After Nora MacKenzie’s husband Mike’s suicide, and the overwhelming debts threaten to turn her world upside down, she escapes to the Vermont sheep farm—the one holding she has managed to salvage—and the promise of a new future.
A mysterious man has taken up residence at the farm as a hired hand. And “C.W.” somehow manages to gain her trust over the months that follow, despite her initial resistance, as he teaches her how to run the farm and learn how to navigate this new life.
Back in New York, the attorneys that are in charge of the MacKenzie estate arrange the upcoming auction that will either bring in enough to clear her debts…or not.
Meanwhile, what effect will the secrets C. W. is keeping from Nora have on her plight, and will these doom their budding relationship? Will the trust she has placed in him be her undoing?
The long journey toward love, hope, and a new life can lead to joy or it can turn into another disappointment.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story of Nora and C. W., and kept turning the pages as the characters made one choice after another that could have turned out well or badly. The characters were very real and likable, and there was that hint of mystery that kept the story from being just a romance. Themes of right vs. wrong, peace vs. chaos filled the pages and created a tale that will hold the interest of anyone who loves these kinds of issues.
Four stars. Some parts of the story, like the detailed descriptions of farming and financial maneuvering, were a little tedious, but not enough to spoil my enjoyment of The Long Road Home.