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The Long Way Home Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 30, 2010
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"Pilcher weaves a wonderful story filled with love, deceit, and friendship that is reminiscent of his mother Rosamunde’s work."--Booklist
"An agreeable tale of friendship—broken and mended—set in the Scottish countryside."--Kirkus Reviews
"Pilcher's sweet story of a past reconciled is warm and touching."--RT Book Reviews
Top Customer Reviews
Claire learns to put heartbreak behind, albeit unresolved, until her mixed emotions resurface years later after her mother's unexpected death and Leo's failing health. Suddenly Claire is back in Scotland with her husband and small daughter, faced with a confusing set of circumstances and a scheme that may threaten Leo's future security. Until old issues are put to rest and new troubles confronted, Claire's peace of mind remains elusive. At the heart of the novel is the unresolved breakup between Claire and Jonas, made more difficult by the uncertainty of Leo's future, the elderly man caught between his step daughter and his adult children, who have ideas of their own.
This novel might have more impact were the characters and their conflicts less superficial and formulaic. But it is hard to credit a young woman's loss of first love and the rancor still carried towards her by Marcus and Charity, let alone Fairweather's prominence in the story. The plot remains mired in petty, if expensive grievances. Pilcher does capture Claire's idyllic childhood in Scotland and writes with flair of the details of place. Yet the conflict at the heart of the story is less than satisfactory, the characters not quite memorable. Luan Gaines/2010.
I don't want to give away the plot, so let me say that what I especially liked about this book is that it is a man writing about relationships, not just romantic ones, but family and more. However, he also brings in subjects most female authors don't, such as business and finance, so his plots gets involved and interesting. In the end I found the plot and the characters believable.
If you are a Pilcher fan, either of Robin or his mother, do buy this book! But if you are just being introduced to this author, I recommend that you start with one of his earlier books.
Note that this book is being simultaneously published in the UK under a different title. So don't buy another book of Pilcher's with the characters Claire, Violet, Leo, Jonas, Art.
Postponing university, Claire decides to do a bit of travelling and after some time in Australia ends up in New York where she marries Art and together the two of them build up a successful restaurant business.
The sudden death of Claire's mother Daphne and the declining health of Leo bring Claire back to Scotland - and Jonas. Claire loves her stepfather and wants him to keep on living in his beloved home, well taken care of. Trying to help Leo, can she, however, put her trust in the man who broke her heart so many years ago and whom she has never completely forgotten?
The book is light and easy reading. But in spite of clever - although a bit stereotype - characterization, the story did not quite manage to grap my attention. It's flawed by too many platitudes, especially in the dialogue. The love story between Claire and Jonas does not convince. Instead of getting caught up and curious, I became impatient, skipped pages and took a peek at the end ...
What saves the book, is Claire's stepfather Leo. With his big heart and lots of personality, his beloved garden and rows and rows of exotic plants in his greenhouses, he makes a brilliant character beautifully drawn.
All in all "The long way home" is a disappointment compared with Robin Pilcher's previous work. A lightweight saved by dear, unforgettable Leo.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its very like his mothers,but adds some themes related to man affairs in dealing with work and money problems.Published 1 month ago by eloisa
Pilcher is a masterful storyteller. He drew me in from the first page and kept my interest to the end. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Green Grass
Robin Pilcher is a good author just like his mother that immerses you in his characters.Published 9 months ago by GGT
Quite enjoyable without excessive crude language, bloody murders, or indelicate descriptions of organisms.Published 9 months ago by C. del Uno
I found myself engrossed in the book after just a few pages and wish it had gone on for more pages!Published 11 months ago by meme2lce
I realy like this wonderful story! I recommend this book to you! It was very clever and surprising me a lot!Published 11 months ago by Lisiane Largura