Wednesday, June 12, 2024

THE ROADS WE FOLLOW (Fog Harbor #2) by Nicole Deese, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney



"This certainly isn't the road less traveled I'd imagined for myself as I hid in my mama's house, writing as a means of escape. Or the road that I thought would keep me anonymous to critics . . . Perhaps the road less traveled wasn't the road meant for me. Perhaps this was always the path I was meant to take. . . A road that led me right here to this very moment."

Raegan Farrow was the youngest of three daughters; not necessarily an uncommon trait except for the fact that her mother happened to be . . . Luella Farrow, a legend in the music business. Raegan's aspirations of becoming a writer had hardly been acknowledged, much less encouraged, leaving her no other option but to quietly go out on a limb and pursue publication under a pen name. Apparently her real name was what the publisher wanted. . . Raegan had hit a dead end.

When Luella arranges a cross-country road trip for herself and three daughters that traversed many of the destinations that she and her once best-friend-music-partner had taken early on in their career, bus driver Micah Davenport brings along his own vibe to the itinerary. For it was his recently deceased mother who had been Luella's best friend, and Micah had a few questions of his own to figure out. What he could never have anticipated was the bond that he and Raegan would develop so quickly. . . or the way that his keen insights into human nature and her kind, compassionate love for her family would transform the roads they followed into the journey of a lifetime . . . for a lifetime. . . if all the Farrow secrets could dawn the break of day.

"Freedom and peace work in tandem. And you won't experience either until you're finally willing to be transparent with yourself and with others."

" . . . the God who is not afraid of the secrets I've kept, or the masks I've hidden behind for years."

Epic! Absorbing! Romantic! Emotional! Cathartic! With its unique characters and diverse settings, this novel delves into the kind of journey that if we haven't already taken, we may need to; "establishing healthy boundaries, of open communication, of keeping short accounts, of setting honest and appropriate expectations, of having hard conversations with the hope of reconciliation". What a testimony to the God who Sees and Knows and Loves!
*I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 


 BackCover Blurb:
A cross-country road trip. A secretive box of journals. An unforgettable summer romance.

As the youngest daughter of a country music legend, Raegan Farrow longs to establish an identity away from the spotlight and publish her small-town romances under a pen name. But after her dream is dashed when she won't exploit her mother's fame to further her own career, she hears a rumor from a reliable source regarding a tell-all being written about the Farrow family. Making matters worse, the unknown author has gone to great lengths to remain anonymous until publication.

Raegan chooses to keep the tell-all a secret from her scandal-leery sisters as they embark on a two-week cross-country road trip at their mother's request and makes it her mission to expose the identity of the author behind the unsanctioned biography. But all is complicated when she discovers their hired bus driver, Micah Davenport, has a hidden agenda of his own--one involving both of their mothers and an old box of journals. As they rely on each other to find the answers they seek, the surprising revelations they unearth will lead them down an unexpected road of love and reconciliation.

Bethany House Publishing, April 2024
Available in digital ebook, paperback, hardcover, and audiobook:
Buy THE ROADS WE FOLLOW at Amazon, Christianbook .com, or Baker Book House

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