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The Long Way Home

(The Southwark Saga #3)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  21 reviews
After saving the life of the glamorous Marquise de Harfleur, painfully shy barmaid Alice Henshawe is employed as the lady’s companion and whisked away to Versailles. There, she catches King Louis’ eye and quickly becomes a court favorite as the muse for Charles Perrault’s Cinderella. The palace appears to be heaven itself, but there is danger hidden beneath the façade and ...more
Paperback, 335 pages
Published February 29th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Amy Quinton
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
Great books allow one to escape from reality...for a few hours. This book transported me... mind, body, and soul... and left me savoring my time away even hours after I put down the book.

I felt like I was there, in the Palace of Versailles in 1677 France, seeing the sights with my own eyes, hearing the sounds with my own ears, even smelling the smells... (which wasn't necessarily a good thing considering the

I felt with Alice Henshawe, the heroine, and for her... I was f
Aleen ~Lampshade Reader
The story takes place in the 1600s. It starts in England, but most of the action takes place in Versailles, France.

It was so hard to put this book down. The author has a way of drawing the reader into the action and story line. It’s an exciting story that constantly delivers the thrill that one gets from reading a good book. All else fades in the background and I was transported through time. It felt like I was Alice, experiencing everything first hand. The attention to detail like the smells,
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Little Alice of Southwark comes into her own in this suspenseful trip into the court of Louis XIV. Cales history and setting are as always spot on, but they never intrude into the humanity of her superb story telling.

The cast of characters are vividly drawn from the jealous women of the court, to the mincing courtiers, to the innocents caught in their web. Above all there is Jack, a hero's hero, even while he walks through an environment utterly foreign to him, and not just because he is English
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
**I was given a complementary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review**

Another fantastic read from Jessica Cale! The Long Way Home is the third and latest installment in the Southwark series, and I'm quite relieved to hear that it won't be the last!
This time Cale takes us into France, the glittering world of the "Sun King". Versailles is a place full of beautiful and vain courtiers who wouldn't think twice before using poison or black magic to take down a rival mistress of the king.

Tracy DeNeal
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I saw this pairing coming from the first time Alice appeared in the saga. And what a pairing it turned out to be! The silent, too observant, innocent little bar maid and the overly loquacious carpenter's apprentice - a match made in Southwark!

I knew that Alice had many layers to her but to learn about her special gift (perceived curse) was awe inspiring. Again, as in the other books in this series, Alice and Jack were in constant peril from outside forces. The peril was heart stopping at so many
Eve Dangerfield
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Oh my... Jessica Cale has done it again, another delicious period romance with suspense, gorgeous descriptions of historical places and events and, of course LOVE. I ADORED the pairing of Alice and Jack, two lost souls who find themselves reunited after five painful years separation in Versailles of all places. Jack is investigating a creepy court poisoner, Alice got stuck in a cupboard and found herself at sea, the wardrobe mistress to an odd but wealthy woman.
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Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Southwark Series continues abroad!

The third installment of the Southwark Saga series takes us abroad to the opulent shadow court of Versailles. I am a huge (supremely ginormous) fan of Jessica Cale's Southwark Saga. Raw, entertaining and deliciously mischievous, the residents of Southwark ensnare you, daring you to look away as they flounder and flourish, each citizen living their lives even more unapologetically than the next. A throwaway town chock full of highwaymen, whores, actresses, barmai
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In The Long Way Home, Jessica Cale does it again and delivers a gem. Exciting, romantic and written with great flair.

What an awesome way to learn History! One of the great things about The Long Way Home was the way it showed life and intrigue at the French court of King Louis, around 1677.

The author’s well researched endeavor added to her writing that pulls its readers into the story as they, if the mood is right, begin to fantasize they’re in Alice’s shoes, due to the descriptions which are pro
Rosanna Leo
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I know every time I read a Jessica Cale book, I will be swept away to a wonderful world I hate to leave at the end of the book. The Long Way Home is no different. I've read all three of Ms. Cale's Southwark Saga romances and they all figure among my favorite stories. Lush and evocative, they are pictures of a bygone time. The author shows us its beauties but also its harsh and malicious truths. The first two books in this series are set in post-Fire London. In The Long Way Home, the characters o ...more
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was engrossing - I read it in practically one sitting. Jessica's detailed descriptions of Versailles made the setting shine for me. The secondary characters were almost as interesting as the mains... I curious which will show up in the next installment.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: restoration-era
The best in the series yet! A sweet romance, set against the opulent, but treacherous world of Louis XIV's Versailles.
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Feb 27, 2016 marked it as to-read
Not bad. Certain parts i found slow but overall it was a good read.
Katherine McIntyre
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lush writing, a sweet romance, and a plot full of intrigue!
Elizabeth Bell
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite kind of romance: both the hero and heroine are virgins at the start, but not at the end. ;) That's hard to find! As a Francophile, I enjoyed the setting as well: the court of the Sun King, Louis XIV of France, at his glittering palace of Versailles. I quit watching the Versailles miniseries because I didn't find any of the characters likable, with the exception of the anachronistic female doctor. Happily, that is not the case here. Cale doesn't shy away from the ugliness of the court ...more
Anna Bowling
What could be farther from the slums of Southwark than the Court of the Sun King? Who could be of less use in Court intrigue than barmaid, Alice Henshawe, who rarely even speaks and has been in love with Jack Sharpe, gone to soldier, her entire life? Oh my sweet summer child, sit right next to me, clear your schedule and prepare to be transported into a historical romance with generous portions of both.

Readers looking for a well written, well researched historical romance in the tradition of th
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story set in the French court of Louis XIV in the 1670’s.

Full Of poisoning, black magic and an abundance of peas, this was a dirty, gothic romp through the beautiful and corrupt french aristocracy. The court is beautiful, yet disgusting and full of intrigue. Will Alice Henshawe, quiet, clever and mostly silent watcher of everyone thrive or be destroyed in this febrile atmosphere, and when her secret beloved Jack Sharpe, British soldier appears, Will they survive the power grabs and wic
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: competition-wins
Court Intrigue and Danger 4.5*
I won an autographed copy of this book way back in Oct 17 and have only just got around to reading. The majority of the book is set at the Versailles court of Louis XIV and makes for fascinating reading. I especially loved how the author wrote Perrault and his Cendrillon story into the tale. The undeclared love that Alice and Jack have for each other is selfless and pure and makes a marked contrast to the greed, lust and corruption of Court life. Recommended read.
terry harris
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I really enjoyed the strong character Alice. The only thing is I thought the misunderstanding one another had about each other's feelings was a bit drawn out. However, there was not a lot of explicit sex scenes of which I prefer there not be, so that was a plus. I look forward for the continuance of the family's story in the next book.
Brenda Margriet
Mar 25, 2016 rated it liked it
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This historical romance sweeps you from the dirty streets of Southwark, England to the court of the Louis, the Sun King in Versailles. It is an epic story, with elements of the supernatural and fairy-tales. I enjoyed the mention of the original Cinderella story, and how Alice's story reflects that (although with an evil fairy godmother). Her prince, Jack, is sweet and romantic - maybe a little too much for my taste. His insistence on not recognizing that Alice desires him wore a little thin. I w ...more
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent 3rd book

I really enjoyed reading this series. It's great how you bring out the characters in each book. Hope to see more books published.
Kimberlie Joy
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am addicted to these characters! The long Way Home with it's intrigue, richly ornate history masterfully weaved from Author, Jessica Cale is a page turner I couldn't put down. Bravo! More please!
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Jessica Cale is a historical romance author and journalist based in North Carolina. Originally from Minnesota, she lived in Wales for several years where she earned a BA in History and an MFA in Creative Writing while climbing castles and photographing mines for history magazines. She kidnapped (“married”) her very own British prince (close enough) and is enjoying her happily ever after with him i ...more

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