Monday, June 17, 2019

Review for The Road She Left Behind by Christine Nolfi

Paperback, 316 pages
Expected publication: June 11th 2019 by Lake Union Publishing

Three women. Two families torn apart by secrets.

Crushed by guilt over the car accident that killed her father and sister, and torn apart by her mother’s resentment, Darcy Goodridge fled her family estate eight years ago and hasn’t looked back. Now an unexpected phone call threatens to upend what little serenity she’s found. Her nephew, Emerson, who was just a baby when his mother died, has gone missing. Darcy must return home and face her past in order to save him.

Once back in Ohio, Darcy realizes there’s more to Emerson’s disappearance—and to the sudden retirement of her mother, Rosalind—than meets the eye. As she works to make inroads with Rosalind, Darcy begins to unravel a decades-old secret that devastated her family and forced a wedge between her and Michael Varano, the man she left heartbroken when she vanished after the funeral. After carrying the scars of that fateful night for almost a decade, Darcy is determined to find closure, healing, and maybe even love where she lost them all in the first place—right back home where she belongs.

My Thoughts…

I am a Christine Nolfi fan.   With each book of her that I pick up I know that I will meet some wonderful, fully developed characters that tell a story that pull me right in and won’t let me go until I read the last page.    The Road She Left Behind is exactly what I was hoping for.    I started the book one morning, became invested in the characters and their story, and was unable to put it down until I finished the last page.

Darcy left her home, her family, and everything she knew when she lost her sister and her father.   She continued to run from life until she was forced to return home.   While I loved that she was returning home, possibly dealing with the reasons that she left in the first place, I was still worried that her mother wouldn’t allow her to heal.  

 Emerson was the reason for the return home and he was wonderful.   A cute 8-year-old boy that was more observant than most children, who grew up under the thumb of a grandmother who didn’t know how to show her love, yet he was full of love, life, and understanding. His spunk, his love of life, and his smarts all endeared him to me.   I became invested in this little boy and hoped that he would be able to keep his family together.    

This is a beautiful, family story.  It shows how families are not always perfect but they do support each other in tough times.   Darcy comes home, works towards mending her relationships with those that she ran from, and manages to find the happiness that she never thought she deserved.  

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