Sean has spent twenty years in Third World war zones and natural disaster areas, fully embracing what he’d always felt was his life’s mission. But when burnout sets in, Sean is reluctantly drawn home to Belham, Massachusetts.
There, he discovers that his steely aunt, overly dramatic sister, and quirky nephew are having a little natural disaster of their own. When he reconnects with a woman from his past, Sean has to wonder if the bonds of love and loyalty might just rewrite his destiny.
"The Shortest Way Home" is a novel that has many different personalities! It's a story about family loyalty, it's a story about one man's journey back home, it's a story about parenting, it's a love story, and it's a story about how one family deals with a devastating disease and how it affects them all.
Juliette Fay introduces her readers to the charming Irish-American Doran family in this fascinating novel. Sean Doran's homecoming from years abroad working as a disaster relief nurse is not the joyous peaceful occasion that he expects. He finds that his sister Diedre is wrapped up in her own dramas, his stalwart Aunt Vivian is slipping towards Alzheimer's, and his young nephew Kevin is practically raising himself. Although its a role that he doesn't want, Sean finds that he must take the reins of the family and take care of those he loves. And along the way, he finds he needs to take a little time to take care of himself as well.
I enjoyed this story. Fay keeps the story moving along at a fast clip, and she weaves all the characters together with the various stories that all blend together to create a captivating read that is just perfect for this fall season. I also learned a lot about Huntington's disease and sensory processing disorder, two conditions that affect members of the Doran family in the story.
I highly recommend this book for those who enjoy intricate storytelling, a good love story, and a great family-oriented story.
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My thanks to FSB Associates for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.