Nora was use to the finer things in life—designer clothes, priceless antiques, expensive art, and a Park Avenue apartment with a view. What she couldn’t get used to was her husband’s cruelty. When he commits suicide, he leaves her penniless and with enough dirty Wall Street dealings to keep her in debt and surrounded by scandal for several lifetimes. Nora must find a way to survive, and her only chance is holding on to their Vermont sheep farm and making it profitable. While she knows nothing about sheep, she’s determined to learn, and the one man who can help her is not who he appears to be.

The Long Road Home was originally published in 1995 and is being re-released this month.  The author hasn’t changed anything from the original publication—except for the occasional reference to technology. It was a wonderful story then, and it’s maintained its brilliance fifteen years later. This is not just a love story, it’s a multi-faceted exploration of yearning and desire, as each character has something they desperately want. The reader lives through the wins and losses of the characters as they learn to stand on their own and reach for their dreams.  

Husbands die. People lose their fortunes. Life changes. How one gets past the misfortunes and the tragedies of their lives are what define who they will be in the future. In The Long Road Home the reader is invited to see how Nora chooses to move on and create the life she always wanted.

Ms. Monroe has created a remarkable cast of characters whose every word gives you a deeper insight into their lives. To say that this book captured my imagination doesn’t really sum it up. The truth is, I was hard pressed to put it down. The story was like a warm blanket on a cold autumn night. It enveloped and comforted me, and it made me want to sit in my favorite chair and read all day long.

Mary Alice Monroe is a "new to me" author, which is surprising, because she’s written a dozen books. If you haven’t yet read her work, The Long Road Home is a great place to start.

Could you start all over again if you had to?  What would you do?



Maria Lokken is an avid romance reader and an award winning television producer.

by NancW on ‎10-28-2010 11:44 AM

Unfortunately - had to do similar due to an accident.  But its really a testimony to spirit, grit and determination.  Then pushing yourself to accomplish things you didn't think you could ever do - even when you were able-bodied.  Yes - we can start all over if we had to because we have to.  What other choice is there other than to just give up?  For me, that was not an option as I have family who depended on me.  And I didn't want to let myself down either. 

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎11-02-2010 11:50 AM

Wow, Maria talk about a hard story to tell. I haven't read her either, I think that will have to change. Thanks for the wonderful article

I think I could start over, and in the last year or so I've had to learn what's really needed vs what's wanted when I rec'd a paycut and had two weeks paid leave taken away from me plus the fact that my 401K all but disappeared. My husband is retired and so we're having to do without a lot of extras we used to take for granted. But I still have what's important, my family, my health and the most supportive friends.



by Blogger Maria_Lokken on ‎11-03-2010 09:20 AM

Hi Nanc sounds like you definitely rose to the challenge - a testimony to YOUR spirit.


Hey Deb - Unfortunately, many of us have had to learn how to adjust, but you make a great point, health, family and friends are the most important things. 


And yes, you should pick up her books - she's writes wonderful stories that really capture the heart.




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