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The Long Way Home

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  169 ratings  ·  28 reviews
My name is Jessica Scott. I am a soldier. I am a mother. I am a wife.

In 2009, Army second lieutenant Jessica Scott deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. She thought deploying was the hardest thing she'd ever do.

She was wrong.

This is the story of a mother coming home from war and learning to be a mom again. This is the story of a
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Published March 18th 2013 by Tormia Creatives (first published March 5th 2013)
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Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-books-read
“I never know why I’ve gone through a situation but I’ve always tried to accept that where I am is where I’m supposed to be. I’m supposed to be learning something from what I’m doing”

I had the pleasure of reading Jessica Scott’s memoir To Iraq and Back. It was a poignant and honest account of her year in Iraq deployed along with her husband, thousands of miles away from their daughters. A Long Way Home is a continuation of that journey; it covers the next two years of her family’s life, their
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, 2013, non-fiction
I recently had the pleasure of getting a digital advance reading copy of The Long Way Home from Jessica Scott in exchange for a review. I’ve been following her writing career since she released Because of You, which I had bought at the time but hadn’t had a chance to read yet given the size of my TBR pile. She’s active on Facebook and I know a good number of the people she’s working with in her writing career, such as editor Sarah Frantz (whose website I host) and cover artist Shawntelle Madison ...more
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read and enjoyed To Iraq and Back, and was very happy to learn the story would continue in The Long Way Home.

Ms. Scott has brought us with her practically every step of the way on her journey. Never did I imagine how hard the trip would be to return to children, home and every day life.
The media shows pictures of men and women hugging their loved ones, everyone in tears saying their good byes. They also show triumphant pictures of those same men and women returning to open arms and now happy
Charlotte Lynn
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-read
Jessica Scott is a soldier, mother and wife. After returning home from a deployment in 2009, she realizes that leaving her kids was not the hardest thing she’s ever done but that coming home is.
The Long Way Home is a collection of Jessica Scott’s blog posts about her life after coming home from the Iraq War. This novel tells the story of a mother coming home to her young daughters and having to figure out how to be a mom again. A story of a writing trying to write a novel that she can sell. The
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
The Long Way Home is a look at the life of a woman who happens to wear many hats. Jessica Scott is a wife, a mother, a writer, and an officer in the military. The book, written in blog form, shows the demands of her chosen duty in the military, and that of her husband, have affected her two young daughters. Add the stress of the desire to become a published author,and the stress level rises.

Although, I am not familiar with most military terms Jessica uses, most are easy to comprehend. The book
Jan 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book received a lot of good reviews, but I couldn't get through it. Rather than a memoir of a soldier/wife/mother's return home after a year in Iraq--what I expected from the book description--I found it to be a poorly written blog of a woman complaining, incessantly, about not being able to get any of her books published.
Carol (Kimiko)
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults
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Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I first stumbled upon Jessica's work through another author's recommendation & fell in love with her Coming Home series & her strong military characters. As I said in my review of To Iraq & Back, I generally don't read non-fiction. That being said, Jessica has become the exception to that. She has become one of my “must read” authors (both fiction & non-fiction). Jessica's stories have given me a small insight into what our military personnel may have experienced or felt while ...more
Colleen Kennedy
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced reading copy of "The Long Way Home" by Jessica Scott after I contacted her about my intention to review the book and potentially use it as a required text in the Contemporary Social Issues course I will be teaching. I am happy to say that I have adopted this book for my class.

"The Long Way Home" is a compilation of blog postings that Ms. Scott wrote upon her and her husband's return from deployment in Iraq. While deployed, their daughters spent the year living with Ms.
Colleen Isolde
“The Long Way Home” is a compilation of blog postings that Ms. Scott wrote upon her and her husband’s return from deployment in Iraq. While deployed, their daughters spent the year living with Ms. Scott’s parents. Ms. Scott details the challenges of returning from a deployment, relocating her daughters back to Texas, and attempting to balance being a mother, a wife, a soldier, and a writer. She further chronicles her experience when her husband is deployed again for another year. This collection ...more
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
Just finished this wonderful book. It is a continuation of her blog which her first nonfiction book, To Iraq and Back was written about. This is a continuation of her story as a military officer, a mom, and an aspiring author. I have never been in the military so those actions were pretty foreign to me, but I so could relate to her mothering "issues" as well as her journey to becoming a published author. She has a wonderful voice and I am so glad to have been following her on Facebook and ...more
Cheryl Ellis
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a blog. If you don't like to read blogs, this book is not for you. I enjoy reading blogs, while I don't have one of my own yet, I'm thinking about getting one.

I am not, nor have I ever been in the military. I am not writing a book, I have thought about it . She shares with us how hard it is! But so worth it when she got that first contract!

This is Jessica's story. She is a wife, mom, daughter, friend, writer, and in the military. I loved her honesty about her kids. A lot of moms have to
Annie Nebel nennig
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This second non-fiction book from Jess was so hard to put it down, that I couldn't! As a military mother, it has allowed me to see a little more than I did for the past 18 years, even if just the female outlook. The amazing juggling act that Jess does between woman, writer, wife, mother and soldier is just that - totally amazing! My introduction to Jess was through the free Kindle edition of To Iraq and Back, offered at Amazon for a brief time. A book I couldn't put down and wanting more when I ...more
Rosemary K
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jessica Scott has written a compelling book. She describes the joys and problems that she encountered as a wife, mother and a soldier. We've all seen the pictures of the returning soldiers being welcomed by their family but this book shows what happens next. I didn't realize the many emotional issues the family has to deal with. Her desire to become a published author adds to the complexity. Jessica's writing style is so easy to read that I couldn't put the book down. I learned so much. I ...more
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love Jessica Scott's voice in both her fiction and non-fiction books. Have to say once again I was pulled in and blasted with so many emotions in her latest non-fiction book. Many times I laughed out loud and the stories shared, while other times, I cried right along with Jess. Very moving book and I really think it helped me to better understand what some Army moms go through while deployed and feelings they experienced after coming home to be Mommy again.

Well done Jess!!!
Brie Eccles
Aug 17, 2013 rated it liked it
A whole book based on two years worth of blog posts. Even as a Navy kid the lingo was a little difficult to understand, but I liked seeing her viewpoint as she tried to navigate all of the boxes her life fit (and didn't fit) into. Her writing was very straight-forward, like how I assume she would talk. Easy to read and with some feels.
Nov 01, 2015 rated it liked it
This was interesting, and presented a good view of what it's like to be a woman in today's military. But I wasn't fond of the blog format. And the use/overuse of acronyms with the assumption that I knew what they meant got annoying.
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honest view of an Army family - the problems of both parents deployed.
As always, I cried. Full review to come.
Nov 18, 2014 rated it liked it
A thought provoking read regarding womanhood, and motherhood.
Erica Sist
Nov 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book was not a book per se, but rather chronological blog entries. Not as advertised! Very disappointed. The subject matter could have been explored so much better as it is an important one.
Nov 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

DNF. This author has potential but still needs work on basic writing and composition. The topic is definitely one of interest that needs exploring.
Apr 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Moving read! Gives you a whole new outlook, appreciation and perspective on our soldiers in general.

*Won from Goodreads Giveaway*
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Incredible, thought provoking. Kudos to Jessica for all that she does and yet still stays sane.
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding read! This is a collection of blog posts, according to my understanding, and the inside view of military/family life is well stated.
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a compilation of the blogs she wrote during 2010 and 2011. She has a unique understanding of the military woman's life during the Iraq war.
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Jessica Scott is an Iraq war veteran, an active duty army officer and the USA Today bestselling author of novels set in the heart of America’s Army. She is the mother of two daughters, three cats and three dogs, and wife to a retired NCO. She and her family are currently wherever the Army has sent her.

She's also written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View Regarding War, and IAVA.
“And that is what we should all strive for. Being able to look in the mirror and love ourselves for who we are and what we’ve done.” 1 likes
“Easy explanations for what we have done cheapen the value of us as individuals.” 1 likes
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