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Monday, May 4, 2015

5*Review & Giveaway! The Road Back to Us by K. Webster @KristiWebster @IndieSagePromo

The Road Back to Us by K Webster 
Publication Date: May 4, 2015 
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Caroline Harrison has had enough. After eight long years in an unhappy marriage, she’s ready to throw in the towel. Her workaholic husband, Bentley, is done too—choosing his career over his wife. They’ve met with their lawyers and only need to get through the holidays until their divorce is finalized.
Bentley isn’t ready to tell his family about the divorce, so he asks Caroline to spend one more Christmas at his mom’s under the ruse they are still happily married. Together, they set out on a seven hour car ride in the middle of the Canadian Caribou to put on one last happy show. What could be an opportunity to rekindle their love and spend quality time together turns out to be a road trip from hell. When a surprise snow storm catches them off guard, Bentley and Caroline find themselves in an accident without any possibility of help in their near future. At one point, their love was all they needed to survive. But now, when all they have is each other against the frigid winter storm, will they find the love they lost before it’s too late? Or will this be the end…in more ways than one for Mr. and Mrs. Harrison? The road back to us may be a turbulent path, but in the end, it’s worth the chaos because it leads back home.

Review- 5 Stars 

            I never thought K. Webster could make me love a book more than Broken. I was so, so wrong. The Road Back to Us has just jumped to the favorite among her novels. When I hit the last page, I literally went back to the beginning and started reading it again. This second chance romance is angst, love, and steamy romance. Not to mention the great cast of characters.
            Caroline and Bentley have drifted apart, become two different people, ones who cannot find a way to coexist. On the verge of divorce, they decide to spend one last Christmas with Bentley’s family before admitting to them that they are calling it quits. Along the way, they are stranded in a horrific winter storm and forced to brave the elements and rely on each other to survive.
            Caroline doesn’t even know who she is anymore. She just knows that she is tired of being ignored and always put behind work on Bentley’s priority list. She has struggled to become everything she thought she should be for Bentley to have the perfect wife. She doesn’t seem to fully recognize that she doesn’t like who she is and blames Bentley for it. She still loves him, but she doesn’t believe they can find a way to mend what’s been broken.
            Bentley has only ever wanted to give Caroline the world. He’s worked his ass off to be unbelievably successful so that she won’t ever want for anything. Unfortunately, this desire leads to the destruction of their relationship, because along the way, he missed the signs that what she wanted was him and only him. He was blinded by what he thought was important, but in Caroline’s eyes, work was his new love. Bentley is so in love with her that their deteriorating marriage is breaking him apart, but pride demands that he not show it and it puts blinders up to where he is unable to admit that he is at fault.
            It takes two to break up a marriage, but as I read on, I discovered that it was Caroline who was truly hiding behind denial. Her blinders were even thicker than Bentley’s. Because if she would have stopped and opened up, clearly communicated with him rather than shutting him out, then all of this might have been avoided. It takes being stranded together and an ultimate need to rely on each other for her to realize that there is a possibility of finding their way back to each other.
            It would be easy to dislike Caroline at the beginning of the book, but it quickly becomes clear that she is very lost and relying on others to mold her into what she thinks she should be. The author straddled that line brilliantly because while I didn’t like the exterior, I saw that she was playing a part, that the real Caroline was locked away. That’s when I started rooting for her. I wanted her to find herself and for that to lead her back to Bentley.
            My heart broke for Bentley. While it took him a little bit to recognize the part his devotion to work played in losing his wife, he openly admits that he loves her and doesn’t want a divorce. Bentley wants to hash things out, to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. His frustration as the way Caroline clams up is completely understandable. No relationship can survive without clear communication. I wanted him to be able to convince her to give him another shot, for her to see how much he still adored her. It certainly didn’t hurt his cause that were still insatiably attracted to each other.
            There is witty dialogue, smoking hot passion, adventure, fear, and a whole other host of emotions that build this into a fabulous story. But mostly, for me, it was heartwarming. This is a “feel good” book for me. It goes on my list of re-reads that are pulled out specifically when I need a pick-me-up.
            I am a huge K. Webster fan and I love all of her books, but The Road Back to Us is something truly special. I loved every second of it, and I’ll love it even more each time I read it. 5 incredible stars!

About K Webster

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I love my husband of 11 years and sweet kids. My passions include reading, writing, graphic design, and shopping! I absolutely love social media and the power of how it connects people all over the world. You can usually find me easily on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads!

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