Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Long Way Home

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ANDERSON, BRENDA S.
LONG WAY HOME

Can she forgive the man who once bullied her and learn that love keeps no record of wrongs?

Having overcome the crippling insecurities of childhood bullying, Laruen Bauman is eager to start her new job 1,000 miles away, and road-tripping across the country with her brother Nate and his new friend seems to be the perfect way to celebrate the move. But her confidence is shaken when she meets Nate's friend -- the kid who'd bullied her years before, trapping her in a decade-long shell of self-doubt.

For Jet Wurm, losing his job and getting kiccked out of his apartment were the best things that ever happened to him. Thanks to the friend who rescued him, he's finally shedding the loser label he'd worn for years. Nate even invited him along on a cross-country road trip with his sister, and Jet couldn't be more excited. But then he meets Lauren, and her fearful reaction tells him they must have met before. Where, he can't recall, but he has no doubt he'd somehow hurt her -- like he'd hurt so many others in his past. And now he's stuck on a six-day road trip with a woman who obviously deplores him.

Though Jet is clearly not the same person who'd bullied her years before, Lauren still struggles to forgive him. But if she doesn't find the courage to forgive, will that convince Jet he's as worthless as he'd always been taught to believe? Or will they learn that real love keeps no record of wrongs?

My Review:

This is the fourth book in an intriguing new series -- The Potter's House -- a collaboration of seven Christian Fiction authors who have created "stories of hope, redemption and second chances." (from website -- potter'shousebooks.com) Each book is independent of the others so they read as standalones -- though they all share an inspirational thread of redemption.

Long Way Home is shorter than Brenda S. Anderson's usual fare (158 p) but it still packs the broiling emotions and edgy grit that I've come to associate with her gripping novels. Love how this author dives into life at it's messiest!

Jet is definitely struggling -- and no wonder, with the upbringing (or lack thereof) he received. It's only now that he's  beginning to deal with some deep-seated issues -- anger being one of them. And that makes for an unpredictable traveling companion.

Lauren has been blindsided with the inclusion of Jet on this cross country trip. She's hovering between fight or flight mode on a daily basis. Anderson takes this bully and his victim on an incredible journey of self discovery. Tough situations = hard lessons learned -- and not just by Jet. Lauren discovers that truly living a Christ-centered life means digging deep and facing your fears...even when you don't want to.

Grace precedes second chances in this powerful story of the redemptive power of a Father's love.

Book provided courtesy of the author.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Long Way Home, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday June 3 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

23 comments:

  1. I have some Brenda Anderson books on my kindle, but I haven't gotten to them yet, so many new to me authors I want to read! This one sounds intriguing as no likes a bully. Interested to see how she pulls it off, and I'm always up for a road trip.
    Thanks Kav and keep those exercises going!
    tracey14567 at gmail dot com

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    1. Isn't it having so many wonderful new-to-me-authors available a delightful reader dilemma to have? We'll never get bored. I'm about to go out for my Nordic walk! Must keep the momentum up. Good luck, Tracey.

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  2. Interesting - there is a Potter's House Church in Dallas, TX, and I have seen the founder interviewed on regional TV - with the thread of redemption, moving forward, etc. Perhaps a coincidence in the naming of the series? I don't think I have previously read anything by Brenda. Thanks and best wishes to you on your path forward now that boot camp is over!

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    1. I noticed that too when I googled Potter's House. It would be interesting to know if that's what inspired this series. Good luck, CC.

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  3. I love the sound of this story. Thank you Kav! mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Melanie. Good luck!

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  4. Nice review. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

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  5. Thank you, Kav, for your very gracious review! I always love your unique perspective on stories--you have such a gift for seeing the heart of every story!

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    1. You're welcome, Brenda. Thanks for keeping me in books!

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  6. This is a new series to me. Thank you for the chance. Blessings

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  7. I read Melissa Jagears latest book "A Chance at Forever" which is the same theme as this book. Wonderfully written and I think I'd enjoy "Long Way Home"!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Me too -- great theme for a book...makes you think...and squirm. :-) Good luck, Trixi.

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  8. Brenda is a new author to me, and this sounds like a great book that I would love to read. Thanks for the review and the giveaway! Blessings!
    gobersATembarqmailDOTcom

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    1. You're welcome, VanG. Good luck!

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  9. "LONG WAY HOME" sounds like an amazing book and one I'd love to explore.

    Think we all can use reminders that if you dig deep you will find that you aren't the only one with problems or baggage to dispose of from earlier times. Sometimes you have to forgive in order to move forward. I'd love to read how they go through the process.

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. Amen, Kay. Well said. Good luck, Kay.

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  10. Our church library readers love our series books.
    Thanks for introducting me to a new series.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. This is a new author for me. I like that it has a character who's changing his ways.

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