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The Long Way Home

3.56  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,442 Ratings  ·  430 Reviews
Four women bound by chance take the trip of a lifetime in Karen McQuestion’s fifth novel The Long Way Home.

For Wisconsinites Marnie, Laverne and Rita, life isn’t working out so well. Each is biding time, waiting for something better, something to transport them out of what their lives have recently become. And then there’s Jazzy: bubbly, positive, and happy even though she
Paperback, 321 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Amazon Publishing
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Jun 28, 2012 Deb rated it it was ok
After so many good reviews on this book, I really looked forward to it. I was almost immediately disappointed. Four strangers decide to take a road trip together after barely meeting one another while each is struggling with their own demons. One of them is a psychic (hard to read about when you don't believe in that stuff), and she seems to be the one guiding the rest. The description made it sound like a long road trip with lots of adventure. It was actually brief and the women split up half w ...more
Jul 11, 2012 Toni rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
This book should be called the Lame Way Home. The only reason I kept reading was in hopes of it getting better, it never did! The characters are so naive they seem ignorant and the 23 year old psychic? Really? This book had no redeeming qualities. Save your time and read the Sunday comics, you'll probably find more depth.
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
This the first book I read by McQuestion and I have to tell you that I really enjoyed it. McQuestion has a genuineness that comes through the pages. She tells a story that any woman can relate to. The story is about how grief brought some very different women together and how each gave the other something that they did not even know they needed. I marveled while watching the women evolve and create bonds while they traveled across the county. I laughed, was moved, cheered and honestly, at times, ...more
Keri Piercy
Jun 29, 2012 Keri Piercy rated it really liked it

I discovered this book through an Amazon Kindle recommendation. It was a great story and page-turner. It isn't a book with any literary magnificence, or grand prose or anything like that. It was a fun little story with heartwarming characters and a good book to read as an escape.
Jan 12, 2016 Christine rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from GoodReads' First Reads program. This review reflects my honest opinion.

By a series of coincidences, a group of women who were formerly strangers befriend each other and end up in a car on a road trip to Las Vegas. One of the women is psychic, one woman's boyfriend recently died, another is a reclusive widow, and the fourth is the mother of a young woman who was murdered. They are certainly an eclectic bunch and putting the four of them togeth
May 28, 2012 Lydia rated it did not like it
I was not a fan of this book. A story about four female strangers on a road trip to las Vegas from Wisconsin in attempts to reunite one of the women with her estranged stepson was told haphazardly and was completely unrelatable. I've read other books by this writer that were somewhat interesting so I was expecting something a little better than this mindless novel. I would not recommend this book to any of my fellow readers.
Jun 16, 2012 Dusya4 rated it it was ok

Barely finished it. The writing was bad, the plot was mostly bad. The characters did not feel believable to me; the only one I liked was Laverne. Barely above a one star from me.
♥ Marlene♥
This book had been on my wish list for years. Last week I purchased a month of Kindle Unlimited and this book was one of free books so I thought Yah! but after reading about one third I have to say Nah!

It is too rosy too not real too cutesy and I am not in the mood for a book like that where everything seems to be so unrealistic but is portrayed as being the normallest (<---made up this word I think?In Dutch we say normaal and normaalste) thing of the world.

Women that do not know each other
May 26, 2012 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Would love to see it in a movie. Enjoyed that you got to learn about each individual, as well as the dynamics of them in the group. Definitely recommend.
Nov 01, 2014 Cindy rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: nobody
Recommended to Cindy by: Audible Daily Deal
Shelves: audible
The writing - sentence structure, vocabulary, grammar - seemed appropriate for a story aimed at 3rd or 4th grade. It was grating.
The characters lacked depth and believability. As others have noted, the elderly LaVerne carried around a baggie of her family's prescription and OTC medications and cheerfully doled out uppers, downers and pain medications to members of the trip. She is never challenged, even by doctors in a hospital, for having and giving out these meds, and the others in her party t
Jan 24, 2015 Nolan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up as one of those cheap Audible Daily Deal books, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There's a bit of paranormal stuff in here, but it's not so much that you want to reject the book as being silly. Young Jazzy has always had the ability to hear spirit voices, and most often the voice she hears is that of hear deceased grandma. Jazzy is compelled one night by her grandmother's voice to drop by a grief counseling session. Her bubbly positive personality uplifts everyone in the group, and ...more
Jan 10, 2015 Sandra rated it really liked it
A really good cozy read, a few typos, but nothing extreme. I liked the storyline about four women who didn't know each other, each in a different situation that come together in a road trip to help one of them. It gives each ones story, going back and forth, and I really enjoyed it. Karen McQuestion is a new-to-me author, for Kindle reads, and has written five books. This one is free through Kindle Unlimited.

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Jul 06, 2012 Eva rated it really liked it
Shelves: fluff
I'm a little surprised I rated this so high - there was a moment in the middle where I couldn't take the pace. I was tempted to skip ahead but that is difficult with a digital edition. In the end I enjoyed the book - a bit of summer fluff reading. The latter half of the book had me still wishing I could skip ahead because I was wondering what would happen next. The plot surprised me - I didn't see it coming and that always gets the author at least one star. Writing was easy and smooth - only one ...more
Sep 16, 2014 Jude rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! It's a light, quick read, despite the storyline of the character whose daughter was murdered 10 years ago. It would make a cute movie and I found myself thinking of who I'd cast as the main characters.

The story is infused with a lot of humor, a trademark of McQuestion, and I found myself laughing out loud several times. In fact, I saw myself in one of the characters, but I'm not naming names.

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Jun 19, 2012 Suzanne rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-books-read
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Feb 21, 2016 Jenny rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club, i-own
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May 12, 2012 Donna rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the author from a Goodreads giveawy and I am so glad I entered it! The characters come together due to various circumstances that have occurred in their lives. Each one becomes endearing to the reader in their own right. From quirky Laverne to uptight Marnie, to prim and proper Rita and the one who brings them all together, Jazzy, each has a story to tell. I read this book over the course of two nights and hated to put it down. I only wish each of us had a Jazzy in her ...more
Marci Brown
Nov 03, 2014 Marci Brown rated it liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this one (Audible), with a few comments to note:

Nice, mindless entertainment.
Nice story, GREAT performance by narrator.
So, in other words "NICE NICE NICE".

There were a few times some of these characters annoyed me to death! The crotchedy old woman was my favorite. Jazzy was next, and it made me wish I had a friend like her, despite her constant annoying optimism. The other two were so narrow minded, it drove me nuts! I was rooting for them all, though, and they
Karen S Belinne
Dec 26, 2014 Karen S Belinne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Road trip with surprises

This book is an easy read about a road trip. Maybe you could say that it is about a trip through the lives of four women who seem unremarkable in the beginning but during the trip each emerges more I interesting, more complete, and more interested in the world around them. The author uses one of the woman's psychic abilities to speed the plot long. I liked that feature as it eliminated what would otherwise require a lot of words. One of the images that conveyed a lot of m
Karen Mills
Sep 06, 2015 Karen Mills rated it liked it
Entertaining and fun are able to suspend disbelief!
L.Marie Murphy
Enjoyable easy read, good storyline

I took a road trip with four women 3 I had just met. we are still friends today, so I was curious how this story unfolds. I would have rated it higher, however the character development could have been better. much of the dialogue is devoid of progressive and evolving awareness as we mature.
I can see this author "down the road" as Jazzy says in the book, offering us a deeper enriched story of great women we encounter as we mature on our own journeys .
Apr 15, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it
McQuestion usually delivers a good read for those who enjoy women's fiction. This story is no exception, even though it's disguised in a road trip plot.

Jazzy hears a voice -- usually her beloved, dead grandmother's voice -- and she's found it better to go along with whatever the voice urges. So one day she finds herself at a grief support group for Survivors. She isn't enrolled. She doesn't know why she's there. But the voice tells her to go there and she does.

She immediately has an impact on tw
Jun 05, 2012 Dawn rated it it was ok
A story about a road trip made by 4 women who just met in a grief counseling group. It's an impulsive trip and could have made an interesting story. But I felt the writing was flat, more telling than showing, and at times even boring. Not my favorite road trip book. Even though I read it on a road trip.
Dec 17, 2015 Naomi rated it really liked it
Three women decide to take a driving trip with a friend to Las Vegas to pick up her 'son'. On the way aspects of their lives come out which influence their trip and how they feel about things. I really enjoyed this book as it was a light hearted read in many ways. A great book for book clubs, too.
Kelly Brown
Dec 07, 2015 Kelly Brown rated it it was amazing
I am sad this read is done! I really liked it. Four very unique women end up on a road trip together- and they did not really know each other before they went. Marnie is in her thirties grieving over her deceased boyfriend. Rita is an older woman grieving over her deceased daugther who she believes was murdered by her boyfriend. Jazzy is in her twenties and has an unique ability that ends up tying everyone together. Marnie lives in a duplex where her elderly land lady lives underneath her- Laver ...more
Lizzie Winns
Aug 31, 2014 Lizzie Winns rated it really liked it
I read this book in a few hours, it wasn't a short story but yet not long either, It basically is about 4 woman who met at a support group for women who where grieving for lost ones, One of the women who had just wondered in off the street because it was where her heart that lead her there. Turns out she is a physic who ends up getting the women to go on a road trip to Las Vegas. So basically this story tells of how things went while on this trip, some bad but mostly good, this trip was somethin ...more
Jun 08, 2014 Lori rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the WORST books I've ever read, and I rarely find a book that I can't find something about to enjoy and appreciate. But it was positively TERRIBLE! The plot was a hodgepodge of weak premises that never came together and was riddled with inconsistencies. The characters were mostly annoying, rather than sympathetic, and were also riddled with inconsistencies and contradictions. And the writing was unoriginal, unimaginative, and full of cliches. I honestly have no idea how this book ...more
Owen Reeder

I really wanted to like this book but found it a bit too preachy and over the top. It reads like a bad Christian novel. Which isn't to say it's an overtly Christian book but has a lot of religious undertones. I truly don't mind that as I'm a Christian, but I'm not looking for silly drivel when I read a book either. if you enjoyed reading The Shack or The Silver Chalice, this is probably a book for you. If you found yourself rolling your eyes a lot in those books and finishing them just to see
Misti Mccombs
Jul 27, 2012 Misti Mccombs rated it did not like it
Bleh! I started it and had to finish it but it was a struggle!
I just can't bring myself to finish it; it's that bad!
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Karen McQuestion is the bestselling author of books for all ages. Some of her titles include Hello Love, Life on Hold, The Long Way Home, and the Edgewood series. Her publishing story has been covered by the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, and the national NPR show, The Story with Dick Gordon. She has also appeared on ABC’s World News Now and America This Morning. McQuestion lives with ...more
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