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Reviewed by Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite
The Long Way Home is the third installment in the True Tales of a Traveller series by Alix Lee. Described as a non-fictional work on the author’s travels in the early 1980s in Europe, its focus on relationships and romance reads like a memoir. Alix and his girlfriend Di have been in Greece for several months and must now make their way back home to Britain. The problem is, they don’t have enough funds and must plan to hitchhike from southern Italy, eat (or not eat) as cheaply as possible, and “crash” with friends in a couple of places. That proves more challenging than Alix anticipated and the stress of the journey fractures his relationship with Di. She declares it over and leaves him in Amsterdam to wait for funds to return home. In the interim, he begins a new relationship, only to arrive in England to find Di waiting for him as if nothing has changed.
In The Long Way Home, Lee shares an episode of his life in which relationships stumble over the bumps of human frailty and happenstance, and the road of life takes a few zigs and zags across the European continent. Told in the first person, the narrative is descriptive and well-paced, incorporating facts and impressions about the places through which Lee travels. Although part of a series, the story can stand on its own. The unresolved aspects of his relationships and his dissatisfaction with remaining in England left me eager to read the next installment.