Long Way Gone by Charles Martin

I’m sorry, no poetry again today. I will do my best to bring poetry back next week.


I received this book Free to write a review for Harper Collins and BookLook Blogger.

Book Description

“No matter where you go, no matter whether you succeed or fail, stand or fall, no gone is too far gone. You can always come home.”

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.

My Review

I never heard of Charles Martin nor read any of his books until I received Long Way Gone, but Wow, what a book. I will definitely be looking for Charles Martin’s books after reading this one. Mr. Martin created characters that were so real and I could feel their pain, their loneliness; I could dream their dreams. He also did an excellent job in describing his settings in a way that brought them to life. The story is a story of several different types of love and the power of all of them. This was the most well-written book I have read in quite some time.

I felt this book was so well written. It was intelligent and literary. I learned a lot about music and guitars from this story as well. The book has a lot of memorable quotes.

This story is a modern story that teaches an age-old lesson, and it touched my heart deeply. Three chapters from the end, tears just streamed down my face, and for me, any book that hits me with such emotion is a winner! I highly recommend this book to EVERYONE!

Oh, and one last thing, I LOVE the cover!

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