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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Long Road Home is a romantic suspense novel written by Carolyn Bowen. Kate’s one bulwark after the sudden, tragic deaths of her mom and dad had been her relationship with Ken, her fiance. It had been a difficult four months, and Kate still wondered about the accident that claimed their lives. Ken and Kate had been set on spending a sunny day at nearby Folly Beach when he was called in for a meeting at the firm Kate’s father had established and where Ken was an associate. They had both hoped he’d be making partner, though, but now everything was up in the air. In his haste, Ken had left his laptop open, and Kate noticed the dating website that he had been browsing. She was stunned to find that and other similar sites in his history. They were engaged, and he was already looking for other women?
After losing her parents, this betrayal had her fuming and far too angry to confront him at that point. Instead, the young heiress decided to pack some belongings and move to her Grandmother Leah’s plantation house on the Gulf Coast. Seagrove represented all that was love and home and warmth, and she loved the beach and crystalline waters. It would take some settling in, but that in itself would help her heal. Any feelings for Ken had magically been cleansed away, and Kate was determined to move on. What she had no way of knowing was that her family had secrets, and her life was in danger.
Carolyn Bowen’s romantic suspense novel, The Long Road Home, is an exciting and well-written story about a relatively sheltered young woman whose loss of her parents has put her in the cross-hairs of a vindictive international killer. I especially enjoyed seeing how Kate finds her inner strength and resilience as she tackles the restoration of her grandmother’s plantation home and finds new friends and interests. The beaches she visits had me pining for an extended vacation on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Bowen’s characters are credible and well-defined, especially Kate, Jake, AJ and Nap. Bowen’s plot is taut and twisty, and she gives plenty of red herrings for armchair sleuths. The Long Road Home is highly recommended.