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GOING HOME IS THE LONGEST JOURNEY OF ALL...


Adele Matin couldn't wait to put her lonely childhood and hometown behind her. Amid the bright lights and hustle and bustle of New York, she built a life for herself—until one terrible mistake brought it crashing down. Now Adele is running again, this time to a ...

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Overview

GOING HOME IS THE LONGEST JOURNEY OF ALL...


Adele Matin couldn't wait to put her lonely childhood and hometown behind her. Amid the bright lights and hustle and bustle of New York, she built a life for herself—until one terrible mistake brought it crashing down. Now Adele is running again, this time to a cottage she inherited from her mother in rural Pennsylvania. And she's about to realize that a small town has more to offer than she ever dreamed.


An artist and woodworker, Jay Westvelt knows a thing or two about living in the country. Adele is intrigued by her mysterious and sexy green-eyed neighbor, a man who took care of her house and soon cares deeply for her. But even as Adele's heart begins to soften toward him, secrets from her mother's past threaten to send her fleeing back to the city. Can Jay convince her to stay with him?


Only if she can learn an important truth: that happiness begins with SIMPLE WISHES.

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The only flaw in Dale's haunting debut is its reliance on the old chestnut that small town life is superior to the big-city crush. Adele Martin flees her mistakes in New York for the Pennsylvania cabin inherited from her long-estranged mother, Marge, who died six years earlier. Beatrice and Al Lopresti, Marge's friends and neighbors, befriend Adele, though Beatrice refuses to divulge Marge's secrets. Taught that love means indebtedness, Adele is confused by the attentions of woodworker Jay Westvelt. He prefers the simple life, wants stability and a family and doesn't identify as an artist despite his talent. Dale strongly communicates Adele's fears about the future and anger over the past through her relationships with vivid secondary characters such as the Loprestis' troubled teenage granddaughter, Kayleigh, as she puts the reader through a well-paced emotional wringer. (Jan.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446406895
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 4.22 (w) x 6.72 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

A lifelong bookworm, Lisa Dale is a firm believer that there are few things in life better than curling up with a novel and a cup of tea. Lisa Dale worked in publishing for a number of years before earning her MFA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. A former assistant editor of The Literary Review and nominee for Best New American Voices 2010, Lisa lives and writes in Northern New Jersey.

For book trailers and excerpts you can visit Lisa's personal Web site, www.LisaDaleBooks.com. Or you can join the conversation on www.BookAnatomy101.com, a blog where Lisa dissects, scrutinizes, and otherwise tinkers with "how books work." Lisa loves chatting with readers and writers, so log on and say hi!

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    Please adopt

    Dapplekit and a very vicious runt named wolfkit both shees. Dapple is nice and cute with blue eyes and a brown with white spots like a fawn. She is small and with be a type small cat. Wolf kit the she runt is gray with greenish yellow eyes and is the most vicious of all acvept killer kit woth is located at loges res whatever. Killer is seriously vicious so he is one day now. Oh and the two kit here are one day and abandoned so please adopt.

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    Posted June 14, 2014

    To Dark

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    Posted June 13, 2014

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    Do this you die. Do that you die. OH YEAH! DO THIS AND THAT TO GET BANNED! Also, I don't know how I am going to track you down, BUT I WILL! BECAUSE I HAVE A HUGE CUCUMBER SHOVED UP MY AZZHOLE! Hello. Go away. Yeah, not about to join this "clan". Just a rip-off of the Ethereal.

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    Dark

    I'm gonna start crying...cuz after school, comes college. After college, responsiblity. With responsibilty, a job. A job, no life. No life, you die. I'M MORE THAN HALF WAY THROUGH SCHOOL!!!!!!! :(

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    To below

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    Posted June 12, 2014

    Pantherstrike

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