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Longing for Home (Longing for Home #1)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  3,636 Ratings  ·  653 Reviews
Twenty-six-year-old Katie Macauley has placed all her hope in Hope Springs, a small town in the 1870 Wyoming Territory. But if she wants to return home to Ireland to make amends with her estranged family, she'll need to convince the influential Joseph Archer to hold true to his word and keep her on his payroll as his housekeeper despite her Irish roots. The town is caught ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by Shadow Mountain (first published August 5th 2013)
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Katie W
Jul 17, 2013 Katie W rated it really liked it
This was a little different from Sarah Eden's other stories. First of all, it was a little more of a downer than her regency ones. Secondly, it wasn't a regency story--it was a western.

I love the name of the town--Hope Springs. But...I was surprised at how much the town was divided. I was surprised that the hatred of immigrants extended out West. I know the people started spreading out but I would have thought that everyone was just trying to make a go of life out West and were generally more a
Longing For Home is a well-written and satisfying story with endearing characters and a fascinating glimpse of Irish culture in the Old West at a time when prejudice against them prevailed throughout most of the country.

I thoroughly enjoyed Longing For Home and consider it well worth the wait. It is a deeper, more involved story than Sarah’s other books, proving that she has taken her talent for storytelling to an even higher level. The characters are dimensional and real, with histories full of
Blacky *Romance Addict*

I hate triangles. Hate, hate, hate.
The writing is OK, nothing special, but I didn't enjoy the story or romance.
*I received this book as judge for an award contest*
Oct 22, 2013 Karen rated it liked it
I had a hard time deciding what to rate this one. I enjoyed it a lot... even though absolutely nothing happened in 400 pages. I like that Sarah Eden has expanded to some stories about the American West, and I think she did a fine job of it. I also like that she didn't write in a heavy accent. More writers should learn that telling the readers that the character has a heavy accent is far less disturbing to the reading experience than attempting to write it out.

My biggest problem with this book I
Kathy * Bookworm Nation

I liked this one. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting, but overall I liked it. Our heroine, Katie, has a lot of spunk. She has had a very hard life and is pretty hard on herself. She has moved to Wyoming to try and earn enough money to move back to Ireland to help out her estranged family. Once there she finds a new family and friends who love and accept her. With their friendship she really starts to warm up and open her heart to letting people in. Her sad story is a constant part of the s
After struggling through a couple of so-so books, Sara Eden came to the rescue once again! I have thoroughly enjoyed everything I've read by this author and Longing for Home was no different for me. I love how Miss Eden's characters seem to jump of the page and take on a life of their own. Going into reading this one....I do wish I would have known that this is just BOOK 1!!!...There is a love triangle and it's so frustrating because BOTH guys are SO likeable! I was so excited to see that this w ...more
Erika B. (SOS BOOKS)
Let's start a slow clap for Sarah Eden's best book yet! Seriously I thought that this was such a sweet story! Have you ever watched Far and Away with an Irish Tom Cruise? It's amazing and reminds me a whole heap of this story! This is a love story that is like molasses! It's a sweet and slow romance and you just find yourself enjoying every minute of it! Twenty-six-year-old Katie Macauley has placed all her hope in Hope Springs, a small town in the 1870 Wyoming Territory. She comes into town wit ...more
Sep 07, 2016 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-i-own

Sarah M. Eden is one of my go to authors for clean, historic romance. So, of course, when I saw stack including Longing for Home at the Shadow Mountain booth at BEA I may have squeed a little. This is my first choice from the books I picked up at Book Expo America. Within days of arriving home from NYC, I had already read it and wanted to hug it just as Katie MacAuley hugs her violin on the front cover. Katie is exiled from her childhood home afte
Aug 05, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing
I have loved all of Sarah's books. There is just something about her characters and style of writing that strikes a chord with me. This book was no different.

We are introduced to Katie MacCauley who is traveling to the Wyoming territory to accept a job as a housekeeper. She is traveling in the back of a family wagon, uncomfortable around children because of what happened to her sister. The first line of the book is, "Eighteen years had passed since Katie Macauley killed her sister." If that does
Sep 04, 2013 Laura rated it liked it
Katie Macauley was eight when her family lost their land during Ireland's Great Famine. Her father became a broken man and her younger sister died. Katie blames herself for this loss and vows to make it up to her family even as she enters into a life of servitude from a young age and is separated from her family for good.

Eventually she takes on the position of housekeeper in Hope Springs, Wyoming. But the small town is divided because the Americans despise the Irish. Despite this feud, Katie fin
Maria Hoagland
Aug 17, 2013 Maria Hoagland rated it it was amazing
From the first sentence, I was intrigued by the main character, Katie, and the situation she found herself in. The progression of the story felt natural, the main characters complex and interesting. I loved that I was quickly immersed in Katie's new world, discovering the West along with her and learning about Katie's past with her friends. The fact that this was not your typical western/pioneer setting I found refreshing, and I appreciated the glimpse into the history of Irish immigration in th ...more
Donna Hatch
Mar 28, 2014 Donna Hatch rated it it was amazing
This is a fresh new take on stories of 1800's America about an Irish immigrant with good reason to be angry and bitter, yet despite her initial prickliness, has a tender heart and a strong, unbreakable will. Her backstory unfolded naturally and was compelling. There was a love triangle, which, at first threw me because that's not Ms. Eden's usual MO. I dislike most love triangles but this was very well done. The heroine's character arc is gradual and believable. The romance is tender and left me ...more
Beautifully told historical romance...

I read an advance copy of this book from NetGalley and was excited to see what one of my favorite Regency authors would do with a new historical setting. Hope Springs is a small town in the middle of Wyoming and the "Reds" (anyone who isn't Irish) and the Irish have been in a feud for years. When Katie arrives at the home of Joseph Archer to serve as his housekeeper, the first thing he does is fire her. Katie comes from a long line of hardships, and this pro
Jan 29, 2014 Cassie rated it it was ok
The characters were easy enough to like, but the conflict of her being in the center of a feud and having such power to make that big of a difference was annoyingly far-fetched for me...couldn't quite get around it...
Jul 04, 2013 LuAnn rated it it was amazing
Twenty-six-year-old Katie Macauley needs to convince the influential Joseph Archer to hold true to his word and keep her on his payroll as his housekeeper—despite her Irish roots. When Joseph agrees to keep Katie as his housekeeper, the feud between the Irish immigrants and frontiersmen in the 1870 Wyoming Territory erupts anew, and Katie becomes the reluctant figurehead of hope for the Irish townsfolk. As the violence escalates throughout the town, Katie must choose between the two men who have ...more
Ranee Clark
Oct 18, 2013 Ranee Clark rated it it was amazing
Audience: Adult (Clean)
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 386 pgs.

Rating: ***** (A fantastic, fabulous book)

Review: LONGING FOR HOME has a very special place in my heart. If you read my reviews regularly, you know I'm a BIG Sarah Eden fan (and that might be an understatement). Imagine my joy when I got a tweet from her asking about my home state of Wyoming, particularly of northern Wyoming where I grew up. Emails followed, and I'd have to say, I count this interaction of the beginning of actual fr
Aug 21, 2013 Melanie rated it it was amazing
(4.5 stars)

Katie Macauley is a 26-year-old woman who heads to Wyoming so she can save enough money to go home to Ireland. She's going to be the housekeeper for Joseph Archer. She was delayed in her journey and ends up hitching a ride into town with Tavish and Ian O'Connor. Ian is married but Tavish is very single and very handsome. She meets Joseph Archer and he's also young and handsome, but is also a widower with two children. Katie feels she can't be trusted with children because of something
Dec 06, 2013 Cindy rated it really liked it
I love Sarah M. Edens they are all so good. Her other books are regency so this was a fun break away from her previous genre. I actually really enjoyed the historical side of this book, learning more about the Irish in America and how they were not received all that well. Katie Macaulay is a young women headed to the wild west of Wyoming to save up money to go back to Ireland and make retribution for something she feels was her fault, which had a devastating fall out for her family. Did she do i ...more
Aug 09, 2013 Shauna rated it it was amazing
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Sarah Eden's books!
I have read EVERY ONE of them!
I LOVE her strong female characters!
I LOVE the sweet and tender romance she includes!
I LOVE reading about the "proper way" in which one had to conduct oneself during that time.
I LOVE how positive her books are!
I just LOVE her writings!

In the past she has always had the setting be during the 1800's in England

In this book it is still 1800's, but the setting is in Wyoming, USA

A time of struggle.
A time of poverty.
A time of feuding.

Cheryl McNeil
Jun 26, 2013 Cheryl McNeil rated it liked it
This book is labeled “A Proper Romance” on the cover. I think that’s because there is no sex, and only one exceptionally chaste kissing scene. The “Proper” bit almost made me put the book down. I’m glad I didn’t. I read this book quickly and enjoyed it, in spite of the treacly and repetitious spots, and moments when the main character doth protest too much. This is a sweet romance that takes place in a small Wyoming frontier town. But it illuminates an historical reality that was anything but sw ...more
Aug 28, 2013 Rachelle rated it it was amazing
First off, let me tell you that Sarah is a phenomenal writer. I have loved every book she has written. Her attention to detail and incredible gift at crafting historical romances never ceases to amaze me.

After reading Longing For Home, I have a hankering to visit Ireland, and I'm betting you will too! I love a good romance, but the plot must have some meat in it for me to chew on while reading. Sarah provides a backdrop from history of the discrimination the Irish faced upon landing on American
Aug 25, 2013 Kristen rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. Katie was such a strong person for all the heavy blows she was dealt in life. I know I would've given up. Great love triangle. Loved Tavish & Joseph Loved Granny Clarice. Loved the banter between Tavish & Katie. The community feud was a little much for me, but I guess there has to be some peril and drama in a story to make it good. Katie's family made me want to lash out irrationally. But again, I guess you need a little drama in a story.

I wondered how she was going t
Margaret Larsen Turley
Nov 26, 2013 Margaret Larsen Turley rated it it was amazing
Longing for Home by Sarah M. Eden is the first of her novels that I've read that takes place in the US. Even though the setting is Hope Springs, Wyoming the main character, Katie Macauley is from Ireland. Sarah does a wonderful job of weaving history into her sweet proper romance narrative in a way that makes the reader want to know more. Her rich descriptions and unique dialogue endear the reader to Sarah and her the two men who wish to win her heart. I am very much looking forward to the seque ...more
Jun 30, 2013 Rhonda rated it it was amazing

My Review: Longing For Home (A Proper Romance)


Longing For Home tugs on your emotions at least mine. When we look at others in history I think how dumb feuds are. To fight over where you are previous from, your religion or what street you live on. America is supposed to be welcoming, freedom to worship, freedom to improve your lot in life. How stupid people in history are. OH you went to what college? You root for whom? Your Democrat? Republican, Your white? your black? your purple polk do
Jan 21, 2014 Becca rated it it was amazing
I don't even know where to start. This book is so good. I love the characters, the setting, the story line, everything! I hope that I don't spoil anything for anyone in my review.

First the characters....There are so many great characters in this book. I will say just a few things about the ones I love the most.

Katie Macauley - She is such a beautiful creature. She is such a good person, but cannot see herself as one. She is humble, and funny..but so obviously broken about her past. She is plague
Jelly Bean
Oct 04, 2013 Jelly Bean rated it really liked it
I was pleased to with the chance to read this book by Sarah M. Eden. This is the first time of reading anything by Sarah Eden, and I can honestly say, I will look for more of her, especially if there is a follow-up to this book. There are some many things left unanswered and inquiring minds (Mine) want to know.

Katie Macauley, a spit-fire of a young woman, has been in servitude since she was the wee age of eight. Due to circumstance best left to the book, she has been working and saving all that
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Sarah Eden is one of my very favorite clean romance writers. It was with glee I responded to the request from Shadow Mountain to review this book. Seriously? Uh, yes. Yes, yes, yes. Thank you Shadow Mountain for hooking me up with this book to review. You made my day.

I love historical fiction and combining romance with historical fiction is like raspberries and chocolate to me. Yummy. I loved this book. It was everything I was hoping for when I first laid eyes on it.

When we first meet Katie she
Sep 05, 2013 Melodee rated it liked it
Let me start off by saying that I have LOVED every book written by this author. Perhaps I've wrongfully come to expect certain criteria from her. This book is still a fun, clean, easy read, but it is a departure from her usual stand alone light hearted Regency Era books. I understand it's unfair of me to always want her to write the same era and type of book. So take that admission into account regarding my opinion of this book. First off, this book is definitely the first in a series. Secondly, ...more
Toni Miranda
Aug 07, 2013 Toni Miranda rated it liked it
I have read several of Sarah Eden's books now. They are all relatively quick reads and contain wholesome messages and characters. They are just good clean love stories :-).

I liked the characters in Longing for Home and could relate to them. Katie's transformation from "Prickly Pete" to "Sweet Petunia" was a bit of a stretch. I did grow tired of the constant references to each character's personality - I felt like I was being "updated" after the commercial break in each chapter. But I did find my
Tara Chevrestt
"I am Katie Macauley. And I don't particularly like you."

Meet Katie, an Irish immigrant who's a "sharp-tongued, demanding, stern-faced bundle of difficulty". She carries around a huge load of guilt and wants nothing more than to make enough to go home and set things to rights. But as we all know, sometimes fate...well, it just doesn't cooperate.

She ends up in a small town in Wyoming Territory in the middle--literally on the fork in the road--of feud between Irish and non-Irish. Her presence star
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“You wish to take me on a tour?” Katie didn’t mean to become attached to the place, but finding a few reasons to like the town would be nice. “A small tour,” Tavish said. “And maybe a wee bit of gazing into each other’s eyes and whispering sweet nothings.” She skewered him with a look of scolding rebuke, one he couldn’t possibly mistake for encouragement. “Absolutely not.” He didn’t look the least surprised. Indeed, he looked even more amused than before. “Perhaps we’ll just keep to the tour for now,” he said. “What say you?” 1 likes
“Then ’tis little wonder your family despairs of ever seeing you married off. Sounds to me as though you haven’t time at all to be courting.” “Hmm.” Tavish leaned in so close he could smell the flowery scent he’d come to associate with her since their picnic by the river. Could she hear how hard his heart had begun pounding? “Is that a complaint or an invitation, Sweet Katie?” he whispered.” 1 likes
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