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The Way Home [Kindle Edition]

Megan Chance
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Eliza Beaudry was determined to leave Richmond and poverty behind, and if that meant trading a few kisses for her freedom, she was more than willing to do so. When handsome gambler Cole Wallace sauntered into town, she saw in him her savior. But Cole’s daydreams didn’t include the poor daughter of a sharecropper, no matter how pretty, and when he left Richmond, he left Eliza behind, penniless, and in a world of trouble.

With no other choices, Eliza turned to Cole’s shy brother Aaron. He was nothing like the man of her dreams, nor was his farm in the middle of a Texas nowhere. But there was something about him ... and suddenly Eliza found herself questioning the life she’d always wanted and wondering ... could her dreams change?

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Editorial Reviews Review

Beautiful Eliza Beaudry is determined to escape her parents' life of poverty as sharecroppers in the cotton fields of Texas. When her father insists that she marry a neighboring bachelor who she doesn't love, Eliza is forced to take a desperate step: she gives her virtue to traveling gambler Cole Wallace in hopes that he will rescue her from an impoverished life. But Cole has no plans to marry Eliza, and he leaves without even a goodbye. Two months later, Eliza finds herself alone and pregnant, with a father that insists on tracking down Cole to arrange a shotgun wedding. Cole turns to his younger brother Aaron to save him from the marriage, and Aaron, who feels indebted to Cole, reluctantly agrees. When faced with only one option, Eliza agrees to the union with Aaron, only to discover that he is the husband of her dreams--shy Aaron loves her deeply and passionately. Author Megan Chance has once again created characters with a depth of emotion that will move readers and remind them of all the wonderful reasons for reading romance novels.

From Library Journal

Desperate to escape an arranged marriage to a sharecropper and a life of servitude, poor, naive Eliza Beaudry falls for Cole Wallace, a charming, ambitious gambler who steals her virginity, leaves her pregnant, and then pawns her off on his shy brother, Aaron. But when Cole returns, rejected, he discovers a changed and very desirable Eliza, and suddenly Eliza has some difficult choices to make. A poignant, emotionally satisfying story with definite shades of My Fair Lady. Chance (Fall from Grace, Harper, 1997) lives on Bainbridge Island, Wash.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Print Length: 544 pages
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  • Language: English
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heartache filled with promise, poignant. November 21, 1997
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ms. Chance has written an original romance that captivates and brings a longing to help these all too human souls find an end to their aloneness. Eliza is a much more realistic character then most romance heroines, if for no other reason then she has crooked teeth. The characters are not perfect, they don't look perfect, and they certainly don't act perfect. This makes you care for them all the more. In a twist of fate, Eliza finds a man to love, who "needs her". Aaron, her reluctant bridegroom, is silent and painfully inept in his attempts to develop a relationship. Aaron's brother Cole, who impregnates Eliza and walks away with out a thought, has a few redeeming qualities, but his smooth exterior that originally calls to Eliza, is just that, an exterior. The contrast between Aaron's beautiful poetry and Eliza's simple response sum up this book-it speaks to both their souls and ours.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm and enduring May 2, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I gobbled this book up in a day and a half! A warm story full of emotion- people with "ghosts" in their closets, too afraid to believe in themselves and to touch the ones they love. Aaron and Eliza - a couple who fought their own demons before admitting their love for each other. But their love was stronger for that reason. A soft, quiet story but endearing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well, almost 4 stars... May 21, 2004
By Isobel
I rated this so high for the first 3/4's of the book. There was no need to explore the mystery going on in town. We could have focused entirely on Eliza and Aaron and been just as happy. There was more than enough with the brothers' love triangle to keep us satisfied. The author really screwed up the last few chapters with the feeling that the epiloque was from a whole 'nother story. Where did that come from??
Anyway.....I read it straight through with the hopes that I would love it till the last page. No such luck.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I wasn't prepared to like Eliza, knowing that she was the kind of woman who would barter kisses and more for a chance to escape her dirt-poor existence. But Ms. Chance portrayed Eliza's vulnerability and her insecurity so well that I couldn't help but like her, empathize with her, and root for her to have the love she truly wanted and deserved.
I even found Cole, the smooth-talking, profligate gambler, understandable. So much so that when he got his comeuppance my sense of justice was tinged with a bit of regret.
But Aaron, the shy younger brother forced by duty and guilt to marry his brother's discarded, pregnant lover, was such a deep character, and in my opinion he was the one who needed the most and who grew the most during this story.
If you're looking for a light romp, you won't find it here, but if you love gut-gripping emotion, if you love a poignant story about two lost souls who find true happiness in each other when all they expected to find was an endless, duty-bound existence, then this story is for you.
Once again I'm reminded why Megan Chance is one of my favorite authors. She doesn't take the easy way out with her characters. They're far from perfect, sometimes not even admirable, but somehow she always manages to make me care--deeply.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! August 1, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book kept me up all night. I loved Eliza and Aaron's story. I did wish I could find out more what happened to Cole. Did he find love? Is there another story about him in the works? If you love a tear jerker love story, this is definetly the book for you.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! February 3, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Eliza is the illiterate daughter of a poor sharecropper who yearns to escape the confines of her small town and see the world. She is seduced by Cole, a gambler, shallow and self-centered for the most part. When she discovers she is pregnant by him, Cole convinces her to marry his brother, Aaron. Many romance novels put their couples through a convoluted series of misunderstandings and miscommunication that keep them from each other. However, this novel portrays both its characters in such life-like terms that it takes the theme to new heights. Aaron is extremely shy, hesitant and withdrawing around strangers, to the point that he stutters and becomes tongue-tied and awkward, especially near Eliza since he is falling in love with her. He has grown up the object of cruel rumors and gossip in the near-by town, and is afraid that Eliza would be repulsed if he made any advances. His poetry is his sole means of self-expression. Eliza, on the other hand, is deeply ashamed of her humble background, and convinces herself that Aaron is ashamed of her too. The characterization in this novel is superb. Both Aaron and Eliza are very insecure, and especially Aaron, hesitant to communicate their true feelings. Aaron, especially, is well drawn out and a more than welcome relief from the stereotypical handsome, muscle-bound, macho arrogant male lead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was shaking! October 12, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is clearly one of the top historical romance novels I have ever read. It had a sadness than you'll rarely find in romance novels, but it's not depressing. It works.
Megan Chance has written this book with such tenderness and such a skill for making you care about the characters. Eliza is more naive and simple than most women of romance novels, but she never comes across as stupid. And Aaron's character is one of the most touching and original men in romance novel history.
Bring out the Kleenex because you'll cry buckets in this very very touching romance novel.
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Published 3 months ago by aabmh
4.0 out of 5 stars Great as always
Good read, not quite the page turner as her other works...perhaps I just didn't connect with these characters. Still good.
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I enjoyed reading this book and have recommended it to friends. Its an easy read, the characters are relatable and the author keeps it interesting. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Adina Ness
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good story
Two brothers and one woman and the decisions they make. A good twist on a love story, really enjoyed it.
Published 17 months ago by W Cross
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I really liked the character of Belle. She is a strong, capable woman who can handle any one and anything that comes her way. A good love story with a wonderful ending. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
The historical fiction is a new favourite for me and Megan Chance a favourite writer as well. I recommend her books to anyone wanting a good story with historical value a a happy... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Melissa Maher
3.0 out of 5 stars Hero was just toooo strange........
The first half of the book is all about the relationshp with the hero's brother, and then when the relationship between the h and H begins, the hero doesn't speak. Read more
Published on June 21, 2010 by E. Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
This is one of my favorite all time romance novels. The plotline is different, the characters interesting and the story absolutely beautiful. Highly recommended. Read more
Published on November 12, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet poignant Americana at its best....
The Way Home is the story Eliza Beaudry, the daughter of poor sharecroppers. ...I really loved this book. Read more
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Megan Chance is the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of several novels. The Best Reviews has said that she writes "fascinating historical fiction." Her books have been chosen for the Borders Original Voices program and IndieBound's Booksense. A former television news photographer with a BA from Western Washington University, Megan Chance lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two daughters. Visit her at

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