At eighteen, Abby Foster had been the cutest little rich gal in Marietta, Montana. She could make boys do whatever she wanted--especially sweet, wild, penniless Joe Carlyle, who adored her. But a lot's changed in the eight years since Abby broke Joe's heart by marrying the rich guy her domineering father chose for her. Her father has died, and the "perfect" husband has bolted, taking all the money. More importantly, Abby's grown up. She's vowed to stop listening to other people and follow her own heart instead.
Right now, her heart tells her to return to Marietta. The wildfire she felt in Joe's arms has haunted her, and, though she doesn't expect forgiveness, she hopes maybe he, too, would enjoy a brief, no-strings affair. If they can share just the seventy-two hours of Homecoming weekend...well, maybe then they'll both find it easier to forgive, forget, and move on.
But when she sees him, she realizes how naive that idea was. The years have changed Joe, too...and the passionate, powerful man he's become isn't someone she'll ever forget. This time the heart she breaks may be her own.
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Rating: 3.5 stars The Long Way Home, A Homecoming Novella was an easy read. I was relieved that it wasn’t totally predictable. Sure, there was the expected happily ever after but the road to HEA had a few twists and turns. It’s the story of Joe Carlyle and Abigail “Abby” Foster. They were highschool sweethearts that ended up going in different directions when they graduated because of their different socio-economic status. Abby’s family had money and she was positioned to marry a rich guy and Joe’s family lived a more modest life as ranchers. Clearly, I’m not giving anything away by saying that Abby’s somewhat arranged marriage falls apart. She returns home 8 years later with a proposition for Joe to spend the weekend with her at her hotel but he does something unexpected by denying her request. Instead, he wants to reconnect with her and understand what happened 8 years ago, as well as what happened with her marriage. Although Joe hasn’t stopped loving her, he is a much more mature man than he was 8 years ago. In addition, while she has no money, he has made a successful business venture that she is unaware of. Basically, they have a lot to learn about each other. Plus, Joe’s mom isn’t happy that Abby has re-appeared so that makes matters worse. Although it didn’t follow the usual path, there was a lot about this book that was unrealistic. I mean, how do you come back to town after 8 years of radio silence and proposition someone? I can understand still being in love with someone but the love would be faded on some level. Plus, the Carlyle boys all go through some sort of crazy phase which just seemed weird to me. Maybe I’m just being too critical but I have to question some things. *Received a copy of the book from the publisher and reviewed voluntarily.*
Sometimes you just have to follow your heart even if it might be too late. At Eighteen, Abby Foster could have any boy she wanted. She wanted Joe Carlyle, but she wanted to make her dad happy too. So, she married the rich guy Blaine Watts and moved far away. That was a her biggest mistake. She never could get Joe out of her mind. Recently divorced, Abby comes back to Montana for a weekend to see Joe and find out if he still feels the same way. Joe Carlyle has grown up and has a successful career breeding race horses. The problem is his business partner is one very pretty lady who Abby just might be a little jealous of when she meets her. Is it more then just business between them? Will Abby and Joe just be able to pick up the pieces where they left off or has Joe moved on after eight years?