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The Mother Road [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer AlLee
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Book Description

Within the course of a week, Natalie is dumped by her husband, receives an urgent call home from her father, and discovers her estranged sister is pregnant.

A road trip on Route 66 may not help, but it sure couldn't hurt. Or so Natalie thinks, until Lindsay's boyfriend starts stalking them. Will their trip down the Mother Road bring the two sisters closer together or turn out to be the biggest wrong turn yet?

"Relationships are the backbone of The Mother Road, and AlLee gives us real ones, conflicted and complicated. I alternated between cheering Natalie and wanting to smack her upside the head. Not that her younger sister is perfect. Not by a long shot. But I fell in love with these characters and wished the road trip hadn't ended so soon. Novel Rocket and I give it a very high recommendation. It's a must read." Ane Mulligan, Sr. Editor Novel Rocket

"With a compelling, fresh voice, Jennifer AlLee blends Americana with the trials of a modern-day family. The Mother Road's a simply smashing story. Not to be missed!" - Patti Lacy Author, Reclaiming Lily 

"I felt like I was right there in the car with estranged sisters, Natalie and Lindsay, as they motored down The Mother Road toward a future free from heartache, loneliness, and fear. You don't want to miss this fun story that will tweak your every emotion (and a few you might have forgotten about)! I'm making space on my "keepers shelf" for this one!" - Loree Lough, best-selling author of more than 80 award-winning books, including reader favorite From Ashes to Honor

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About the Author

Jennifer AlLee believes the most important thing a woman can do is discover her identity in God – a theme that carries throughout her stories. She has written skits, activity pages, and over one hundred contributions to Concordia Publishing House’s popular My Devotions series. Her novels include The Love of His Brother (Five Star, 11/07), The Pastor’s Wife, (Abingdon Press, 2/10), The Mother Road (Abingdon Press, 4/12), and the upcoming A Wild Goose Chase Christmas, book two in the Quilts of Love series (Abingdon Press, 11/12). She’s an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Jennifer resides in the grace-filled city of Las Vegas with her husband and teenage son. Visit her website at

Product Details

  • File Size: 1035 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (April 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #720,359 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, quick read. May 15, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
How I choose my star ratings:
1 = Groaner. Probably didn't even finish it.
2 = Yawner. Poorly written or weak story.
3 = Recliner. Enjoyed the read.
4 = Page Turner. Hard to put down.
5 = Keeper. A story that stays with me

I did not realize this book is "Christian Fiction" before I downloaded it to my Kindle which is a good thing because I probably would not have chosen it if I had realized it. CF is just not a genre I generally choose.

The story starts out being about divorce and infidelity so I was ready to dislike it. However, the characters drew me in pretty quickly. I decided to stay with it.

It develops in to a wonderful story about sisters and family and discovery. It has humor and tenderness. The Christian aspect is certainly integral to the story but not overplayed.

The author has an easy-going, breezy style of writing that is great when you just want to enjoy the ride and not have to overthink the plot line. All in all, It was a very pleasant afternoon read.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Unlike her messed-up baby sister Lindsay, marriage writer/speaker Natalie has it all...until the day her husband blows all eighteen wheels on her fame and fortune semi and announces he's filing for the big D.

Natalie's long held together their family, or so she thinks; unlike Lindsay, now pregnant, unemployed, burgundy streaked hair eerily announcing to conservative Natalie her sister's weirdness.

When the two siblings get an SOS from home, the mismatched duo heads down Route 66, The Mother Road. Tailing them is a veritable convoy of resentment, anger, love...and a man that's either a stalker or a sweetheart. Can Natalie and Lindsay steer onto that narrow lane of God's perfect plan, or will dead ends, speed bumps, and sink holes keep them stuck forever in overdrive?

In this her latest Abingdon release, Jennifer AlLee somehow manages to combine humor and angst, a TIGHT plot with sleight-of-hand symbolism and irony.

DO NOT miss The Mother Road, y'all, just another example of why Jennifer AlLee is a women's fiction writer in that fast lane!!!!!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fasten your seat belt for a fun ride! May 6, 2012
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I saw this title on a friend's website, and I'm so glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride; AlLee's humorous voice, spot-on descriptions and dimensional, believable characters make the trip along Route 66 a page turner. One of those reads you're sorry when the journey ends. I hope there are more books planned with these characters, and I've already added this talented author's other books to my to-be-read list.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Mother Road May 15, 2012
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Natalie Marino is a top selling Christian romance novelist / motivational speaker, aka "the marriage expert." Life as she's known it comes crashing down when Tony, her husband of eighteen years asks for a divorce. He confesses that he's had an affair with Erin, his administrative assistant, for the past two months and she's pregnant. Natalie is at a crossroads, unable to continue with her motivational speaking career, she doesn't know what to do next. Her father suggests she come home to Illinois for a visit, one that she hasn't made in four years, mainly because she doesn't want to face the pain of watching her mother deteriorate from Alzheimer's. Her father asks her to bring her younger sister, Lindsay, who she hasn't seen in seven years, but there is one problem, Lindsay is six months pregnant and won't fly, so they have to travel via a road trip down the Mother Road, the famous Route 66. With thirteen years separating them, the sisters barely knew each other as kids, and now as women they don't know each other at all, essentially they are two strangers. As they travel down Route 66, Natalie and Lindsay go on a journey of discovery, reflection, forgiveness and redemption.

The Mother Road is a wonderful Christian inspirational novel about family, relationships and self-discovery. This is a beautifully written story that captivates the reader from the start. Filled with real life issues such as marriage, infidelity, divorce, pregnancy, family relationships and Alzheimer's Disease; this story will pull at your heartstrings. The author engages the reader with her thoughtful writing style, and the reader goes along for the ride on Natalie and Lindsay's journey down the Mother Road, the famous Route 66.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful surprise! June 16, 2012
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An interesting thing happened to me while reading this book. I initially purchased it for the Route 66 mental images. I thought I would read all the Route 66 parts and then just lightly skim the rest of the book. But that's not what happened. I was drawn into the characters and the story and couldn't put it down. Jennifer has done a great job molding this story together and making it a super summer read. Great job!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'd Rather Be At The Beach: Reviews May 10, 2012
By Vicki
What a fun read this was! Nothing's better than a road trip. My brothers girlfriend and I used to take them all the time. We had no idea where we were going, but always...always, had a blast. I've never taken a road trip with one of my sisters, but would love to.

This book has emotional pain and family drama, but what it has the most of is humor. This is a VERY funny book!

I've traveled Route 66 and reading this brought back some great memories, even though my trip wasn't as funny as the one Natalie and Lindsay took.

This is the first book I've read by Allee, but I'll be checking out her other books for sure.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 4 days ago by Sharon D. Severe
3.0 out of 5 stars Family Relationships
Funny, poignant, heart-warming--a good story about family relationships.
Published 7 days ago by Lillian Ammann (Lillie)
5.0 out of 5 stars enterment & a vacation while sitting in your favorite chair.
Makes you want to take the same road trip. Reminds you had short your happiness & life really can be. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Barbara G, Briggs
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Wanted more!!
Published 1 month ago by Kayleen McCoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Relate
There is at least one character in this story that you can relate to or that you are related to.

Very well written
Published 1 month ago by andyinotago
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I really enjoyed reading this book. So much so I wish there was a sequel. A good clean read.
Published 2 months ago by JAB
5.0 out of 5 stars Route 66 Road Trip - great read
Very enjoyable read and clever Route 66 road trip scenario. Holds your interest from beginning to "The End". I'm a fan!
Published 3 months ago by Cuzzikid
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
inspiring !
Published 4 months ago by Margaret R. Hughes
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved the characters and the story
A very well thought out plot. I loved the characters and the story!
Published 5 months ago by annperry
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet on Route 66
Predictable but sweet story with happy ending. Well written with good character development.
Published 7 months ago by GLORIA GANDERBILT
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More About the Author

When Jennifer isn't spinning tales, she can be found reading, spending time with family and friends, and singing at the top her lungs to whatever happens to be playing on the radio. Her novels include The Love of His Brother (Five Star, 2/07), The Pastor's Wife (Abingdon Press, 2/10), The Mother Road (Abingdon Press, 4/12) and A Wild Goose Chase Christmas (Abingdon Press, 11/12). Diamond in the Rough, Vanishing Act, and Curtain Call make up the historical romance series co-written with Lisa Karon Richardson, and released by Whitaker House. Comfort and Joy, part of the Mistletoe Memories novella anthology, released 9/13 from Barbour House. Future novels from Abingdon Press are Last Family Standing (9/14) and Vinnie's Diner (4/15). Jennifer is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, Christian Authors Network, and the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance.

Jennifer resides in the grace-filled city of Las Vegas with her family. Visit her website at

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