"Delightful . . . effervescent, heady, and intoxicating."Elin Hilderbrand
How far would you go to find the place you belong?
Hannah is finally about to have everything she ever wanted. With a high-paying job, a Manhattan apartment, and a boyfriend about to propose, all she and Ethan have to do is make it through the last couple of weeks of grad school.
But when, on a romantic weekend trip to Sonoma, Hannah is spontaneously offered a marketing job at a family-run winery and doesn't immediately refuse, their meticulously planned forever threatens to come crashing down. And then Hannah impulsively does the unthinkableshe takes a leap of faith.
Abandoning your dream job and life shouldn't feel this good. But this new reality certainly seems like a dream come truea picturesque cottage overlooking a vineyard; new friends with their own inspiring plans; and William, the handsome son of the winery owners who captures Hannah's heart only to leave for the very city she let go.
Soon, the mission to rescue the failing winery becomes a mission to rescue Hannah from the life she thought she wanted. Crackling with humor and heart, The Shortest Way Home is the journey of one woman shedding expectations in order to claim her own happy ending.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Miriam Parker has worked in book publishing for more than seventeen years, and is currently the Associate Publisher of Ecco. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from UNC Wilmington and a BA in English from Columbia University. Her short stories have been published in The Florida Review and Fourteen Hills. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her spaniel, Leopold Bloom. The Shortest Way Home is her first novel.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this story and how the characters developed. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because the writing could've used some improvement.
Hannah is well on her way to having her dream life in New York: a wealthy, non-loser boyfriend, a Master’s in Business Management, and a finance job opportunity at a huge company that will pay exceedingly well, and move her in the direction of her life plan, far better than what she left behind as a teenager in Iowa. But when Hannah and her boyfriend decide to visit a few wineries before school ends in California, Hannah falls in love with a little winery and vineyard called Bellosguardo, where she is offered a marketing job by its owners, starting immediately! There, she can live in an adorable cottage beside the vineyard, save a company that actually needs her, and slow down from the hectic, beige life of a wealthy New York businesswoman. But what will happen to her boyfriend and their life plan? Is being impulsive for once something that will truly change her life for the better? The Shortest Way Home is a delightful escape to California wine country, along with reevaluation of life goals, and an homage to taking a chance on your dreams, or finding new ones, no matter what age. This book will leave you craving good wine and cheese, the views of a gorgeous sunset over a vineyard to go with it, and maybe a puppy in your lap too. For a themed recipe of Raspberry Cupcakes with Raspberry Jam Cream Cheese Frosting, discussion questions, or a list of similar books, visit: http://hub.me/ame9D
I adored this debut novel from Miriam Parker. It was exactly what I was in the mood for without knowing it. It was one of the best books I read this month. I loved all of the characters in this book and really was invested in the story. It is a novel on the shorter side at 320 pages and I read it very quickly. I wanted a glass, okay, really a bottle, of wine and plate of cheese by a fire while reading this story.
Thirty year old Hannah Greene heads to Sonoma California for a weekend wine trip with her fellow graduate student boyfriend, Ethan. Both are finishing up their last term at the Berkeley Haas School and after graduation will be heading to New York. Ethan and Hannah already have jobs waiting for them and their futures planned. Hannah landed the job of a lifetime at Goldman Sachs. A seemingly perfect life awaits Hannah and Ethan, who will joining two friends in software app development. While they wait for their room to be ready, the couple stop at the Bellosguardo Winery and suddenly Hannah’s future as well as Ethan’s takes a sharp detour. Throwing caution to the wind, Hannah abandones her planned “perfect” life in New York for a less secure marketing job at the small family run Bellosguardo Winery. The struggling Winery is in need of help and Winery owner, Linda, offers Hannah a low paying job with room and board at the Winery. Hannah accepts the offer and leaves a stunned Ethan at the airport as he goes to New York alone but hoping that she will realize her “mistake” and come to her senses. Author Miriam Walker writes a beautiful book that is simple yet detailed as we watch Hannah discover herself along with her strength as she uses her skills to save the Winery. She finds her true self and falls in love but not the obvious one, the love of people from her past as well as people that will be part of her future and beautiful Sonoma, California. You will find yourself wishing that you could read this book at a Winery outside on a beautiful sunny day with a glass of your favorite wine reading this book. The Shortest Way Home was a book that reminded me of Robert Frost’s poem, The Road Not Taken, where Frost says “two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Some might say that poem represents a regret but not in Hannah’s life as she takes the path less traveled but will find that this is her “perfect” path to Home. The Shortest Way Home is a wonderful read and makes a great discussion book for book clubs. I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley. My reviews are unbiased and my own. #netgalley #ShortestWayHome
At first, I was intrigued but the premise: hot shot MBA graduate turns down best job in the world with the best company in the world, thus losing her fiancé-to-be, to take over marketing and outreach for a struggling Sonoma winery -- where there just so happens to be a hunky, talented son. That's why I kept forging through strange, convenient twists of plot, of forgettable characters meant to be meaningful, all the ... Well. I won't go on -- I didn't go on with this story, recognizing only 25% of the way through that it really wasn't for me.