Duncan Malone has served seven years in prison for accidentally killing a prominent citizen in the town of Washita, Kansas. He has lost everythingthe family farm, his uncle and his mother, who is in a nursing home in a catatonic state.

Franki Lewis is a single mother-to-be, struggling to hold onto the farm that she shares with her gravely ill grandfather.

Franki needs an employee and Duncan needs a job. The townsfolk are reluctant to help Franki because the father of her child, who happens to be the son of the deceased citizen, is trying to make her leave town.

As they begin to depend on one another, Franki and Duncan forge a union that no one can break, except the two of them and their respective pasts.

LONG WAY HOME is entertaining with well-developed characters. Some are humorous, some are hateful, and some need to be tossed out of town. (Feb., 352 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie Sims