Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
A Long Way Home by Becky Doughty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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It wasn’t typical “preacher’s kid” rebellion that once led Savannah Clark to run away from home to join a traveling dance troupe, Marek and the Gypsies. But in A Long Way Home by author Becky Doughty, a serious accident brings Savannah to a crossroads: she can either endure the danger of staying, or face the danger of returning to her family–and to her first love, Jordan Ransome.
My journey with this series started with All the Way to Heaven, a rich and alluring trip to Tuscany, then went on to A Light in the Dark, a book I could barely finish for weeping so hard, and finally here to Savannah’s difficult dilemma.
This novel deals with some heavy issues, from manipulation and domestic violence to rape, without glossing over them to paint an unrealistically sanitized picture but also without plunging the reader hopelessly deep into darkness. Savannah’s story gave me pause in several places, exploring the difference between performing through life and being real, and also showing what it’s like to be so accustomed to abuse that the idea of safety scares you.
I understood Savannah and Jordan’s romance, though I couldn’t get into it fully, partly because, in the midst of her trouble, Savannah hasn’t much time to shine or reflect who she is, or may be, in her own right. And it could just be a hitch in my understanding, but a pivotal resolution in the story didn’t resolve the matter for me as much as it gave me more questions.
Still, I think it’s a worthy continuation of the Fallout series. And, no, you don’t have to read the preceding novels to appreciate this one, but, my goodness, you won’t be sorry if you read them anyway.
Note for my blog readers: this novel is a clean read but does contain some innuendo and content for mature minds.
Here’s my review of All the Way to Heaven.