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The Chesapeake Diaries
Book 1: Coming Home
Book 2: Home Again
Book 3: Almost Home
Book 4: Hometown Girl

THE LONG WAY HOME
The Chesapeake Diaries Book 5
MARIAH STEWART
ISBN# 978-0-345-53841-3
January 29, 2013
Ballantine Books
www.randomhouse.com
Paperback/e-book
$7.99/$7.99
432 Pages
Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Ellis Chapman’s life has been shattered, though perhaps not any less than the thousands of people her father duped with his Ponzi scheme. Burned by not only her father, but her fiancé, Ellis decides to use her middle name and try to leave the Chapman legacy of lies behind. Ellis, now Ellie Ryder, has nothing left but the tiny property in St Dennis left to her by her deceased mother. Figuring to fix up the house and sell it to gain enough funds for a new start, Ellis sets to work.

Cameron O’Connor has wanted the Bay View house for a long time. When a young woman moves in and starts on renovations, he is thunderstruck. Not only is Ellie gorgeous, she obviously has no experience in the rehab business. Figuring to make sure the work is done right on the house he has no intention of letting go, Cameron signs on to help Ellie fix up the house.

Ellie has never experienced anything like life in St Dennis. The residents are friendly, and despite her resolution to keep her identity a secret, they seem to know who she is. Ellie expected to fix up the house, but every new day brings revelations about herself, her mother, her history, and the place she is only just discovering she belongs. As each piece falls into place, Cameron is helping her discover how the edges fit, and carving out a spot for himself that will never be filled by anyone else.

This beautiful story instantly draws readers into the world of St Dennis, a small town where everyone has a story to share. Ellie and Cameron’s romance is the stuff of fairytales; complete with the twists and turns that make it worthwhile. I cannot wait to check out the first four books in the series and I hope to see more as well. There were just too many things that seemed to be left unfinished for it to end.

Kaitlin
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