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The Mother Road Paperback – April 1, 2012
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About the Author
Jennifer Allee spent her childhood living above a mortuary in the heart of Hollywood, California. Now she resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she writes novels and savors life’s quirky, unpredictable journey. Her novels include Last Family Standing, the best-selling A Wild Goose Chase Christmas, The Mother Road, and The Pastor’s Wife. Please visit her at JenniferAllee.com.
Top customer reviews
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.
The writing was well done. This is a novel that brings the reader along for the ride on Natalie and Lindsay's journey down the Mother Road, the famous Route 66 and about family, relationships filled with real life issues. I found the reading about relating to a family member with Alzheimer's interesting. At times, it felt as if the story strained and the main character is a bit self-absorbed but then, in the end, you are left with the feeling that the story is incomplete. I would give it a 2.5 star
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. The author does a wonderful job of describing the various scenic stops along Route 66: The Santa Monica Pier; The giant orange in Fontana, CA; the burros that freely roam the street and the Clark Gable/Carol Lombard honeymoon suite in Oatman, AZ; the 50-60s themed town of Seligman, AZ; the huge wooden lumberjack in Flagstaff, AZ; the Wigwam Village in Holbrook, AZ; and a side trip to the Grand Canyon. These scenic descriptions makes me want to go on a road trip down the Mother Road so I can visit all these places too! The author does a great job of balancing out the life issues that are predominant throughout the story, by interweaving it with the fun road trip, which makes the story that much more endearing and compelling.
The Mother Road is a powerfully compelling story of relationships, life issues, self-discovery, forgiveness and redemption. This thoughtful story is one that will leave an imprint long after you have finished reading it. For anyone who would like to read a heartwarming, realistic, funny and thought provoking story, The Mother Road, is a novel that won't leave you disappointed!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the publisher (Abingdon Press) in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event.
However... I liked Natalie right from the beginning, and as the story kept moving at a steady pace along Route 66, I remained very content to ride along while Natalie and her sister tried to find some kind of family in one another.
If Christian element was overpowering or the author witnessed her faith to me through her book, I would have put it down, but it never happened.
I found The Mother Road to be a sweet and easy one-evening read.