Happy June! Summer is just around the corner and I am ready, hope you are too! Have you found any great summer reads that you can recommend?
In the last few weeks I finished a book for book club and it was not good, so didn’t want to share it with you. Life is too short to read boring books. I am working on finishing another book, I put it on hold to read the book club book and am loving it, so hope to blog it for you in a few weeks.
In the meantime, after a very boring book, I needed to dig in to a book I knew would be great. Written by one of my favorite authors, Kristin Hannah. Night Road is such a great book; published back in 2011. The book has been sitting downloaded on my Kindle for a couple of years and it is time to get it read. I can tell you it only took me 2 days to read, and one night I read until 2:15 am because I just couldn’t put it down.
There is something so engaging about Kristin Hannah’s writing; she pulls you in and doesn’t let you go until you have read the last page and close the book. Night Road is a story that follows the lives of 3 teenagers through high school. Lexi has been bounced from foster home to foster home throughout her entire childhood. Her mother has abandoned her, she is hooked on drugs and can’t provide a home from Lexi. When the state finds a great aunt who is willing to take Lexi in, her life changes.
Lexi spots Mia sitting under a tree on her first day of high school, feeling that she is as alone as Lexi feels. Lexi engages Mia in a conversation and from that moment on the girls are inseparable. Mia is a twin, and her brother Zach is the opposite of Mia. He is outgoing, popular, and athletic; the moment Lexi lays eyes on Zach, there is an immediate connection, an instant bond that can’t be broken. The attraction leaves them both feeling it, yet denying the feelings, stuffing them down deep in their souls. Mia and Zach’s parents, Miles and Jude love Lexi, she is included in every activity and becomes part of the family. A family she has longed for her entire life. Her Aunt Eva loves her and is providing a safe and happy home where she is loved and supported, something Lexi has never had. Life is fun, and carefree. She has friends and is thriving becoming a typical teenager. The 3 are tied together in a bond that can be broken, can it?
One fateful night, the Night Road will change the lives of Jude, Miles, Zach, Mia, Lexi and Aunt Eva in ways that none of them would expect.
Night Road is dark, real and exposes every parents nightmare in a raw and authentic way. I shed tears over this one, found myself holding my breath as the story unfolded. The story is one of love, loss, forgiveness, and motherhood.
I love nothing more than a great story; a story that makes me feel something, holds my attention so intently I will stay up all night to read it. Kristin Hannah pulls her readers in, making you think about the story and how you would react if faced with the same situations. One minute you love one of the characters, the next you despise them. You walk their path and and find yourself understanding them, feeling sorry for them and sympathizing with what they are dealing with. Her books bring the character to life, they are real with lives that we all can relate to. You will run through a bunch of emotions when reading her books. Kristin Hannah has become one of my favorite authors.
If you haven’t read a Kristin Hannah book, I encourage you to pick one and live in it as you read the story. I can’t imagine you not loving or liking the book.
Until next time, when I finally finish The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See,
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2 thoughts on “Night Road by Kristin Hannah”
I love books that you just can’t put down. I’ll look into this one. I just finished Mudbound by Hillary Jordan, another novel that kept me reading until the wee hours of the night.
Janet, hope all is well. I have added Mudbound to my list to look into. Thank you for the recommendation.