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“An engaging and heart-warming story.” —Julianne Donaldson, bestselling author of Edenbrooke
Though she was only a child during the darkest days of Ireland’s Great Famine, Katie Macauley feels responsible for the loss of her family’s land and the death of her sister. Now a woman grown, Katie has left Ireland for America and the promise of earning money enough to return home again and plead for her family’s forgiveness. She arrives in Hope Springs, Wyoming Territory, a town sharply divided between the Americans who have settled there, with their deep hatred of the Irish, and the Irish immigrants who have come searching for a place to call home. Her arrival tips the precarious balance, and the feud erupts anew. Even in the midst of hatred and violence, however, Katie finds reason to hope. Two men, as different as they are intriguing, vie for her heart, turning her thoughts for the first time toward a future away from Ireland. Katie must now make the hardest decision of her life: stay and give her heart a chance at love, or return home and give her soul the possibility of peace.
- Size: 6" x 9"
- Pages: 432
- Year Published: 2013
- Book on CD: Unabridged, 10 discs
About the Author
Sarah M. Eden read her first Jane Austen novel in elementary school and has been an Austen addict ever since. Fascinated by the English Regency era, Eden became a regular in that section of the reference department at her local library, where she painstakingly researched this extraordinary chapter in history. Eden is an award-winning author of short stories and was a Whitney Award finalist for her novels Seeking Persephone and Courting Miss Lancaster. Visit her at www.sarahmeden.com.
Wyoming Territory, 1870
Eighteen years had passed since Katie Macauley killed her sister. Time hadn’t erased the memory of poor Eimear lying pale and still in the biting cold of an Irish winter. Even some two decades later, sitting in the back of a stranger’s wagon, surrounded by the vast desert of the American West, Katie knew if she closed her eyes for more than a moment, she would see her sister’s face.
The five children climbing around the covered wagon bed bumped and jostled each other and Katie with them. She’d taken to sitting on the very back, facing the direction they’d come, with her legs hanging free. The Garrison family was kind but a bit much to take in. She’d not been truly at ease with children since Eimear’s death, and the Garrisons had children in abundance.
“Take care,” Mrs. Garrison called out from the front. “You’ll knock Miss Macauley clear out of the wagon.”
’Twasn’t an exaggeration in the least. She’d nearly toppled out a few times over the past two days. The tiniest Garrison offered her a gap-toothed grin before returning immediately to his mischief.
She clasped her hands in front of her. She’d helped prepare meals and see the wagon ready for each day’s journey since they’d left the train station. Keeping busy meant never being asked to tend the children. Otherwise she’d have spent every moment reliving her sister’s death. Children did that to her every time.
“Hello, there!” Mr. Garrison, driving the wagon, called out to someone Katie couldn’t see from her place in the back.
Every face turned at the sound, necks craning as the wagon slowed to a stop. The children rushed to the front for a peek. They’d not come upon another soul in two full days. Katie found a welcome comfort in the loneliness of the place, despite the constant ebb and flow of the Garrisons’ ocean of offspring.
“Are you men headed home by chance?” Mr. Garrison asked. “We have someone here bound for Hope Springs.”
Mr. Garrison had addressed them as “you men.” Katie didn’t care for the idea of traveling with a group of men she’d never met. She carefully lowered herself off the back of the wagon and leaned around, keeping herself half-hidden behind it.
Another wagon stood near the Garrisons’, pointed in nearly the same direction. Neatly stacked crates filled the back. Two men sat up front.
The driver was a fine-featured man, his ginger coloring familiar to one who’d grown up in Ireland. His was a pleasant face, ordinary enough to not be worrisome. The man sitting next to him was far too handsome for anyone’s good.
He had hair the color of a lake in the darkest hours of night, and a teasing hint of a smile played on his lips. He sat with one arm bent over the bench back, his sleeves rolled up, collar hanging limply open. Something his companion said brought out his smile. Where he’d been handsome before, the change rendered him rather breathtaking.
“If that just doesn’t beat all,” she whispered to herself. The handsome men always were the most trouble. She’d do well to keep her distance from that one.
Katie realized with no small degree of alarm that she’d caught the dark-haired man’s attention. He’d turned about on his seat just enough for his eyes to settle on her. He gave her a questioning look before moving to slide off the bench he sat on.
She stepped quickly back, fully behind the wagon once more. Eighteen years of living on her own had taught her to hit and kick and use her knee to great effect. She could do so again if need be. Still, there was some comfort in knowing that the Garrisons and their children were near at hand. Surely even the worst of rogues would cause no trouble with a wagon full of freckle-faced imps grinning out the back at him.
The handsome stranger stepped around the wagon, stopping within reach of her. Katie held herself still and alert, careful not to show even a hint of wariness. She’d appear confident, whether she felt it or not, and she’d keep a close watch on him.
“I hear tell you’re on the road to Hope Springs.” He spoke with the flavor of Ireland.
“Aye,” she said. “That I am.”
Surprise turned his expression. “Ah, you’re an Irish lass.”
“As are you.”
His smile tipped and laughter twinkled in his eyes. “Not a lass, exactly, but Irish-born, for sure.”
Wasn’t that just like a man. Knew exactly what she meant and yet turned her words about. “You know full well I didn’t mean you were a lass.”
“Didn’t you now?” He leaned against the back of the wagon, arms folded across his chest, and kept grinning as though he’d never enjoyed himself so much in all his life. Katie didn’t relax her guard in the least—even a snake in the grass knew how to smile.
The children had made their way to the back of the wagon, watching Katie and this stranger with curious eyes.
“My name’s Tavish O’Connor,” he said. “And it’s very pleased I am to meet you.”
Katie held her ground and kept her peace. There was nothing that irritated an arrogant man more than a woman who showed no interest in him.
Tavish’s smile remained in place. “Might you see your way to telling me what it is I’m to call you?”
Katie didn’t trust this mysterious Tavish O’Connor and his twinkling blue eyes, not for one moment. Handsome he was. Talkative to be sure. But she’d not give him credit for more than that.
“Come now,” he said. “It seems we’re to take you on to Hope Springs. Wouldn’t do to be calling you Miss for the next two hours.”
“You’re taking me to Hope Springs?” When had that been decided? “I don’t even know you.”
His smile flashed once more. “Aye, but you needn’t be overly worried. I’m not.” The twinkle in his eyes reached ridiculous levels. “You don’t seem the type to kill a person when he’s not looking.”
She looked away, her tiny sister’s pale, still face filling her thoughts for one searing moment. Not the type to kill a person, he said. He’d be surprised.
Not the type to kill a person,
Katie squinted against the bright sunlight, bracing herself against the constant wind, and kept silent.
“I don’t suppose it would set your mind at ease if I told you I’m quite trustworthy.” Tavish gave her a smile that sat with such ease on his face, she didn’t doubt for a moment he knew just how effective it could be.
“Not in the least.” Katie shrugged a casual shoulder. Let the man make of her lack of interest what he would. “If you are untrustworthy, you’d have no qualms saying you were honest and all, though it were a bold-faced lie.”are
“You don’t mean to trust me even an inch?”
Katie looked him dead in the eye. “Not even half an inch.”
She couldn’t say if he looked more intrigued or entertained. Either way, he didn’t seem the least discouraged. Katie had dealt with gnats who were less persistent.
“It seems I’m to have plenty of time to convince you. You’re headed to my town in my company.”
He knew she’d be going along despite her uncertainty—she could see the triumph plain in his eyes. She wasn’t ready to label him a saint by any means, but giving him her name seemed reasonable.
“I am Katie Macauley.” She added, with emphasis, “And I don’t particularly like you.”
“A great pleasure to be making your acquaintance, Miss Macauley.” He tipped his hat. “And I’ll wager you’ll most particularly like me before too long.”
Katie kept her expression unimpressed and painfully neutral.
The infuriating man laughed. Their young audience laughed as well, pulling Tavish’s eyes in that direction.
“A fine day to you, Josephine and Henry,” he said.
“Hello, Mr. Tavish,” Josephine, the Garrisons’ ten-year-old daughter answered, a bit of a blush heating her freckled face. Handsome men did that to females of all ages.
“You know the Garrisons?” Katie couldn’t say if the revelation was comforting or shocking.
“Aye,” he answered. “I’ve passed through their town a time or two. You didn’t think they meant to send you off with two strange men, now did you?”
Katie’d had no reason not to think that. The Garrisons hadn’t known her three days earlier. They’d taken her up in their wagon as an act of charity, but that didn’t mean they wouldn’t wash their hands of her at the first opportunity.
“Now,” he said, “might you tell me just what it is that has you headed for Hope Springs? ’Tis not a place most people have even heard of, let alone seek out.”
Before she could reply, a voice interrupted. “Tavish O’Connor, you right lazy bum, quit your jawin’ and let’s get on the road.”
The Garrison children laughed at that. Katie leaned around the wagon once more. ’Twas Tavish’s riding companion who had called out.
“Your boss?” she asked.
“My older brother,” Tavish answered, “which amounts to the same thing, really.”
“Your brother’s fair glaring you into an early grave.” Katie liked his brother. “Maybe you’d best return.”
Tavish didn’t so much as glance in his brother’s direction. “I still haven’t learned what it is that’s bringing you to Hope Springs. I hadn’t heard any of our Irish families had sent for anyone.”
“I’ve not been sent for.” She tipped her chin up a notch. “I’m to work as a housekeeper.”
“Ah.” Understanding dawned on his face, mixed with a bit of shock. “For Joseph Archer, no doubt.”
How had he pieced that together so quickly? She held her hand up once more to shade her eyes from the sun. “Do you know Mr. Archer?”
His smile grew ironic. “Everyone knows Joseph Archer. What’s more, they all know he’s missing a housekeeper this week or more.” Tavish motioned her in the direction of his waiting wagon. She followed, though more than a touch warily. “Ian! See who I’ve found.”
“She’d best be Queen Victoria herself for all the time you’ve spent bending her ear.”
“Better even than that,” Tavish said. “This here is Joseph Archer’s missing housekeeper.”
The oldest O’Connor’s mouth dropped open. “Oh aye, she isn’t.”
“As I live and breathe.”
The brothers spoke to each other but looked directly at Katie. With both turned fully facing her, she could see them quite well. The family resemblance was well nigh ridiculous. Little except their coloring differed between them. That didn’t bode well for her liking this Ian O’Connor. She didn’t like his brother at all.
“Now won’t that cause an uproar when we ride into town with her sitting up beside us,” Ian said, his expression growing more amused.
“Better than that, even. She’s an Irish lass, her brogue so wide and deep that I’m certain she’s only just been tossed off the boat. She likely tripped on a shamrock and landed on American soil.”
Ian finally looked at his younger brother. In perfect unison their musical laughter rang out. Laughing at her, were they? The Garrisons had been overwhelming, with children climbing about constantly, but at least they didn’t mock her.
The oldest Garrison girl took Katie’s fiddle case to the O’Connor wagon, her father close behind with Katie’s carpetbag. Tavish took both and set them in the wagon bed. Her acceptance of their hospitality was a foregone conclusion.
Mrs. Garrison had alighted as well. She squeezed Katie’s hands in a reassuring way. “We’ve known the O’Connor brothers for five years now. We would not have even suggested you ride with them if we didn’t completely trust them both.”
Her sincerity could not have been more apparent. Katie’s worries eased a small bit. A very small bit. “Thank you for bringing me this far. I know it was out of your way.”
Mrs. Garrison smiled in return. A moment later the family was all back in the wagon and, another moment after that, on their way once more.
“We’d best be off,” Tavish said.
She’d first begun wearing a long, thick, sinister hatpin while a scullery maid in the town of Derry. That pin resided in her bonnet even then. A fine weapon in a pinch.
“Give your seat over to the lass, will you?” Ian said.
“And just where do you mean to put me?” Tavish eyed his brother. “In the back with the crates?”
Ian looked entirely unrepentant. “Seems a good solution to me.”
Katie agreed. Tavish made her far more uncomfortable than did his kind-eyed brother. If Ian would stow Tavish as near to the back as could be arranged, she would be quite satisfied.
“Not a chance of it,” Tavish said. “I’ll drive, and you can stand up for the next two hours.”
Ian shook his head. “I’ll be driving, and don’t you doubt it.”
“What’ll your Biddy say, brother, if you come driving into town with a beautiful young lass up next to you? I think you’d best let me drive.”
Ian didn’t budge. “Tell me, Tavish, which is most likely to set gums flapping? A beautiful young lass arriving alongside the town’s most sought-after bachelor or sitting up next to a man everyone knows to be quite happily married?”
So Ian was a husband, was he? That improved Katie’s opinion of him. Tavish, however, was not, which didn’t help his cause in the least.
The brothers’ argument ended there. Tavish handed her up into the wagon. Katie snatched her hand back in the first possible moment.
He did not climb in with the crates and burlap sacks in the back. Instead, he sat directly beside her on the narrow bench.
She slipped her trusted hatpin from her bonnet as discreetly as she could manage and held it hidden within her clenched hands. She’d learned a thing or two about preparing for the worst in the eighteen years she’d had no one but herself to care what happened to her.
The wagon lumbered northward. Katie kept quiet and pulled herself in as small as she could. The bench wasn’t large, but so help her, she’d do her utmost to avoid actually touching either of her traveling companions.
Tavish waited only a minute or two before speaking again. “Would you care to make a wager, brother?”
Ian shot him a questioning look. “About what?”
“On just how long it’ll take after arriving in Hope Springs for Miss Katie Macauley here to start a war.”
A bonnie Irish-American romance
by Meaghan - reviewed on July 30, 2013
Most of Sarah M. Eden’s books are of the Jane Austen, regency England type. She is quite good in her established genre, so when I saw that she was going to jump the pond (to America) in her new book, I wondered if she could pull it off. She did! Eden’s Irish-American romance shines with all the witty dialogue long-time fans love, refreshingly infused with an Irish lilt and cadence. With over 400 pages, she has ample time to weave depth into her story with historical facts and insights into Irish-immigrant challenges of the time. Her characters are also believable and lovable. While I personally would have liked to wonder a little more over which man our bonnie lass would end up with, there are plenty of other tensions and sub-plots to keep the story moving along. Eden resolves enough of the story to give us readers a satisfying ending, yet leaves plenty of loose ends to make me look forward to the sequel coming in the spring.
by Dianna - reviewed on August 08, 2013
I have the book on CD, I could not wait to find out how the book ended,, I loved the characters, one of the best books I have read. I hope there will be a sequel, too many things left unsettled!!!!
by Lisa - reviewed on September 06, 2013
This is a beautifully written book. Kate is a young lady who has regrets from her past. She is seeking a way to return home when she finds her way to a small town in Wyoming. Her task is simple, take the housekeeping job and earn the money to redeem herself. As always, life is never as simple as you hope it will be. She finds herself in the middle of a war between the Irish and the rest of the population of the town. For me it is hard to fathom such a deep level of persecution. The hatred that the townspeople had for the Irish was built upon flawed concepts and logic. Ok, my little rant is over. The events lead to a book that gave hope for the future. Kate was inspirational to most of the people around her. Her unfailing belief in the good in people and the determination to succeed pulled this story along. I was torn between her two love interests, because both men are noble. Either one of them would have given her a happy life and love, something that she needed in her life. I do like the way the book ended. This book is a great historical fiction romance. It is clean, it is suitable for the young and the young at heart. (Or anyone who wants to read a good romance.)
by Heather - reviewed on June 30, 2013
Beautifully told historical romance... I read an advance copy of this book from NetGalley and was excited to see what one of my favorite Regency authors would do with a new historical setting. Hope Springs is a small town in the middle of Wyoming and the "Reds" (anyone who isn't Irish) and the Irish have been in a feud for years. When Katie arrives at the home of Joseph Archer to serve as his housekeeper, the first thing he does is fire her. Katie comes from a long line of hardships, and this proves to be one more. But Katie is resilient and stubborn, and finds a way to make Hope Springs her new home--in more ways than she could have ever dreamed of.
by Courtney - reviewed on November 22, 2013
Longing For Homenofollow is definitely a “proper” romance! Passion, turmoil, love triangles, tragic back stories and NOTHING that would keep my ten year old from reading it. The budding relationships between Katie and her gentlemanly suitors are wonderful to read. I loved seeing Katie transform from a hardened and suspicious girl to a trusting and caring woman. Having to face and share the horrible experiences of the famine and the strange and heartbreaking relationship with her parents make you ponder what it really means to be “family”, and what it means to truly love. I have to admit, I was kind of rooting for the other guy but I was happy for Katie in the end regardless. And I was extra happy when I learned that there is a sequel in the works!
Historical fiction romance
by Customer - reviewed on July 23, 2013
I love Sarah Eden. Her books are interesting, enjoyable, and engaging. This particular book is written in Ms. Eden's style but has a different feel to it than her other novels. The setting in Wyoming near the turn of the century was a fun change from the regency era settings of her other books. I enjoyed looking at life in the American West through the eyes of the Irish. I have to admit, apparently I was cheering for the wrong man throughout the book. I'm excited to read the sequel due out next year to continue the story of Katie and the two young men vying for her heart! I recommend this book to anyone looking for a clean historical romance.
by LuAnn - reviewed on July 04, 2013
Twenty-six-year-old Katie Macauley needs to convince the influential Joseph Archer to hold true to his word and keep her on his payroll as his housekeeper—despite her Irish roots. When Joseph agrees to keep Katie as his housekeeper, the feud between the Irish immigrants and frontiersmen in the 1870 Wyoming Territory erupts anew, and Katie becomes the reluctant figurehead of hope for the Irish townsfolk. As the violence escalates throughout the town, Katie must choose between the two men who have been vying for her love—though only one might be able to restore hope to her own heart. (From NetGalley) I loved this book. I hated this book—a good sign! I was absolutely in love with the characters, and hated the fact that eventually Katie Macauley would be forced to choose between two men she found equally attractive—as did I, her reader. I found myself constantly torn between the two, wondering how Ms. Eden would work it all out in the end. Although from opposite sides of the track, or the red and green roads in this case, both Tavish O’Connor and Joseph Archer had the capability to win the heart of a young woman, who had always before thought of nothing but returning home to Ireland to make right the perceived errors of her childhood, a childhood thrust upon her by the famine and choices no child of her tender age should ever be forced to make. The attractiveness of both Tavish and Joseph were far above just physical. Each man saw the importance of land just like Katie did, and each strove to maintain a balance of peace and harmony among neighbors, even when the masses favored only the rise to power of a single side of the argument—theirs! But best of all, they both fell in love with her, as she did with them, one experience at a time. The building of their relationships was well paced and believable. It’s no wonder Katie took so long to decide. I’m still not convinced I could have done the same, or that her decision will eventually be final at the series end. One of the tropes of romance is the triangle in which the main character has two equally attractive options. Of course by the end a choice must be made. I love that the door to friendship and support was not also abandoned in this episode of Katie’s life and that enough story questions were answered to satisfy me as a reader, yet others left open for the sequel the author has planned. (Preview chapter inside the book.) I've read books or seen movies galore about the plight of the Irish during this time in both their homeland and on the streets of New York, but other than the movie Far and Away, and its look at the Oklahoma land rush, I'd not thought about the difficulty the Irish had in facing discrimination in the rest if the country. Eden's choice of bringing a whole community to Hope Spring, Wyoming, was refreshing in and of itself. The addition of the shift in balance Katie causes made for a conflict worth addressing outside of the romance. I also loved the fact that Eden chose to have Katie be a 26-year-old woman. So many times a character I envision as being older turns out to be in her late teens, especially in romance despite the fact the men she will chose from are obviously going to be older since they are established landowners and well respected among the town’s residents. Not that this couldn’t be, but more unlikely than giving them all realistic ages in the first place would be. A side benefit for me was an introduction to the beautiful strains of Irish music. I wanted to hear the soundtrack of Katie's playing, so I turned to YouTube. There I discovered jigs and reels and lullabies, haunting melodies, some familiar for which I never knew a name, and others that were brand new to me. As a music lover this was time well spent. As a reader the experience added depth to the novel so it's an activity I highly recommend. Overall, I’d give the book an A+ and Highly Recommend to readers who love history, as well as a great romance.
Fun and Interesting
by Lisa - reviewed on August 15, 2013
Katie Macauley has need for money, and she's taken a job out West in the United States. Things are far different from her native Ireland, but she knows she can make it. Things get even more complicated once she gets there. There is a feud going on between the Irish and everyone else around. Her perspective employer doesn't want to keep his word on her job because she's Irish. He also has kids which was not in Katie's job description. There is also the matter of one persistent and sometimes annoying (yet handsome) Irish boy. This may all prove to be more than Katie can handle as she fights her past to secure a future. I enjoyed this book. Katie was a spunky character who was still a bit haunted by past events. She had some depth and an interesting personality. Katie is torn between two men-her employer Joseph Archer and the young Irish lad who keeps coming to her rescue Tavish O'Connor. I didn't really get why she was torn, because I know who I would have picked (and she did) early on. Choose the obvious choice Katie! In any case, that for me was really just secondary to the real story of the book, the horrible prejudice against the Irish in the area. As we revisit the past we can see things that were awful, and this type of thing is one of them. Worried that the Irish were taking over "their land," the other local townsfolk treat them horribly. The Irish are at something of a disadvantage as in Ireland many of them were also very poor and lacked the ability to better themselves. Coming to the US they hoped for a better chance at life. The other people in town don't want to give them a chance though. Katie becomes the symbol of the feud, being employed by a non-Irish man (and getting his attention) all while being very Irish herself. This hatred really just continued to grow for a long time, and honestly doesn't quite get resolved in the end. I like that. Overall I found this book to be fun in parts and frightening in others, and I think that history buffs, romance lovers, and fans of the Irish will all enjoy this book. Book provided for review.
A Proper Romance from a talented writer
by Rachelle - reviewed on August 28, 2013
First off, let me tell you that Sarah is a phenomenal writer. I have loved every book she has written. Her attention to detail and incredible gift at crafting historical romances never ceases to amaze me. After reading Longing For Home, I have a hankering to visit Ireland, and I'm betting you will too! I love a good romance, but the plot must have some meat in it for me to chew on while reading. Sarah provides a backdrop from history of the discrimination the Irish faced upon landing on American soil. Katie is a heroine full of spunk and Irish fire and I loved everything she had to say. This book will warm your heart, stir the embers of history, and leave you longing for more which I hear Sarah will deliver in the sequel.
Another great read from Sarah Eden
by Kimberly - reviewed on August 02, 2013
I always look forward to another book by Sarah Eden and this one did not disappoint! She is great at creating characters that really draw you in and have you rooting for them. I was very conflicted about what Katie should do and which man she should choose! Guess I will have to be patient a little bit longer!
Great Historical Fiction
by Customer - reviewed on October 26, 2013
I have loved all of Sarah Eden's books and was excited about her new novel, Longing for Home. As always, Sarah Eden has written a beautiful story that was a delight to read. I am awaiting the sequel so that loose threads in the story line can be resolved. Having said all that, however, I have to say that I have enjoyed her regency novels a bit more than this one. But that is just my preference. This is a well written, clean, enjoyable read.
Love this amazing book
by Cathy - reviewed on August 21, 2013
Katie was a young girl during Ireland's potato famine. She still feels responsible for her father losing his farm and also for the death of her younger sister. Katie is on her way to Wyoming to be a housekeeper for an older gentleman, Mr Archer, that she's never met. She's finally almost to her destination when she meets handsome Tavish O'Connor. Katie wants nothing to do with him and treats him accordingly. Unfortunately, the older gentleman that she thought she was going to be working for is nowhere to be found. Mr. Archer is a young widower with two young girls that he expects his housekeeper to care for. Still feeling guilty for her younger sister's death, Katie doesn't trust herself to care for young children and avoids them as much as she can. Because of Katie's feelings about children, as well as the war between the Irish of the town and the non-Irish, Mr Archer doesn't feel that he can honor his deal with Katie and allow her to work for him. Katie is devastated, she had planned on that money to be able to return to Ireland and re-purchase her family's farm for her father, so she convinces him to allow her to work as just a housekeeper at a reduced salary and only until he can find a new housekeeper. What she doesn't count on is her growing feelings for Mr Archer, Tavish and the entire town. Will Katie be able to find peace in this less than peaceful town? I LOVED this book! Sarah M Eden is one of my very favorite authors. Her books are always full of great characters. I especially liked Katie, she tried to be such a grouch, especially to Tavish, but it's readily apparent to the reader just how much she's hurting inside and her multitude of reasons for coming across as a shrew. I liked the people that she's friends with too. The dynamic of the town was really interesting, with the feud between the Irish and the non-Irish. I really enjoyed it, even though there was a lot of conflict. I was thrilled with the ending too, it was perfect! This book is the newest in the Proper Romance series that Deseret Book has been selling, as such it's a romantic book, clean and awesome! Don't miss this amazing book by Sarah M Eden!
An enchanting must-read romance
by Shanda - reviewed on August 12, 2013
Longing For Home is a well-written and satisfying story with endearing characters and a fascinating glimpse of Irish culture in the Old West at a time when prejudice against them prevailed throughout most of the country. I thoroughly enjoyed Longing For Home and consider it well worth the wait. It is a deeper, more involved story than Sarah’s other books, proving that she has taken her talent for storytelling to an even higher level. The characters are dimensional and real, with histories full of struggle, survival, love, and loss. They are so well-developed I feel as if they are MY family and friends. The dialogue is wonderful. I could “hear” Katie’s brogue simply because of the words and phrases she uses with very little, if any, phonetical spelling. I appreciate that more than I can say. The use of traditional Irish phrases is enchanting and adds a wonderful lilt to Katie’s voice in my mind. Tavish and Joseph are remarkable, hard-working men with very different personalities and situations yet with the same capacity for love and desire for peace in the community. I love them both and hope that I will get to read more about them in the future. Experiencing the story through the point-of-view of all three main characters not only gave me a better understanding of their thoughts and motivations, it also made me care about them even more and kept me guessing about how events would unfold. I truly didn’t know how things would turn out for Katie, or even how I wanted them to turn out because I was as torn about what to do as she was. I was unsure about Katie at first, but her growth throughout her experiences in Hope Springs felt natural and I was glad to see how far she had come by the end. Longing For Home is a must for fans of Sarah M. Eden. Readers who appreciate clean romance and quality writing will want to add this book to the top of their reading lists. Though I don’t often rate books in my reviews, I don’t hesitate to give Longing For Home an appreciative and enthusiastic five stars. Review originally published on LDS Women's Book Review.
From beginning to the ending it is very enjoyable
by Shaon - reviewed on October 19, 2013
I love to read Sarah Eden's books, I'm able to learn as I'm having fun reading her books. In this book I was able to feel all the emotions of the characters as they faced many trials. I loved learning about the way the Irish were treated. I became so engrossed in this book, I couldn't put it down. it's an Irish romance, even the dialogue is true to the Irish. it takes place here in America. There are some twists in the story that make not sure how it will end. I highly recommend this book to everyone, you will enjoy it also.
Touching historical romance novel!
by Andrea - reviewed on August 08, 2013
Longing for Home is quite different from Sarah M. Eden's other stories. The Wyoming Territory and its hard working residents differ vastly from the settings and characters in Eden's Regency novels. The pace is slower, and at nearly 400 pages, it's also quite a bit longer than her other books. However, it is a touching story and has a unique love-triangle (both men involved are wonderful, and I really didn't know who she was going to pick for most of the story, or who I wanted her to pick). The historical information included about the struggles in Ireland was eye opening, and the depiction of the hatred of the Irish immigrants was heart-wrenching. I really enjoyed the aspects of Irish culture that Eden included in this story. The ceili sounded like such a fun event. Although I was happy with Katie's choice at the end of Longing for Home, there were several loose ends and I really wanted more. Happily, I just saw an announcement that there will be a sequel in the Spring of 2014! If you love clean historical romance novels, don't miss Sarah M. Eden's books!
LOVED LOVED LOVED IT!
by Shauna - reviewed on August 09, 2013
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Sarah Eden's books! I have read EVERY ONE of them! I LOVE her strong female characters! I LOVE the sweet and tender romance she includes! I LOVE reading about the "proper way" in which one had to conduct oneself during that time. I LOVE how positive her books are! I just LOVE her writings! In the past she has always had the setting be during the 1800's in England In this book it is still 1800's, but the setting is in Wyoming, USA A time of struggle. A time of poverty. A time of feuding. Katie Maculey has traveled from Ireland to Wyoming in answer to a housekeeping job post. She has been working and saving since she was 8-years-old in hopes of returning to her Irish roots. When she arrives in the small Wyoming town of Hope Springs she finds herself in the middle of an ongoing feud between the Irish and the American frontiersmen. Katie finds herself in not only a love triangle between two wonderful men, but also caught between her hopes of returning home OR staying and being the HOPE of the Irish people. Sarah has included some "book club worthy" questions at the end of the book! An AMAZING story that will enthrall everyone who reads it!
I couldn't put this book down....
by steve - reviewed on July 25, 2013
This was one of Sarah M. Eden's best works. I found that it immediately caught me up in the story and just delighted in the characters. In the 1860's in Wyoming, Katie finds a place where her hope is to get past the trials of her life and find fulfillment in trying to earn her way back to Ireland. She finds a town divided by hatred and prejudice towards her and its Irish immigrant citizens. Two men seek her attention and companionship, but she must choose one. You really start liking both. The book ends with many unanswered questions and I look forward to seeing how all this will come together. Hope Springs Wyoming is a place where the hope of many can be fulfilled.
Loved it, but it didn't end!
by Customer - reviewed on August 26, 2013
I loved Sarah Eden's new book,"Longing For Home," but I was so disappointed that it didn't end! Guess I'll have to wait until next year... The book was wonderful though and kept me up way too late each night! I love how I can enjoy the story as well as be educated to what life was like for Irish immigrants at that time in history. I learn so much from Sarah's books. I find myself very immersed in the characters as well. This book is no different. Definitely worth the read and highly recommended!
Wow! What a story.
by Lisa - reviewed on July 06, 2013
Sarah Eden has created a story as varied, complex, confusing, joyful, and full of trials and accomplishments as life itself. It's full of characters that are so endearing. There's Granny, Tavish, Joseph, Biddy, and especially Katie. What a complex bundle Katie is! Sarah Eden masterfully shows the levels and facets within a person as they struggle with the choices in life that they make and with a past to overcome. Each character is fully developed with humor and spunk and, for the most part, joie de vivre. Some of them have to find that joy within. But, they eventually do. They are characters not to be missed. It's stories like this that make me mourn the fact that I don't have a single drop of Irish blood in me. With all the struggles of this story about Irish and non-Irish the central pulling point for me was the development of the relationships between Katie and Tavish and Katie and Joseph. Both men are such good people. When Katie is with Tavish I think he's the right one. But, when Katie is with Joseph I think he's the right one. What a conundrum! That brings me to something else that I really like about this book. Sarah Eden doesn't give you the easy answers. She makes you strive and struggle along with the characters to come to an understanding. I found myself looking within to weigh the decisions that Katie had to make to determine what I would do in her situation. As the story ends, some answers have come. But other questions still remain. The good thing is that a sequel is coming next spring! That is a sequel I will definitely be reading.
by rhonda - reviewed on August 13, 2013
5 STARS Longing For Home tugs on your emotions at least mine. When we look at others in history I think how dumb feuds are. To fight over where you are previous from, your religion or what street you live on. America is supposed to be welcoming, freedom to worship, freedom to improve your lot in life. How stupid people in history are. OH you went to what college? You root for whom? Your Democrat? Republican, Your white? your black? your purple polk dots? Maybe I need to learn more from History! Katie Macauley comes to a Wyoming Territory in 1870 to be a housekeeper for Joseph Archer. He listens to her talk and fires her right off. He does not want a Irish Housekeeper. He desperately needs a housekeeper for the past six months. His house is a mess. Katie talks her way back into a job. Then finds out he needs the housekeeper to watch his children too. Katie can not watch children! She is fired again. The town is small. one road is called the red road and those who live on that road hate the Irish. The other fork is where all the Irish live. The town is on the brink of erupting again. Joseph Archer has wanted no part of the feud. He tries really hard to be impartial so he can keep the peace. Having a Irish housekeeper is upsetting the balance. Because that means he has two Irish workers on his place. Katie then talks Joseph to let her be his housekeeper till he finds a replacement for her which will be in two months. He will only pay her half her wages. Katie moved from East coast because a year at his housekeeper wage she could save enough to go back home to Ireland and buy her family's farm back. Also buy her little sister a headstone. It was her fault at eight that her sister died. She has not seen her family since then they gave her to be a servant and earn her keep at 8. Ireland was in the potato famine where a lot of people suffered and died. Another million people left Ireland to find homes and places better to live. They came in droves to America for a better chance at life. The old bitterness between English and Irish followed them here. Plus others hated them for different reasons. The Preacher at Church tried to make Katie tell where she was from so he could send her to sit on the Irish side. She left instead of choosing sides. Everyone had chosen sides except Joseph family on the back row. The general store had prices for the English and different higher prices for the Irish. Katie thought what she could do for work after her job was over and she decided to open a bakery. She with the help of Joseph would bake bread and sell it. Joseph said for now she could use his kitchen to bake. Tavish O'Connor liked teasing Katie. He would flirt with her all the time. His whole family liked her. Tavish had his own berry farm. He was engaged 5 years ago but his fiancé died of flu. In fact the Irish community admired her for facing off with the preacher. Also she lived on the non Irish side. The Irish wanted to support her bakery. For it would be the only second business that the Irish owned in town. The first was the blacksmith shop. It soon came to be known that they could buy their bread cheaper from Katie than they could make it. Because Joseph bought the supplies. They even bought special treats once in awhile like cake from Katie. Joseph owned the whole Wyoming valley. He was everyone's landlord and he used his power to try and keep the peace between the two sides. Katie could feel her falling for both Joseph and Tavish at the same time. She knew they both were honorable men. Joseph could not flirt with Katie and wanted her out of his house before he would tell her of his feelings for her. Katie had a hard life but she was not the only ones and for the first time she had friends that cared for her and a place she could belong too. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. I hope it comes out sooner than later. I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it when finished by NetGalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing. 08/05/2013 Pub Shadow Mountain Publishing 435 pages ISBN-10: 1609074610
Sarah Eden's best book yet!
by Customer - reviewed on July 20, 2013
A heart warming and personal look into the lives of early settlers with a "proper romance" twist. Loved the characters and a heart-wrenching look at how difficult it was for early pioneers to come to America. I'd recommend this book to anyone, LOVED IT!!!
An Irish romance
by Erika - reviewed on June 11, 2013
Let's start a slow clap for Sarah Eden's best book yet! Seriously I thought that this was such a sweet story! This is a love story that is like molasses! It's a sweet and slow romance and you just find yourself enjoying every minute of it! Twenty-six-year-old Katie Macauley has placed all her hope in Hope Springs, a small town in the 1870 Wyoming Territory. She comes into town with the hope of being a house keeper for landlord Joseph Archer. She dreams of getting enough money to return to Ireland and find her family that she hasn't seen since she was put in servitude at the age of eight. She also carries around a terrible secret that weighs down on her soul but I won't spoil that for you! When she gets to Hope Springs with her bag and her fiddle she realizes that the town is divided into Irish and not Irish. Her boss, Joseph, is neutral to both sides and chooses to stay out of the fight but when Katie shows up and he discovers he is to have an Irish housekeeper it could look bad to the town and makes him look like he's picking a side. This was actually the part that made the whole story intriguing and gave us conflict! Loved it! Also as Katie becomes familiar with the town we are introduced to Tavish O'Connor. He is an ultra handsome Irishman that loves to tease Katie and is just plain adorable!Things that I absolutely loved about this story-1) I loved Katie! At first she's very guarded but underneath it all she is FIERY! She doesn't need anybody to stick up for her because she is smart as a whip and you find yourself cheering for her as she stands up to prejudice and overcomes her obstacles! 2) When I was about 50% done with this book I stopped and literally said, "O NO!!!" out loud. Why would I do this? Because this book has a very, very good love triangle! The reason this is troubling is because you don't really have a guy preference at this moment because they are both amazing men! Katie finds herself torn between Joseph and Tavish and you find yourself wondering who in the heck she is going to choose!Now the one thing I have to complain about! I got to the 95% mark in the book and realized their wouldn't be enough pages for me to be satisfied with the end then boom-NOOOO!!!! Cliffhanger!!!!!There are some things that are resolved but there are some things that aren't and if you are like me you want it to wrapped up with a bow by the end. Sadly I was only left with wrapping paper! I'm super excited for this one to be released! I loved it! Just remember, "Hope springs eternal!" :)
A proper romance
by Emilee - reviewed on August 23, 2013
I always love a beautiful romantic story so I was delighted to read Longing for Home by Sarah Eden. This was a really fun and engaging story about a girl named Katie Macauley trying to find her home. The title definitely fit the entire story as Katie struggled with trying to fit in and belong. It was a touching story and all I wanted to do was hug Katie and tell her that things would change and get better. It was neat to read about the Irish but I wanted everyone to get along. Why can't we just all be friends. It would make life so much easier!!! Although I didn't want the story to end..it did, but the best part about Longing for Home is that there will be a sequel coming Spring of 2014. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book. I guess I'll have to check out some of Sarah's other books as I'm waiting for the sequel. Sarah Eden is a remarkable writer and I'm so glad I stumbled across one of her books. What a great opportunity!!! I know you will all enjoy reading Longing for Home.
Left wanting more . .
by Jessica - reviewed on July 20, 2013
I love Sarah Eden's books. This one was no different. I thoroughly enjoyed this read. I was immediately wrapped up in the characters' lives and the difficult situation in Hope Springs. I'm not usually a fan of love triangles but this one was so sweet and the author did a great job of getting me to care almost equally about Tavish and Joseph (although I do have my favorite). I cannot wait for the sequel next year . . . and that is part of the problem I had. I needed just a little more resolution to this book. I turned the page after the last chapter and couldn't believe that was the end. I guess the climax was Katie deciding if she should stay in Hope Springs or not . . . but for me it wasn't enough. There was so much build up with the town conflict and the romance and then it just ended. I need more! I would suggest waiting a few months to read this one so you'll have less time to wait for the next.
Sarah M. Eden does it again!!
by Misty - reviewed on August 07, 2013
Katie Macauley is no stranger to struggles and hardships, having been out on her own and working since the tender age of 8 has made Katie a strong and determined young Woman. The need for money to write some wrongs she feels she has made in her past finds Katie on her way from Boston to Hope Springs Wyoming. A small that that is divided between the Irish and the non Irish. Every person must choose a side. Every person that is except for Joseph Archer Katie's new employer, for he cannot choose sides. Because Katie is Irish he cannot keep her employed lest her cause more harm for her and the other Irish. This a wonderful book kept me riveted until the last word. I highly recommend!!