Monday, April 4, 2011

Review: A Turn in the Road by Debbie Macomber

  • Author:  Debbie Macomber
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Mira (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778329836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778329831

Product Description


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.

About the Author


Debbie Macomber, the author of Hannah’s List, 1022 Evergreen Place, Summer on Blossom Street, 92 Pacific Boulevard, and Twenty Wishes, is a leading voice in women’s fiction. Three of her novels have scored the #1 slot on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. Debbie Macomber's Mrs. Miracle was Hallmark Channel's top-watched movie for 2009. Winner of the 2005 Quill Award for Best Romance, the prolific author has more than 140 million copies of her books in print worldwide.

My Review

Who doesn't love a road trip!  Delightful new novel by Debbie Macomber.  I had not read any of her previous books and I was pleasantly surprised to discover what a great storyteller she is.  I understand that Bethanne was introduced in a previous Blossom Street novel however you do not need to read the previous books to enjoy this one. 

Three generations of women set out on a road trip from Seattle, Washington to Vero Beach, Florida.  They have lots of adventures on the way.  They discover things about themselves and each other on this great trip.  And they all come to conclusions about love in their lives.

I just loved the character of  Max.  And Debbie Macomber had a lot to say about people judging others by their outward appearance.  I loved that she utilized bikers to point this out.  Bikers are often considered the outlaws of present day.  However, if you actually do spend a lot of time on the road you will realize that a lot of bikers are actually middle aged professionals who enjoy riding the open roads of this continent as an amazing stress reliever.  I know this from experience...don't knock it until you've tried it!

Uplifting, wonderful read that I highly recommend.  I couldn't put it down because I was dying to know what decision Bethanne would make and that's all I'll say about that!

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