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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.Read more...
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USA TODAY Bestseller
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."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-08-08
- Reviewer: Staff
Martin (When Crickets Cry) crafts a playful, enticing tale of a modern prodigal son. Told as a memoir, the novel begins in the middle of Cooper O’Connor’s story as he struggles to get his life together on the streets and in the bars of Leadville, Colo. Twenty-five years earlier, at the age of 18, he left his father’s home in a fit of anger, taking everything his father loved—including himself. As he seeks to make his way in music, he finds himself gaining popularity and falling hard for budding star Daley Cross. But when tragedy strikes and strips him of his singing abilities, Cooper finds himself alone and full of regret. After his accident, the fear of his impending death forces him to give up the one thing he holds dearer than his songs: Daley Cross. Only after he is broken does he begin to look up, and he searches for the father who never gave up on him. Now middle-aged, Cooper is struck by memories when he sees Daley Cross alone and battered on a street corner. Given a chance at life, Cooper must decide to take the leap and tell Daley the truth before his time runs out. Agent: Chris Ferebee, Christopher Ferebee Agency (Oct.)