The Road Leads Back

The Road Leads Back

by Marci Bolden


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The Road Leads Back 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting story with great character development. The female lead was a tad neurotic, but still likable.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Marci Bolden wrote a great story. Kara and Harry had a secret yearning for each other through high school that culminated in their night of virginal passion at their graduation party. When Kara found out she was pregnant, she went to her parents. Her father threw her out of her childhood home and warned her to NEVER come back. She had no idea what to do so she took a chance that Harry's parents would help. They accepted what she said and sent her to a commune for unwed mothers across the nation. After 27 years, serendipity stepped in and Harry met Nasa with their son, Phil, and life changes. Although the grammar was atrocious, thus causing some confusion in the read, the storyline compensated. Better editing would have improved the overall experience. I do recommend this story. It s not a cliffhanger. It is explici and it does give proof that people who are grandparents can be sexual!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought the writing was good and the story line had good aspects to it but I really didn't care for the female main character she seemed a bit whiney about things that happened to her thirty years ago she placed a lot of blame on parental figures while never thinking how her parental skills affected her own child even tho she seemed a enlighted human being on healthy living . I mean she could have tracked down her son's dad thru the court system if she really truley wanted him to be in her sons life but she choose to want to be a person who placed blame on being left on her own, ,,that doesn't make sense to me so even this book was written well I just didn't care for a woman who thinks a man should be left in the dark about her son I guess I'm thinking why would you only contact the fathers parents and no one in your family for help like grandparents ,cousins, aunties,that doesn't make sense to me....vw
Nana--- 8 days ago
This book was so much more than second chances, the author took us on the journey of unraveling the past. I really enjoyed reading the book because of it. Kara and Harry really liked each other in high school but neither had the courage to tell the other. On graduation night, they met at a party and had sex. Kara became pregnant and when she told her parents they kicker her out and told her never to return. She went to Harry's parents who decided that they didn't want their son to know and he went off to college, never knowing Kara was pregnant. They gave her money and paid her to go to a commune for unwed mothers else and sent her money. Kara sent letters to Harry at his mother's house and even though she didn't want her son to know he was a father, she read all the letters. She raised her son Phil all alone and she learned the art of bartering for the things she needed. When Phil was 27, she had a showing at a gallery and Harry was in town and saw that she was also there. He went to the gallery and saw Kara. Standing beside her was a man that looked just like him. Kara told him about his son that he knew nothing about and that he was also a grandfather. His granddaughter, Jess, even having Downs Syndrome was such a beautiful girl, so full of life. Harry invited his son and granddaughter to come home with him and get to know each other. Kara was invited too but didn't think she would ever go back home again. But, she decided to go too. After going home, there were lots of things to sort out and work through. There was always this undercurrent going on. Sometimes it was anger, sometimes it was sliding feelings back down and sometimes it was just struggling on what to do. They knew what they wanted to happen and the author showed us the struggles, the anger, the mistakes, the making progress and in a split second the past comes crashing down upon them. This book has so much substance, reality, and feeling and it does happen in real life. This gives you an inside look at what really is probably happening when a girl gets pregnant and her parents are in shock and say things that afterward wish they hadn't. What made me think was people kept asking why didn't you just go home. When asked by her mother if she hadn't seen Harry at the gallery, if she would ever come home, Kara replied no. I can understand her reasoning but it is a wake up to think before we speak because the words we speak might be the last one someone hears and takes to heart. When starting the book I thought it was going to be an easy second chance book but was I pleasantly surprised with where the author took us. Hey, life has mistakes, hardships, and mistakes but like the book, we have to carry on with what we have. like Kara she bartered her art for the thing she needs. I have a better understanding of things since reading the book, and it is a reminder to reach out to someone because it might be the lifeline they need. I received an ARC from NetGalley and this is a book you should read to put on your list of books to read. For me, there was the story but there was also a lot going on underneath and that made this book amazing.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I was in tears the entire book
paytonpuppy 4 months ago
A beautiful and emotional story of a young man and woman whose one-night stand changed their lives forever. Harrison Canton left for college after his one night with Kara Martinson. When she found out that she was pregnant, she wrote to Harry, but never heard from him. Her parents threw her out and she raised her son, Phil, on her own. Years later, Harry noticed Kara’s name at an art showing and was just in time to see her with her son only to find out that Phil was his son. Kara was always a free spirit while Harry was settled in the life he chose, but now he had a twenty-six-year old son and deeply regretted the loss of all those years. The story takes the reader through the regrets, the sorrow, the love lost, and the secrets that kept the two separated. I look forward to reading the rest of this series. I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation for an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)
readergrl189 10 months ago
This was a compelling and heartbreaking story of second chances and healing. Jessica and Harry were high school sweethearts until an unexpected and unplanned pregnancy tear them apart. Now years later they are reunited and although feelings for each other are still there, heartbreak is still prevalent from their past. The Road Leads Back is filled with heartache, healing, friendship, wit, sass, passion, and love. This is a captivating must read that readers will fall in love with. I absolutely loved this book. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Excellent book. But as much as I want to purchase the rest of the series, I find the price more than I as a sr on a set income can manage.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally loved it and highly recommend. Every woman should have a man like Harry. CB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quite interesting .
MariaLB More than 1 year ago
A tear jerker and emotional roller-coaster Phew! I have to say honestly that I spent most of my time crying while reading this one. Not sure why it touched me on such a deep emotional level. It was totally heartbreaking for me. Full of anger, resentment, hurt and plagued by 'what ifs'. I felt instant connection with Kara, she's such a great character, full of love, ready and willing to forgive but struggling to forget. But everyone deserves second chance, so would she be willing to give one and to take her life in her hands and be finally happy with what she can have? We are not always granted the second chances, and sometimes it is just too late to take back harsh words or to try to mend broken relationships. But what's done is done and people need to look forward and find a way how to be happy and be there for the others. For me this story is about the rejection, hurt, shows journey back to the family and about many second chances that not many of us is granted. This is my first book of this author and I really enjoyed the writing style. For sure I will read the rest in the series.
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Emotional, humorous and well writen. Great characters. Definately recommend.. ja
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LibrarianSGP More than 1 year ago
Almost 30 years ago, dorky Harry Canton left artsy Kara Martinson after one night of fumbling sex. Twenty-seven years later, he shows up at her art show and discovers he has both a son and a young granddaughter with Down’s Syndrome. Bolden, in the first book of her Stonehill Series, has written an emotionally-wrenching story of betrayal, forgiveness, and a love that can’t be denied. Kara, after a lifetime of running from commitment and the fear of abandonment, has to find the strength to face the past and forgive not just her parents, but herself so that she can embrace the future. It is impossible to read Bolden’s depiction of the incredible damage that parents can do when they put their own selfish needs ahead of their children’s without wanting to crawl into the pages and throttle them. Regrettably, this second-chance romance relies on too many plot devices that stretch plausibility. Kara never outgrows her penchant for running away, Harry pushes too hard and fast for a commitment, son Phil instantly embraces a relationship with Harry and freely criticizes Kara for his nomadic upbringing, and Harry’s mother and Kara’s father refuse to take full responsibility for their cruelty towards their children. As a result, the book is frustrating and somewhat underwhelming. Not the best of the genre, but it will find its audience. I received a complimentary ARC of this book from Pink Sand Press through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed are completely my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So much emotion. I held my breath, cried, cheered and gasp. It had so many feels. It was interesting and pulled you in made you part of the story. Things weren't perfect, their was misunderstandings, hurt, bridges crossed,mended and rebroken. The storyline was great. The characters and side characters made this book so wonderful to read. I recommend it to all it is worth the read. I received it from booksprout and this is my voluntary review.
TerryL56 More than 1 year ago
5 Stars! A debut novel that has an absolutely heart wrenching story! At their high school graduation, Kara and Harry act on the attraction between them. When Kara finds out she`s pregnant, her parents kick her out and tell her that she`s not to come back. So when she goes to Harry`s house, she finds out he left for college ... but Harry`s mom sends to to a place for unwed mothers and tells her that when Harry is done school, he`ll come for her. After waiting 5 years, Kara realizes that Harry is not coming for them. Over 20 years later, Kara is having a gallery opening and who walks in ... Harry. When Harry finds out he has a son and granddaughter, he wants all 3 of them to move back home with him. Will Phil finally have the father he always wanted? Will Kara stop running and face her fears? Will Harry have the family he has always dreamed of? This story is so different and I just loved it! First of all, it's about an older couple with a second chance. And then the couple's son Phil and granddaughter Jessica play a big part in the book ... it's about the whole family dynamic. My heart just broke for the teenage Kara and all the heartache she went through just to live day to day. At first I wanted to kick her son in the a$$ ... he was so mean to her, but he redeemed himself when he finally came around and realized that it wasn't just all about him and that all the bad things actually happened to his mother. I felt sorry for Harry because all he wanted was a family of his own and it was his own mother that stole that from him. I highly recommend this book, but make sure you have a box of tissues beside you ... cause you'll need them! I received an early copy courtesy of Pink Sand Press through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
MariAybar More than 1 year ago
This has so many feels I don't know which one took over the most. This is a story about forgiveness, for others and for yourself. It's a story about bravery and survival and moving forward; but not before letting the past go. I am so glad it didn't take long for Harry to meet Phil and know about him and Jess. The characters were so well developed and you could feel every emotion. I laughed, I cried, I even got hot and bothered, and I felt the love. This was such a great story and now I am hooked on this author. I only wish there would have been an epilogue to see how the rest of their futures turned out. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
PennieM More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by this author but definitely not the last! Kara and Harry had a one-night stand and when Harry left for college Kara was left with more than just memories. When she went to Harry's mom she was turned away and ended up across the country and now almost 3o years later Harry has discovered he is a father of a grown son. Kara is an accomplished artist and has raised their son, Phil, who is also a father of a 7-year-old daughter, and when Harry shows up and wants to get to know his son and get re-acquainted with "the one who got away" he convinces Phil to move and wants Kara to "come home." This is a beautifully written story full of healing and heart. Don't miss this one! **Received this ARC for review from the publisher via NetGalley**
Merryj More than 1 year ago
Harry and Kara will have you in an emotional twist with their story. Their one night stand ended with both going separate ways but for Kara she was given a parting gift that had her parents disowning her. Now it's almost thirty years since they have seen each other. Kara has come into her own with her art and her son is a grown man with a daughter of his own. Will her meeting with Harry be a second chance to get it right and have a happily ever after. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
heater_28 More than 1 year ago
The Road Leads Back is a story of healing, forgiveness and reconnection. This was my first Marci Bolden book, but I enjoyed it very much. When one passionate encounter on graduation night left Kara pregnant and disowned by her parents, she turns to Elaine, the mother of the boy she slept with, only to be left heartbroken when she's sent away to a place all the way across the country. Twenty-seven years later, Kara comes face to face with Harry, the father of her child, and they quickly discover that he was deceived by his mother, who never told him of the son that Kara had carried and delivered. Harry is not only reunited with Kara, but also with Phil, his son, and his granddaughter Jessica. As they all work to connect, they go through highs and lows, they encounter challenges and are left to deal with the deception and rejection of their parents. Harry and Kara also try to see if the relationship they never got to experience back in high school might be in the cards for them now. This is a heartfelt book that shows how hasty decisions and words said in anger can change the course of everyone's life forever. I found these characters easy to root for as you know that everything they are feeling is warranted based on the circumstances they've had to overcome. In the end though, the most important thing is realizing that life is short and time is fleeting and you have to open your heart to those you love even if it is the hardest and most uncomfortable thing to do. In the end, it's all worth it.