The Way Back Home

A Spinoff of the Angel’s Bay Series

The Way Back Home by Barbara FreethyFrom #1 New York Times Best-selling Author comes an emotional and romantic story…

Ex-Marine Gabe Ryder has lost a lot in his life. His mother died when he was a toddler. His father succumbed to alcoholism. And a week before their last day of service, a horrific firefight takes the life of his best friend and brother-in-arms, Rob Hayden. Now Gabe must fulfill his friend’s dying wish by helping Rob’s twin sister, Alicia.

Alicia has been reeling since her brother’s death. She’s lost a part of herself that she isn’t sure she can get back. On top of that, her eight-year-old son is longing for a father, who she thinks she’s found in her boyfriend Keith. Then Gabe shows up, moving into Rob’s house, helping with the family rafting business, and looking into her love life, and Alicia is resentful.

But when Alicia’s son and his best friend run away, Alicia and Gabe realize they must face their deepest fears and work together to bring them back, before the river rises.


* The Way Back Home is a spin-off from the Angel’s Bay Series featuring Gabe Ryder, a character who appeared in GARDEN OF SECRETS. The book, however, stands alone and can be read separate from the Angel’s Bay Series.


“Freethy’s skillful plotting and gift for creating sympathetic characters will ensure that few dry eyes will be left at the end of the story.”

– Publishers Weekly

“Barbara Freethy’s The Way Back Home is genius! I looooove this story!! Gabe and Alicia have stunning chemistry and explosive emotions that make The Way Back Home a hit! The backbone of this story is not only the beautiful romance but a plot filled with mystery surrounding the tragic accident and the tons of heart that Ms. Freethy piled into her story.”


“Alicia and Gabe drive this story with their powerful feelings and morality. These two have strong beliefs. Gabe has a strong desire to help Alicia and her family in any way possible. Alicia struggles with her feelings surrounding the accident and how she wants to go forward with the family business. However, their greatest struggle is attempting to deny the feelings between them. The reader can absolutely feel the intense attraction between Alicia and Gabe.


” The Way Back Home has a real feel to it. It comes across as a story that could happen in your everyday life. Things aren’t perfect for the couple. There are plenty of obstacles in their way but watching these two circle each other is extremely romantic. I love the plot, the people and Ms. Freethy’s sweet prose. The Way Back Home is a sensual and stunning romance.”


“A stirring tale, THE WAY BACK HOME, the latest novel by New York Times bestselling author Barbara Freethy, is a heartwarming, passionate contemporary romance that will captivate you for the very beginning and not let go until the very last page. Gabe and Alicia are ideally suited. Each is what the other needs. Although they fight the passion between them in the beginning, the inevitable happens. Gabe claims not to be a family man, never having had a regular family life. But his interactions with her son Justin are filled with love and wisdom. Beautifully written, this story is filled with warmth, passion, danger, family dynamics, clever dialogue, tragedy, complex characters, whitewater rafting, romance and love, making it one you will not soon forget. I highly recommend THE WAY BACK HOME and look forward to Ms. Freethy’s future works.”

– Romance Junkies

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