#Bookreview The Longest Way Home by Lorrie Farrelly

The Longest Way Home by [Farrelly, Lorrie]

#Bookreview The Longest Way Home by Lorrie Farrelly


Heading west in search of a new beginning, Lily Harmon loses her heart to little Maddie Cullinan, an orphan whose father was presumed killed in a bloody battle of the War Between the States. Lily adopts Maddie, so the young widow and the bereft little girl begin to make a new home together in frontier Wyoming, unaware that Maddie’s father, former Union Army Major Luke Cullinan, is very much alive.

An angry, determined man who has sworn to reclaim his cherished daughter, Luke is hot on Lily’s trail. Nothing, and no one, had better stand in his way.

An evocative, poignant story of the healing power of love after the trauma of war and loss, Lorrie Farrelly’s THE LONGEST WAY HOME is the winner of the WESTERN FICTIONEERS PEACEMAKER AWARD for the Best Western Short Fiction of 2015.


Though this is a short story, it covers a lot of ground.  It starts off in Omaha, Ne, which I enjoyed as I’ve lived here most of my life.  It was interesting to read some of Omaha’s history about the ‘orphan trains.’  I can’t imagine how terrifying and frightening it would’ve been for child to be basically given to anyone who wanted them.  Most were probably taken as servants.  Maddie was lucky in that Lilly wanted more that; she wanted a child to raise as her own.  

Since this was a short story, it did have some holes in the story line.  Like I really wanted to know what happened to Lilly’s husband Johah.  How did he meet his death?  And the relationship between Maddie’s father Luke and Lilly kinda of sprang up without much fanfare.  But I do know relationships/marriages back then were forged fast.  They had too, to survive the rigors of the Wild West.  I have heard that Lorrie intends on rewriting this piece and extending it into a novel.  I hope she does as I can’t wait to read it.

If you like westerns with a clean romance and intrigue, I recommend this well-written story.  I give it 4 feathers.

About Sahara Foley

Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer. In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing. The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me. See, Bob was the writer. He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one. Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines. Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down. About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me. Why not publish Bob’s stories? To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories. But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines. Sorry, honey, but they had to be done. So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement. While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication. Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher. One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me. I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made. One thing I’ve discovered on my new adventure, are all the really awesome and talented Indie Authors. If you find the right community of Indie Authors, all they want to do is help each other. I found that I love promoting them and their books, so that’s how I setup my blog. For readers to meet Indie Authors. Anyway, enough about me. Here’s all my contact information: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/booksbysaharafoley Twitter: https://twitter.com/SaharaFoley Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/saharafoley/ Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SaharaFoley/posts Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Sahara-Foley/e/B00J9ST32U/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
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