I read this book on a road trip and it was the perfect choice of reading material! Not only is it about a road trip, so that worked out nicely, but the story line had such great emotional pull, it kept me reading and reading.
This is the story of a journey. It is a physical journey, a romantic journey, an emotional journey. It is a young adult book, told from Riley Kane’s perspective, yet is definitely not one that can only be enjoyed by the young adult community. I loved getting to see inside of this young man’s thoughts. It’s as if I was feeling everything along with him, the newness of love that was beginning to grow for Becca, the panic of trying to find a way to her, and the fear of opening himself up to a father who had abandoned him as a child.
This story is packed with emotion and had me teary-eyed toward the end. It is an uplifting tale in which the reader gets to have a front row seat as Riley and his father stumble through the present and rehash the past.
I loved the way so many relationships grew in this book, not only between Riley and Jake, but also friendship with Saul, and romance with Becca. There is such hope at the end of the story and the knowledge that there are things that have happened in life that can’t be undone, but through God’s grace and our extending grace to each other, the future has wonderful possibilities. (5 stars)
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Enter Joanne Bishof’s Roadtrip Giveaway:
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Most teens would love to have a pro surfer for a dad. Just not Riley. Abandoned as a kid, he hates the sound of the ocean and the man who gave himself to it.
When the eighteen-year-old learns that his best friend is stranded at a New Mexico hospital as her father fights for his life, Riley hits the highway to head east. But when his Jeep breaks down before he even leaves California, he must rely on the one man he despises to get to the girl who needs him the most. And when it comes to the surfer with the Volkswagen van and dog-eared map, a thousand miles may–or may not–be enough to heal the past.
A story of new beginnings and second chances.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Christy Award-finalist and author of Be Still My Soul and Though My Heart is Torn, Joanne Bischof has a deep passion for Appalachian culture and writing stories that shine light on God’s grace and goodness. She lives in the mountains of Southern California with her husband and their three children. When she’s not weaving Appalachian romance, she’s blogging about faith, folk music, and the adventures of country living that bring her stories to life.