- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Zebra Books (29 Mar 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0821769235
- ISBN-13: 978-0821769232
- Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 9.7 x 2.8 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,494,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
With her grandfather Virgil in the hospital with a lung infection, Franki must hire some help for the farm. Since the father of baby, Bobby Sims who's now married to another woman, is the president of the only bank in town, everyone listens when he says he doesn't want anyone to help Franki; in fact, he'd just as soon that she left town. Duncan wants to work for Franki so he can in Wichita near his mother who lies comatose in a nursing home. Despite Bobby's objections, Franki hires Duncan risking the mortgage as Bobby retaliates. Adversity brings Franki and Duncan together, and as love blossoms, they must both cope with the Sims family history to find peace and happiness.
LONG WAY HOME is an engaging contemporary romance. The glimpses of small town life in which the "bad boy" returns from prison to make good takes on a almost poetic tone in Janis Reams Hudson's lyrical prose. The strong emotions are portrayed with compassion and understanding, creating a novel rich in nuance. Very highly recommended.
Duncan learns that Virgil's granddaughter, seven month pregnant Franki, is looking to hire someone to work the farm. No one will take the job because the town wimps all wait for Bobby Simms, Robert's son and current banker, to okay working at the Lewis place ever since he impregnated the lass. Franki hires Duncan over the objections of Bobby, who uses the mortgage as a weapon as he makes life miserable for Duncan and the Malones. In spite of Bobby's interference, Franki and Duncan fall in love, but both have a history involving the prominent Simms family to overcome.
LONG WAY HOME is an enjoyable contemporary look at modern day, small town life when the "bad boy" returns home from prison to raise the Texas temperatures a few degrees. Although the story line has been used in movies and books, talented Janis Reams Hudson makes it seem fresh because her key characters contain traits that make their motives understandable. Fans of contemporary rural romances will relish this rousing tale of redemption.
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