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The Mother Road by [AlLee, Jennifer]
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Length: 290 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Product Details

  • File Size: 1035 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (April 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EFHQHE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,979,361 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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This book had a lot of potential, but things are just a little too convenient. It has great information about relating to a family member with Alzheimer's. That's why I rated it three stars instead of two. If you believe marriage is a covenant and that you work on reconciliation until the last chance is gone, don't read this book.
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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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Well written book and interesting storyline. I appreciated the descriptions of the sisters' road trip along parts of Route 66, a lost part of Americana. The main character, Natalie, is experiencing a huge upheaval of her life with her husband's cheating, out-of-wedlock baby, and request for divorce. These circumstances destroy her life's work of writing and speaking about nurturing and maintaining a happy marriage. Natalie reconnects with her estranged kid sister, now a grown woman in her twenties, and finds her younger sister has her own struggles. Their road trip back to their hometown helps to strengthten the family bonds. Once home, they find their aging parents faced with their own set of issues. I loved how the author wove in the journey on Route 66 and used that as a metaphor for life's journey.
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