Long Way Gone by Charles Martin (review by Cathy)


About the book:

“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 to his remote home in the 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.

A radical retelling of the story of the prodigal son, 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 (5-stars):

This book touched me in a way, I never expected it to. Especially since I didn’t care for it at first and wasn’t sure if I’d finish reading it.

 I’m so glad that I didn’t toss it aside, otherwise I’d have missed out on an amazing story.  I found the authors writing to be out-standing, his characters vulnerable and relatable.

  Music is as essential as breathing to the characters and the paths they take to achieve their dreams were both interesting and heartbreaking.  

After reading this book, I am a fan of Charles Martin and will be looking for more of his work.

I received a complimentary copy of Long Way Gone from the publisher and have given my honest opinion.


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