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The Long Road Home
Lauren N Sharman
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BOOK SYNOPSIS
Nineteen-year-old Georgia survived four years of forced prostitution and drug addiction by clinging to the false hope that her brothers—unaware of her existence—would one day rescue her.
The last thing Blackie, Judd, and Rebel McCassey expect to discover when they catch a young girl loitering in front of their garage, is that she’s their younger, half-sister.
Immediately, they want to help Georgia overcome her addiction and bring her into the family fold, despite her adamancy that she isn’t good enough to be a McCassey.
Used to handling things their own way, the brothers soon realize that this time, they can’t fix things by throwing powerful right hooks, firing semi-automatic weapons, or simply saying, ‘no worries’.
This time, they need an outsider’s help.
But Georgia’s skeptical, and doubt consumes her as her strength and confidence falter.
Georgia knows her brothers will fight for her…but will she fight for herself?

BOOK EXCERPTS
The first week of December, 1988

It was just as she pictured it.

The small, quiet, western Maryland town of Hagerstown was exactly the way nineteen-year-old Georgia had always imagined it would be.

For as long as she could remember, she’d heard stories about Hagerstown and its residents from her so-called father. He’d never had one kind word to say about anything or anyone that had to do with the town, which was how she knew it’d be a wonderful place.

Just from what she’d seen out the window of the Greyhound bus she’d arrived on, Georgia knew that if the circumstances were different, if she was clean and respectable and capable of living among decent folks, this would be the place she’d choose to live.

But she couldn’t stay.

Her father had grown up here; certainly there were a lot of people in town who knew him—knew what kind of man he was. If anyone found out about the kind of life she’d been leading and the things she’d done, they’d do everything in their power to distance themselves from her. She didn’t want that; didn’t want others to see her the way she saw herself every time she looked in the mirror.

No, there was no place for her here.

It was probably for the best, though; Hagerstown was a dangerous place for Georgia. She knew that if her presence was discovered, she’d have a lot of explaining to do, explaining that would be a waste of time because no one would believe her anyway.

Remaining onboard the bus during its six hour layover and then traveling straight through to California would’ve been much safer than venturing into town. But Georgia was leaving the east coast for good, and the pull of this town—a town that had always felt like home even though she’d never been here—was just too strong to ignore. She had to check out at least some of the place where she had family—three people in particular—although she had no intention of talking to them.

She just wanted to see them.

Find out what they looked like.

Burn their faces into her memory so that whenever she felt alone, she could put faces with the names of the ones who, without knowing it, had comforted her and kept her company.

She’d been nervous about venturing away from the safety of the bus station, afraid she may get lost, or worse, be spotted by those who were never meant to know of her existence. But it had taken her well over a month to muster the courage to leave the life she’d been leading in southern Virginia, part of her decision being made for her when the landlord threw her out. She wasn’t about to waste this one and only opportunity to satisfy her curiosity.

Wanting to take in as much as she could in the short amount of time she had, Georgia had positioned herself in a vacant lot across the street from a red brick building with a large sign out front that read: McCASSEY’S GARAGE.

Wearing only her brand new flannel coat, she’d been there for hours, shivering in the freezing, late-fall temperatures, huddled beside a dumpster, watching.

During that time, seven mechanics and a tow truck driver had worked steadily. Although she couldn’t see much with two of the three bay doors closed, Georgia was still able to get an occasional glimpse of the men inside.

Sometime just before dusk, they’d all ventured out into the empty part of the parking lot, each one wearing nothing more than a pair of navy blue coveralls, and played a three-on-five pickup game of touch football. Georgia was too far away to be able to make out anything they were saying, but she couldn’t help wondering if the three men who’d taken on the other five were the men she’d heard so much about, the ones she’d been longing to see.

When the game ended, five of the players got into various pickup trucks and left, leaving just the three men who’d been on the same team standing alone in the lot.

BOOK REVIEWS
Five Angels! “The Long Road Home is the final book in The McCassey Brothers series by Lauren Sharman. This book is a standalone and I haven’t read the first three books so I can genuinely say it does just that. Ms Sharman tackles some very tough subjects in this tale and she does it brilliantly. Her portrayal of Georgia and her very dysfunctional family pulls you in and even though we’re dealing with drugs, firearms, murder and lawbreakers you find yourself liking them. Georgia’s struggle to overcome her addiction is heart wrenching both during her withdrawal and after. This young girl has suffered worse than anyone should have to but still shows her inner soul to be anything but dead. While not a traditional romance, The Long Road Home is a story of love, a love of family and all that we do to protect what’s ours.” Reviewed by: Rachel C. Fallen Angel Reviews


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“Being the final book in the McCassey series did not confuse me at all when I decided to read this book first. I am not entirely sure what the other books in the series were about, but I feel that I did not need to read them ahead of time in order to completely enjoy this book. Lauren Sharman did an excellent job with her characters and told an amazing story.
Lauren Sharman creates a world of wonderfully believable characters. They are rough around the edges, far from perfect, but every bit as loveable. She is able to show her readers just what family is all about; watching each other’s backs and making sacrifices in the name of love. I did not have a favorite character because I loved them all. I was able to finish this book in one sitting because there seemed to be no part in the story that I was willing to walk away from and take a break.
Lauren Sharman also seems to have a knack for clarity in her words. I never once was confused. Her story was very straight forward, moved at a steady rhythm and never once got boring. These are the kinds of stories that I love to read; the organization and planning of this story is apparent on every page. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good read and who has time to tuck in and read it start to finish.” Reviewed by Ashley Merrill, Front Street Reviews


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“Ms Sharman keeps the brothers true to character as she brings out their compassion for their sister who has suffered at the hands of their father. I regret that there was not as much adventure as the previous three books but I was not disappointed. I'm truly sorry to see this final installment. I would personally love to see more about Rebel, Judd and Blackie, my kind of men. I highly recommend to anyone who loves adventure, danger, and homegrown bad boys with a soft touch to read The Long Road Home and all of the McCassey Brothers series.” Reviewed By MargeAnna Conrad, Novelspot


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MORE BOOK INFO
ISBN: 1603132626
ISBN(13-digit): 9781603132626
Copyright: 2008
Book Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Binding: Perfect
No. of Pages: 362
Paper Weight (lb): 15.0



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