Monday, May 7, 2012
The Long Way Home by Karen McQuestion
A lovely tale of four women on a life-changing road-trip, this novel will capture most readers of women’s fiction.
This book is all about character development. The plot is amusing, but what really makes the reader sit up and pay attention is the way that the four women evolve throughout its length. Each one is fun to read about, although I have to say that Laverne was by far my favorite, with her loud, outspoken, yet charming ways. The only one I didn’t really warm to was Jazzy. The author uses her to advance the other characters’ stories yet we don’t get a real sense of who she is. That’s the only thing I wish had been handled a bit differently. We should have gotten to know Jazzy better. Rita, with her very practical mindset is hilarious, and Marnie adds a touch of real feeling to the whole group.
There are many great moments in the book, especially in the second half, when the trip is really underway. It’s a wonderful, lovely story that will keep you turning the pages. There is a lot of thought behind each scene, making the journey a smooth one for the reader. I can easily recommend this one.