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Though she was only a child during the darkest days of Ireland’s Great Famine, Katie Macauley feels responsible for the loss of her family’s land and the death of her sister. Now a woman grown, Katie has left Ireland for America and the promise of earning money enough to return home again and plead for her family’s forgiveness. She arrives in Hope Springs, Wyoming Territory, a town sharply divided between the Americans who have settled there, with their deep hatred of the Irish, and the Irish immigrants who have come searching for a place to call home. Her arrival tips the precarious balance, and the feud erupts anew. Even in the midst of hatred and violence, however, Katie finds reason to hope. Two men, as different as they are intriguing, vie for her heart, turning her thoughts for the first time toward a future away from Ireland. Katie must now make the hardest decision of her life: stay and give her heart a chance at love, or return home and give her soul the possibility of peace.
Longing for Home is quite different from Sarah M. Eden's other stories. The Wyoming Territory and its hard working residents differ vastly from the settings and characters in Eden's Regency novels. The pace is slower, and at nearly 400 pages, it's also quite a bit longer than her other books. However, it is a touching story and has a unique love-triangle (both men involved are wonderful, and I really didn't know who she was going to pick for most of the story, or who I wanted her to pick).
The historical information included about the struggles in Ireland was eye opening, and the depiction of the hatred of the Irish immigrants was heart-wrenching. I really enjoyed the aspects of Irish culture that Eden included in this story. The ceili sounded like such a fun event.
Although I was happy with Katie's choice at the end of Longing for Home, there were several loose ends and I really wanted more. Happily, I just saw an announcement that there will be a sequel in the Spring of 2014!
If you love clean historical romance novels, don't miss Sarah M. Eden's books!
About the Author:
Sarah M. Eden read her first Jane Austen novel in elementary school and has been an Austen addict ever since. Fascinated by the English Regency era, Eden became a regular in that section of the reference department at her local library, where she painstakingly researched this extraordinary chapter in history. Eden is an award-winning author of short stories and was a Whitney Award finalist for her novels Seeking Persephone and Courting Miss Lancaster.
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Title: Longing for Home
Author: Sarah M. Eden
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Published: August 2013
FTC FYI: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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