Book Recommendation – Roadtrip to Redemption by Laurie Larsen

Book Description:

It started as a trip to lose old memories. It became a journey to find her heart.

Leslie Malone faces an empty, lonely summer. Her marriage is over. Her daughter is overseas, living her dream. Her students are enjoying a carefree summer break. What’s the purpose of her life if she’s not a wife, mother and teacher? The idea of a roadtrip beckons her. Aimless wandering? Or inspired discovery? A woman of faith, she asks God for His guidance, then does her best to follow His direction. 

Hank Harrison is a quiet man, good with his hands, but short on words. He’s paid a heavy price for not forgiving his son for horrible mistakes made years ago, mistakes with vast consequences. Hank recognizes Leslie as an answer to his prayers, and together, they begin to mend their futures. 

Neither of them plans to fall in love. Will the worst summer of Leslie’s life become the season that redeems them both?

Narelle’s Thoughts:

I enjoyed reading Roadtrip to Redemption and exploring the beautiful Pawleys Island, South Carolina beach setting. The story opens with Leslie’s divorce from her cheating ex-husband being finalised. She’s a school teacher in Pittsburgh with a lonely summer ahead due to her college-aged daughter being awarded a fashion internship in Paris. Her ex-husband is a successful doctor who has moved on with his younger girlfriend, the family home is on the market, and Leslie prayerfully decides to take a roadtrip on her own and head to the beach.

The Old Gray Barn at Pawleys Island is the spacious beach house Leslie’s extended family visited for summer vacations when she was growing up. Leslie is curious to see if the beloved house with her happy childhood memories is still there, and if it has survived the hurricane seasons. Her road trip destination becomes Pawleys Island with detours along the way.

Hank is a widowed handyman with grown children who lives on Pawleys Island. His daughter, son-in-law, and adorable granddaughter run the local inn. Hank meets Leslie and she challenges him to reconsider some of his life choices. The story is told from Leslie’s point-of-view, and a lovely romance develops with a number of obstacles to overcome on Leslie and Hank’s road to happily-ever-after.

Leslie is one of those delightful characters with a sunny disposition who believes the glass is half full, not half empty. Her optimism is contagious and, instead of the circumstances of her divorce leaving her feeling bitter, she trusts the Lord to guide her to bigger and better opportunities. She makes mistakes, but she doesn’t let difficult circumstances dull her enthusiasm for life. I recommend Roadtrip to Redemption to contemporary romance readers who enjoy faith-filled mature aged character romances with a beach setting.

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