Longing for Home
“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.
- SKU: 5103426
By Dianna, Submitted on 2015-02-25
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 Jessica, Submitted on 2015-02-25
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.
By Andrea, Submitted on 2015-02-25
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!