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Publisher's Summary

How far would you got to find the place you belong? 

Hannah is finally about to have everything she ever wanted. With a high-paying job, a Manhattan apartment, 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. 

But when, on a romantic weekend trip to Sonoma, Hannah is spontaneously offered a marketing job at a family-run winery and doesn't immediately refuse, their meticulously planned forever threatens to come crashing down. And then Hannah impulsively does the unthinkable - she takes a leap of faith. 

Abandoning your dream job and life shouldn't feel this good. But this new reality certainly seems like a dream come true - a picturesque cottage overlooking a vineyard; new friends with their own inspiring plans; and William, the handsome son of the winery owners who captures Hannah's heart only to leave for the very city she let go. 

Soon, the mission to rescue the failing winery becomes a mission to rescue Hannah from the life she thought she wanted. Crackling with humor and heart, The Shortest Way Home is the journey of one woman shedding expectations in order to claim her own happy ending.

©2018 Miriam Parker (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Delightful... effervescent, heady and intoxicating." (Elin Hilderbrand)

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This one glaring flaw killed the book for me...!!

I don't understand it, really. Miriam Parker told a really cool story, with gorgeous descriptions of wine, of food, and of the Sonoma Valley wine region. The plot was really interesting, and held my attention. Her writing was engaging, vivid, compelling, and her character development superb. In nearly every way, I would have put her writing at a much higher level than most authors for the splendid way she delivered this heartwarming story... except for the one flaw (that others mentioned in their reviews). Every single paragraph of dialog was riddled with, "he said..." and "she said..." Over and over and over. Sometimes several times in a row, repeatedly. WHY??? How is that even possible? How can such a wonderful author who writes so descriptively and beautifully make such a distracting, elementary-level faux pas, without a single editor mentioning it before publication? By the end of the book, it was like nails on a chalkboard. It completely took me out of the story. I can't tell you how many times I rolled my eyes and thought to myself, "She quipped?" "He acquiesced?" "She responded lightly?" "He replied?" "She conceded?" "He begged?" "She stammered?" "He mentioned briefly?" "She stated matter-of-factly?" I came up with a hundred other ways to say "he said/she said," and this author couldn't even come up with one. UGH! What a shame, because if not for that, I would have recommended this book to many friends who would love this kind of story, but I know that it would drive them just as mad as it drove me. Enough SAID.

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Way too many he said, she saids!!

It was very hard to listen to and enjoy with the numerous he said and she saids! I’m pretty sure we could follow the conversations without the clarification of who said what. I almost didn’t get through it :(

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An ok, easy read

I liked this book, but I wanted a little more meat to it... it was a little bit surfacey and didn't have a lot of depth. I also struggled with the narration... I didn't feel like it suited the characters very well, and I noticed a lot of the "he said", "I said", etc... that should normally blend into the story. Overall, pretty good little story, easy to listen to.

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Great story about love, self discovery, and wine.

Loved this escape to wine country and one woman's journey to self discovery and happiness.

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Not an attention-grabber

This book appealed to me, and I enjoyed the first few chapters, but then I lost interest. I didn’t enjoy the narrator, her accents for the characters made them all sound snooty and annoyed. Then, the storyline was very slow. I gave it up halfway through, and that is rare for me.

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Don't Waste a Credit

I thought I'd try someone new - but regretted it from the start. At first I wondered if it was just the annoying narration, but after gutting it through halfway I finally had to give up. The story is so disjointed and not believable, and truly not well developed. The characters are stilted and not likable. Just don't waste a credit like I did.