Saturday, April 02, 2011

Review: A Turn in the Road

A Turn in the Road (Blossom Street)
About the Book:
In the middle of the year, in the middle of her life, Bethanne Hamlin takes a road trip with her daughter, Annie, and her former mother-in-law, Ruth. They’re driving to Florida for Ruth’s 50th high-school reunion. A longtime widow, Ruth would like to reconnect with Royce, the love of her teenage life. She’s heard he’s alone, too...and, well, she’s curious. Maybe even hopeful. Bethanne herself needs time to reflect, to ponder a decision she has to make. Her ex-husband, Grant — her children’s father — wants to reconcile now that his second marriage has failed. Bethanne’s considering it.... Meanwhile, Annie’s out to prove to her onetime boyfriend that she can live a brilliant life without him! So there they are, three women driving across America. They have their maps and their directions — but even the best-planned journey can take you to a turn in the road. Or lead you to an unexpected encounter — like the day Bethanne meets a man named Max who really is a hero on a Harley. That’s when Bethanne’s decision becomes a lot harder. Because Grant wants her back, but now there’s Max.... From Seattle’s Blossom Street to the other end of the country, this is a trip that could change three women’s lives.

My Comments:
In a lot of ways, this book is typical Macomber.  It features Bethanne, a character from the Yarn Shop books.  It starts in the Pacific Northwest.  It is sweet, and though a romance, does not have bedroom scenes.   As we watch these three women, all of whom are to some degree nursing broken hearts, travel across the USA we see then growing stronger in self-love which then allows them to deal with the men in their lives.  Who should Bethanne pick?  Grant is attractive, personable, attentive and repentant.  Going back with him would make her daughter and mother-in-law happy, but is it what she wants?  Max makes her heart beat faster, but she realizes their relationship has not been tested.  Should she give Grant another chance?  Listening to her daughter and mother-in-law talk about their love lives gives her the courage to live hers.

I enjoyed this book and thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley.  Grade:  B.

1 comment:

  1. I read two of Debbi Macomber's books while I was on vacation in Ireland. I really enjoyed her writing and story telling. She really had me thinking I was in the villages she describes. Nice!


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