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The Long Road Home

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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 farm—and 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
Paperback, 448 pages
Published October 19th 2010 by Mira (first published March 1st 1995)
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Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
A long read, but well worth all the pages. I absolutely loved all the twists turns and plotlines. There was a wealth of characters, but each unique and added a little piece to the story.

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
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Kathy
Mar 31, 2011 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mary Alice Monroe is my all-time favorite author (followed closely by Charles Martin). She first wrote this book in 1995 and re-released it in 2010. Interestingly, she re-read the book and decided it didn't need to be changed in any way.

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
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Charlotte
Oct 29, 2010 Charlotte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Long Road Home is the first book that I have had the pleasure of reading by Mary Alice Monroe. I was pleasantly surprised by the depth at which Ms. Monroe goes to paint the whole picture. While I enjoyed the story and the characters, there were several times that I thought 400+ pages was 150 pages longer than it really needed to be. I enjoyed the character development of CW & Nora, but some of the subplots just caused my eyes to glaze over and were unnecessary. Overall The Long Road Home ...more
Leslie
Aug 24, 2015 Leslie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've loved every Mary Alice Monroe book I've read so I'm on a mission to read them all. I didn't think anything would top the summer girls series or beach house series, but I believe this was my favorite so far. Just so well written. The characters are described so well that you almost feel as though you know them.
Laurel-Rain
Feb 19, 2011 Laurel-Rain rated it really liked it
After Nora MacKenzie's husband Mike's suicide, and the overwhelming debts threaten to turn her world upside down, she escapes to the Vermont sheep farm—the one holding she has managed to salvage—and the promise of a new future.

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
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Pearl
Apr 29, 2011 Pearl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading "Long Road Home" mainly because of Mary Alice Monroe's writing style. Although there are a lot of characters she introduce them and the continued flow makes for a easy read. Nora was a brave and courageous woman after her husband's suicide she was left holding hims debts which were way up in the Billions. Nora gave up everything except for a sheep farm in Vermont. The courage comes in when she has to learn how to take care of Ewes with no knowledge of farm life coming from New ...more
Tonya
Dec 10, 2010 Tonya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
I despise when I know what is going to happen in a book but I stilled enjoyed the storyline in this wonderful love story. Nora has been left with nothing when her husband has commited suicide. So she tries to make a go of it on the only thing she has left, the farm. Nora is a city girl but can adapt anywhere. However she will be in for a suprise when she finds out exactly who C.W. is.

All the characters were likeable and easy to read. Mary Alice Monroe always writes with such ease and I enjoy ea
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Karen
Aug 15, 2012 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good story, it kept me interested, but the anachronisms bothered me. The author originally wrote The Long Road Home in 1995, it was her first novel, but it was re-released in 2010, with that copyright. It's hard for me to read books that are written as happening in the current time in which the characters don't use technology to solve their problems. Many of the plot twists could have been easily solved if the character had just googled the information. Does anyone else get bothered b ...more
Margaret
May 17, 2016 Margaret marked it as the-discards-of-shame  ·  review of another edition
I never ever abandoned a book so far into reading it as I have with this one. I managed to read two thirds and then I lost total interest. Just too long and often a little too dramatic, eh. Moving on.
Julie Barrett
Oct 02, 2011 Julie Barrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the long road home by mary alice monroe: an author who writes very well about all kinds of problems and how the characters in her books solve them.
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
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Kristy
Dec 12, 2012 Kristy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Wow! This book was great, I couldn't put it down. The main male character in this book was brilliant, meaning the author is brilliant! I wish I could think of plans like the one in this book. Wow, just wow. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a good novel. Sure, there were parts that were cliched and predictable, but overall the book had a great storyline that was unpredictable and the writing style was one that made me not care that it was a little predictable here and there.
Margaret
Jul 07, 2014 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
`Nora MacKenzie, once a Wisconsin small town girl, married a man with big dreams and ambitions and he couldn't stop wanting more and more, but things went downhill until he was so desperate that he committed suicide in a bank office. Nora lost her home, her jewelry, her paintings, her furniture. She lost all but a farm on the mountainside in Vermont which she was willing to fight for. She was determined to learn the farming business and make a go of it. It was all she had left.

At first, the peop
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Christine
Oct 30, 2010 Christine rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, galley
Though the plot might be one you've seen before, Mary Alice Monroe's honest and insightful writing draws you into Nora and C.W.'s story. I loved seeing their relationship grow stronger and tighter.

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.
Amy Williams
Jun 30, 2015 Amy Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A true jewel that I found at the library! Just became familiar with Mary Alice Monroe a few years ago. I didn't realize this was her first book! I was mesmerized by her books about the Lowcountry in South Carolina. This book did not disappoint and it had a different setting. A great read. It was hard to put down! Felt I was living the story!!!!
Jane Thomson
Oct 21, 2014 Jane Thomson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book thoroughly The main characters were interesting and complex, full of human foibles. As a foil to the exciting, hustling and dog-eat-dog nature of New York, a farm in the mountains of Vermont was perfect. The challenges of living in such a remote environment are quickly made clear to the reader. The feeling of community when a freak snowstorm blasts through the area and brings tragedy to one family, is I think, realistic and warms the human spirit.

While the ending might have b
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JoAnne
This story begins with Mike MacKenzie's suicide in Charles Blair's office. Mike thinks that Charles ruined him financially. It freaks Charles out. Nora, Mike's wife, finds out that there is no money. She has millions to pay back, even though she was not involved in the business. Mike and Nora were separated for a long time. He did not want her anymore. Nora asks the lawyers if she can have the property in Vermont that she bought with an inheritance from her grandmother. She goes to the sheep far ...more
Linda
Jan 24, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Long Road Home is the first book that I have had the pleasure of reading by Mary Alice Monroe, but hopefully not the last!
Mary
May 29, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rachel
Sep 14, 2015 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2015
didn't like it - boring - skimmed bits - storyline was good but everything else lacked.
Tamara
Jun 07, 2015 Tamara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book was okay, romance a bit too obvious to my liking but a good relaxing read
Keri
Jul 03, 2015 Keri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book that can't be put down!!!
Carolyn Hill
Interesting plot juxtaposing a sheep farm in Vermont with high stakes Wall Street style financial corruption. Nora MacKenzie, a wealthy New York socialite, is left with nothing but a sheep farm in Vermont after her husband's disastrous financial dealings and suicide. There she tries to rebuild her life, learning to handle the dirty daily chores as well as the management of the farm from the 'hired hand' C. W. Unknown to Nora, C.W., her late husband's arch nemesis, has retreated from the world of ...more
Janga
Nov 16, 2010 Janga rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m a fan of Mary Alice Monroe. I’ve read all of her women’s fiction novels, and both Beach House and her romance novel Second Star to the Right, which she wrote as Mary Alice Kruesi, are among my top-100 favorites. The Long Road Home is her first novel, first published in 1995 and set for a November 1 reissue by Mira.

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
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Cindy
Nov 22, 2011 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read
I really enjoyed this book!
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
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Beth
Nora's life is turned upside down as she deals not only with her husband's suicide, but also losing her home, social standing, and the financial ruin her husband left behind for her to deal with. Her last hope is the farm in Vermont that she was able to hold onto. Knowing nothing about farming, she holds onto a glimmer of hope that she can piece her life back together and begin again. Nora digs her heels in and is determined to make it work. Nora's long road home will forever change her and many ...more
Linda K. Melzer
Sep 08, 2016 Linda K. Melzer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read.

This is definitely a romance novel. Not my usual genre, but enjoyable nonetheless. My only complaint is that the latter portion on the novel wasn't fully developed. The ending came together nicely with all lose ends tied up. Nora and CW are great characters and I love the Vermont setting. The Vermonters are described well. Their basic work values shine through. I can recommend this novel, but not for deep reading. Enjoyment only.
Katie
May 01, 2011 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was a slower read than some of the books I've read so far this year; but the pacing seemed deliberately slow and worked for this particular book.

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
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Brenda
Feb 12, 2014 Brenda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-books
Nora is hanging on for dear life when she ends up on a farm in Vermont. She has a lot to learn about sheep farming and about what she thought life was going to be like for her. Her disillusionment from her first marriage and the hard feelings she has as a result of that make it even harder for her to prove herself as the boss lady on the farm.
Missy
Nov 11, 2014 Missy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my style but I couldn't put it down.

I generally get just so far in love stories before abandoning them but this one caught me unaware
. I even overlooked the corny " ...and everyone lived happily ever after..." resolution to consider reading another by this author. Well done.

Debby
Dec 17, 2014 Debby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Mary Alice Munroe's debut novel written while on bedrest during a pregnancy. That, in and of itself, amzes me! I read the editioin that was revised/updated in 2010.
Great cast of characters and very engaging story with, of course, a happy ending. Just what I needed as a "Calgon take me away" read.
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