I've read a few books by Kristin Hannah and I liked all of them, so I was happy to discover "Night Road" at my local library recently. Reading her books always results in me ugly-crying in some fashion. In other words, reading material that is right up my alley, let's be honest. :)
Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:
"For a mother, life comes down to a series of choices.
To hold on…
To let go..
Which road will you take?
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 safe and on track for college. It has always been easy--until senior year of high school. Suddenly she is at a loss. Nothing feels safe anymore; every time her kids leave the house, she worries about them.
On a hot summer’s night her worst fears come true. One decision will change the course of 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.
NIGHT ROAD is vivid, emotionally complex novel that 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."
BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front): 3 out of 5 stars.
It was decent. It was definitely a tearjerker in true Kristin Hannah style. And sometimes I'm just craving a good cry. So in that respect, it was great. Hannah really captures the longing and sweetness of first kisses and first romances and first true friendships.
What I liked:
I really liked seeing the friendship develop between Lexi and Mia and how they grew to be sisters almost. I also really liked the journey that Lexi and Zach's relationship took. There's another relationship that we briefly get to see towards the end, but I can't say because it would be a spoiler. But it's a good one. Definitely tugs at the heartstrings.
There's a big tragedy that happens and I think it was portrayed in a pretty authentic manner. People make choices and there are consequences and they aren't always pretty.
What I didn't like:
Jude (Zach and Mia's mom) is not a very likable character. She's very controlling and overprotective. I know that it's supposed to come from a place of love, but she just doesn't come across very well. I don't know, maybe it's just me.
I also didn't think that Zach and Mia's sibling relationship was explored. We are told that they are twins and that they are close, but really, you don't get to see too much of their relationship or interaction - the main focus is Lexi and Mia's friendship and Lexi and Zach's romance.
- “In the sea of grief, there were islands of grace, moments in time when one could remember what was left rather than all that had been lost.”
- “Maybe time didn't heal wounds exactly, but it gave you a kind of armor, or a new perspective. A way to remember with a smile instead of a sob.”
What have you read lately?
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