The Long Way Home by Regina West was one of my #RockMyTBR reads.
|Twilah Dunn has it all—an exciting life in Los Angeles and a thriving ad agency she owns with her fiancé. Then she learns that her estranged father has died and her business partner is sleeping with her best friend. In one day, her perfect life unravels, and the city she calls home is now anything but.
She returns to her hometown in North Carolina determined to sell her father’s horse farm in order to buy back her business from her cheating fiancé. But when she sees the farm’s dilapidated state, she can’t bear the thought of selling it that way. Against all reason, she puts her fast-paced, metropolitan life on hold and hires local cowboy Aidan Perry to help restore the farm to its former glory. She’s heard the rumors of his dark past, and she’s wary of mixing business with pleasure—again. But soon she can’t keep her mind, or her hands, off of him.
Can Twilah push through her fear and love Aidan? Will his past prove too dangerous? Has she really left LA behind or will it continue to haunt her? For some the path is straight and narrow, but others take The Long Way Home. (Goodreads)
I give The Long Way Home 4 out of 5 stars!
I really appreciated that this book had a full cast of characters, and did not solely tell the story of Twilah and Aidan.
The setting felt like coming home. I grew up in a town where everyone was cousins and everyone knew everything about you.
The book felt like a long read (as in I had to read it over multiple days) but there were only a couple of places where I started to think it felt slow, and then it picked up immediately, so pacing wasn’t really an issue.
I enjoyed the little details about the repairs Twilah and Aidan were making. I loved how they tried to ignore the tension between them, making them act uninterested in one another. And I love that they didn’t jump at each other the first moment they could.
While I wanted to slap Twilah for the thoughts she gave Bradley, they were totally realistic of what someone might do. I also thought meeting Victoria seemed strange, I would have never trusted someone like that, but for her the story worked.
The Long Way Home shows how difficult it can be to overcome the shadows of the past, to learn to trust, and to forgive. It was an enjoyable read I’m glad I took the time on.