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The Long Way Home: The Chesapeake Diaries (edition 2013)

by Mariah Stewart

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Title:The Long Way Home: The Chesapeake Diaries
Authors:Mariah Stewart
Info:Ballantine Books (2013), Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
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Another lovely story about hope and faith, about love and finding home.
This is an enjoyable tale about a woman, Ellie Ryder, that finds herself lost and without a way to gather herself and think about what to do now that her father is in jail for embezzlement. By inheriting a house in St. Dennis, where she learns the truth about her mother, Ellie tries to fix the house in order to sell it but she doesn't count with the hot handyman. Cameron has taken care of the house and wants to buy it but as soon as he sees Ellie, everything change and now he wants the house and the woman...

Once in a while is very nice to read a light romance, where all the characters have normal problems that are easily fixed and where everybody knows and likes everyone. I really liked this series and can't wait for the next book and return to the lovely town of St. Dennis and its people. ( )
  Lost_Lenore | Jun 30, 2013 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
In the last several years, my interest in romance novels has drifted away with a few favorite authors being the exception. Mariah Stewart is one of those exceptions. The Long Way home is the 6th book in the Chesapeake Diaries series but the books do not have to be read in order as they directly focus on the couple at the heart of each story. Ellie moves to St. Dennis after her world falls apart. She inherits a house from her mother and in her quest to fix it up and sells it, she falls in love with the town, the house, and her history. Not to mention the very sexy contractor that seems to hang around. It's a very solid story and I look forward to reading more in the series. ( )
  tipsister | Apr 5, 2013 |
Ellie Chapman retreats to the house her mother left her in St Dennis after her father's fraud comes to light and her life comes crashing down around her. Gunshy from the publicity and the desertion of almost all of her friends, she hides her identity from almost everyone. The house needs a lot of rehab before she can sell it, and the very attractive handyman/contractor wants to buy it--and to romance her. But living incognito in a small, friendly town is not easy for a basically honest person like Ellie.

Another light, enjoyable entry in the series. ( )
  readinggeek451 | Apr 3, 2013 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Mariah Stewart is a new author for me and 'The Long Way Home' is 6th in the Chesapeake Diaries series. I normally don't read series out of order; but I received this book from librarything for review and didn't have time to go back and read all 5 previous books.

'The Long Way Home' can easily be read as a stand alone book. Ms Stewart was able to balance all the characters perfectly.... just enough focus on the supporting characters to introduce them without overwhelming the reader with too many details or too many characters. I didn't have any trouble keeping the supporting characters straight even though I had not read the other books.

The wonderful small town setting and characters make you wish you could escape to a place just like St. Dennis, Maryland! The plot may be a bit predictable; but that didn't bother me at all. I really enjoyed reading Ellie's story.... she was a spunky character that was not spoiled by her privileged upbringing or hardened by her tough life experiences.

I look forward to reading the rest of the series and escaping back to St. Dennis to experience life with the other characters! ( )
  lauras67 | Mar 17, 2013 |
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"The Long Way Home" will lead a young woman to a new identity and a change in lifestyle that she never anticipated. Mariah Stewart brings readers back to the cozy community of St. Dennis, MD, with the sixth entry in "The Chesapeake Diaries" series. Ellis Chapman led a life of privilege, traveling abroad in her youth with her father while her mother chose quiet retreats in St. Dennis. When Ellis was old enough, she became a part of the family business, working in public relations to create the ideal image for her father's investment firm. When it becomes apparent that her father was working to create an image of his own, and when his true face is revealed as that of a cheating schemer who fleeced many investors out of their life's savings, then the Chapman name is forever disgraced. Everything that was connected to her father was confiscated by the government, leaving her without money, the home she has known, personal possessions, a car, or a job. She even lost her fiance, who turned out to be her father's partner in deception. What she has left turns out to be what her mother, Lynley, owned outright, bought with the money from Lynley's own career as a successful model. A home in St. Dennis, along with some savings are her mother's legacy to Ellis. Changing her name to Ellie Ryder to escape the judgmental eyes of the world, and borrowing a car from a friend, Ellis begins the next chapter in her life. St. Dennis is lovely, quaint, and welcoming, but all small towns have local intrigue. Ellie must stay in the home for six months, and she is not allowed to sell anything from the home during that time. Handsome "handyman" Cam O'Connor is the contractor who will help Ellie get the house in shape to be sold. Cam has a secret of his own--he has long wanted to own the house he is now bringing back to life. Ellie finds much more than she ever expected in St. Dennis, and when even more of her father's lies come to light, she must make some difficult decisions about not only her future, but the future of the sister she never knew she had. Can "Ellie" reveal herself to be "Ellis" and find happiness with Cam in St. Dennis? Has she found a real home at last? Mariah Stewart offers a touching romance, filled with new beginnings and touching base with old friends from previous entries in the series.

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  gincam | Mar 13, 2013 |
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Reviewed by Robin
Book provided by NetGalley for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

Everyone that is willing to admit it longs for a time when they can just pick up and move to another place and start over. Where no one knows them… If only we could do this is real life. A fresh start…or a do over would actually be nice once in a while. In The Long Way Home, Ms. Stewart takes us into the life of Ellis Chapman. Most of her life she has led a life most dream of. A beautiful model mother, a father who doted on her and a job in the family business right out of school; things seemed to be going great until… Your mother dies and somehow you seem to find that you missed out on her life. Your father swindles millions from unsuspecting people and if that isn’t the worst you find that the man whom you were engaged to was probably just using you as he was in on the scheme with your father. And I thought I had a bad day.

Ellis has a chance to change everything. Her mother had a will and has left her a house in St. Dennis on the Chesapeake. Only there is one stipulation she must live there for six months. As Ellis has no money, no clothes, no car, and one friend left due to the recent discoveries about her father and fiancé she has no choice actually but to see where her mother longed to be all the time. Maybe she would then find answers.

Ellis changes her name to Ellie Ryder and heads off in a car she has borrowed from her only true friend. Ms. Stewart has a way of showing the true nature of people. Having gone through some things a few years ago you always find out who your true friends are in certain situations. Most tend to leave when the going gets rough not even waiting for your side of things. As Ms. Stewart shows us, in this tender love story that no matter how done on your luck there is always a bright side.

The bright side comes in the form of handyman, Cam O’Conner. Cam has connections to the house that Ellie has inherited. He wants to buy the house. At first he offers help only because he has an ulterior motive but soon the two bonds falling for each other. Ms. Stewart shows us once again that a small town warmth and hominess tends to help the healing process of no matter what is going on. As Cam and Ellie find healing together a twist is thrown their way. Ellie finds she has a half-sister. Her father is sitting in jail and this young girl has just lost her mother in a car accident. Will Ellie put away her hurt and betrayal and take her in?

The house also comes with a ghost, paintings, duck decoys, a library filled with memories and many other wonderful things. Come take a peek into the lives of Ellie and Cam as they find that they are meant for each other in a wonderful house filled with love in the small town of St. Dennis. I would love to go visit them.

I love the descriptions of the house, town, beach, people and the resident ghost. I fell in love with everything and was ready to hop in my car for a quick trip to meet old and new friends. I think if you haven’t already you just may want to get your copy of The Long Way Home and fall in love with the people of St. Dennis. You just might find yourself wanting to take a trip.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345538412, Mass Market Paperback)

New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart presents a captivating contemporary romance novel in the tradition of Robyn Carr, Susan Mallery, and Barbara Freethy.

As the only child of a wealthy investment manager, Ellie Chapman has never known anything besides a life of perfect privilege. But her years of good fortune come to an abrupt end when her father is exposed for swindling billions of dollars from innocent investors in a massive Ponzi scheme. And just like that, Ellie loses everything: money, job, home—even her fiancé, who’s jailed as her father’s partner in crime. With no job prospects on the horizon, no cash, and her family name in tatters, Ellie has only one place to go.
 
Sleepy St. Dennis, Maryland, is hardly where Ellie intends to stay, however. Keeping her identity a secret, she plans to sell the house her late mother left her in the small town and use the proceeds to move on with her life. Unfortunately, her ticket to a new beginning is in dire need of a laundry list of pricey improvements, many of which she’ll have to do herself. And until the house on Bay View Road is fit to be sold, the sole place Ellie will be traveling is the hardware store. But as the many charms of St. Dennis—not to mention Cameron O’Connor, the handsome local contractor who has secrets of his own—begin to work their magic, what begins as a lesson in do-it-yourself renovations might just end up as Ellie’s very own rejuvenation.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:56:12 -0400)

When her wealthy father's Ponzi scheme is exposed, Ellie Chapman loses everything--including her fiance--but learns valuable lessons in both life and love when she comes to St. Dennis, Maryland to sell her late mother's house.

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