The Long Road Home
Her husband's suicide left Nora MacKenzie alone, and his shady Wall Street dealings left the Manhattan socialite penniless. By a miracle she's held on to their mountainside farmand she'll keep holding on, no matter what. The property is Nora's one chance to wring some dignity out of the sham she's been living.
The Vermont locals think she's a city girl on a nature kick, bu...more
I enjoyed reading about the NYC Financial/Banking world in juxtaposition to life on the Vermont farm. The characters were believable, often raw, and mostly developed well. One complaint is that we had a TON of lead-up at the beginning of the book before the plot picked up (about 100 pages in). Then, the ending, which I...more
I was captivated to the very end hoping that it would all work out like I assumed. I loved how a part of the story was sort of predictable, but there were still a few spots where I was completely surprised. For the life of me, I can't think of anything critical that I would say to improve the book. There may hav...more
A mysterious man has taken up residence at the farm as a hired hand. And "C.W." somehow manages to gain her trust over the months that follow, despite her initial resistance, as he teaches her how to run the farm and learn how to navigate this new life.
Back in New York, th...more
All the characters were likeable and easy to read. Mary Alice Monroe always writes with such ease and I enjoy ea...more
I was certainly blessed by her decision to re-release because I only found her as an author a few years ago and this book was out of print.
I just love the way she weaves a story and her obvious gift of using words. Not only do you always get a really good, unpred...more
It is the story of Nora MacKenzie, whose marriage had become a sham before her husband killed himself in front of a banker who had rejected his loan application. All that Nora sal...more
I love this author. this book is about a woman who relocates to vermont to the sheep farm after her husband has used all his money and others and
commits suicide leaving her with nothing. the workers at the farm really are her family now and pitch in at any time to help out. she finds out that one
is not who she thought he was and he goes out of his way...more
My summary and thoughts follow:
When Rose's husband, Mac, committed suicide he left her broke, worse than broke actually, he left her owing every bank in the city. Her marriage had been a sham; the Manhattan socialite found herself alone and penniless.
The only hope that she had of leaving the city with even a dime to her name was to auction all of their possessions. She had been a dealer of art and other antique treasures and had a great eye for paintings; she was conf...more
Early on you learn C.W.'s secret that will eventually blow up in his face, but this book is still very compelling as side characters enter the story, friendships are made, love is found, and everyone's lives intersect.
Great book and great characters.
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Mary Alice Monroe writes richly textur...more