family, no matter what the age, then you simply must read The Shortest Way Home.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2012

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    You might think that a guy who makes his living as a nurse in r


    You might think that a guy who makes his living as a nurse in remote, poverty-stricken countries would be able to come home for a little bit of rest and recuperation from the toll such difficult work has taken on his body. Yeah, not so much.

    Sean is at a crossroads. He has apparently outrun the likelihood of having inherited Huntington’s Disease from his mother but his body is wracked with constant pain and he seems to have lost some of the drive that has led him to spend years giving service to others in dire need. Home is where he needs to be for a while, especially since things are not so good there, either, with his aunt showing signs of dementia, his orphaned nephew withdrawing from the world and his sister becoming angrier every day that she has had to give up most of her dreams to watch over Aunt Vivvy and Kevin. Sean’s faith is taking a hit, too, and his prayers just don’t seem to mean as much as they used to.

    Little by little, though, Sean begins to make connections with his past through friends old and new, even with those issues that will probably never be fully resolved, and he finds that the present may not be in such depressing shape as he thought. Coming home started out as an obligation to family as well as an escape from physical pain and emotional bleakness. Could it be that coming home will turn out to be his salvation?

    Author Juliette Fay has already established herself as a writer who has that special touch with words, who can pull the reader into the story she’s telling, and this book is no exception. Her rich prose and her insight into people’s behavior are what make this true comfort fiction and men will enjoy it just as much as women.

    One of the pleasures of The Shortest Way Home is a cast of characters that are mostly very likeable and even those who are not so appealing still engage the reader’s interest. In short, Sean and his family and friends are the sort of people you can find in your own surroundings and so they feel “real” for lack of a better word. I was engaged with Sean from the beginning and, as time went on, I found myself rooting for this man who had fled his own uncertain future but had, as a result, become a man dedicated to helping others. Perhaps it’s now Sean’s turn to find happiness and peace.

    Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, November 2012.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Recommend!!

    Have re-read this book sevrral times and slways enjoy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    It was well written and kept my interest.  I loved Shelter Me so

    It was well written and kept my interest.  I loved Shelter Me so much though, I found myself comparing the two constantly. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    highly recommend

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    Posted April 5, 2013

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