Longing for Home

by Sarah M. Eden

Longing for Home
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2013 Novel of the Year

“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.

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based upon 26 reviews
Interesting
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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.

Proper!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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!

Great Historical Fiction
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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.

From beginning to the ending it is very enjoyable
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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.

Beautiful story
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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.)

A Proper Romance from a talented writer
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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.

Loved it, but it didn't end!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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!

A proper romance
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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.

Love this amazing book
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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!

Fun and Interesting
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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.

About the Author

Sarah M. Eden

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.

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