Title: Night Road
Author: Kristin Hannah
Genre: Women’s Fiction
The Blurb: For eighteen years, Jude Farraday has put her children’s needs above her own, and it shows—her twins, Mia and Zach—are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi moves into their small, close knit community, no one is more welcoming than Jude. Lexi, a former foster child with a dark past, quickly becomes Mia’s best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable. Jude does everything to keep her kids safe and on track for college. On a hot summer’s night her worst fears come true…One decision will change the course of their lives…In the years that follow, each must face the consequences of that single night and find a way to forget…or the courage to forgive.
My Thoughts: I read Night Road for a group discussion and quickly discovered that it was a beautifully written story of family ties, acceptance, love, bending rules, facing consequences, anger, loss and ultimately forgiveness. It just blew my socks off. It is going to be a great discussion book as some of the storylines are friendship, loyalty, parenting, underage drinking, premarital sex, grief and (as mentioned before) forgiveness. The characters were brilliant and just jumped out of the pages and there was growth in each of them as they went through their various life experiences. Kudos to the three secondary characters too, the twin’s father Miles, Lexi’s aunty Eva and her attorney Scott. It was the actions of these three characters that moved the direction of the story along and kept the main players sane. Although the ending was gloriously predictable I was kept captivated by the story as the plot twisted and turned and blocks put up and quickly demolished. The pits of despair were counteracted by humour and supported by the strong foundation of love.
Rating: A – Was Amazing – a real page turner and read in one sitting
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