Night Road by Kristin Hannah
Amazon Book Description: 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 Baill 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 on track for a good life and out of harm’s way. But senior year of high school tests them all, and on a hot summer’s night, one bad decision will change the course of all their lives. In the blink of an eye, the Farraday family will be torn apart and Lexi will lose everything. 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. Vivid, universal, and emotionally complex, Night Road raises profound questions about motherhood, identity, love, and forgiveness. It is a luminous, heartbreaking novel that captures both the exquisite pain of loss and the stunning power of hope. This is Kristin Hannah at her very best, telling an unforgettable story about the longing for family, the resilience of the human heart, and the courage it takes to forgive the people we love. “You cannot read Night Road and not be affected by the story and the characters. The total impact of the book will stay with you for days to come after it is finished.” — The Huffington Post
My Review: First impression, this book kept my interest. It took me almost a month to read between being so busy and tired and just not making time, that I wondered if I would ever finish. But when I did have time, I picked it up instead of the newest catalog or magazine and kept on reading out of sheer need to “know what happened” (also, I can’t NOT finish a book…). The thoughts of a high school girl brought me tumbling back into being 16 and feeling and wondering everything Lexi and Mia did at one time or another. And as as Type-A personality, I can only imagine I’ll want to control the worlds of my children just as much as Jude did. Making stupid decisions that seemed smart at the time and having to live with their consequences, is what I think every teen and parents goes through. It was especially fun to read about it now, when I feel I have a much better view of the world and its bigger priorities. As The Huffington Post states above, I can already see how I may think back to this story in ten years and feel hints of similarity and maybe chose a different path because I’ve seen it from different views now. Kristin Hannah does it again, as she did with Winter Garden (read more about that one here), making me feel so attached to the characters that I fall into their lives and end up feeling what they feel. Kristin Hannah, you’ve got to STOP making me cry when I’m reading!! So if you like novels that make you feel the way only a Nicholas Sparks and now Kirstin Hannah can do, pick this one up!
Next up… Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected by Kelle Hampton, also author of one of my most favorite and inspiring blogs, Enjoying The Small Things
**I was not asked to, or compensated for, writing this book review.