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The Long Road Home

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Kate’s life was in turmoil after the death of her parents. She’d always been protected and sheltered by them. Suddenly she finds herself with a conniving fiancé living under her roof, a powerful businessman with terrorist ties from across the ocean trying to kill her and more family secrets than most American politicians. She was also unaware that a half brother she knew n ...more
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Published November 19th 2016 by Carolyn M. Bowen Author (first published November 14th 2016)
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C.M. Blair
Aug 29, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
(The author graciously gave me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.)

This week I had the opportunity to read Carolyn M. Bowen’s book "The Long Walk Home." It’s rare that I don’t finish a novel, but I must be honest and admit that I didn’t finish this one. The description sounded intriguing enough; so much so that I was genuinely looking forward to reading it. However, roughly fifteen pages in, I decided to stop. The main reason is that the novel reads like a first draft manuscript instea
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading this book so much. I received this book through Booktasters in exchange for a review.
Carolyn has entwined many lives and weaved a great story around them.
Kate McClellan is the central character to this tale of corruption, deceit, and money lust. She's suffered the death of her parents in a tragic accident. Following the accident she inherits a large estate and amount of money. As well as this she then has to contend with the end of her relationship with her fiance. Because she ha
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booktasters
I liked the story. It held my interest even though I had a couple of problems with it. I liked a lot of the characters. The ones I didn't I wasn't suppose to. The story moved along at a fast pace and was filled with intrigue. Which brings me to my problems with it. Point of view changed a few times during the story. I can handle that when the author keeps me in the know. With this story, they changed with no real warning or break. Several times I was jarred out of the story by the abrupt change ...more
M Gamble
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kate, after confirming that her fiance is a dastardly cheat, finds herself in quite a predicament. She breaks off the engagement and all hell breaks lose. Little did she know that her fiance had ties to all kinds of low life criminals - and now they are after her and her estate. While the story itself is a real roller coaster ride, the author still manages to slow things down long enough to take in the scenes of the Charleston area and the Florida coast. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from begin ...more
Wanda C
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I started reading this romance thinking I would enjoy a soft love. However, this book is more than a gentle romance, it is also a great mystery and thriller. Is anyone who we really think they are? This book ties in family betrayal, terrorism, loss, travel, unknown fortune, threats, and more. I liked it.

Based on a five-star rating, I give it five stars!
1) Buy from the author in the future? Yes
2) Did it keep me intrigued? Yes
3) Story line adventurous, mysterious, and believable? Yes
4) Would I rec
Nicki Southwell
Kate, engaged to Ken, discovers that he likes to look at dubious material on the internet including dating websites. She decides to leave but has no idea of some of the contacts he has. Little does she know but he is after he by any method he can find.

The death of her parents some months earlier has left Kate in a quandary. She is now an heiress which would help to shape her future.

I like the main characters and the plot had lots of twists and turns. This was not just a romance, but a thriller a
Mark Kloss
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is very unusual nowadays to see a romance book without a hint of sex, I guess that will be very appealing and refreshing, or a total turn off!
As our main characters life unravels, death and deception all around, she manages to surround herself with good people, who all together pull through the mess and create a much better life.
It kept me hooked with the murder mystery and adventure, but it still felt warm and relaxed throughout - a nice combination!
Rayne Dowell
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fast-paced mystery romance with twists and turns for Kate McClellan, who finds herself in the middle of intrigue after her parents die in a car accident. Overnight Kate becomes an heiress discovering family secrets riddled with half-siblings, intrigue, greed, and lost memories. I liked this book, it was an enjoyable read.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book through booktasters in exchange for be review. I was able to read the book in 3 days time, it kept my interest and I looked forward to each chapter . I forward to reading more by this author
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Entertaining! Read this book in 2 sittings. Kept my interest from the first page to the last.
Becky Zales
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booktasters
The Long Road Home by Carolyn Bowen begins with its main character Kate. She has just lost her mother and father in an automobile accident. Kate is now the only heir to the family estate, at least this is what she believes to be true. After leaving Ken her fiancé, Kate secretly escapes her South Carolina home and travels to Florida where she moves into her grandmother's Antebellum home. In an attempt to start over and discover herself, she suddenly finds her life interrupted by a terrorist takin ...more
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I was given a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

The Long Road Home by Carolyn M. Bowen is a thriller/mystery novel. Kate McClellan is a woman who seems to have a pretty good life: she has a great job at an ad agency and a wonderful fiance named Ken. Out of nowhere, though, Kate’s parents are killed in an automobile accident which leaves Kate feeling lost. Despite this pain, she manages to move on with her life and is ready to be married.

Time moves forward and the day before
P.S. Winn
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good story with a couple of interesting twists.Kate has lost her parents and was thinking of marrying a man named Ken. Then she finds out he's not the man she thought and Kate heads to Geneo, Florida to her family's home, to get away. Things aren't as they seem and Kate's life is going to be turned upside down. The author has a good writing style that makes for a quick read. She also adds just the right amount of mystery, past and present to make this a book to pick up. ...more
Wayne Kerr
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of 'The Long Road Home' in exchange for an honest review.  Someone wants Kate McClellan dead. There are plenty of suspects: her ex-fiancé, a half-brother she didn't know of, a family enemy with ties to terrorism, and closer to home, her recently deceased father's business partners.  This book is rich in detail, with twists and turns starting on the first page and continuing throughout.

A complex plot, sprinkled with romance and loaded with southern charm, this book is an enterta
Pranjal Prasad
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a free copy for an honest review.
Although I didn't love this book, I liked it. The story was fast paced, very detailed and unpredictable. There were parts where it felt quite rushed, but given the fast pace of the book, it can be ignored. The plot didn't lose its relevance (which happens a lot with books like these).
But thos book is not without its faults. I couldn't connect with the charecters, and as mentioned before, the story felt rushed.
Overall, I feel it was worth a read.
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a complex story involving murder, mystery and romance. It is full of emotions and twists and turns that will keep you wondering if Kate will be able to cope with all that is happening to her and her family.

I felt that the plot and characters were well developed. Even though this was a murder mystery, I felt relaxed while I was reading it. It is a good story to read while in front of a fireplace with a glass of wine or hot chocolate. I as given this book and I enjoyed reading it.
Wendy Farley
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Exciting Adventure

This story weaves together all of the elements I love to experience when reading a novel : exotic places, romance and suspense. My interest was piqued from the beginning and throughout. Enjoy!
Carolyn Bowen
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Long Road Home is a romantic suspense novel written by Carolyn Bowen. Kate’s one bulwark after the sudden, tragic deaths of her mom and dad had been her relationship with Ken, her fiancé. It had been a difficult four months, and Kate still wondered about the accident that claimed their lives. Ken and Kate had been set on spending a sunny day at nearby Folly Beach when he was called in for a meeting at the firm Kate
Blogging Mama101
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We meet Kate McClellan just as her life is unravelling horribly. Her parents have been killed in a horrific car accident and she's discovered the fiancé that should be supporting her is a manipulative cheat.

So Kate decides to take time out from her busy job at an ad agency and flees to the sanctuary of her late Grandmother's plantation in Florida.

Welcomed instantly into the close knit community, Kate has little idea that her ex-fiancé is not going to let her go without a fight and hires a priv
Prashant Singh
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who doesn’t like reading a story full of twist and turn? Well, this is the right point where you’ve come. Kate’s life is definitely full of that. The major downfall happened in her life when her parents passed away in a car crash. Life isn’t a cake walk, you can’t imagine walking down a bumpy road and hoping that you won’t fall.

Soon she found her comfort in her fiancé but was he easy? Nope. He wasn’t a very loyal one and was insanely rich. Not an easy thing to digest for Kate. Moving ahead in t
Michele E.
Jun 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Long Road Home: Carolyn M Bowen
When Kate’s parents die a sudden death, her once protected and sheltered life is thrown to the wolves.
Her fiancé isn’t the man she thought he was. He has wormed his way into her father’s law firm and appears to have been cheating on her via the internet. She discovers that someone is out to kill her, and her dad has another shocking secret that will change Kate’s opinion of him forever.
Scared for her life she runs away to her grandmother’s plantation in Flori
Rutuja Ramteke
Mar 13, 2021 rated it really liked it

🌻If you are looking for a fast paced page turner then this is it! When I started this book, I knew it would be filled with a lot of twists and turns but to my surprise it turned out more amazing. Kate's life isn't simple and after losing a part of herself in her parents, she thinks that's all, but her life is filled with many more suprises and you will be hooked till the end as a reader!
The best thing about the book is it's very easy to read and I loved how things were coming together towards t
Kerstin Vollbrecht
Kate McClelan is the heir of a very wealthy lawyer after both their parents die in a car accident. Her life gets completely off track when she leaves her fiancee and it's visited by a private detective who is averting her that she's in danger. This is where her journey into family secrets starts.
This is a book that is completely readable in one sitting. The story had me trapped from the beginning to the end and it is very well developed, with only the necessary details about the happenings for t
** I thank NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. **

Although the synopsis sounded promising, I couldn’t push past page 58 and so The Long Road Home ended up on my digital DNF pile. It’s a shame because the story has enough potential to become an entertaining novel. Unfortunately, the writing absolutely gets in the way.

In essence, the story reads like a report, not a novel. Facts about characters, settings, and events are relentlessly strung together and I had a hard time keepin
Karen Hawkins
Disjointed and too rambling with lots of abrupt changes!

I gave this book a low rating because, while the storyline was good and the characters interesting, the plot jumped around too much to be really enjoyable. Little bits and pieces that had no prior basis kept jumping out of the woodwork and so much of the story zoomed by so fast that I was left wondering how many details I had missed. Even the end of the book, while anticipated, simply appeared on the last page like Boom, there you go! No w
There were times where things were 'concluded/wrapped' up too quickly and usually not in the best manner; this book moved at too much of a clipped pace - a lengthier novel would have been able to make more room for plot planning, character development and background story to the characters. One thing I will say is that Ken Stanlan wasn't a nice character; though that piece of the story was a bit of a loose end as well. I got a copy in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Murder Mystery readers
This book had so many great aspects to the story—Kate's relationship with Jake and her brother, her father's past, to name just a few—unfortunately, they were never fully explored and developed. It seemed like there could have been so much more to this story. I did like the author's style of writing and would definitely read another book by her in the future. (I was given a copy of this book for my honest opinion.) ...more
Kameron Williams
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Opportunists lurk all around Kate McClellan like vultures over ripe carrion. When everyone wants something, who can you trust?

This was a fast read and a page turner. Although fiction, I think it highlights the darker side of ambition in a very real way.
Cathy Higgins
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting mystery that adeptly uses third-person perspective to take the reader through every avenue of the story. It's a great read. ...more
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CAROLYN BOWEN is a mystery author who calls on her life escapades and an adventurous, imaginative spirit to inspire and entertain. Bowen uses travel as a muse to explore cultures and dialogue to bring her stories to life. Her writing credits include Cross-Ties, a romantic adventure; The Long Road Home, a contemporary crime fiction mystery; Cross-Stepping Your Way To Success; The Sydney Jones Serie ...more

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