About the Book
Book: The Last Way Home
Series: Prince Edward Island Shores #2
Author: Liz Johnson
Release Date: August 2, 2022
When Eli Ross left Prince Edward Island to join the NHL, he left a broken family behind. More than a decade later, he’s broke and headed home to an uncertain welcome. He wants to make things right with the family he wronged, but his mom’s business partner isn’t making it easy. To top it off, the coaching job he’s accepted turns out to be far more difficult than he anticipated.
For years, Violet Donaghy has put everything she had into making Eli’s mom’s ceramics shop a success, and she’s not eager to forgive the man who hurt the family that’s taken her in as one of their own. But when the kiln at the shop starts a fire that nearly destroys the studio, she’ll need all the help she can get to save the business and their summer income.
Can these two strong-willed people come together to mend the broken pieces of the Ross family? Or will the ghosts of the past continue to haunt them?
Return to Prince Edward Island for a romantic story of family, forgiveness, and the power of love.
When I saw that The Last Way Home by Liz Johnson was available to review, I jumped at the opportunity to get a copy. At first, I wanted to read this book because the cover called to me. I absolutely love it! The colors are perfect, the script is super pretty, and that house. I want to move there! Then, I read the synopsis and I was hooked. I have a weakness for stories about sports heroes and their down-to-earth heroines. I am so glad I took the time to read this book because it is GOOD! I found the pacing to be a tad on the slow side, but that’s OK. I really got to know the characters and understand their conflicts. I got deep into this story and I enjoyed every minute. Violet and Eli’s stories really had me feeling all the feels. I admit I cried a bit (have some tissue near you when you read this), chuckled some, and smiled big as Violet and Eli found their way towards forgiveness and love and redemption and second chances. I enjoyed watching their romance develop and appreciated that it evolves naturally and realistically. My favorite moment in the story is when Violet attempts to define who Eli is to her and struggles to put into words how to define him. She eventually blurts out that he is her best friend. I laughed a little because it is such a sweet moment, but it’s also a very truthful insight. It’s not an easy thing to define deep, true-love relationships. Best friend — that one person you count on, rely on, who knows all your icky parts but loves you anyway, that one person willing to do all of life with you, even the scary parts. Best friend — it seems so childish a phrase to encompass everything that person is, but that’s the best way to put it. I really had fun journeying with Violet and Eli as they made their way to best-friend-ness and true love. The Last Way Home is a really outstanding novel. I highly, highly recommend this beautiful Prodigal Son story. You do not want to miss out on this read!
A quick note about the series: The Last Way Home is book 2 in the Prince Edward Island Shores series. I have NOT read book 1 yet, but that did not negatively effect my reading of this book. I had no problems keeping track of characters, plotlines, conflicts, etc., and I never felt like I was missing information or behind. If you want to start the series with this book, you will be fine to do so.
I received a review copy of this novel in eBook form from the publisher, Fleming H. Revell Company, via NetGalley, as part of the Revell Reads Blogger Program. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.