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The Mother Road [Paperback]

Jennifer AlLee

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April 1 2012
Within the course of a week, Natalie is dumped by her husband, receives an urgent call home from her father, and discovers her estranged sister is pregnant. A road trip on Route 66 may not help, but it sure couldn't hurt. Or so Natalie thinks, until Lindsay's boyfriend starts stalking them. Will their trip down the Mother Road bring the two sisters closer together or turn out to be the biggest wrong turn yet? "Relationships are the backbone of "The Mother Road," and AlLee gives us real ones, conflicted and complicated. I alternated between cheering Natalie and wanting to smack her upside the head. Not that her younger sister is perfect. Not by a long shot. But I fell in love with these characters and wished the road trip hadn't ended so soon. Novel Rocket and I give it a very high recommendation. It's a must-read." Ane Mulligan, Sr. Editor, Novel Rocket "With a compelling, fresh voice, Jennifer AlLee blends Americana withthe trials of a modern-day family. The Mother Road's asimply smashing story. Not to be missed!"--Patti Lacy, author ofReclaiming Lily "I felt like I was right there in the car with estranged sisters Natalie and Lindsay as they motored down The Mother Roadtowarda future free from heartache, loneliness, and fear. You don't want to miss this fun story that will tweak your every emotion (and a few you might have forgottenabout)! I'm making space on my 'keepers shelf' for this one!" --Loree Lough, best-selling author of more than 80 award-winning books, including reader favorite From Ashes to Honor"

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Publications (April 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426713126
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426713125
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,727,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  90 reviews
44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, quick read. May 15 2012
By Wikiwords - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
How I choose my star ratings:
1 = Groaner. Probably didn't even finish it.
2 = Yawner. Poorly written or weak story.
3 = Recliner. Enjoyed the read.
4 = Page Turner. Hard to put down.
5 = Keeper. A story that stays with me

I did not realize this book is "Christian Fiction" before I downloaded it to my Kindle which is a good thing because I probably would not have chosen it if I had realized it. CF is just not a genre I generally choose.

The story starts out being about divorce and infidelity so I was ready to dislike it. However, the characters drew me in pretty quickly. I decided to stay with it.

It develops in to a wonderful story about sisters and family and discovery. It has humor and tenderness. The Christian aspect is certainly integral to the story but not overplayed.

The author has an easy-going, breezy style of writing that is great when you just want to enjoy the ride and not have to overthink the plot line. All in all, It was a very pleasant afternoon read.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Your Face yet a Traffic Jam of Subtleties!! A MUST, MUST READ!!!! March 27 2012
By Patti Lacy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Unlike her messed-up baby sister Lindsay, marriage writer/speaker Natalie has it all...until the day her husband blows all eighteen wheels on her fame and fortune semi and announces he's filing for the big D.

Natalie's long held together their family, or so she thinks; unlike Lindsay, now pregnant, unemployed, burgundy streaked hair eerily announcing to conservative Natalie her sister's weirdness.

When the two siblings get an SOS from home, the mismatched duo heads down Route 66, The Mother Road. Tailing them is a veritable convoy of resentment, anger, love...and a man that's either a stalker or a sweetheart. Can Natalie and Lindsay steer onto that narrow lane of God's perfect plan, or will dead ends, speed bumps, and sink holes keep them stuck forever in overdrive?

In this her latest Abingdon release, Jennifer AlLee somehow manages to combine humor and angst, a TIGHT plot with sleight-of-hand symbolism and irony.

DO NOT miss The Mother Road, y'all, just another example of why Jennifer AlLee is a women's fiction writer in that fast lane!!!!!!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fasten your seat belt for a fun ride! May 6 2012
By B Nault - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I saw this title on a friend's website, and I'm so glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride; AlLee's humorous voice, spot-on descriptions and dimensional, believable characters make the trip along Route 66 a page turner. One of those reads you're sorry when the journey ends. I hope there are more books planned with these characters, and I've already added this talented author's other books to my to-be-read list.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Mother Road May 15 2012
By Jersey Girl Book Reviews / Jersey Girl Sizzling Book Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
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Natalie Marino is a top selling Christian romance novelist / motivational speaker, aka "the marriage expert." Life as she's known it comes crashing down when Tony, her husband of eighteen years asks for a divorce. He confesses that he's had an affair with Erin, his administrative assistant, for the past two months and she's pregnant. Natalie is at a crossroads, unable to continue with her motivational speaking career, she doesn't know what to do next. Her father suggests she come home to Illinois for a visit, one that she hasn't made in four years, mainly because she doesn't want to face the pain of watching her mother deteriorate from Alzheimer's. Her father asks her to bring her younger sister, Lindsay, who she hasn't seen in seven years, but there is one problem, Lindsay is six months pregnant and won't fly, so they have to travel via a road trip down the Mother Road, the famous Route 66. With thirteen years separating them, the sisters barely knew each other as kids, and now as women they don't know each other at all, essentially they are two strangers. As they travel down Route 66, Natalie and Lindsay go on a journey of discovery, reflection, forgiveness and redemption.

The Mother Road is a wonderful Christian inspirational novel about family, relationships and self-discovery. This is a beautifully written story that captivates the reader from the start. Filled with real life issues such as marriage, infidelity, divorce, pregnancy, family relationships and Alzheimer's Disease; this story will pull at your heartstrings. The author engages the reader with her thoughtful writing style, and the reader goes along for the ride on Natalie and Lindsay's journey down the Mother Road, the famous Route 66. The author does a wonderful job of describing the various scenic stops along Route 66: The Santa Monica Pier; The giant orange in Fontana, CA; the burros that freely roam the street and the Clark Gable/Carol Lombard honeymoon suite in Oatman, AZ; the 50-60s themed town of Seligman, AZ; the huge wooden lumberjack in Flagstaff, AZ; the Wigwam Village in Holbrook, AZ; and a side trip to the Grand Canyon. These scenic descriptions makes me want to go on a road trip down the Mother Road so I can visit all these places too! The author does a great job of balancing out the life issues that are predominant throughout the story, by interweaving it with the fun road trip, which makes the story that much more endearing and compelling.

The Mother Road is a powerfully compelling story of relationships, life issues, self-discovery, forgiveness and redemption. This thoughtful story is one that will leave an imprint long after you have finished reading it. For anyone who would like to read a heartwarming, realistic, funny and thought provoking story, The Mother Road, is a novel that won't leave you disappointed!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the publisher (Abingdon Press) in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful surprise! June 16 2012
By Terry A. Crain - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
An interesting thing happened to me while reading this book. I initially purchased it for the Route 66 mental images. I thought I would read all the Route 66 parts and then just lightly skim the rest of the book. But that's not what happened. I was drawn into the characters and the story and couldn't put it down. Jennifer has done a great job molding this story together and making it a super summer read. Great job!

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