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The Long Way Home Hardcover – February 26, 2020

4.5 out of 5 stars 15 ratings

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The Long Way Home is a work of dramatic fiction set in the 1950s in the United States and was penned by author DL Norris. Combining many different themes of love, intrigue, murder-mystery, tragedy and interpersonal drama, the action centers around widowed protagonist Maggie Davis and her manor house which she runs as a bed and breakfast. The community of Tilden has become a little more transient over the years, and new guests bring opportunities but also trouble to Maggie's doorstep. As Maggie struggles with her own grief and the task of raising her daughter solo, yet more tragedy strikes right in her own home. What follows is a complex drama with highs, lows and heartfelt lessons along the way.  Author DL Norris has created a very compelling novel that encapsulates so much of the human experience within its relatively short timeframe. I adored the setting of the B&B, which provides a nostalgic atmosphere and historical flavor that's consistent throughout the storytelling. Against this backdrop of women becoming more independent and the world slowly turning to a new era, Maggie and her daughter Jenna represent so much more than they seem at first glance. The drama and twists that occur in the plot are well-timed to challenge them and take readers up in their emotional sweep, bringing contemporary reliability to another time and place in American history. Overall, The Long Way Home is a highly accomplished work of interpersonal drama which is a recommended read for fans everywhere. ~ K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

An insightful and memorable novel. Norris writes with a lyrical pen, painting landscapes and intense emotional moments with easy grace. Every character that appears in this world is vividly shaped and summoned in readers' minds, whether we are familiar with the archetypes of small towns or not. Norris' writing is entrancing and polished, and The Long Way Home resonates with mystery, nostalgia, and promise. ~ Self-Publishing Review

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I consider myself most fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend so much time with my Scandinavian family throughout the years, especially the older generation. I would listen for hours to their beautifully articulated tales of life in Norway and then how they slowly transitioned to life in America once they emigrated. By the time I was twelve, I knew that I would someday write a book about their colorful and spirited lives. They were my true inspiration. Before writing The Long Way Home, I traveled to Tilden, Nebraska, which is the setting of the novel, as well as the actual homeplace of my family--to gain a clearer understanding of the area and the townspeople. It was a touching experience, to say the least. I sat in the old café and visited with other patrons, and even met several cousins for the first time. The visit became the catalyst for completing the work that I had been contemplating for many years.

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