Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Book Review: Night Road

This book, by Kristin Hannah, was selected by my book club and I cannot praise it enough. It was one of the best books I've read this year. I fully agree with the endorsements on the back cover which declare: "It's a tearjerker, but the journey is as lovely - and haunting - as a snow-filled winter's night." "The author ... has written another powerful story of misunderstanding, family, love and strong women." "Deliciously romantic and often heartbreaking, this is a book you'll want to climb inside of and stay as long as possible."

I cried through the ending of this book. I loved every minute of the ride. It was a fantastic read!

Jude Farraday is a dedicated mother to her twin teenage children, Mia and Zach. She admits she is a "helicopter mom," hovering over them faithfully. She worries somewhat over her shy daughter, but is happy to welcome Mia's new friend, Lexi Baill into their lives.

Lexi comes from a troubled background, with a dead mother who shuttled in and out of prison and Lexi's life. Lexi has finally landed on her feet with a previously unknown blood relative, her great-aunt Eva. Eager to prove herself worthy of provision and attention, Lexi does everything she can to foster the good relations with her aunt and with the Farraday family (who have become her world).

Nothing can prepare Jude, Lexi, Mia and Zach for the roller-coaster ride they are about to embark on when one decision on a fateful night changes their lives and their relationships forever. The story is full of intense pain, as well as powerful redemption.

I cannot recommend this book enough. I will probably read it again and will enjoy it every bit as much the second time. I cannot wait for our discussion this evening. It is a book club selection par excellence!

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