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Long Way Home (Mangrove Island #1)

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A second chance at love.
Pull up a beach chair and enjoy the fireworks on Mangrove Island in the first book in this contemporary romance series.

Tyler Barnes can’t believe his eyes when Alexis MacAdams walks back into his life. His high school crush left Mangrove Island seventeen years ago and never looked back. He’s held on to the memory of her, even though she never ga
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Kindle Edition, 271 pages
Published October 19th 2014 by Tropic Turtle Press (first published October 1st 2014)
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Romancing the Book
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by JoAnne
Book provided by the author for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

Set mainly at Christmas this book opens when Alexis is returning home after cutting off all ties with her family when she left seventeen years before after graduating from law school and didn’t let them know she was coming home for the holidays. Not only did her family – her mom, dad, sister and her family – miss out on Alexis’ life but she missed out on theirs as well as we learn things about e
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Janeiowa
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have not been impressed with a new-to-me author in a very long time. I am impressed with Neve Cottrell. This novel grabbed me, and I couldn't tell where it was going or what the backstory was. Lately, too many romances have been retreads of the same old plotline. This one was different, and I couldn't put it down.

I will be looking for more books by this very gifted writer.
Marsha Corley
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Camila
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
To be honest, the only reason I finished this book is because I was already more than halfway through when I began contemplating giving up. I couldn't stand Alexis and thought she acted like a teenager, I couldn't understand why she would not speak to her parents for years, not even to tell them all of the huge things going on in her life, just because they didn't understand her academic and creative side when she was younger. So what? A lot of teenagers don't see eye to eye with their parents b ...more
Rowena Tylden-Pattenson
Jan 31, 2016 rated it did not like it
DNF- This was just really slow and boring. I do try to persevere with books, and it's very rare that I don't actually finish them- There's only been one so far since I joined goodreads, so this is a bit of anomaly. The main character was generally unlikeable, and there was no drive in me to explore her story and why everything was so awful for her. The main guy progatonist came across as a bit of a creep- Unrequited, unacknowledge lust for something like 14 years before, when they were in high s ...more
Mary J
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Started off good. I like how Alexis was finding her way after her personal losses and trying to rebuild a relationship with her family. However I can't understand the story line with Tyler Barnes. Waiting that long for a high school crush. What guy does that? My co-readers might find me a little jaded for romance novels but his waiting that long for a girl from high school even unbelievable for romance novels.
Pam
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Long Way Home: A Mangrove Island Novel Book 1 is by Neve Cottrell. This novel is set on Mangrove Island, Florida. It is a wonderful look at second chances. It is well-written and has enough action to keep you interested.
Alexis is headed from London, England to Mangrove Island, Florida. She is going to face her past by this action; but maybe she is ready. She left years ago and had never returned. However, her life had changed now for the worst and she needed some place to recuperate. She wasn’t
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carmella scarlett
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sweet love story

It's simple....girl can't wait to leave home. Gets heartbroken
and returns home. Mends fences fall in love and happy ever after.

Great story telling. Can't wait to read the next in this series
Tammy Clemente
Oct 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Good book but lost me on a few occasions...I am not sure if the characters were portrayed correctly...I was a bit confused with her character...
Isadora
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I had hard time getting into the story but later I slowely got to enjoy it.
Deanna
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Did not like the leads. Tyler was almost borderline creepy. Almost DNF’d a few times but hoped it would get better. I finished but I wasn’t invested in the outcome.
Tracey corden
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fab read

Didn’t want to put this book down.... a real enjoyable read :-) looking forward to the next book by the author
Susie
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Actually more than I thought I would. Brought me to tears more than once and also made me LOL several times.
Shivangi Rai
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book had a character! Usually when I read a book I see one perspective but it had many!
Interesting read
Nancy Stopper
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I found Long Way Home as a free book and thought I'd give this "new to me" author a try. And I'm really glad I did. This romance novel really touched me. It was a "second chance at love.." novel, but not quite. Tyler's love for Alex has been unrequited for 17 years. She felt no love for Tyler - she didn't even remember him. I thought that was a really interesting twist on the "second chances" or "unrequited love" aspect of the story.

I hated Alex when the book first started - as a matter of fact
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Marsha Spohn
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mature-couples
First reviewed at Romance Is Ageless


Alexis left home right after high school graduation. She hasn’t looked back for seventeen long years.

Life doesn’t always turn out the way we expect it to. Alexis learned that lesson well. While she may have moved an ocean away from her family, her roots – she still decided to return home when her world fell apart. She didn’t expect her parents or her sister to understand her any better now than they had on the day she left the island. They had never really und
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Terric853
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
There wasn't a lot of communication in Alexis MacNabb's household while she was growing up. She was super smart and her parents didn't know how to deal with her. She felt like an outside, especially since her older sister could do no wrong. So, Alexis set her sights on graduating high school and escaping the tiny FL town of Mangrove Island, which she did at 18. At 35, she's returning home for he first time, having cut her parents and sister out of her life completely. There's a lot of resentment ...more
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This is such a beautiful story about second chance loves and overcoming heartache. At first I thought Alexis was such a cold hearted woman, but as the story goes on we learn that Alexis has had some horrible losses and is just protecting her heart. She feels that she deserves nothing but darkness for the rest of her life. This story is so well written that I felt every emotion poured into the pages. And then comes Tyler who is probably the perfect man. He is so patient and kind. He knows what he ...more
mrs j.m dixon
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great read

Thoroughly enjoyed this book love a good romance well worth a read I would read the author again without hesitation
Kiana Cedano
Sep 15, 2015 rated it liked it
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Long Way Home By Neve Cottrell

Summary :

The 3rd book i read was “Long way home by Neve Cottrell “ . The book is about a young boy named Tyler barnes whose first love randomly walks back into his life after so many years of being gone. Alexis MacAdams his high school crush left there main town and never looked back. Only thing she left him with was memories and pictures in a frame . Alexis is only back for the holidays and while she is there Tyler asks her out and she’s tells him
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Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Published: 19/10/2014
Author: Neve Cottrell
Recommended for: fan's of romantic novels
Edition: Kindle

I found this book on the Kindle Store for free and so I thought I would give it a try. This is a really beautiful book about taking a chance on love again and getting over heartbreak. In this story we follow the life of the heroine Alexis, we learn about her, about her life and about how it made her seem to be quite cold and hard at the beginning of the book. Alexis is an amazing character who you e
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Stacey
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story, especially the heroine, Alexis. At first she comes across as cold and uncaring, but as the book progresses we discover that isn't the case. She grew up in a family that didn't understand her, which led to resentment on both sides. Yet after she suffers two losses within a matter of weeks, she finds herself back on Mangrove Island with her family to lick her wounds.

The more time she spends on the island, the more we get to see the real Alexis. The one that wants a con
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Komal
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is my first book by this author. I enjoyed the transformation of Alexis, the heroine from cold and aloof to warm and connected to her family. Her relationship with her parents and her sister Betsy is told by the writer amazingly well. The role of Owen, is not just cute and adorable but also becomes a catalyst in forwarding the protagonist's character arc. I enjoyed the scene when Tyler, the hero, takes Alexis on a boat. It was so romantic and perfect!

The only reason I gave this book 4 star
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Cass
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure at first that I could get into this book. I am used to reading books that are written in first person. I had trouble getting into the characters mindset without the story being from their point of view. However, I eventually got sucked into it. I actually liked the idea that we didn't find out what happened to Alexis until later on in the story. It kept a mystery going, but it was done well. She was struggling through things and not ready to discuss them. I wasn't sure how to feel ...more
Pratna Imrith
Sep 19, 2016 rated it liked it
This is the first book in the Mangrove Island series by Neve Cotterell. I personally felt that the beginning of the book was so slow and boring that I almost stop reading it, but as the story progressed I felt the story getting better and more interesting. This is a second chance romance that I ended up enjoying because of brilliant develop of the lead characters Alexis and Tyler.  Initially I didn't like Alexis character as I felt she was a conceited know it all, who treated her family very bad ...more
Cheryl
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fast,free and fun...I love a triple whammy.

Alexis left home for greener pastures in London years ago to pursue her law career without turning back. Now she has returned to her island home after suffering a tragic loss. Will her family be able to forgive and forget? Will being home help her heal?

Tyler has been on the Island his entire life and loves it there. The only thing that was missing from his life was the one girl he has always loved from afar. Now he is a talented and sexy musician who
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Courtney
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
This one actually took me completely by surprise. I didn't feel any particular excitement while starting it but after I got into it a little bit, I found myself really liking and identifying with it.

Alexis is kind of the black sheep of her family. She's stayed away a long time because of this fact but finally comes home to find some peace and comfort. She runs into Tyler, whom had a massive crush on her in high school that apparently everyone but her knew about. Tyler is a super sweetie and in
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Mahendrasinh Parmar
Jan 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Neve Cottrell, I have first time read this author, Actually when i look at the cover of the book i like the most where a couple is walking on the beach with holding each others hand with love and commitments...

The second name of this book " A Second Chance at Love "

from last 17 years Alexis who have been not even visited mangrove island, she was living a happy life with her husband "Mark". Mr. Taylor Came to her life after seventeen years when she finally visited Mangrove where she born and enjo
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Sara
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Emotional. Loving. Brilliantly written. Would of just enjoyed a better ending. Too abrupt. Still 5 stars tho.

Meet Alexis, after leaving home straight after high school. She is about to return after 16 years away. Having tragedy strike twice, she's come home. Her welcome is frosty, but Tyler can help. Tyler has been in love with Alexis since school. Music is his passion and Alexis is his muse. Can he help her over come her loses and learn to openly love again. Cause h
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Monika Lagolago
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful

I've never came across a book so sad but yet so exciting at the same time. This novel really spoke true of second chances in life. Life isn't life without pain. I believe everyone has their share of heartbreak once our twice in life but this book encourages the possibility of a new life and a fresh start. Life is too short for one to indulge in pain and sadness. There is always a place to start anew and Alexis McAdams emphasized that in this wonderful tale, The long way home.... Highly
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Neve Cottrell is an author of contemporary romance novels. Long Way Home is the first book in her series about the residents of Mangrove Island. Neve began weaving tales as soon as she could talk, walking away with the coveted “Best Storyteller” award in preschool and she’s been writing ever since. When she’s not crafting sexy heartthrobs and happily-ever-afters, she can be found indulging her nee
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