Friday, September 18, 2015

The Road Leads Back by Marci Boudreaux @MarciBoudreaux @JGBookSolutions

The Road Leads Back
Title: The Road Leads Back
Series: Stonehill Romance Book 1 (Standalone)
Author: Marci Boudreaux
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: April 3rd, 2015
Formats Available: Mobi, ePub

~ Synopsis ~

Kara Martinson and Harry Canton weren’t exactly high school sweethearts, but they did share one night neither will ever forget. Twenty-seven years later, Harry surprises Kara at an art gallery opening and discovers he left her with more than just memories when he went away to college. Desperate to connect with the family he never knew existed, Harry convinces his son to move to Stonehill—and pleads with Kara to come, too.
Kara hasn’t stepped foot in their hometown since the day she was sent away to a home for unwed mothers. Now Harry’s back in her life and as they put together the pieces of his parents’ betrayal, old heartaches start to feel anew. She wants to be near her family, but returning to Iowa means facing some things…and some people…she isn’t quite ready to.
Can Harry convince her to forgive those who betrayed her so they can embrace the future they were robbed of so long ago? Or will the pain of the past be too much for Kara to overcome?



Family relationships are tricky and complicated.  Anger and Resentment can fester for years causing deep rifts and hurt feelings, easily setting the tone for a lifetime of regret and disillusionment.  Sometimes, reconciliation may be offered, but even that can be a jumping off point for more hateful conversations and even greater disenchantment.

I loved being pulled into Kara’s and Harry’s lives as they faced old problems and struggled to make a new family dynamic.  Harry and Kara desired a healthier and happier future in spite of the past betrayals and anger that held them in a chokehold so difficult to escape.  This family saga is mesmerizing in the way twisted relationships are examined and how well-meaning attempts to shape those closest to us can often misfire.  Kara’s unconventional lifestyle and free-spirit refused to be “normalized”.  I found some of the outcomes surprising, off-beat, and sometimes funny.  I did think it odd that there was no family conflict or school issues revolving around seven-year-old Jess.  I think Elaine and Kay, especially might find it difficult to accept her condition. Though with Kara as the lioness protector of little Jess, perhaps neither woman wanted to fight that particular battle.

I thought this book was outstanding in the way it sheds light on complex and difficult family actions, reactions and raw emotions.

This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Reviewed by Laurie-J

~ About the Author ~

Marci Boudreaux
Marci Boudreaux lives with her husband, two kiddos, and their numerous pets. She recently hung up her journalism hat to focus on content editing for several publishing houses, as well as writing.
Romance is her preferred reading and writing genre because nothing feels better than falling in love with someone new and her husband doesn’t like when she does that in real life.


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