A Curve in the Road

A Curve in the Road

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An Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestseller.

From USA Today bestselling author Julianne MacLean comes a suspenseful, emotionally charged novel that explores the secrets and hidden truths within a seemingly perfect marriage.

Abbie MacIntyre is living the dream in the picturesque Nova Scotia town she calls home. She is a successful surgeon, is married to a handsome cardiologist, and has a model teenage son who is only months away from going off to college.

But then one fateful night, everything changes. When a drunk driver hits her car, Abbie is rushed to the hospital. She survives, but the accident forces unimaginable secrets out into the open and plagues Abbie with nightmares so vivid that she starts to question her grip on reality. Her perfect life begins to crack, and those cracks threaten to shatter her world completely.

The search for answers will test her strength in every way—as a wife, a career woman, and a mother—but it may also open the door for Abbie to move forward, beyond anger and heartbreak, to find out what she is truly made of. In learning to heal and trust again, she may just find new hope in the spaces left behind.

Book club discussion questions are included in the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781978617575
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 08/14/2018
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 682,224
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Julianne MacLean is a USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including the contemporary women’s fiction Color of Heaven series. MacLean is a four-time Romance Writers of America RITA finalist and has won the Booksellers’ Best Award, the Book Buyers Best Award, and a Reviewers’ Choice Award from the Romantic Times for Best Regency Historical Romance of 2005.

MacLean has a degree in English literature from the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a degree in business administration from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. She loves to travel and has lived in New Zealand, Canada, and England. MacLean currently resides on the east coast of Canada in a lakeside home with her husband and daughter.

For more information about Julianne and her writing life, please visit her website at www.juliannemaclean.com. You can also follow her on Bookbub (www.bookbub.com/authors/julianne-maclean) and chat with her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/JulianneMacLeanRomanceAuthor/), Twitter (@JulianneMacLean), and Instagram (@JulianneMaclean).

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A Curve in the Road 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
KVM More than 1 year ago
This book was so good, you will get sad, angry, frustrated. You will feel empathy, gladness and you will want to cry and then your heart will be happy again. Abbie not only loses her husband on the night of her accident, she loses what she thought was a good marriage. Thankfully she has a good family behind her, especially her son Zack. Her dog is seriously hurt in the accident and that brings Nathan the vet into her life. A year can be a long time and a short time. This story takes you through this first year without the life she knew and into the life she needs. I will be reading more of Julianne Maclean's books.
faunne 8 months ago
How do you cope with the realization that your seemingly perfect marriage is all a lie? How do you determine how much information is appropriate to divulge to your heartbroken teenage son? Does any of the new information you've gleaned have any significance in the aftermath, anyway? At what point is it appropriate to move on from the past and step into a new life? Abbie has struggled with both heartbreak and sleep disturbances since her car accident. This is a story of rebuilding after unimaginable circumstances. It is a story of resilience and growth in the face of seemingly insurmountable events. It is difficult to review this book without giving away too much information. Suffice it to say that when things seem to only get worse, sometimes accepting additional sacrifices is the key to moving forward.
9328424 More than 1 year ago
I received an Advanced Reader Copy. I am voluntarily leaving a review. Dr Abbie MacIntyre has the perfect life. She and her husband are well-respected doctors in their field. They have been happily married for 20 years. They have a son, a senior in high school, the capyain of the hockey team and on the student council. She visits her mom every Sunday. But on this Sunday night, her perfect life is shattered by a drunk driver. This emotional story is about survival, physically, emotionally and mentally. as well as second chances and new beginnings. It is a 4 kleenex read. 4.5 star
1335sj More than 1 year ago
** spoiler alert ** This is the first book I’ve read by this author, I must be living under a rock. Abbie’s life is turned upside down when she’s leaving her mom’s home after their ritual Sunday dinner. She’s on her way home to watch her son’s hockey game when her SUV is clipped and finds herself trapped in her vehicle which has tumbled down off the highway and lands upside down in a ravine. She’s terrible shaken, she’s concerned about her dog, Winston who was with her but unfortunately he was thrown from the vehicle as it’s rolled down into the ravine. Abbie is extremely lucky she wasn’t hurt a lot worse. It takes the jaws of life to extract her from her SUV, she learns that the driver of the car that hit her had been drinking which explains how this accident happened in the first place. While in the ER getting checked out she’s frantically trying to find her husband who was supposedly working but he’s not answering her calls. She then realizes after the EMT’s bring her the items gathered around the accident scene she’s in possession of her husband’s phone. How could that be? She calls her mom to come stay with her until they release her. They are both relieved that she’s only mildly injured but they are both waiting on word regarding, Winston. He’s out in the bad weather scared to death but an EMT promises that he’ll continue to search for him. Luckily he’s finally found but he’s in pretty bad shape, he’s at the local animal hospital. They are in a small town hospital which isn’t really equipped for major trauma, they learn that the driver of the other car is next to her in the ER. Abbie who is a successful surgeon offers to help when she realizes things are going south for this patient at a rapid pace. She limps over to help and gets the shock of her life! Could it get any worse for her? She finds the other driver is her husband, who has been her best friend, husband and a perfect father to their 17 yr. old son, Zack. She’s in total shock not only has he lied about where he's supposed to have been but he would never drink and drive. He’s a well-respected cardiologist, not this drunk who she’s been wanting to strangle for the past few hours. The weather has turned icy and she’s demanding he be taken to a trauma center to get him stabilized but the chopper doesn’t make it in time. Abbie is left with a lot of unanswered questions regarding her marriage, did she ever really know the man who has been her rock for the past 20 yrs? She’s stranded in her hometown dealing with her grief as well as her anger regarding her husband, things are just are not adding up. Her Alan would never drive under the influence and where was he coming from? Plus she received an odd call from his cell while she was in the hospital. What has she been missing from her marriage? She gets her priorities under control and has a friend bring her son to her mom’s home after the ice thaws the following day. She robotically goes through the motions of planning the funeral and staying strong for their son. She’s caught off guard by a few things that she finds unsettling in regards to a mysterious person who seems to be turning up in odd places. Why would her husband’s death have such an impact on this person? Abbie decides the best way to deal with this problem is head on and she learns something that shakes her to the core. She’s not about to let this matter go, but she doesn’t want to taint her son’s memory of his father. She finds herself alternating between anger
NovelKim More than 1 year ago
“Sometimes we go though life seeing only what we want to see.” Abbie sees her husband, Alan as almost perfect. A loving husband and father, a caring, professional and well respected doctor, an all around great guy. So what happens when you are faced with a totally different reality that will destroy everything you have ever believed? That is pretty much the beginning, middle and ending of this book. Abbie is portrayed as an heroic woman, capable of normalcy while being smacked from here to forever by betrayal by her husband, her beliefs, her health. Sorry, nothing worked for me, but I would love to be able to embrace the amazing characteristics ascribed to Abbie. Thank you NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for a copy
LGandhi More than 1 year ago
Holy Rollercoaster Ride Batman!!! Hang on to your seats folks! The emotional journey you will go on in this book is insane. It was so hard to pull myself away from the story, but alas - I had to sleep. So, what do you do when a curve in the road flips your life upside down? Not just once or even twice, but multiple times. To the point you feel like you're in a NASCAR race and can't get off the track. This is Abby's new life. I say new because the life she knew really wasn't the life that was reality. And just as she gets around one curve she is immediately thrown into another one. How do you heal? How do you move on with your life? How do you forgive? This was one of the aspects I liked most about the book - Abby was constantly being challenged and forced to grow in one direction or another. It's heart-warming and heart-breaking at the same time to read how Abby reclaims her life. All the supporting characters in this story are very relatable - whether you like them personally or not. My one criticism has absolutely nothing to do with the author's writing or writing style - I felt as a doctor, Abby should have gotten medical attention for her symptoms before attempting to operate on a patient (that's just my personal opinion). But overall this was a truly enjoyable and cry-worthy book to read. Make sure you have Kleenex handy!!! My thanks to Julianne MacLean, Lake Union Publishing and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
SL22268 More than 1 year ago
Great Book! Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and Net Galley for a copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review. Even though this story deals with grief, lies, and betrayal....the end result is an amazing story. There is healing and forgiveness that happens and turns it around. Abbie finds out that her husband is not the man she thinks he is after a horrendous accident - that she herself is involved in. Her character development is well written and the people in her life are very likable. This is the first book that I have read by this author. Looking forward to checking out her other stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great character development, up to and including Winston the family dog. I was pulled in from page one and felt the anxiety, sadness and shock that this family experiences. Abbie, the main character in this book, finds her inner strength to go on and deal with the reality of family life while trying to get along with others who are hateful. She realizes early on that the support of family and friends is so important in life. I received an ARC of this book and want to say THANK YOU for sharing
DimplesDA More than 1 year ago
Julianne MacLean writes from the heart and invokes emotions that only an accomplished and skillful writer can do. This newest title explores that was appears on the surface really is just that----the surface. Wonderful characters, a suspenseful storyline and the writing skills of this author helped to create a beautiful story. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to have read this title prior to publication--- it was a total joy!
Bookaholic_Cindy More than 1 year ago
This was a book that grabbed you into the story from the very beginning! I love books that start like that. And this one just kept going, twisting my emotions, page by page. You never know when life is going to throw a big curve your way. And the characters in this book went through so much. Grief, sadness, shock, secrets, happiness, forgiveness...this book had it all. And the author definitely had me not wanting to put the book down. I've heard so many good things about this author and her books that I'm glad I finally got around to reading one. It will not be my last! This book absolutely lived up to her reputation as an author. Looking for an excellent book? Try this one. I recommend it highly! * I was provided an ARC to read from the publisher and NetGalley. It was my decision to read and review this book.
DebReads More than 1 year ago
Abbie MacIntyre was living a full, seemingly perfect life as a successful surgeon, wife, mom and daughter. If something appears to be too good to be true, it usually is... As fate would have it, Abbie's life hits a major curve in the road. While driving home one night, Abbie is involved in a horrific accident as she is hit by a drunk driver. As her car plunges, out of control, down a ravine, her perfect life begins to fracture. While Abbie fights her way back to normal, she uncovers devastating secrets. As Abbie begins to heal, physically and emotionally, she chooses to not let bitterness win. The characters in the book came alive. The relationships were real and believable. The family dog was included as an integral character. A well crafted story and a very enjoyable one! Thank-you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for a copy of this book.
greekgoddess422 More than 1 year ago
A curve that life throws you This is a story that will grab your heart a shake of disbelief and trying to survive . It’s about learning to stand on your own feet . Story takes place in Nova Scotia . I have read Julianne story for many years (Over 10) This story is about Abbie , a surgeon. Abbie is on her way home with her pet dog when she can’t believe it. She’s hit when a car goes off centre. Abbie ends up at the hospital. Once she gets to the hospital she finds out two things ,,,,her beloved dog is missing,,, and even worse the driver that caused the accident was drunk . Later after a few days she finds out that drunk driver is her husband . Abbie whole world turns topsy turvy . Abbie finds out secrets. Grab it and find out what turned Abbie’s world around
KerryACroucier More than 1 year ago
Wow! A definite keeper! I will repeat what others have said, because it is true. This book was just…Wow. Life can change in an instant, and Abbie’s does. She had what she thought was the perfect life, but everything changes in an instant, leaving her reeling and trying to figure out her way forward. This was an amazing read. The characters were so well done, I felt the emotions right along with them. The story line moves so easily and quickly, I found myself reading and turning pages just as quickly. I didn’t want to put this down. This was my first experience with Julianne MacLean’s contemporary work, but it won’t be my last. This is a book for my keeper shelf! #ACurveintheRoad #LakeUnion
cts827 More than 1 year ago
A Curve in the Road by Julianne MacLean is a great story that will keep you turning pages and reaching for a box of tissues. Abbie's life is completely turned upside down. What she believed about her husband and her marriage is tossed down a cliff. How can she go on? Should she tell her son? Can she face the future without her husband? The plot and characters are well developed. I highly recommend this book. I received it as a gift and I always review every book that I read.
Holly More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of the most emotionally charged books that I read in a while. The book starts out like just another day for Abbie who is visiting her mother in a neighboring town while her son and husband stay behind, doing things of their own. It takes a drunk driver hitting Abbie while heading back home for everything to change. It's when she discovers who hit her is the moment that nothing will ever be the same again and with that comes the secrets that was hidden just right in front of her face. I don't want to spoil too much about this book but once you start reading this book, the accident will happen pretty quickly after the beginning, you wouldn't want to quit for what is happening. It's when Abbie discovers who is the drunk driver is the moment that the book heats up and you wonder what else is this person hiding? I will say this though, for everything to happen within these pages that ending was pretty awesome in the sense that Abbie was finally able to find her true happiness! I will say having a dog in the car during the accident will not be easy to read for me but it made the book what it was. Winston was the family dog and having him there just brought out even more emotions during the story and it made that ending even better knowing that because of him, Abbie was able to find her happy ending!! Thank You to Julianne MacLean for this awesome book that it still in my mind long after reading it! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley!
LlamaJen More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!! I never expected who would be involved with Abbie's accident. It was a huge surprise and never would have guessed it. The book was very emotional. When Winston is missing after the accident, I definitely started sniffling. After everything Abbie went through, her beloved dog can't be missing or even worse dead. Abbie is lucky to be alive, the description of the accident was awful. Abbie is driving home with her golden retriever after having dinner with her mom. Everything changes when a drunk driver crosses the center line and slams into her car. Her car ends up in a ravine and the Jaws of Life is needed to extract her from the car. Abbie survives, but her life is forever changed. Secrets are revealed to her that she never saw coming. Abbie is definitely one strong lady. Thankfully she had the loving support of her family. Her friendship with Dr. Nathan Payne helps her cope. He knows what she is going through and is there for her. I'm not sure how she is able to deal after finding out everything and not being able to confront that person. To top it all off, there's her medical diagnosis. Alan's father, Lester, was HORRIBLE!!! I'm not sure how Abbie was able to be in the same room with him. So glad when she finally threw him out of the house and gave him a piece of her mind. Then there was Paula. I'm not sure what Paula expected from Abbie. Abbie was pretty nice to her, considering everything she found out. Definitely recommend this book. I loved the story, characters and writing style. I look forward to reading more books by the author, especially the Color of Heaven Series. Thanks to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and the author, Julianne MacLean, for a free electronic ARC of this novel.
PalmaMama More than 1 year ago
Wow. This was an emotional journey that definitely earned 5 stars. I was absolutely riveted and devoured this book on my flight to Dallas Abbie seems to have it all. A great marriage, son and career. Until a drunk driver crosses into her lane and her life is changed in an instant. She will need her mother, son and her dog to help her through the times ahead. I can't go into much as it would all be spoilers. I will just say, the details that surround her accident and what comes after astonished me. The journey she goes through to make sense, and the best, of what her life is now was nothing short of inspiring. Thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to review. This has no influence on my rating or review.
Ksiddall More than 1 year ago
Abbie had a premonition that something bad was about to happen. Dr. Abbie MacIntyre has just started the hour-long drive back home after Sunday dinner with her widowed mother when a car crosses the center median of the highway careening into Abbie’s SUV and sending it off road, rolling over and over until landing in the bottom of a ravine. She is successfully extracted from the wreckage and transported to the nearest medical facility suffering a minor head wound. The driver of the other vehicle, smelling heavily of alcohol, is in the same unit and in far worse condition awaiting airlift to a proper trauma hospital. Abbie’s mother comes to her daughter’s side and both repeatedly attempt to contact Abbie’s husband, Dr. Alan Sedgewick, to notify him of the accident. (Abbie was supposed to have met him that evening at their son’s hockey game.) They are unsuccessful until emergency workers deliver the personal items of the drivers retrieved from the accident site to the hospital and Alan’s cellphone is discovered among the detritus. To everyone’s shock and horror, the drunk driver is Abbie’s own husband! This is just the beginning of “A Curve in the Road” by Julianne MacLean. Once I started reading this book I didn’t want to put it down. The story is emotional and full of surprises as family relationships and secrets are revealed in the aftermath of the accident. Abbie’s perfectly normal life will never be the same again as the answers to how and why her loving, cardiologist husband who rarely drank even a glass of wine was driving drunk and was not headed to their son’s hockey game. This book is recommended to readers that enjoy a contemporary setting with romantic plotlines of betrayal, forgiveness, and second chances. OH, and it features an awesome golden retriever as well.
EWright16 More than 1 year ago
So, it appears I have a new favorite Julianne MacLean book. A Curve in the Road sucked me in from the first line and didn't let me go until the end. When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it. Abbie's journey through this book was gutwrenching. I felt all the feels throughout this book. I mean that sincerely. I don't think I have ever experienced such a wide range of emotions reading a book. From fury to shock, to sadness, to joy, it was an amazing ride. Structurally it was darn near perfect, there were one or two small inconsistencies that irked my nitpicky nerve, but otherwise, it was just amazing. I can't wait to see what MacLean does next.
Robindpdx More than 1 year ago
This was an emotionally gripping, well-written book. Abbie is a successful surgeon, is married to a handsome cardiologist she loves, and they have a model teenage son who is months way from heading off to college. Then a drunk driver hits her car and she is rushed to the hospital. Secrets are discovered and her recovery and search for answers will test her and change her life forever. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading other books by this author.
cristieu More than 1 year ago
Chick lit at its finest: a husband dies and his wife finds out he had hidden things from her. The author took a premise that is used in many chick lit books and made it into an enjoyable reading experience. The characters were easy to invest in and the plot moved along at a nice pace.
SixtySomething More than 1 year ago
A really great story about disasters that can happened in your life and how you can bend at the knees and still survive. Abbie is in an automobile accident while driving home with her dog. When she wakes up in the hospital after being rescued, she is injured and her dog can’t be found. Then….well, I can’t tell you the whole story….you just need to read the book! I highly recommend! I loved it!
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
A Curve in the Road by Julianne MacLean is a so-so romantic drama. Abbie MacIntyre thought she had the perfect family. She is a successful surgeon who is married to a handsome cardiologist. Zach is a model teenage son and the family has a beloved golden retriever named Winston. Then she is in a car accident that changes her whole world. One unthinkable challenge after another is thrown at her and she has to try and find a way to cope and work through her challenges, anger, and grief while still being the parent Zach needs. The writing is certainly good. MacLean follows the five stages of grief. She handles Abbie's inner turmoil and questions with compassion and realism. It is an uplifting, maudlin, sentimental novel, and, if you require a happy ending, it is here. Abbie is a well-developed character. Any novel where the description involves a perfect family is bound to be the precursor to proving it just isn't so. Admittedly, I'm still a bit surprised at all the high ratings for A Curve in the Road. While it is not an awful novel, it is very predictable and formulaic. I knew what was going to happen almost right from the start and the unimaginable secrets were painfully obvious, which, in turn, made me feel impatient to get to a surprise or startling secret or... anything I hadn't already guessed was going to happen at almost the beginning of the novel. I did find several actions less-than-believable. One such question was when she learned some medical information about her husband that she could have confirmed rather than simply believing. It is most definitely women's fiction, but it heads a bit too much toward a romance novel for me, which I did not expect or I would not have chosen to review this novel. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Lake Union Publishing.
jilliej26 More than 1 year ago
Another hit by Julianne MacLean! I loved this. Dramatic, emotional, great characters plus a wonderful dog and an outstanding story. This author gives you a page turner with heart wrenching secrets revealed while dealing with other life altering changes. We all know that life can change at the drop of a hat and what we do with those changes, we can only hope they make us stronger. This book is about surviving those times with grace, strength and love. I was given an ARC of this book by the publisher through Net Galley which I chose to read voluntarily and leave a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
anneinaz More than 1 year ago
A Curve in the Road by Julianne Maclean does not fail to please. Maclean is a master plotter. In this tome Abbie finds herself on her drive home from the next town after having dinner with her mother. Often her husband and he son accompany her but this time it is just she and their dog, Winston. Out of nowhere another car crosses the centerline. Although Abbie tries to dodge the oncoming onslaught, she fails. Before long Troy, a young firefighter and his crew, have arrived and are cutting her out of her car. Winston is nowhere to be found. At the hospital, it is quickly determined that Abbie's injuries are serious, but not life threatening. What comes next is the shocker. Maclean is a master plotter. The story takes one turn after another: tragedy upon tragedy, but Abbie still has her mother and her son to deal with, and her marriage. Maclean never fails to please; even when hitting rock bottom her heroes manage to claw their way back to the top of the heap and live again. Such is the case in A Curve on the Road. Despite the fact that Abbie, a surgeon, may never operate again, she finds a path forward. The story makes your own problems miniscule but shows a way out for both Abbie and the reader. I totally recommend this book. I have never read one of Julianne's books that fails to deliver and this is certainly no exception. Give it a try. You won't regret it! I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.