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The Long Journey Home (Johnson Family Legacy) (Volume 3) Paperback – May 31, 2017
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I must confess though this can be stand alone I really do feel it would have been better having read books one and two beforehand (I have them on my Kindle now but just didn't have time to read them before this review was due) The story flows well with enough of a backstory thrown in at the relevant times but there seems to have been a lot happened to get the family to this point.
This book picks up after events that happened at the airport - and start of with Samuel and Tabitha rekindling their love in the hallway of a hotel whilst trying to get into their room... very sexy start but one that I wasn't expecting one bit! There seems to have been a lot gone down at the airport and in the previous books and from what I can summize Samuel's father picked his bags up and left his mother literary in the airport to go an live with his secret lover whom he has a child with! It seems not all was well with Samuel and his wife Tabitha either, but they seem intent on fixing the wrongs.
This book has so much family drama, and covers topics of suicide, alcoholism and infidelity - seriously I don't know how one family can have so much going on in their lives but you are sucked right into their problems and as you sit by and watch them sort through it all and hopefully come out the other side you can help but be thankful you life isn't as messed up (or is it....?)
I would recommend reading the first two books to get the back story on what lead everyone to this point.
This book is 100 % family drama, with infidelities, divorce. You name it and it probably happened in this book. As I read, I really thought that this book would make a good film or even a tv show. There are so many laugh out loud moments, especially where Samuel's mom, Maxine is concerned
Being from SW PA, I loved that this book takes place in Pittsburgh. I haven't read may books set in the city, so that intrigued me. Mr. Robinson made sure to highlight important things in the city from all the haunts in Oakland, to Eat N' Park, to Steelers players.
The characters were very real. My heart broke for Maxine who had to deal with her husband leaving her after a long marriage, but lordy did she come back as feisty as ever. Then there was Tabitha and their neighbor Jerome. OMG, this situation would be perfect on any screen, big or small.
So there's second chances and just so much more. I wish I had read the other 2 books, not because you needed to read them to follow this book, but because I felt like I missed a few weeks in a new soap opera!
This was a fun, sexy read about a very dysfunctional family that is very easy to love.
With that said, I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it. I did like it.
It was a little bit harder for me to read because it was so different, but I finished it and I liked it.
The book picks up where we left off – the aftermath of “the airport”. It deals with parental divorce, other families, infidelity, making changes as a person and in life, making amends, and moving forward. There is a touch of suicide and substance abuse but not enough to be a trigger.
The third book definitely needs to be read after the previous book, otherwise you will be absolutely clueless, but it really is a book that inspires you to want to make amends, make changes, and move forward in life.
The message I took away was even at our lowest, we can always get back up, make changes and live happily ever after.
It was definitely a true to life story – one that I have experienced different parts of and any human with a ‘normal’ (read: dysfunctional) family can relate to.
This series is definitely a good read – in order – and easy to get lost in for a few moments when you need a break from reality!
This book has every piece of family drama one can think of in it. And, yet, it's not my family so I really enjoy reading it. The big Thanksgiving dinner, which I presume is on the front cover, is probably one of my favorite parts of the book. There are stories throughout the book of the matriarch having thrown a turkey leg and, having bad aim, hit the wrong person because she was throwing it at someone not at the dinner. That someone ended up being who her husband leaves her for. The final Thanksgiving dinner, at her son's house, she and her ex show up with new people - him with the woman who was suppose to be the original turkey leg recipient and her with a good friend of his from college. What a table to have been at! There have definitely been times when my Thanksgiving table might have been as controversial.
Trust me and give this book a read! You will not regret it. I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.