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    A journey of loss, love, and dispair....

    The loss of a child is unlike any pain a parent could imagine. For Christian and Ava - life was pretty much perfect for the couple. Their romance, marriage, and then the birth of their child all were the ‘dream’ that everyone wishes for in life. Then things took a drastic turn when their son lost his fight, and his death shadowed the couple. A grief so profound and unimaginable. Ava coped with the loss by removing herself from life. Figuratively and literally. She no longer responded to eating, sleeping, or any other part of daily routines. A shadow of the woman she once was. Christian tried to reach out to his wife, but was coping with the loss all on his own. Nothing he tried would break the ice that Ava placed around her tortured soul. The loss of their child compounded by the loss Christian was feeling for the woman that he loved above all others. Three months passed while Ava was still trapped within her own grief. During that time, Christian went about tasks that would set the events to follow into motion. After getting affairs in order, Christian purchased a boat and went forward with his plan to discover his place in life after all of the loss. Headed to places unknown, Christian walked away from the life he shared with Ava. Giving her the space that she so desperately wished for. The realization of her new circumstance gets Ava’s attention. Her pain compounded by the fact that Christian walked out on the life that they shared. Still cocooned with her grief, Ava begins a long overdue correspondence with the man that she once called her husband. Christian’s focus on finding himself leads him through a journey unlike any other. Resulting in a series of letters, emails, and stories that uncover the depth of love that this couple had for one another. What a completely emotional journey Ava and Christian partake upon. It is a loss that is unlike any other…the loss of your child. This couple is both tortured by the reaction of the other, and clearly go about discovering themselves in unexpected ways. Rating this book has weighed heavily on my mind. On one hand, the plot was magnificent. A completely soul grabbing glimpse at the loss of losing your child. The pain was evident with every turn of the page. As a reader, you feel all of the emotions between this couple. It definitely pulls at every fiber of your being. A definite roller coaster of emotion that will leave you questioning your actions if this happened in your life. What I didn’t always respond to was the letters, emails, and the ‘story within a story’ parts of the book. Heck - that was the biggest chunk of the book! While the plot was magnificent, readers must make certain they know if they are reading a letter, email or other correspondence when entering a chapter. At times, I wondered if the emotions couldn’t have transpired by simply telling this tortured tale. The constant checking to see who was writing to whom a bit of a put off. Then there is the cliff hanger that was a set up for the next book in the series. It was definitely one that leaves you on a limb. Wondering where the characters would find themselves. A let down in one respect of knowing if these characters were ‘doomed’ from the moment of their child’s death. So - I start to remember how deep I drifted into The Ever Trilogy by the author. That particular series was full of heartache and pain. (If you haven’t read the trilogy …pick it up!) Reaction from readers on that type of story was definitely across the spectrum. I loved it! So - I think my hesitation on picking a rating for The Long Way Home revolve around the overwhelming amount of the story that is centered around the letters, emails, blog posts, and the ‘story within a story’. With that said….I think I am going ‘middle of the road’ on this review. A place where I definitely need to see what will unfold before I get a better understanding of the overall plot. Maybe it’s the dread I have of the loss that you can’t quite get over feeling with the couple. All I can say is this is one book you will have to read for yourself and decide where Ava and Christian ‘rate’ with your heart.
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