Long Journey Home

Long Journey Home

by Sarah M. Eden

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Long Journey Home by Sarah M. Eden

Widowed by war, Maura O'Connor has raised her son alone under the weight of poverty in the unforgiving slums of New York City. That harsh and difficult life has taken a toll on them both. Desperate to save her son from the misery around them, she moves them both to the tiny western town of Hope Springs, where her late husband's family lives, hoping that the decade of silence between them does not mean she and Aidan will be rejected outright. Her son needs family, and she would endure anything to see him happy.

Ryan Callaghan has worked the land belonging to the late Granny Claire for years, dreaming of one day claiming it as his own. Living in his brother's home affords him no freedom, no stability, no joy. The arrangement is even harder on his mother, whose health is quickly deteriorating. A risky investment in the land has finally begun to pay off, and he is at last in a position to secure a better future for them both. When use of the home is, without warning, offered to a newly arrived widow and her son, that future is entirely uncertain.

Both Maura and Ryan desperately need the Claire farm, for their own futures as well as those of the loved ones who depend on them. Neither can remain in Hope Springs without the house and land, but only one can claim it in the end.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947152298
Publisher: Mirror Press
Publication date: 07/15/2018
Pages: 372
Sales rank: 425,037
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.83(d)

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Long Journey Home 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Heidi_Reads 3 months ago
Another amazing addition to the series! I think each book just gets better and better as we come to know the O'Connor family and their community in Hope Springs even more. I loved the way the author incorporated the main characters from previous books in meaningful ways, not just appearances for the sake of having their names in the book. Also, without doing a plot rehash of the previous books. These can be read out of order, but meeting them Long Journey Home will definitely make you want to go back and read the stories of the other characters. It took me a little bit to get a feel for Maura, but I grew to love her and understand her as she allows herself to open up to her O'Connor family and accept their unconditional love and support in the midst of her hardships and theirs. Ryan is someone who is easy to admire with his compassion for his mother, strong work ethic, and service to his community. I loved seeing Maura and Ryan develop a friendship in spite of their conflicting goals, and the way they sacrificed for each other. The sweet romance between them grew slowly and naturally, and their special moments together are even more so because of that wait. Maura's son Aiden was also an important member of this story and I thought he was realistically portrayed and enjoyed seeing him blossom in Hope Springs. There are strong themes of family, service, sacrifice, and community. I thoroughly enjoyed every page of this wonderful book! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Anonymous 4 months ago
I think Tavish and Cecily's book is still my favorite of this series (and I loved seeing them again!), but I loved this addition! A close second for sure! Wonderful characters and plot with great threads laid for the future - Maura's friend and the doctor me thinks? And I'm still anticipating Finbarr's continued growth, though I imagine he still has a few years of aging to go - and that another sibling will have a starring arrival first... And, in the distant future, Aiden and Emma? With a more likely age difference than she and Finbarr probably, though I was surprised by their decidely sibling tone this time around. Anywho, a very interesting treatment of dealing with chronic, degenerative ill health - in some ways simillar to a Glimmer of Hope. Though more mellow and straightforward. With an incredibly sweet romance - chaste as always. ...I just loved the leads... I highly recommend this novel and know I'll be rereading it, per usual - Eden is the best contemporary writer of romance and historical fiction.
momisreading 4 months ago
I love this book! I love this whole series!! Hope Springs is a special place with real characters and stories that always pull at my heart. There are struggles, there is heartache, and there is so much love and joy. Maura is a wonderful mother that will do anything to help her son. She is kind, giving, brave and quite stubborn. Ryan is as good a guy as you will ever find. He is full of strength and has such a big heart. I loved watching the love between them grow. There is something very special about the O’Connor family. The way they love and care for each other is inspiring. They were a great blessing to Maura and Aiden and the reverse was true, as well. I hope we get to be back in Hope Springs with all of them soon! I received a complimentary copy of the book, which I voluntarily reviewed. I have given my honest opinion.
mara1108 4 months ago
Maura O'Connor lives in NYC far away from the rest of her husband's family who moved to Hope Springs, WY over a decade ago. It's been almost as long since her husband, Grady, was killed in the war. Her mother and sister have also died since she and Grady made the decision not to move to Wyoming. The only family she has left is her teenage son, Aidan, whose soul is slowly dying from living in the crowded city and their poverty. After selling her most prized possession she has to choose between using the money for medical care for herself (she has "brown lung" from working in the factory), or moving them out West to live with relatives she no longer really knows and Aidan doesn't remember. Ryan Callaghan shares a too small home with his mother, brother and his family in Hope Springs, WY. It's not a good arrangement--there's not enough room and the stress of the close quarters and lack of privacy and freedom are affecting his mother's health, not to mention their relationships with each other, but Ryan's got a plan to buy the land he's been working for the past 5 years. There's a bit of a problem--the house & land that Ryan wants to buy is owned by Tavish and Cecily O'Connor, and that's the home the family's letting Maura and Aidan live in. Maura is a strong, determined, stubborn and proud woman trying to raise a son alone. She's lost everyone she cares about--her husband, mother and sister. She has the same illness that took her mother and sister's lives so she moves across the country so her son can be with family to care for him when she's gone. She doesn't want anyone's pity or handouts and thus keeps her diagnosis to herself for most of the book, although she's not fooling anyone who has eyes and ears. Not only was Maura raising a son alone, dealing with her illness, trying to learn to live on a farm and all that entails, but she was weighed down with guilt that she was the one who kept Grady (her husband) from moving to Hope Springs with the rest of his family all those years ago. The "if only" ate away at her. If only they'd moved Grady wouldn't have gone to war, she wouldn't have had to work in the factory and wouldn't be sick, etc. Sometimes I got aggravated by Maura's pride and stubbornness. "She, however, had wrapped her stubbornness around herself like a battle cloak and told him she would do precisely what she felt she ought, and he'd best have nothing contrary to say about it." Having been a single parent at one time I understand somewhat the burdens she had placed upon her, but when you have family around who can and want to help, then you swallow your pride and allow them to help you. You get the help and support you need and they get the satisfaction and blessing of being able to help. Ryan was a great character. He was a hard worker and a caring man--you could tell by how he took care of his mother, and taught Aidan how to do things. He was always willing to lend a hand even when it took time away from work he needed to do. On the other hand, his brother James irritated me to no end. One of my favorite parts of the book is in one of the last few chapters when Maura tells him off. I loved the humor and teasing in this large Irish family. They all have their own trials, but band together to help each other out. I loved Mrs. O'Connor's advice to Maura "Do not wait for life to give you permission to love. Let love give you permission to live." I love how Sarah Eden makes me care about the characters in her book.
AE2 4 months ago
As an impoverished widow, Maura O'Connor has done her best to care for her son Aidan, working and living in the slums of New York City. Realizing that Aidan is miserable and that she has the dreaded "brown lung" from working in a factory, Maura decides to join her deceased husband's family out west in Hope Springs. Maura has been estranged from the O'Connors for years, but she hopes that the family will welcome them at least a little and that they'll be a family to Aidan when she dies. Arriving in Hope Springs, Maura is amazed and delighted that the O'Connors give her a home to stay in. Ryan Callaghan has been working Granny Claire's land for years, planning that soon he'll be able to buy it outright and move his mother from the cramped home they share with his brother's family. Before he has the chance, though, Maura O'Connor arrives and is given use of the home, thoroughly upsetting the plans. Ryan needs the home for himself and his mother, but he also can't be the one to put out a widow and her son, especially as he comes to know them better. Do you ever read a book and then because it was so good, you just want to bask in it rather than moving onto one of the many other books on your to-read list? This is one of those books. I finished it in the morning and had a lot of time during the day when I could have picked up another book, but I just couldn't do it because I had to hold onto this one. I love, love, love it. It's fantastic. What makes it so great? Well, for starters, the O'Connor family. I think if I could pick a book family to be mine, I would pick the O'Connors. I just love them. Next, Sarah Eden is the BEST at character development. Her characters are so terrific--she really knows them and their personalities and quirks and stuff and that comes through to the reader. I love that, because the characters are consistent, which in turn makes them extra-lovable. (Drives me nuts when I read a book and the characters are all over the place and I can't really get a feel for who they are.) I loved Maura and Ryan from the get-go--both strong, good people that you can't help but root for. (And with the addition of some new characters, I'm excited for the possibility of books about them in the future!) The plot was fresh and interesting, and the setting is terrific--you feel like you're right in Hope Springs, wrapped up in the Irish culture there. So, I have to say, I was a little afraid I wouldn't love this book--because I loved the third book in the series so much. Tavish, the main character in that one, is my favorite and I was worried the series would peak with his story. However, I'm happy to report that this book is just as awesome. I loved everything about. This is one of my picks for the best books of 2018! Empathic 5 stars. I read a copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.