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Posted October 17, 2008
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.<BR/><BR/>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? <BR/><BR/>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.
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Posted August 26, 2008
One of the things I loved about the Long Journey Home is the hero. Because of the deep pain of losing his wife and child, Dan Mattson turns his back not only on his congregation but God as well. When things like this happen to us, we don't always act the way we should. And Dan doesn't either. That's what makes this book so unique. The man's hurting and he acts out of that hurt. You know the old saying, 'hurt people, hurt people'. At first Dan comes across like a real jerk. But you don't really see him as one because you understand why he's acting the way he does. But, before you get the idea that the guy isn¿t a hotty, think again. In spite of all Dan¿s pain and suffering, his tender heart shows up at the sweetest, most unique moments. I love stories where we get to watch the characters growing throughout the book, and in the Long Journey Home, Dan and Callie both do. But¿ Can two people who have deep-seated trust issues heal enough to find love? Or will their pasts keep them apart? Dan has a secret? What is it? And will affect his relationship with Callie? I'll never tell. *smiling* Callie¿s wearing a wedding ring. Is she married? Or isn't she? Callie risks her life to drop money off in a mailbox. But, why? And who's the money for? And what does a rabid dog have to do with anything? Somebody gets stood up for dinner because of an accident. What kind of accident? And did they survive? The answers to all of these questions can be found by reading the, Long Journey Home¿a very romantic, restorative, love story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 15, 2008
In her latest novel, Sharlene MacLaren offers us a unique story of hope. Dan and Callie have both endured more than their share of heartbreak, leaving them hurt and jaded. They struggle with the same things many of us do: wondering how a good God can let bad things happen. But God has never left them. And by the end of our journey with them, God's love is clear. MacLaren creates sympathetic characters that will have you rooting for them. Don't miss this lovely romance from a very lovely writer!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 28, 2008
This was my first Sharlene MacLaren read, but it won't be my last. Sharlene gives her reader not just characters, but people who walk off the page. Callie May and Dan Mattson are imperfect, wounded people just like the rest of us. Along the journey, faith is restored, love is found, and peace regained. I can't wait for my next MacLaren read to get here.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 30, 2008
Page turner! Callie & Dan came alive to me ¿ the real life problems that challenged them resonated in a believing tone with engaging dialogue. Callie¿s mother and Dan¿s sister were strong, lovable supporting characters. Romance was taken to the edge in this touching love story. I adored ¿Long Journey Home¿!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 2, 2011
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