Book Review: The Long and Winding Road by Marie Force


The Long and Winding Road by Marie Force

Bulter, Vermont Series, Book 9

HTJB, INC (January 17, 2023)

Contemporary Romance/Family Saga

This is the one you’ve been waiting for…

Max Abbott takes center stage in the Butler, Vermont Series finale when the timeline jumps forward five years and finds Max staring down his ten-year high school reunion, with no desire whatsoever to attend. Under pressure from his family to go, he ends up glad to be there when he connects with the only person from high school he wanted to see—his ex-girlfriend, Lexi, who’s been “missing” the last ten years.

When Max finds out where Lexi has been—and why—and realizes all the old familiar feelings are still there, he’ll have to decide if he can risk taking a chance on an uncertain situation with her or if he’d rather continue to be alone with his son, Caden.

Find out where all the Abbotts and Colemans are and what Fred and Dexter are up to five years later as this beloved series comes to an exciting and heartfelt conclusion.


Reading Order

Green Mountain Series

Book 1: All You Need Is Love (Will & Cameron)

Book 2: I Want to Hold Your Hand (Hannah & Nolan)

Book 3: I Saw Her Standing There (Colton & Lucy)

Book 4: And I Love Her (Hunter & Megan)

Novella: You’ll Be Mine (Will & Cameron’s Wedding)

Book 5: It’s Only Love (Ella & Gavin)

Book 6: Ain’t She Sweet (Charley & Tyler)

Butler, Vermont Series, a continuation of Green Mountain

Book 1: Every Little Thing (Grayson & Emma)

Book 2: Can’t Buy Me Love (Patrick & Mary)

Book 3: Here Comes the Sun (Wade & Mia)

Book 4: Till There Was You (Lucas & Dani)

Book 5: All My Loving (Landon & Amanda)

Book 6: Let It Be (Linc & Molly)

Book 7: Come Together (Noah and Brianna)

Book 8: Here Comes the Sun (Cabot and Izzy)

Book 9: The Long and Winding Road (Max and Lexi)


The Long and Winding Road – Marie Force


“Love is lovelier, the second time around”

What a wonderful story. I’m a huge fan of the Green Mountain/Butler, Vermont series and though it’s sad the series has ended, Marie wrote a very satisfying last book. Loved that the final sibling got his HEA. I liked reading that he has brought up a wonderful son, that they both survived single parenthood and thrived; with help from his huge family. I thought it was perfect that his second chance at love was from his first love, his high school girlfriend. Reading this series, especially this last book, the authors enjoyment of this family series shined through.  I’ll miss the Abbotts but they are leaving me with a smile! This is a series that I continually return to and have read many times.

Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (April 16, 2023)

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Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance, romantic suspense and erotic romance. Her series include Fatal, First Family, Gansett Island, Butler Vermont, Quantum, Treading Water, Miami Nights and Wild Widows.

Her books have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide, have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have appeared on the New York Times bestseller more than 30 times. She is also a USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller, as well as a Spiegel bestseller in Germany.

Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.

Home – Marie Force


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