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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (413 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robin Pilcher Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781427209641
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"The Long Way Home is Robin Pilcher at his best. I devoured every word of this masterful storyteller."—Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author

In the vein of Maeve Binchy, Rosamunde Pilcher, and Nicholas Sparks, New York Times bestselling author Robin Pilcher returns with his most enchanting novel yet, filled with captivating twists and turns of heart.

When Claire Barclay receives news that her beloved stepfather has had a stroke, she's more than a little shaken. Leo is her last real relative, and his own children rarely check up on the old man. Claire and her husband, Art, leave New York and fly back to Scotland to care for him during the summer.

Their visit makes clear that Leo is no longer capable of living on his own, but he is determined to stay in his beloved old house. Art comes up with the idea of turning the place into a conference center, thinking they could purchase the place from Leo and build him a cottage on the property.
But the situation is much more complicated than it seems. Claire's old flame, Jonas Fairwether, has become Leo's caretaker and trusted confidant. Though Claire distrusts Jonas's motives, Leo chooses to take his advice to put the house up for public auction rather than sell directly to Art and Claire.

Claire is immediately suspicious, and even more so when she finds out that another application has been submitted to develop the property. Does Jonas Fairwether want to knock down the Leo's house and build a development? It looks like whoever is behind the plan is being driven by financial gain, but there may be an even stronger motive.

The Long Way Home will keep readers on the edge of their seats. This is a masterful novel from a master storyteller.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Long Way Home is Robin Pilcher at his best. I devoured every word of this masterful storyteller.”

    Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Pilcher weaves a wonderful story filled with love, deceit, and friendship that is reminiscent of his mother Rosamunde's work. Booklist

  • An agreeable tale of friendship--broken and mended--set in the Scottish countryside. Kirkus Reviews
  • Pilcher's sweet story of a past reconciled is warm and touching. RT Book Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 2/17/2014

    " OK story. Fun, quick read. Read it while I was sick for a light and easy read. Likely won't be recommending this one. Didn't think the story was that great nor the characters too believable. Reminded me of a cheap soap opera. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Visnja | 2/8/2014

    " This book is poorly written, like I'm watching some pathetic american film. It is like the writer took some boring scenario and copy paste it and publish as a book. Dialogues are just... nah, characters also. It is about reach people and their "problems". Wasting of time. I'm reading it only because I want to learn English so I thought that some easy book would be good for the start but it was a mistake, I just got annoyed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharneel | 2/3/2014

    " An anglophile, I love novels that largely take place in the Isles: Scotland, in this case. Has a twist that keeps suspended knowledge important to the healing of relationships. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 2/3/2014

    " Like many others I was picked this up because of it being set in Scotland but the author did a horrible job making you feel like it was a "special" place - it sounded dull and gray and for all that was mentioned about Scotland, it could have been set anywhere. Very disappointing in that respect. The twist was suspenseful which kept me reading. Jumping around in times was just confusing - it was better at the end when it just followed one timeline. Just o.k. I wouldn't read another of his books though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clayton Brannon | 2/1/2014

    " Good story. Well written. Overall a real pleasure of a book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michel | 1/31/2014

    " Easy read. Good Story. Could have been 3.5 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 1/23/2014

    " Some mystery in this story of a woman's relationship with her stepfather. Is her childhood friend now friend or foe? It all turns out well in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky Schulman | 1/21/2014

    " Families and inheritances always make for interesting stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 1/20/2014

    " This is a well-told story with a twist at the end that made it worth reading. I enjoyed all of R. Pilcher's books, and her sons are not bad either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth Anderson | 1/18/2014

    " Nice read but I predict it will be rather forgettable. Nothing here to write home about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Mcnab | 1/17/2014

    " If you like Rosamunde Pilcher's books, you will likely enjoy her son's writing. Robin Pilcher's books are a little reminiscent of his mother's inthat a large part of his action takes place in Scotland and his characters, young and old, are believable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 1/12/2014

    " Loved this book right from the beginning to the very end. I would highly recommend it. Claire Barclay is the main character and you meet her as a child through to her adult life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy Wieme | 1/9/2014

    " Good, not great. Predictable and not a single murder- and sometimes, you just need no murders, ya know? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy Molloy | 1/8/2014

    " Good book, started slow but then picked up "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty | 12/21/2013

    " The author kept you wondering who is the good guy and who is the bad guy right up to the end... and I'm not telling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 10/29/2013

    " Not too bad of a story. Found it really picked up the second half of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 6/30/2013

    " Enjoyed, though the ending seemed way more convoluted than necessary and somewhat unbelievable. The "English" terms were... interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 6/17/2013

    " Sweet story. He does not write as well as his mother, but he always tells a nice Scottish story with a little twist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joni | 5/12/2013

    " Nice story. Characters well fleshed out. I had figured out a couple things, but there was still an element of surprise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mom | 3/4/2013

    " I love reading Rosemunde Pilcher's books. I think I own every one of them. This book, by her son, was in the same caliber. Always makes me want a hot cup of tea and a boiled egg. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 1/30/2013

    " A true Pilcher story. Very very good, hard to put down. Highly recommended to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 1/14/2013

    " Fairly good. First Robin Pilcher I have read. I am a big fan of his mother, so I thought I would give him a try. Probably will read more books by him. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 12/29/2012

    " Not so great - you can skip it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gech | 7/2/2011

    " The plot is engaging though often far-fetched, but the characters are flat and there is no exploration of the characters emotional world. Though one would want to turn the pages (in "read" it in audio format) to find out the ending of the book, having reached there, one would find it so empty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 4/24/2011

    " I loved this book. It is an easy , fast read and yes, I admit it, with a happy ending and justice prevails:) I seem to always be looking for that!!! Enjoy it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clayton | 3/8/2011

    " Good story. Well written. Overall a real pleasure of a book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirstin | 1/11/2011

    " A very satisfying read! If you're a fan of authors Maeve Binchy or Rosamunde Pilcher, you will enjoy this book. I enjoyed the Scotland setting, and the surprise ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharneel | 9/25/2010

    " An anglophile, I love novels that largely take place in the Isles: Scotland, in this case. Has a twist that keeps suspended knowledge important to the healing of relationships. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 June | 9/15/2010

    " A loosely plotted novel, which falls far short of any real impact or depth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sunshine's Mom | 8/17/2010

    " By Golly! I'm annoyed. Which is great because I was totally emotionally invested in this book.
    It's nothing like I expected, though the end was slightly predictable as I got closer to it. But still overall very enjoyable. I could hardly put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trishhinds | 7/8/2010

    " I did not realize that this was Rosamunde Pilcher's son, but always enjoyed her books set in Scotland and this was no different. A bit trite, but enjoyed it none the less. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 June | 6/13/2010

    " Really good book, a little mushy though "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mom | 6/10/2010

    " I love reading Rosemunde Pilcher's books. I think I own every one of them. This book, by her son, was in the same caliber. Always makes me want a hot cup of tea and a boiled egg. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 5/27/2010

    " If you like Rosamunde Pilcher's books, you will likely enjoy her son's writing. Robin Pilcher's books are a little reminiscent of his mother's inthat a large part of his action takes place in Scotland and his characters, young and old, are believable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 5/2/2010

    " Sweet story. He does not write as well as his mother, but he always tells a nice Scottish story with a little twist. "

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About the Author

Robin Pilcher is the son of bestselling novelist Rosamunde Pilcher. His first three novels, An Ocean Apart, Starting Over, and A Risk Worth Taking were New York Times bestsellers. He lives in Dundee, Scotland.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received thirty Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.