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Long Way Gone, Book Review


Long Way Gone
By Charles Martin

At the age of eighteen, musician and songwriter Cooper O’Connor took everything his father held dear and drove 1,200 miles from home to Nashville, his life riding on a six-string guitar and the bold wager that he had talent. But his wager soon proved foolish. Five years after losing everything, he falls in love with Daley Cross, an angelic voice in need of a song. But just as he realizes his love for Daley, Cooper faces a tragedy that threatens his life as well as his career. With nowhere else to go, he returns home to the remote Colorado mountains, searching for answers about his father and his faith. When Daley shows up on his street corner twenty years later, he wonders if it’s too late to tell her the truth about his past – and if he is ready to face it himself. A radical retelling of the prodigal son story, Long Way Gone takes us from tent revivals to the Ryman Auditorium to the tender relationship between a broken man and the father who never stopped calling him home. 

Charles Martin is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels. He and his wife, Christy, live in Jacksonville, Florida. 

My thoughts: I’d been looking for a good novel to read when the publisher of Long Way Gone offered me this Charles Martin book to review, and I figured I might as well try it out. I love that the story is an older version of a coming of age novel, and a full spiritual awakening. Cooper O’Connor feels so real that you want to know everything about him, you can feel his pain and you root for him. The story is great to read if you’re looking for something to pass the time that has a little substance. Well written and thought out Long Way Gone is great. If you like All The Pretty Things you’ll for sure love Long Way Gone.


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