Long Way Gone Review




Book: Long Way Gone

Author: Charles Martin

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Goodreads Rating: 4.29 Stars

Goodreads Summary:

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.

About the Author

Charles Martin is a New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels. Martin’s books have been published in over twenty-five countries and in twenty languages. Martin earned his B.A. in English from Florida State University and went on to receive an M.A. in J1269533_10153668632019087_3634155181760607756_oournalism and a Ph.D in Communication from Regent University. With themes revolving around love and hope, Martin has been championed as an author “who understands the power of story and uses it to alter the souls and loves of both his characters and his readers.” He and his wife, Christy, live a stone’s throw from the St. John’s River in Jacksonville, Florida, with their three boys: Charlie, John T. Rives.

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Stars: 3.5/5

I’ll be honest this book took awhile for me to get into it. I really liked the characters but, sadly,  I felt like it took to long for the story to really pick up. I put the book down so many times to stop reading but I found myself wanting to know what was going to happen to the characters.

I loved the aspect of Music that was included in the book. I haven’t been able to find a lot of good books that include music. While it is very apparent that this is a Christian Fiction book I felt like it was a breath of fresh air were religion wasn’t pushed as hard.

I’m not sure yet if I will pick up another book by Charles Martin yet. Captivating but simply too slow for me.


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