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The Long Way Home

(Chesapeake Diaries #6)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,738 ratings  ·  151 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart presents a captivating contemporary romance novel in the tradition of Robyn Carr, Susan Mallery, and Barbara Freethy.

As the only child of a wealthy investment manager, Ellie Chapman has never known anything besides a life of perfect privilege. But her years of good fortune come to an abrupt end when her father is exposed fo
Paperback, 432 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Ballantine Books
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May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nice book, considering it has no conflict. A novel really needs at least a little bit. There's lots of backstory conflict, stuff that happened before the beginning of the book that still affects the characters, but no actual conflict within the story. This is the one about the daughter of a guy who committed huge fraud and all her friends but one deserted her, most everything she owned got confiscated except for this big house her mom left her. Mom died years ago, so I have no idea why she's jus ...more
Sharon Chance
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"The Long Way Home" is the sixth book in Mariah Stewart's "The Chesapeake Diaries," and continues the story of the quaint town of St. Dennis, Maryland and it's residents.

This was my first time reading Mariah's books in this series, but I easily caught up with the back story of the previous novels and quickly fell in love with the personable characters and the intriguing storylines that have been and are featured. This is a fast-moving story that keeps your attention from the very first paragrah
I read the reviews on this book and was happy to find it in my local library. I spent 3 days reading it while sitting in the waiting room in the sub-basement of a hospital in Brooklyn. My FIL is undergoing radiation treatment for cancer. This book kept my mind busy and entertained.

I loved the book.
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
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Mariah Stewart is one of my favorite authors. I’ve read all of her books in The Chesapeake Diaries series. I can tell you that if you’ve never read her before, you’re missing out. You don’t have to read the first book or any of the other books in the series to understand the characters in this book. In addition to being a contemporary romance author, Ms. Stewart is also a romantic suspense novelist. She manages to add a little un
Jan 07, 2013 rated it liked it
The Long Way Home: The Chesapeake Diaries is the 6th in the Chesapeake Diaries series. This book was released in Janurary 2013. This a women's fiction/contemporary romance novel and can be read as a stand alone.

Ellie's father and former fiance have been imprisoned for defrauding countless people out of their life savings and retirements. Now Ellie is forced to deal with the fall out. She lived in the lap of luxury all her life, but now the SEC has taken everything she ever owned and
Dec 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another good addition to this series. I love the friendliness of the town which keeps me coming back again and again. Ellie finds more than love with the sweet hero in St. Dennis. She finds home and connection to her mother and her mother's side of the family.
Sheryl Jones
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
New to this author and to the "Chesapeake Diaries" series. I enjoyed reading #6 in the series. It is an enjoyable series and while I started with # 6 in the series instead of #1 I didn't feel that it damaged my reading experience. The characters are well portrayed and come off as "real" people so it is easy to engage in the small town and the characters. I am now reading #4 (my public library had a waiting list for ebooks #1,#2, and 3rd so I think others are enjoying them as much as I do)
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book 6 of the Chesapeake Diaries: This story was about Ellie Ryder aka Ellis Chapman, who has arrived in St. Dennis to take care of the home she inherited when her mother died. Ellie's father was the head of a Ponzi scheme, of which Henry, her fiancé, was also implicated. She has to live in the house for 6 months before she can sell it and the contents. She needs to update it, so Jesse, her lawyer, calls on Cam O'Connor to help her out. And then the love story begins.
Carmen Nuland
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked this story of Ellie and Cam. I could tell it was part of a series, but I didn't feel like I had missed much by not reading the previous books first. Fade-out love scenes that happen way too quickly (IMO) considering they haven't discussed the truth yet. I also could have done without Grace's diary references to consulting her Ouiji board.
Jeanne (love2cook)
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I seem to be reading this series backwards. But no matter what order you read them, it's a good series of stories taking place in St. Dennis, Maryland. In this story Ellie Chapman has been received a devisating blow. Her father and fiancé have both been convicted of a massive Ponzi scheme. The authorities have taken everything Ellie owned, her home, her car, her jewelry, and her money. She has only one place to go and that's to the house her mother left to her in St. Dennis. She tries keeping h ...more
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable, light, contemporary romance -- a novel with a cozy feeling where there is minor conflict but everything works out in the end. Everything was perfect in the book (the food, the rescue dog, the boyfriend, the house, the stores, the people... everything!), which occasionally mildly annoyed me, but mostly was an enjoyable escape from reality.
Michaela Osiecki
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: guilty-pleasures
Well...I feel like Miss Stewart kind of redeemed herself with this one. The pacing (up 'til the end anyways) was realistic and flowed well - and I liked how the buildup to the relationship was gradual enough to be realistic....though the ending was INCREDIBLY rushed.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I like how I got small updates on characters from previous books in the series while I read this book. I find myself trying to predict who future couples in the series might be too.
Linda Price
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emotional Healing

This book has a lot of true emotional depth to it. You could feel Ellie changing as she went through the healing process from her old life.
Anne Marie
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite so far

Loved Ellie and Cameron. Story moved well and twists and turns kept it interesting. Looking forward to the next installment.
Rosella McGuire
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Long way home

This was a heartwarming story about a woman caught in bad circumstances not of her making. It was a fast read that never slacked. Loved all the characters.
Carol Rankin
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Long Way Home

Fantastic story with lots of surprises. Characters are full of love and action. Great ending. A terrific story well done.
suzanne brosnan
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lots of twists and turns

New characters to the series and interesting backgrounds. And just when you think it’s done it keeps going and going
Janice Lease
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Mariah Stewart.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it
This was an enjoyable story as far as family drama goes, but the romance was completely skimmed over. It made the book way too easy to put down.
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Life has been perfect, then an incident occurs that causes almost everyone to defriend the main charcter. What a lesson on life.
Linda McGlothlin
Great read

Interesting characters. The setting is romantic and sounds beautiful and the plot interesting. I couldn't put it down until the very end.
Sally P
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An easy fun read.
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Welcome back to St. Dennis, a quaint seaside small town where you are bound to find friendship and love in the most unlikely of places. Once you come for a visit, you may decide you never want to leave. Take Ellis Chapman, the daughter whose father and fiance' have been convicted in one of the biggest Ponze schemes in New York. Now having lost not only her home, her job, her car, her money and her love, she is looking for a place to simply disappear from the limelight and publicity that is haunt ...more
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
(2.5 stars)

Ellis (Ellie) Ryder Chapman has had an incredibly bad year, filled with shocks and disappointments caused by her father and former fiancé’s criminal behaviors. Although Ellie was cleared by the government of any wrong doing, it isn't possible to be the child of the next Bernie Madoff and come off unscathed. Ellie has lost her job, her home, most of her possessions as well as most of her friends. The one true friend Ellie has had throughout the problems over the past has be
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Long Way Home was such a pleasure to read that I didn't want to see it end. But the best thing about starting in the midst of a series is that now I can go back to the beginning and see where it all started. If all of the books are as good as this one was then I am in for a real treat!

The Long Way Home is about Ellie Chapman as she struggles to begin and adjust to a new life. Coming to the town of St. Dennis after a year long scandal, Ellie hopes to find a quiet beginning where no one knows
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ellis Chapman has been on top with anything and everything she thought she wanted. She believed her father's business was all above board and she worked hard to promote the company and help make it a success until the day it all changed. The government had been watching and they swooped in and turned her whole world around. Unbeknownst to Ellis, her father, with the help of her fiance was running a large ponzi scheme which had taken billions of dollars from their customers. After losing almost e ...more
Romancing the Book
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, contemporary
Reviewer: Robin
Source: Netgalley
Robin's review was first posted at Romancing the Book's blog.

Everyone that is willing to admit it longs for a time when they can just pick up and move to another place and start over. Where no one knows them... If only we could do this is real life. A fresh start...or a do over would actually be nice once in a while. In The Long Way Home, Ms. Stewart takes us into the life of Ellis Chapman. Most of her life she has led a life most dream of.
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Random House Publishing Group|January 29, 2013|Mass Market Paperbound|ISBN: 978-0-53841-3

New York Times Bestseller Mariah Stewart presents a captivating contemporary romance novel in the tradition of Robyn Carr, Susan Mallery, and Barbara Freethy.

As the only child of a wealthy investment manager, Ellie Chapman has never known anything besides a life of perfect privilege. But her years of good fortune come to an abrupt end when her father is exposed for
Virginia Campbell
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
"The Long Way Home" will lead a young woman to a new identity and a change in lifestyle that she never anticipated. Mariah Stewart brings readers back to the cozy community of St. Dennis, MD, with the sixth entry in "The Chesapeake Diaries" series. Ellis Chapman led a life of privilege, traveling abroad in her youth with her father while her mother chose quiet retreats in St. Dennis. When Ellis was old enough, she became a part of the family business, working in public relations to create the id ...more
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Mariah Stewart is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-six novels and three novellas and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal. She is a RITA finalist in romantic suspense and the recipient of the Award of Excellence for contemporary romance, a RIO Award for excellence in women's fiction, and a Reviewers Choice Award from Romantic Times Magazine. A three-time winner ...more

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Chesapeake Diaries (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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“The farm, this house, and the lighthouse passed to his grandson, Eli, who in his later years was an active participant in the Underground Railroad.” 0 likes
“She and Lilly and Jesse’s grandmother, Rose, were inseparable when they were younger. The three blossoms, people called them. Lilly, Rose, and Violet.” Ellie smiled. “I love that. I love the old-fashioned names.” 0 likes
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