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The Long Way Home

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  1,887 ratings  ·  308 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 sh...more
Paperback, 321 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Amazon Publishing
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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
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.
Jul 11, 2012 Toni rated it 2 of 5 stars
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.
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...more
Jul 06, 2012 Eva rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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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
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
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...more
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.
Keri Piercy

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.

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.
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.
Misti Mccombs
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!
Cheryl Christensen
I’ve been reading many books on relationships and life changing journeys recently. I have to place The Long Way Home at the top of the list for my favorites. Yep, I just have to. I would give this book 5 stars if I was a star rating person. I guess that sometimes I am!

Karen has taken four very unlikely companions from very different walks of life, ages and stages, and placed them in a car headed across the nation with a single purpose – get to Las Vegas. They each have a personal reason to take...more
An unlikely friendship born in a grief group; a road trip that turns into an individual quest of one kind or another for the women; and the coming together of the loose threads of each woman's life makes "The Long Way Home" a memorable and feel-good novel. Jazzy, Marnie, Rita, and Loretta bond on their journey, even as they achieve some of their goals.

Jazzy, the character who inspires each of them, is a psychic whose premonitions, intuitions, and voices from beyond guide her and help her redirec...more
Why oh why do I procrastinate so. I received THE LONG WAY HOME by Karen McQuestion a few months back and for some reason it has been languishing on my TBR shelf unread. Had I known how much pleasure I would experience reading this tale of friendship, love and healing I certainly would have read it a lot sooner.

This is the engaging story of three women who form an unlikely friendship via their association with a fourth girl named "Jazzy". Jazzy is a vivacious, somewhat psychic young woman who is...more
I’m giving huge KUDOS to Karen again for her latest book, The Long Way Home. Like A Scattered Life, I was sold on the book RIGHT away by the cover, as it contains a partial map of Wisconsin. I was hooked right from the start and finished it in three days!

On a quick side note, when I talk books with anyone, I always say I love a good STORY. I’m not fan of any specific genre, but I love a good STORY about people and what happens in their lives. Karen writes EXCELLENT stories!

Four women are brought...more
Katie O'Rourke
Karen McQuestion is the author of A Scattered Life, which I reviewed several months back. I think I'd have to say I didn't like this one quite as much- but that's less a criticism of this book and more a continued gushing for her first.

In The Long Way Home, four women become unlikely travel companions, drawn together by grief and a common need for change in their lives. Each woman is feeling stuck in her own way. Marnie's long time boyfriend has died suddenly, resulting in the even deeper loss o...more
Charlotte Phillips
Now this is the sort of chick flick novel that I am more than happy to read, as it really allows the ready to dive into a journey that they had not planned on taking. I think that the book is aimed at a wide variety of audiences and I love the fact that the author has taken on the challenge of matching the different diversities. Perhaps this is what engaged me the most, the sort of almost fantasy style that it had in regards to the psychic, the crime side, and the love side. There just seemed to...more
I keep waiting on a bad book from this author, but she doesn't appear to be able to give me that yet. So here I am, again, writing yet another positive review for a Karen McQuestion book. Man, this was good.

It felt real on some level, staged - of course, but the characters felt like people I could know. Neighbors that I hang out with, the old lady we never really see, the weird 20-something upstairs. The book's fun and quirkiness and reminded me a bit of the journey part of Thelma & Louise....more
Although I have a ton of "Road Trip" type books on my bookshelves I haven't read any of them. This was a mix between a chick-lit type book/womens fiction/mystery novel. It had a little of something for "almost" everyone in it, and because the 4 women that go on the road trip are so varied in age, I think anyone can relate to at least one of the women on some sort of level.

There's Marnie whose long-term boyfriend died of a heart-attack, and his son gets ripped from her life and shipped back to hi...more
A lovely tale of four women on a life-changing road-trip, this novel will capture most readers of women’s fiction.
This book is all about character development. The plot is amusing, but what really makes the reader sit up and pay attention is the way that the four women evolve throughout its length. Each one is fun to read about, although I have to say that Laverne was by far my favorite, with her loud, outspoken, yet charming ways. The only one I didn’t really warm to was Jazzy. The author uses...more
Article first published as Book Review: The Long Way Home by Karen McQuestion on Blogcritics.

Grief is something most people can share; loss of a loved one is never very far. It could be your own, a friends, or even a neighbors, but we see the fallout time and again throughout life. Grief centers are formed to help those who need to move through the process, and yet not everyone does.

In The Long Way Home by Karen McQuestion, we follow the lives of a small group woman whose grief is all consuming....more
Alyce Rocco
A quote from Karen McQuestion's novel, The Long Way Home:

"Remember, when the universe aligns it does so for a reason. There are no coincidences."

The story involves four newly acquainted strangers, who take an impulsive road trip from Wisconsin to Las Vegas, Nevada. Rita is trying to overcome grief over the murder of her daughter. Laverne is tired of being the recluse she became after her husband died. Marnie feels it is urgent that she visits a teen she raised since he was a 5-year-old, taken by...more
I have read one of Karen McQuestion's previous books so I was looking forward to reading this one. She has again created some warm likeable characters and a road trip always seems to be a good theme for a story. I was put off a bit by the whole psychic storyline, rather unbelievable, but if you can suspend your disbelief it is an enjoyable read. The four main characters are Marnie, whose boyfriend dropped dead of a heart attack and she is grieving for the loss of his son Troy, Laverne, Marnie's...more
Ready for a road trip? Get in! Karen McQuestion has a journey for you like none other! 4 ladies take a road trip, each with their own journey, but helping one another through it. Loved this group of ladies! I think Laverne was my favorite. I loved it when she told Marnie she would drive, and Marnie was like I thought you didn't have a driver's license. But she still has skills!! LOL

These ladies will warm your heart and the road trip, like all other road trips will end way too soon. Each one come...more
Gail Foster
What an enjoyable ride.......

I always enjoy the curves of the road and this trip contained many. It was a quick read and I really enjoyed it. I liked how the characters played off one another, and how their issues were revealed along the way. We could all take a lesson.
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