Published by Dutton on July 31st 2018
Genres: Adult, Chick-Lit
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In her debut novel crackling with humor, heart, and an unforgettable cast of characters, Miriam Parker follows one woman's journey from Iowa to New York City to California wine country, to figure out what being true to oneself really means.
After years of dreaming of and working toward a life more stable than the one she grew up in, Hannah is finally about to have everything she ever wanted. With a high-paying job, an apartment in Manhattan, and a boyfriend about to propose, all she and Ethan have to do is make it through the last couple of weeks of grad school, and the future they had planned will be theirs to keep.
But when they take a romantic weekend trip to Sonoma, and Hannah is spontaneously offered a marketing job at the first (and seemingly financially unstable) winery they visit and doesn't immediately refuse, their meticulously planned forever comes crashing down around them. And then Hannah impulsively does the unthinkable--she turns down her job in New York and decides to stay in California.
Abandoning your dream job and life shouldn't feel this good. But for Hannah, it is an eye-opening experience; and she realizes that maybe, after all her dream-chasing, she hasn't actually been caring for herself. And this new life certainly seems like a dream come true--living in a picturesque cottage overlooking a vineyard in lush Sonoma; new friends with pasts and hopes the likes of which she's never encountered before; and William, the handsome son of the winery owners and an aspiring film director who captures Hannah's heart only to leave for the very city she let go.
The mission to rescue the failing winery becomes a mission to rescue Hannah from the image of herself she thought she wanted. The young girl who ached to escape Iowa and leave her past behind for a glamorous life is now given the chance to come to terms with the upbringing that made her who she is. The Shortest Way Home is a heartwarming story of one woman who sheds expectations in order to claim her own happy ending.
Hannah and her boyfriend Ethan take a trip to wine country, a getaway fro them. Away from all the noise of the big city they will soon be living in. Only it doesn’t go according to plan. Hannah falls in love with place and the people. She decides to stay.
Hannah has an amazing job waiting for her, but be such a free spirit puts a monkey wrench in the life that her and Ethan were planning. I just adored Hannah for they way she is. Hannah has made friends in the short time during the trip and has so many ideas that will help the slowly fading winery. But, Ethan is so nonchalant about her ideas, he doesn’t agree with her decision to help this family. I get the laid back attitude. but this is your girlfriend not wanted to leave the vacation place. He kinda agrivated me a little. but I was happy to see Hannah follow her heart and her own needs.
There were a few other characters that play a pivotal role in the story. The owners of the winery (Williams parents) were just adorable together. And William the son on the owners and is a free spirit as well just like Hannah. William has big plans to leave. But he also had in interest in Hanna, so the question came to mind while I was reading, would he possibly stay to help with her plans for his parent winery? Or would he move on to what he thought was bigger and better things.
The setting was just beautiful. I would soo love taking a trip to wine country after reading this, from the people to wine. To me, it seemed like the perfect place for Hannah too. She could use her skills and maybe even find something more and work on her own happiness. It was quite a journey to follow and the ending was just perfect.
The read was so engrossing, emotional and sweet, from the character development to the slow burn romance. I loved it! and I think that readers who enjoy the contemporary romances will enjoy this one too.
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