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Romantic Times Book Reviews - “Another stellar novel from Martin. His fabulous gift for characterization is evident on each page. Layers of the story are peeled back to show the spiritual truth underneath the gripping plot. This is a reimagining of the prodigal son story from the Bible, and the reader's faith can't help but be enriched and encouraged after completing the book. Cooper is an intricate character with an amazing story to tell, and the supporting cast is just as important to provide additional depth and understanding. This novel should be on everyone's must-purchase list.”
“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.
|About the Contributor(s)||Charles Martin
Charles Martin is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of 12 novels. He and his wife, Christy, live in Jacksonville, Florida. Learn more about him at charlesmartinbooks.com. Facebook: Author.Charles.Martin Twitter: @storiedcareer
|Publish Date||Oct 4, 2016|
- Review by Cheryl
“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.” ~excerpt
Long Way Gone is a beautiful and heartbreaking story of a prodigal son and his journey through life wishing he’d done things differently. Raised by a well-known, pragmatic, yet pure-hearted father, Cooper ‘Peg’ O’Connor wants what he wants, how he wants, when he wants it, so he strikes out on his own—against his father’s wishes.
Cooper is a brilliant songwriter with many gifts and abilities, but his life quickly falls on hard times. He searches for a way to right his wrongs, but listens to his head, rather than his heart.
Charles Martin brilliantly weaves a myriad of people into Cooper’s path. They are purposeful, life changing, and exceptional. I loved nearly every character—Mr. O’Connor, Mr. Slocumb, Daley, Blondie—but my heart melted every time Big-Big graced the page. This gentle giant has depth, meaning, and a loyal heart of gold. If I had to pick one character from this book to be the subject of a new book, it would be him.
“That was the night I learned the value of an old hymn. How something so old and “out-of-date” could say words my heart needed to hear and didn’t know how to say.” ~excerpt
Though this is a love story of sorts, it is much more—music, heartbreak, history, and things unseen... It rips a heart open, gives equal portions to the heart, soul, and mind, and yearns for a salve to heal all three.
To be completely honest, the story started a little slow for me, but gradually pulled me in and hooked me. This story, and its characters, will stay with me for a long time. I’ve never read a book like it. It encapsulates a spiritual-ness (could only find a non-word to fit) that can only be fully absorbed by an open and eager heart. Once you finish the book, you’ll understand what I mean.
I highly recommend Long Way Gone. It may even solidify the way you see life, death, and the hereafter. Yeah—it’s that powerful.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. (Posted on 12/4/2016)