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DIFFERENT ROADS (Large Print) Paperback – Large Print, July 15, 2006
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About the Author
JOYCE SCARBROUGH is a Southern woman weary of seeing herself and her peers portrayed in books and movies as either post-antebellum debutantes or barefoot hillbillies á la Daisy Duke, so all her heroines are smart, unpretentious women who refuse to be anyone but themselves. Joyce has five published novels as well as several short stories available as digital downloads. She writes both adult and YA fiction. Joyce has lived all her life in beautiful LA (lower Alabama), she’s the mother of three gifted children and a blind Pomeranian named Tilly, and she’s been married for 32 years to the love of her life—a superhero who disguises himself during the day as a high school math teacher and coach. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top customer reviews
This book takes you on a journey of growth and love that makes you know that when you love someone you can climb mountains. I know this book is going to be made into a movie. It needs to be. It shows that no matter what kind of pain we had in our childhood that we can climb over mountains, and not just survive but thrive. I love Jaycee's spunk and her spirit. She is one funny woman with a huge heart that would give you the last dollar in her pocket if you needed help. Don't let her rough attitude fool you. She has a heart of gold.
You won't be able to put this book down. I was so sad when it ended and wished that it could be made into a series. That is how much fun it was you will want to follow their lives into the future.
Thank you Joyce for this wonderful amazing story. I'm waiting for the movie.
Jaycee's mother died when she was young and she was raised by an alcoholic father who neglected her or beat her. Mostly he ignored her and she grew up taking care of herself in any manner that she could. She became a fighter with a cutting tongue to hide her fear of abandonment.
She lived on the wrong side of town and lost her first love to parents who felt she wasn't good enough for their son. She's a gifted writer which wins her an opportunity to leave behind all the negatives that comprised her being. While in college, she meets Bud Stanton, a rich boy suffering the same feelings of neglect and abandonment. They are so much alike that they truly do understand each other, but they act out and often Jaycee lashes out at poor Bud. He tends to pout and withdraw.
Bud starves for his father's approval and display jealousy when Mack becomes Jaycee's surrogate father. Bud wonders if more is going on than a father/daughter relationship. He is very possessive of Jaycee. This creates many of their battles. Their pattern is to fight, make up, then make love very passionately. Jaycee, with Mack's help, becomes a published author of children's books. She feels she is finally overcoming her past when she find out the truth about her chance to go to New York and be a journalist while in college. This upsets Jaycee so much that she leaves Bud and heads home to her dying father. There she discovers more truths that nearly destroy her. Only Bud holds the key to Jaycee's acceptance of herself. But will Bud take her back?
While there are many strong points to this novel, I especially liked the characters. Despite her personality flaws, Jaycee is adorable in a way that is almost unexplainable. Her brash attitude, her impulsiveness, her lack of social grace is captaining, and makes us wonder if we could have done any better if faced with the same predicament. There is a great temptation for me to delve too deeply into the plot and spoil the surprises of this fascinating story for the prospective reader. There are many twist, turns and surprises along the way, and you will come away from it wondering if this story is real. I'm looking forward to reading Ms. Scarbrough's next novel. I hope there will be many more and each of them will find their way to the special place I have prepared for them on the shelves of my bookcase.
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