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The Shortest Way Home
The Shortest Way Home: A Novel | Miriam Parker
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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.
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CoffeeAndABook
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Litten on vacation on the beautiful Sunshine Coast ☀️ in 🇨🇦

We have our own private patio as part of our studio apartment 💓

My new happy place 🌸🌸🌸

#canada

Cinfhen How perfect!! Glad you‘re enjoying xx 6mo
raelaschoenherr Gorgeous!! What a great little getaway 😊 5mo
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MaggieCarr
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Mehso-so

☆☆ I preferred the book "Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave" over this one in its entirely. However, I liked that the protagonist didn't feel pushed to find her identity in a relationship in this book. I think what I didn't like was the winery owners willingness to seemingly give up all so much of the business to their new employee just a few weeks after she started work. I just didn't find it believable, even with marriage & health problems.

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Freddie4473

Listening to the Audiobook and really enjoying this one 🤗

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RavensCarm
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Mehso-so

Loved seeing how Hannah implemented #ichooseme and all the interesting changes that brought into her life. Ending was different from what I usually like but any other ending, in my opinion, wouldn‘t have felt proper. A slow read but a great read!

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Kelleyisreading
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Mehso-so

This story was sweet but slow. I didn‘t really care for the main character so it was just meh for me.

Taking a break from current novels to read books about books and some “classics!” I was an awful student in school and never fully read or appreciated the required readings 😐

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julia-gulia
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I quit my job in NYC and moved spontaneous to New Zealand and work now in micro brewery (instead of winery). I feel very familiar what the heroine going through 😁

PS I like the story but the writing is to naive. As a wine lover, I have no patience for author using wine to sell their books. just promote it as what it is- wine style eat pray love mantra..then I wouldnt waste my time. It's not bad. it's just not for me

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Lauren.Archer
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I enjoyed this sweet novel. I smiled for most of it. Perfect light read.

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Lauren.Archer
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Next book from library haul this weekend.

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bermudaonion
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I loved this book so much!

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Lydiamansel
Mehso-so

Character and plot development felt rushed

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Liberty
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Time for breakfast and a new book for the @deweysreadathon! ❤️📚☺️

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BethFishReads
Shortest Way Home | Miriam Parker
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Appropriate that I‘m reading this tonight. I‘ve been traveling so much lately I‘ve lost track of my social media. Great read BTW

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Jnnlb
Shortest Way Home | Miriam Parker
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Loved this book. Please check my complete reviews for this book and others at thejwordpress.wordpress.com #netgalley

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bermudaonion
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I adored this book about relationships - it‘s infused with wit and humor and includes tidbits on wine and literature.

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bermudaonion
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I am so excited to have gotten an autographed copy of this at Book Expo.

BethFishReads 😍😍😍😍😍😍 2y
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