The Long Road to Loving Jackson

The LONG ROAD series

Fiction - Womens
330 Pages
Reviewed on 07/02/2020
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Author Biography

Once you choose HOPE anything is possible….

Horse riding, bass playing, and bird watching Alicia Hope lives on coastal acreage dotted with Australia’s famous gum trees and frequented by birds, roos, goannas, and pretty-face wallabies. Alicia also shares her Queensland home with an author husband, Frank H Jordan, and a feathered larrikin, cockatiel Kewbie Kewberton.

Her feel-good stories showcase Alicia’s love of the land and the natural world, and this is certainly true of her latest novel, The Long Road to Loving Jackson. Inspiration for the story came from a display of trick riding at a country show, and from a gracious old Queenslander homestead perched amid cattle country and with the Great Diving Range at its back door.

Writing this novel gave Alicia a chance to re-live the joys of farming life, and she hopes readers also enjoy this very country, very Aussie story.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Long Road to Loving Jackson is a novel in the women’s fiction, equine-related fiction, and interpersonal drama sub-genres, and was penned by author Alicia Hope. The novel forms the second book in The Long Road series. In this sweet and clean novel, we meet trick rider Abbey Miller who has recently had a spate of bad luck and been put out of action by injury and grief. As she tries to put her life back together, new challenges arrive to interrupt her peace, including a squatter who she just can’t seem to shake. What results is an emotive and enjoyable romantic adventure with plenty of horses and heart.

Author Alicia Hope has crafted a delightful and highly engrossing tale of inner strength and picking oneself back up after disaster hits. I really liked Alicia as a central character because she balances a lot of elements of a rebellious and strong woman doing it for herself with the still-present ties of family duty and the obligations that she feels to other people in her life. This realism gives us a close connection to the dramas she faces, and the author’s speech and thought presentation puts us right in there to emote along with her. The plot is filled with realistic twists and some really neat surprises that serve the wider story, and the atmosphere builds to one which is highly uplifting and fun. Overall, I would certainly recommend The Long Road to Loving Jackson for fans of accomplished women’s drama.


The 5 stars are for your great review, KC!
I'm thrilled you enjoyed reading Jackson's and Abbey's story.


A truly enjoyable read which was difficult to put down.
The author uses an authentic Australian voice with characters that tug at your heartstrings. Set in outback central Queensland, the setting doesn't get any better than this. For horse lovers, this is a special one too. But it's the story's two main characters, Abbey and Jackson, that lead us on an emotional and heartwarming journey as they navigate what life throws at them, while the chemistry steadily builds.
If a happy ending is a must for you, then you'll get it, and so much more.


This story wraps around you and draws you in so much, that you are anxiously waiting for more.
A sequel, PLEASE!


Really enjoyed this book. Particularly liked the interesting characters, the sense of place and time and the quirky humour throughout.