[Review] Roadtrip to Redemption by Laurie Larsen


It started as a trip to lose old memories. It became a journey to find her heart.

Leslie Malone faces an empty, lonely summer. Her marriage is over. Her daughter is overseas, living her dream. Her students are enjoying a carefree summer break. What's the purpose of her life if she's not a wife, mother and teacher? The idea of a roadtrip beckons her. Aimless wandering? Or inspired discovery? A woman of faith, she asks God for His guidance, then does her best to follow His direction.

Hank Harrison is a quiet man, good with his hands, but short on words. He's paid a heavy price for not forgiving his son for horrible mistakes made years ago, mistakes with vast consequences. Hank recognizes Leslie as an answer to his prayers, and together, they begin to mend their futures.

Neither of them plans to fall in love. Will the worst summer of Leslie's life become the season that redeems them both?


 ** This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review ** 

It's only when you read a certain book do you realize how emotionally caught up your feelings get with the characters. This was one of them, in the sense that to me, it was definitely an easy, calming read.  With a lot of my past reads I have clearly been getting tensed along with the characters because with this, I didn't.
It's not a bad thing either.
it makes me want to take a page out of Leslie's book (the saying) and ask God for guidance because her life, although up in the air at the start, made you realize that with a little bit of faith, you can find your path in life.
When a long, lonely summer is placed at Leslie's feet, her daughter in Paris and her husband, now ex-husband rushing to get on with his life and rid himself of his past (the house) Leslie has nothing to do or with now that the school year is over.
On a whim (and I have to say I think things that happen on a whim are the best) she jumps in her car and sets out on her first trip as a single woman in 20 years with nothing but her suit case, GPS and an aim for the sea.
Like Leslie, I adore the sea and hate going places where i can't see it. We all have that one place we took vacations as children that still hold the dearest and best memories from your entire life.
Upon finding 'The Old Grey Barn' on/in Pawleys she stumbles across the handy man... Hank.
From that moment, friendship and romance literally takes off. There isn't anything between them but feelings. No cheating, no lies... nothing. It's perfect and something we all dream about! She helps Hank overcome his biggest fear and reconciles with his Son after 10 years (He's inside.) between them, they seem to grow so much.
At the end of the story... I honestly had a smile on my face... almost to the point of tearing (I probably would have if I wasn't so tired.) It was a book that made me not want to give up hope on everything and everyone.


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