From Sarah M. Eden, the USA Today Bestselling author of the Longing for Home series, LONG JOURNEY HOME is a new romance novel set in the beloved world of Hope Springs.
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.
This is another beautiful love story by Sarah Eden. Her characters always make me smile and their journey to find love always touches my heart. Ryan and Maura in this story were fantastic. Ryan is a dream man. So kind. So giving. So utterly perfect for dear Maura, who is strong, yet vulnerable because of her sickness. Her son, Aiden, is a fun character to watch grow and blossom during the plot. This is a great American frontier love story, and I loved learning about things such as brown lung, caused by working in the textile factories. The pieces of history woven into the fictional tale make it very edifying to read. I highly recommend this book. It’s part of a series of different characters in the town, but you don’t have to have read the others for this to be amazing. But knowing the backstory of other characters will make it more fun.
Cecily says trials can either make us better or bitter.”
Love doesn’t exist only in simplicity,” Mrs. O’Connor said. “It’s not meant to emerge only after life has calmed and settled. Love offers strength through life’s chaos and upheavals.”
Do not wait for life to give you permission to love. Let love give you permission to live.”
Longing for Home Series:
- Longing for Home
- Hope Springs
- My Dearest Love
- Love Remains
- Long Journey Home
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