The Long Way Homeby Cathryn Parry
Life on the road suits Bruce Cole just fine. And after what he went through back in the day, he's in no hurry to face his hometown again. Until his little sister asks him to return for her wedding. One brief visit can't hurt, right? Especially when he meets a beautiful stranger at the reception.
Except Natalie Kimball isn't a stranger. In
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Bruce Cole, former high school star quarterback and all-around Mr. Popular, left town abruptly the summer after graduating high school in order to join the Naval Academy. He feels responsible for something that happened to his best friend, Brian Faulkner, and has let that sense of responsibility keep him from coming home for years on end. Bruce is returning to Wallis Point, his hometown, only out of familial duty – he is to be a groomsman in his only sister’s wedding. Natalie Kimball is a lawyer returning to her hometown in hopes of taking over the family law firm. Bruce Cole was her secret high school crush, and his sister Maureen was her best friend during Maureen’s last year of high school. Maureen invites the newly returned Natalie to be in her wedding in four weeks, and Natalie would be paired with Bruce. Natalie accepts. Natalie carries her own secret – she lost most of her hearing as a child and reads lips to get by most of the time. When Bruce finally arrives for the wedding, he doesn’t remember Natalie, though Natalie had been the last person to see Bruce before he left town as a teenager. With each slowly uncovering the other’s secrets, love, caring and understanding blooms between them. They “get” each other. As a reader, I would not have chosen this book for myself, nor would I recommend it to anyone. It’s slow-moving and where I usually am in a rush to finish a book to get to the happily ever after, with this book I would drag myself to my reading sanctuary to finish it. It took me over a month because I was just not that interested in it. I didn’t feel a connection to the book, and I didn’t feel the connection between the main characters, except for Bruce and his sister, Maureen. I didn’t even really feel what I usually feel as the hero and heroine fall in love. That ooey-gooey, mushy love feeling in the pit of my stomach just never showed up. Bruce is trying to reconnect to with his grandfather during the book while Natalie is building up a client-base for herself as a small-town attorney. It seemed to me there was more to these secondary story lines than there was a connection building between Bruce and Natalie. And the end left a lot to be desired – Bruce never “gets” that his grandfather was hurt and hiding the fact that he knew who Bruce was and was pretending to not know him. Natalie’s father never realizes nor is told that his daughter has a hearing problem. Maureen’s return from her honeymoon is downplayed when it should have been a major deal for her to see her brother and her friend as a couple, especially after all the grief she gives Natalie in the beginning. I also was not a fan of the writing. There was awkward phrasing and similes that just didn’t flow well. For example “And they were together, like magnets and filings.” This was an introductory sentence to a love scene. All I could see from that statement was a dirty machinist’s shop floor as he uses a magnet to clean up – seriously un-romantic. The book is long, drags, lacks a sense of connection to the reader and I only finished it out of a sense of duty to writing a review.