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The Long Ride Home by Tawni Waters

*E-Arc courtesy of Netgally in exchange for an honest review.*

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Publication Date: 5th September 2017

Goodreads Synopsis

A road trip to scatter her mother’s ashes turns into a journey of self-discovery as Harley navigates a romance with unexpected consequences.

After the loss of her mother, Harley can barely handle her grief. But the start of summer marks new beginnings, and Harley leaves for a cross-country road trip to scatter her mother’s ashes with Dean, her friend (with benefits). The two ride by motorcycle, reconnecting with people who knew her mother along the way.

But it’s not long before Harley realizes she’s pregnant…with Dean’s child. And as Harley learns that her mother faced similar choices during her own pregnancy, Harley must come to terms with her mother’s past to make a difficult decision about her own future.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

When I started this last night I didn’t expect to find myself crying my eyes out at 3am. And yet that’s exactly what happened.

So I received this off Netgalley ages ago as you can probably tell by the fact that I’m reading this a year after it’s publication, but I said to myself I was going to try and catch up with all the old stuff I had in my Kindle before requesting anymore.

The Long Ride Home follows Harley who has a lot going on in her life. Her mother recently died in a fire she feels responsible for and there’s a possibility she’s pregnant with her best friends baby. She embarks on a cross country road trip to New York with her maybe baby daddy and best friend Dean to scatter her mothers ashes. Like I said a lot going on.

I really enjoyed this book a lot more then I was expecting too. It went down a completely different path then I thought it would. It showed the struggles a teenage mother goes through deciding what’s best for her baby and for her whether that be keeping the baby, adoption or abortion as well as someone dealing with their grief.

I found Harley could occasionally come off as a bitch but she recognised that and to be honest who wouldn’t be a bitch when you’re terrified of falling in love and drowning with grief and fear. I loved Dean, Harleys baby daddy, he was such a supportive guy and so sweet.

The epilogue had me sobbing. Why is it always the epilogue? Since my room’s been decorated at the minute I’m sleeping in the room next to my brother and all I could imagine was me walking him up accidently at stupid o’clock in the morning.

I really do recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick paced, coming of age story witch may or may not make you cry.

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