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The Long Way Home A Secret Refuge Series #3 [EPUB] ✷ The Long Way Home A Secret Refuge Series #3 By Lauraine Snelling – When a disastrous decision by the trainmaster forces Jesselynn Highwood and her companions to separate from the wagon train she races back to Fort Laramie to find a guide to take them to Oregon But th When Way Home A Secret ePUB ´ a disastrous decision by the Way Home MOBI õ trainmaster forces Jesselynn Highwood and her companions to separate from the wagon train she races back to Fort Laramie to find a guide to take them to The Long PDF/EPUB or Oregon But the guide has a far different plan and following her heart Jesselynn agrees to join him her ragtag band in towBack east Louisa Highwood and her brother Zachary are captured by Union Long Way Home PDF Ì soldiers for smuggling medical supplies into Richmond Can Louisa find a way to Long Way Home A Secret MOBI :º obtain her brother's freedom before it's too lateThe future of the Highwood family and that of their beloved Twin Oaks hangs Long Way Home A Secret MOBI :º in the balance Will the war's end bring them together again.

About the Author: Lauraine Snelling

Award Way Home A Secret ePUB ´ winning and bestselling author Lauraine Way Home MOBI õ Snelling has over books published with sales of over million Her original dream was to write horse books for children Today she writes adult novels The Long PDF/EPUB or about real issues centered on forgiveness loss domestic violence and cancer in her inspirational contemporary women’s fiction titles and historical series including the favorite Blessing books.

10 thoughts on “The Long Way Home A Secret Refuge Series #3

  1. ρυηүα [Punya Reviews...] ρυηүα [Punya Reviews...] says:

    I fell in love with A Secret Refuge series by Lauraine Snelling since the first book Daughter of Twin Oaks which started the saga of the Highwood siblingswho were in search of safety and peace in the Civil war torn America But the ending was rather disappointing; very rushed hopping to finish typeIn book 1 Jesselyn masuerading as a boy was journeying with 3 of her freedmen a freedwoman and her youngest brother barely 3 yrs old Thaddeus Being the eldest daughter of plantation owner Joshua Highwood who died of war injury left Jesselyn with loads of responsibilities Her mother Miriam had already passed away giving birth to Thaddeus The wretched war took Adam her eldest brother the next Zachary being MIA for sometimes Their biggest pride and joy were the thoroughbreds they reared in their stud farm for which Twin Oaks was famous in the area Joshua wanted his horses safe from the marauding army and Jesselyn had to take them somewhere safer far away from Twin OaksBefore beginning her journey Jesselyn send her two younger sisters Louisa and Carrie Mae to Richmond to their Aunt Sylvania so we get to see their stories simultaneously Jesselyn journeys pretty much into the unknown not knowing if her Aunt Agatha and Uncle Hiram who lived somewhere in Missouri were even alive or notAlong the way Jesselyn now called Marse Jesse to fit her masuerade saw destruction pain and misery of the war than she ever hoped to lay eyes on It shakes her strong religious foundation that their mother instilled in them very badly She uestions God's wishes feels angry at His apparent whimsy at the suffering of His children She feels that it shows He doesn't care much by letting the suffering going on for so long Only Meshach one of her freedman and friend would tell her otherwise; that she shouldn't lose faith and continue to hope for a better dayThe Highwoods' story continues in book 2 Sisters of the Confederacy where Jesselyn found nothing but destruction in Missouri Agatha has been left destitute after Hiram's death and Jesselyn now had one mouth to feed in her little mishmash band of people which also included an orphan girl named Jane Ellen and an orphaned infant named Sammy; both casualties of war It seemed Meshach and Ophelia married sometimes in between the books which was never mentioned with Ophelia now in the family way They'd also adopted little Sammy as their ownAll through their journey Jesselyn had taken in soldiers as they found them buried people after people and dodged several dangerous situations One of those soldiers before he went home showed an interest in her after finding out her sex uite accidentally He promised he'd join them again in near future However after months of separation Jesselyn had to come to the decision that it will never work Sgt White's last letter confirming him unable to keep the promise only solidifies thatIn the meantime Carrie Mae had gotten married in Richmond and has found herself in the family way Louisa on the other hand continues her work as a volunteer nurse at Aunt Sylvania's where they were keeping recuperating soldiers When she was working at the hospital she met a soldier forming an instant attraction to him Lt Lessling seemed like the man she'd like to spend her life with But he had to go away on an urgent summon from home Unfortunately for Louisa the dream of settling down remains a dream when later in the story she hears of Gilbert's train being sabotaged There were no survivors I was heartbroken and wanted this to be untrue Around the same time she met Gilbert Louisa stumbled upon Zachary in the hospital unrecognizable with his severe head wound and other injuries Even though he survives he's not the same man any Zachary has lost a lot both physically and emotionally yet Louisa Carrie Mae and Jesselyn when she learns of it in one of Louisa's letters are all too thankful to God that their brother was alive Louisa's strong faith in God though shaken never faltered throughout but Jesselyn's needed time Little by little it was being restored after months of counseling from Meshach She was now in search of a wagon train which would take her to Oregon to start anew They've received heartbreaking news of Twin Oaks being burned by the soldiers After months spending in different caves to keep her people safe Jesselyn was a little desperate for a home and a hearth of her own And she wanted her friends Meshach Ophelia Daniel and Benjamin to be as free as God made them Oregon promised all that and including their own lands They plan to load wagons full with supplies then start searching for a wagon train to take them thereIn the last installment The Long Way Home an Oregon bound Jesselyn finds love in the most unexpected of places She met the wagon master Wolf Torstead in book 2 and their relationship didn't begin on a sweet note Wolf is half Sioux half Norwegian with best of both in his looks and bearing He thought Jesselyn a weakling since he had no idea that she was girl while she thought he was just grumpy and presumptuous Of course it doesn't take long for Wolf to figure out why he was attracted to a young man named Jesse and love begins to blossom ;Months on wagon trail teaches Jesselyn of life's tough lessons More death misery and the fact that evil can be found anywhere But she also learns to co exist with a band of strangers the value of friendship and that a little kindness goes a long way She makes some amazing friends a part of whom remains with her even when she decides she's not going to Oregon after all By then she'd come to acknowledge that she'd fallen in love with Wolf Wolf had given the wagon over to a new master so he can go in search of his own tribe He was craving it and though Jesselyn was an addiction he needed to get it over with As Jesselyn returns to the same fort where he left her they find each other again and decide to get marriedHonestly I knew they shared an attraction but the whole thing was simply too rushed I couldn't tell when they fell in love exactly since most of their time on the wagon trail were spend glaring at each other There wasn't enough time given for a proper courtship to validate anything and suddenly they're married I couldn't get my head to wrap around the suddenness of it allIn Richmond Louisa had already decided to fight her sadness by being useful where her help was needed On that uest she makes Zachary go with her on a wild goose chase of sort in search of morphine to help lessen the misery of the wounded soldiers Though the trips were very dangerous as they had to venture to enemy territory to get their supply they'd managed to fool them with various disguises until one day when luck wasn't on their side They're caught and taken to prison immediately In there Louisa meets a Major of the Union army James Dorsey I didn't remember James from book 1 where he briefly appeared; he seemed like an insignificant character But James remembered Twin Oaks though Louisa was at Richmond at that time He had met Jesselyn there and instantly recognizes Louisa to be her sister He tries his best to help them out in this mess where Zachary was sure to be hanged as a spy something Louisa had no idea ofBoth siblings spend several weeks in prison then Louisa after being freed spends days to save Zachary I found her meeting with President Lincoln to be uite the momentous scene The kind President was not deaf to the urgent pleas of a sister and Zachary is freed soon thereafter The whole idea of seeing the President was James' a fact Louisa remembers with gratitude Unfortunately this whole incident changes Zachary into a bitter man He was already fighting the demons of war I'm sure he had PTSD and the trauma of dealing with severe disabilities by living without an arm a leg and an eye He was trying to be helpful to his army in any way he could and he blamed Louisa for taking even that away from him He would've preferred a death by hanging rather than a life of guilt living with a feeling of worthlessness His world was already cloaked in darkness now this feeling threatened to engulf him completely His reaction to everything was so bitter and resentful that Louisa becomes overwhelmed She beings praying for his soul Back home in Richmond Zachary begins to isolate himself from everyone No amount of Louisa's prayers could help their once handsome dashing and jovial brother back to his former self Meanwhile Jesselyn's life was faring much better than it has been so far She was married to the man she loved and now finally all set to settle down to a place in Wyoming which is closer to Wolf's tribe A place Wolf himself has always planned on settling down in Soon Jesselyn finds herself in family way too completing her happiness Life was good except for those letters from Louisa which brought both good news such as the birth of Carrie Mae's daughter and the bad like Zachary's fight with darkness She continues to pray too hoping much like Louisa that things would change Sadly I can't say the same for poor Louisa It seemed that life has planned to rob her off of suitors Anytime any man shows an interest in her he's called off to war never to return again After Gilbert's passing Louisa didn't think she could love again Though Major Dorsey would intrude her daydreams from time to time she knew not to hope where an Union soldier was concerned Even if he was kind and helped them Even though James kept sending her letters in secret on and off They weren't love letters but they showed his regards his hidden hopes for something Louisa couldn't reply knowing if Zachary ever learns of it there'd be hell to pay At this point the story jumps over a year and the war is finally over It was way too abrupt comparing how detailed and connected the other chapters were leaving me a bit dizzy I've gotten so invested in the lives of these characters that I felt disappointed We find that Aunt Sylvania who had become uite ill over the recent years had passed on That Jesselyn has already had her baby while Carrie Mae has had her second Louisa remains at Sylvania's home in Richmond though they're now planning to return to Twin Oaks after 6 long yearsOne fine day Louisa finds herself on the way with an ever grumpy and distant Zachary When they finally arrive what's left of Louisa's heart is broken by the dilapidated sight of Twin Oaks The destruction wasn't a reality until that moment; the knowledge that their home with so many happy memories was gone forever finally settling in That infernal war seemed to have robbed them off so many things Louisa didn't even know what she can hope for with Zachary in such a dismal state without their precious horses to start the stud farmThen as promised in another secret letter James stops by to inuire after Louisa But when Zachary spies on him all hell indeed breaks loose It was that time for Louisa where she had to make a monumental decision regarding her life Should she stay back as Zachary demanded or leave with a virtual stranger she'd come to love despite all the odds pitted against them? Who it seems had fallen for her when she was fighting for the life of the same brother now threatening to banish her because of her association with a former Union soldier Louisa was sick of this war and the toll it's taken on everyone She was tired of living for the others This time she chooses to grab at that happiness that forever seemed to have been eluding herThe epilogue was a sort of a reunion for the Highwood siblings but not the way I envisioned it taking place some years after Louisa's departure when Jesselyn finally returns to Twin Oaks with Wolf and Thaddeus It seems Zachary is still living the same bitter disillusioned life without any hope of ever recovering Though the sisters have all happily settled down Twin Oaks seems to have no hope of a recovery either even with the Thoroughbreds Jesselyn brought along She wasn't much welcomed either as Zachary strikes at Wolf for his mixed blood I was so so sad for Zachary when the story ends that I felt cheated out of a lot The saga to me seemed unfinished with uestions hanging It seemed to me that the author may have had intentions of giving Zachary his story or at the least another installment but that never came to pass He needs so much love in life Someone to help him through his nightmares And though I was extremely happy that Louisa was able to find love I wasn't happy the way it was executed and how rushed the whole affair was How she was never seen in the story again I was hoping for something wholesome for her She certainly deserved that Saying that I loved the daily struggles of the lives of the Highwoods and all the other characters Recently I've found myself being intrigued by the history of the Civil war in America and novels based on that; this series just intensified my interest I'll end my review with the fervent wish that the author would someday write Zachary's story to give us the readers a closure On a side note I would recommend that you read the whole series back to back in order to get the most out of it 4 starsReview UPDATE I was cruising the author's website when I came across a free extended epilogue for The Long Way Home taking place in 1872 It broke my heart to learn that there was no redemption for Zachary after all Guess I can forget about him ever getting his own story

  2. Heidi Williams Heidi Williams says:

    A delightful story of love courage and family ties

  3. Lebanon Public Library Lebanon Public Library says:

    This is the conclusion of two strong southern sisters Jesselynn and Louisa Highwood separated by the Civil War each trying to find their way home They suffer loss and sadness but also great joy and renewed faith in God They do find their way home but not to the long ago ancestral home that was destroyed by the war but to new homes with new lives Well written and kept me involved Especially good for Civil War history enthusiastsReviewed by Dixie

  4. Melissa Grace Melissa Grace says:

    I loved these characters and felt their joy pain sorrow and love through the whole series Their hardships became my hardships and their wavering faith has made me realize that we’re all human A wonderful series that I couldn’t put down

  5. Karen & Gerard Karen & Gerard says:

    The Long Way Home by Lauraine Snelling is the third book of “A Secret Refuge” series that kept my attention all the way with excitement and adventure including family drama traveling with a wagon train a bear attack imprisonment weddings Indians and establishing a new home Although this is Christian fiction it is not a predictable ending where all the loose ends get tied up It is a family saga that emphasizes all are created eual regardless of geographic location or skin color This takes place near the end of the Civil War and covers the effect the war had on both the lives of the south the north and even the west I enjoyed this entire series of light reading and was happy with the ending I liked that not all the slaves were mistreated My favorite characters in this series were Jesselynn Thaddeus her little brother Meshack a very smart strong Christian former slave and Wolf a half breed wagon master I highly recommend this series if you enjoy reading about the Civil War eraThis is the 8th book I’ve read this year about the 1800’s during the Civil War era and I would rank it second to Michael Phillips’ Shenandoah Sisters seriesKaren's review

  6. Michael Ross Michael Ross says:

    The final book of the series was good but the end unsatisfying even though perhaps realistic The tension goes out of the WolfJesselyn relationship once they are married though I really liked the bear scene I was curious having read the Autobiography of Red Cloud to see how Red Cloud would be portrayed not bad but it didn't ring totally true for where Red Cloud was with whites at this point He later befriended some whites but this account makes him less imposing than he really was It might have made sense to have Wolf be related to Spotted Tail who had friendlier relations with whites and was present around Fort Laramie The narrative loses some of its former balance because there's a lot left to resolve in Virginia than in Wyoming The tension with Jesselyn and the Brule not Ogalala Sioux as far as them accepting her could have been brought out there wasn't much interaction at all What did Wolf's mother think of her? We never really find out The larger problems for the narrative are the last minute romances with Louisa they felt thrown in to make sure she had a man And the need for the epilog the sudden jump of years was jarring A contiguous story that had Jesselyn journey east earlier could still have tied up loose endsAgain overall an enjoyable narrative

  7. Rachel Rachel says:

    I am Elsa Yes I read all the other books in the series so I know that Wolf and Jessalyn knew each other for a while And that they hated each other 99% of the last book and only had maybe two nice conversations? Was seriously disappointed by this conclusion to the series Everyone is falling in love and getting married to people who they don't know pretty much aside from their name They've spoken the bare minimum of words to each other There are so many big difference between them that are brought up then instantly dismissed as the characters are so in loveAside from this which ruined it for me I found myself skimming Wolf Jessalyn had no chemistry at all after they were married The other characters were all a bit dull I would have liked to see character development with Zachary Louisa's and his plot were the only reason I got through the book But his story ending didn't satisfy me No one seemed to take his problems really seriously and help him they just let themselves be pushed over by him Overall didn't enjoy wouldn't recommend this series after this conclusion

  8. Bailey Bailey says:

    The Long Way Home is the conclusion to the A Secret Refuge series The happiest of the three books you get to see the ladies settled after their adventures Jesselynn has a wonderfully romantic story that warms your heart and sets up a beautiful picture for her future after all of her struggles Louisa's story has adventure this time around Even so her story holds heartbreak struggles and romance Altogether all parts were very exciting and entertaining to read Overall the book seemed like an explanation of where all of the characters ended up The ending of the book was very rushed and we were informed of a lot of important events in just as many sentences The ending itself is very open ended with some very clear issues unresolved While all of the details given were very pleasant and hopeful for the future I would not have minded living in this world a little longer and the ending left me craving another series in this world in the future

  9. Lori Gronewold Lori Gronewold says:

    WOW was it a long way to the end In the book when Carrie Mae's baby was born I thought about Gone with the Wind and the statement maid by Scarlett's maid Prissy Carrie Mare's maid almost said the same thing Then when the former slaves Mashak's baby was born and the farther raised the baby in the night reminded me of rootsIn the book we went from 1863 to 1865 from the end of one chapter to the next We never found out what was Carrie Mae's second baby was I didn't like the ending

  10. Susan J Susan J says:

    Great SeriesI was deeply moved by the Civil War realities that touched this family Full of adventure location faith honor and hardship It is a story about survival and service in tragic circumstances She is a brilliant author humanitarian and believer with gentle messages of Gods love and concern for all of His children Classic Trillogy Must be read and reread

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