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Seventeen-year-old Irena clutches all of her belongings, waiting to be processed through Ellis Island in 1892. She hopes for a better life than she had as a Slovenian maid.

“Life in America is difficult and unsettling,” she thinks. “I had the sensation of disintegrating. I felt myself in little pieces. Was I Slovene, American or even maybe Irish? Catholic or Pagan? For a mo
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Published May 15th 2016 by Koehler Books
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Melissa ownsbey
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a very sweet romance with touching scences
its sweet gentle yet very touching
this is what i call church romance and not slutty
romance
Jenee Rager
Whenever I classify a book as romance I'm afraid it will turn some readers off. Hopefully that is not the case here because "Longing For Home" is so much more than a simple romance, but the relationship between Irena and Seamus is certainly romantic and at the heart of the novel.

Irena is a US immigrant in the late 1800's. Her father has arranged for her to come to America and be wed as a chance to make a better life. within a week of being married, she is widowed and that is just the first time
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Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Longing for Home opens in 1892. Seventeen year old Irena has traveled from Austria to Ellis Island to begin her new life. Her father has arranged for her to marry a man she has never met and they will live and work in Cheyenne, Wyoming. During their trip to Wyoming, tragedy strikes, changing Irena's life once again. She finds life in America daunting. A new language, different customs, strained family relations and an uncertain future are, understandably, overwhelming. Then she becomes the victi ...more
Vicki
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway
Irena is only seventeen when she lands on the shore of Ellis Island in 1892. This book was of particular interest to me because my grandparents were processed there too, not much longer after this date.

Irena goes through a lot at her young age as she discovers who she is, what she wants, what she identifies with, etc.

The book seems particularly relevant now with all of the immigration status in this day and in our politics. It is a well written book about love and loss and learning about one's
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Mary  Zebrowski
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is one that I enjoyed reading. I found it difficult to put down. I found myself reading until early mornings. It had historical as well as folklore weaved throughout the book which made for a good read. I highly recommend this book.
Laurette Long
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is what I call a chocolate box book. Just one more, just one more… the chapters are as addictive as Belgian truffles. If you are a reader who loves a good story, this book is for you. Lisa Wayman will make you gasp, make you laugh, make you cry and keep you hooked until the very end.
The narrator is Irena, arriving in the USA in 1892, a 17 year-old Slovenian immigrant from a small Alpine village. The sights, the sounds and above all the over-powering smells of Ellis Island come to life in t
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Marie-Jo Fortis
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Through the eyes of seventeen year old Slovanian Irena, Longing for Home narrates the story of immigrants in the US in the 1890's. If America is supposed to be a land of opportunities, these opportunities are not easy to grab. For from Chicago to Colorado, those who have flown their own country to improve their lot will face challenge.

Forced into marriage by her father, ignorant about sex, widowed, then nearly raped until finally falling into the arms of the man she truly loves, the epopee will
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Dean Robertson
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lisa M. Wayman's book, Longing for Home, is about--well--longing for home. It is a topic fraught with possibilities, a title the very sound of which can cause a catch in the breath, a quick flash of memory, a kind of sorrow. Is it the longing to which we all so immediately relate? Is it home, which in one way or another we all have had and most of us have lost? Is it the nearly unbearable combination of those pulls on the heart?

Longing for Home opens with a section titled "Family: Ellis Island M
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Anthony Stancomb
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very affecting book in many ways. It is a very moving document of the life of immigrants at the turn of the century, and also an intimate portrait of a girl from Slovenia who arrives at Ellis Island aged 17 and has to get on with the life she finds.
She is immediately married off to a man produced by her family and goes with him to work in a primitive Slovene community in the Mid-West. Her struggle to fit into it, and then into Chicago where she has to flee with a second husband, gives
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L.N. Denison
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Longing for home, follows the story of Irena, an Eastern European immigrant, who has been set up in an arranged marriage to her father's business partner, Biaz, in America. All is not plain sailing as Irena is hit by tragedy. Her new life isn't looking so rosy, but then she finds the true love of her life, and life only gets better. The story is an authentic realisation as to how harsh life could be after leaving a place you'd called home for most of your life, and how difficult it is to adjust ...more
InD'tale Magazine
An intriguing view into the life of an immigrant in America as the world floods forth into the young melting-pot nation.

Read full review in the 2017 February issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Wendy Morey
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book does a great job of allowing you to completely identify with the very real characters and travel with them through their adjustments and life passages as they strive to make a home in their new country. It was interesting to experience firsthand the hardships of turn of the century America and the author does a great job of helping you feel the deep cold of a harsh Chicago winter and the bleak despair of being unable to provide enough food for your children. You will find yourself root ...more
Tori
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It was an advance reading copy, so any mistakes may have been corrected before publication, but there were a few places where they (mistakes, repetition of description, etc.) pulled me out of the story. Otherwise, I enjoyed the book. It spanned a period that isn't usually one I read, but the story was believable and the characters were true. I feel the author did a wonderful job researching the time period and the locations/settings. Though this isn't my ...more
Belle's Wish
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a beautiful tale that will keep you reading until the end. It touches on the historical backdrop in an accurate way, without losing its focus on the characters in it. Reading it took me on an emotional journey with Irena through all the sweet, funny, tragic, and touching scenes. Irena is a strong female while still being true to the women of her time. I would encourage anyone who loves a historical adventure to give this one a try.
Michelle Olms
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book
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Lisa Wayman wrote ‘Longing for Home’ to explore her own heritage as well as work out what it means to find a home and family. She has many Native American friends who formally introduce themselves with their tribe, band, family and name. Lisa is at a disadvantage because she don’t know her tribe and band. She is the great grand-daughter of Slovene, German and Irish immigrants and told this fiction ...more