Author: Kristin Hannah
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Date: March 22, 2011
Summary: Jude Farraday is a happily married, stay-at-home mom who puts everyone’s needs above her own. Her twins, Mia and Zach, are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi Baill enters their lives, no one is more supportive than Jude. A former foster child with a dark past, Lexi quickly becomes Mia’s best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable. But senior year of high school brings unexpected dangers and one night, Jude’s worst fears are confirmed: there is an accident. In an instant, her idyllic life is shattered and her close-knit community is torn apart. People—and Jude—demand justice, and when the finger of blame is pointed, it lands solely on eighteen-year-old Lexi Baill. In a heartbeat, their love for each other will be shattered, the family broken. Lexi gives up everything that matters to her—the boy she loves, her place in the family, the best friend she ever had—while Jude loses even more.
When Lexi returns, older and wiser, she demands a reckoning. Long buried feelings will rise again, and Jude will finally have to face the woman she has become. She must decide whether to remain broken or try to forgive both Lexi…and herself.
Night Road is a vivid, emotionally complex novel that raises profound questions about motherhood, loss, identity, and forgiveness. It is an exquisite, heartbreaking novel that speaks to women everywhere about the things that matter most.(Goodreads)
Kristin Hannah has done it again with her new book Night Road. I was first introduced to Kristin's work through a HouseParty.com party where I received Firefly Lane. I sat up all night just to finish the book, I couldn't put it down for anything ( I even cooked supper with it next to the stove so I could finish it!!)
Night Road was no different for me. The prologue pulled me in and made me want to read and find out what exactly happened. I received the book in the mail on the 8th (yesterday) and finished it about an hour ago! I fell in love with Lexi from the very first page. When she decided to befriend Mia on that first day of high school, I knew she was a great person, I just pray that my own children meet someone like her. Even though I am older and no longer in high school, I could relate to the things that Lexi, Mia and Zach did throughout the book. I may not have done exactly the same things, but I knew kids that did, and Kristin's writing made me feel as though I was experiencing all of their feelings.
When the event that changes everything happened, I cried; because as I mother I just know that I would be heartbroken to have that happen to me. I could understand where Jude ( the mother) was coming from and how her grief was blinding her to the truth of the matter. Maybe all mother's would react the same way, but then again, maybe books like this will help mother's and father's see that justice is one thing but revenge is another.
When Grace was brought into the story, I was once again in tears. I just knew how hard it had of been for Lexi to do what she thought was right. I won't go into anymore details, but I want to give you all a sneak peak at my favorite little piece of the book:
You're so lucky to have the family you do. If you're sad. got to Miles. He can always make you laugh. Or ask Jude for a hug- no one hugs better than your grandma.
And then there's your dad. If you let him, he'll show you all the stars in the sky and he'll make you feel like you can fly.
So I won't worry about you, Gracie.
I'm going to try to forget you. I'm sorry, but I have to.
It hurts so much to love you.
I'm not one to wish or even think that books should be made into movies, but I believe that Night Road would make an amazing movie, I could see it on Lifetime!!! Make sure you pick up your copy of Night Road on the 22nd, and a box of tissues!!!
*Review is based on my opinion only, I was not compensated for this review other than receiving an ARC of the book from St. Martin's Press.* QUOTE IS FROM AN ARC AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE*