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Long Journey Home

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After divorcing her abusive husband, single mother Callie May is still nursing the scars of a painful past. The last thing she needs in her life is another man, so she's less than thrilled when a handsome but brooding stranger moves into the apartment across the hall. Dan Mattson may be attractive, but his circumstances certainly aren't: a former church pastor, he abandone...more
Paperback, 398 pages
Published September 7th 2008 by Whitaker Distribution (first published June 6th 2008)
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Sharlene MacLaren easily draws me into the bitter complicated lives of Callie May, a newly divorced mother of one and recently singled neighbor Reverend Dan Matteson. Dan doesn't understand why God allowed an unthinkable tragedy to come his way and is convinced there is no reason to continue to serve in pastoral care. Callie believes her mistake of falling for someone who abused and abandoned her is enough to keep her from ever experiencing true love.

MacLaren exemplifies how the immense pain of...more
Nice story. Very predictable, however, and a little hard to believe that Dan would have been so aggressive and almost hostile so early on. Several things didn't ring true . . .
Her: A single mother of an infant, recently divorced from an abusive husband. She is trying to start over, with God at the center of her life.
Him: A minister who left his church after his wife and baby daughter were killed in a car accident. He is running from the pain and from God.
Setting: The apartment building in which they both live.
Resolution: Wouldn't that be a spoiler?
The Author: Tells a good story but succombs to the temptation to sermonize.
V.K. Sansone
Very good book and the characters are like real people that you get to know and learn to care for. A really good read when you are sitting by the fireplace on a long winters night or curled on the couch wrapped in a throw and reading Shar's good books! Get them and enjoy! :)
I felt like Dan fell in love too quickly. I mean in one sentence he's mourning his wife and the next sentence he's oogling Callie but who knows I'm not a guys so maybe that happens. Other than that it was a good read.
Easy read, spiritually based. I personally enjoyed the characters and how they overcame their past while keeping their faith.
Loved the story and the characters. There was a little too much scripture and such for my liking however, good book!
Great book! It was a little slow at the very beginning but then really picked up pace and I couldn't put it down!
New to me author. This was good, plot was believable & the scripture references were perfect.
Aug 23, 2008 Denise rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: YES!
This is another amazing book by Maclaren! She is such a talented author!
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After 31 years of teaching second and fourth grades, Shar decided to say, "Bye-bye, Students!" and "Hello, Writing World!" and it's been an interesting, exciting, challenging, and inspiring adventure. One thing she knows for certain—God dropped a seed of passion for writing in her heart back in the summer of 2000, and He's been growing it ever since. She signed on with Whitaker House Publishers in...more
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