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Coast Road: A Novel by [Delinsky, Barbara]
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In the famed romantic tradition that only Barbara Delinsky can deliver, you'll meet emotion-packed characters who make you forget whatever it was you were doing before you picked up Coast Road. In this story, workaholic Jack McGill is brought to his knees when he learns that his ex-wife Rachel is in a coma after a car accident. When he rushes to her side to be a dutiful father to his children, he is met with abrasive verbal abuse not only from his children, but also from Rachel's best friends.

By the time the doctors tell him they don't know how long Rachel will be in the coma, Jack has reacquainted himself with his children, and fond memories have surfaced of his ex-wife and her creative artistic talent. Through Rachel's best friend, Katherine, Jack learns about a secret Rachel had hidden from him during the days they were married. The secret, revealed through artwork, is one of the many factors that thrust Jack into "introspection mode." He reevaluates his life, digging deep into his heart's desires, and decides to quit his job and stay at Rachel's side, even if she never wakes up.

Coast Road deals with some very difficult subjects, such as miscarriage, divorce, traveling husbands, breast cancer, and the ramifications of living in a coma. However, once you get past the research exposition and the bantering, you'll laugh and cry (a lot) at what this once-separated family goes through. Delinsky paints vivid pictures of Rachel, who remains in a coma for about 99 percent of the book, but you'll see that it sometimes takes a life-threatening accident to rekindle the fires of love. --Candy Paape

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Set in Big Sur, Calif., Delinsky's latest contemporary romance (after Three Wishes) sings the praises of family and friendship. Rachel Keats, outdoorsy artist, mother of two and ex-wife of architect Jack McGill, is in a coma after a car crash on her way to a book-club meeting. When Jack hears the news in a late-night phone call from Rachel's best friend, flinty Katherine Evans, he puts aside pressing business obligations in San Francisco and rushes to her side. Rachel shows no sign of waking up soon, so Jack moves into her house to take care of their daughters, 15-year-old Samantha and 13-year-old Hope. Meanwhile, Jack keeps slipping into flashback memories of his life with Rachel but can't seem to figure out why she left him six years earlier. Luckily, Katherine is there to give him the answers: Jack is selfish, uncommunicative and materialistic. As Jack gets to know Rachel's life, her friends and the family she has made, he realizes Katherine is right and resolves to show Rachel he's changedAif only she'll wake up. Sexual stereotypes fuel this predictable saga, and the wait for Rachel's recovery can't sustain tension in the plot. Samantha's wild teenaged antics and the early, prickly stages of a romance between Katherine and Rachel's neurologist lend the only doses of excitement to a story that's stretched far too thin.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1096 KB
  • Print Length: 447 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0671027662
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (July 13 1999)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBJH6W
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #407,374 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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COAST ROAD by Barbara Delinsky
A man looks back on his marriage and where life may soon lead him, in COAST ROAD. Barbara Delinsky paints a picture of life along the Monterey coast of California, where a middle-aged woman lays in a coma while her children, friends, and her ex-husband wait for her to awaken.
Jack McGill is a highly successful architect, designing resorts and casinos and other high-end projects. His ex-wife Rachel is an artist, who moved to Monterey to seek the life she missed when she was married and living with Jack in San Francisco. It is six years since their divorce, and now Jack is back to take care of Rachel, who was in a horrible car accident and now is in a coma. Their two daughters Samantha and Hope are devastated, and are having a hard time adjusting to having dad back in their lives again. Rachel's friends know about Jack, or at least they know Rachel's version of Jack, and they look at him with caution and suspicion.
But as Jack does all he can to support his daughters, and waits by his ex-wife's bedside, he looks back on all that has happened since Rachel left him, and through her friends, he slowly finds out why she had left him. COAST ROAD is a story of memories and contemplation, as Jack finds out what is truly most important to him. He juggles his priorities and makes new ones. But most of all, he finds the family that he thought he had lost six years ago.
I have to admit COAST ROAD is not my favorite Barbara Delinsky book. It is much different from the other books I've read by her so far. While LAKE NEWS, ACCIDENTAL WOMAN and FLIRTING WITH PETE either have a mystery involved or have a lot of suspense, COAST ROAD has neither. The main theme in COAST ROAD revolves around the marriage of Rachel and Jack, and what went wrong.
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Coast Road had the potential to be a memorable, moving story, but its potential was defeated for me by what I perceive as authorial laziness and by errors.
By around page 100, I found myself distracted from the story by apprehension that Jack would push another hand through his hair. The author could have varied that character trait, but she seemed too enamored with it. So, rather than having a trait that enhanced the "fictive dream" the author created an annoyance that kept me from fully engaging with the characters and the story.
Then, when we learn on page 157 that Jack had traded Rachel's old VW bug because it had a bad radiator I gave up. VW bugs (Beetle, for those who don't remember the originals) had ***air-cooled*** engines, which do not use radiators. Also, unless she had signed the title over to him, he could not just trade in her car without her permission.
Combine all the above with Jack's aptitude for asking medically astute questions (he's supposed to be an architect, not a doctor) and, well, I just couldn't finish even though the story itself was more or less compelling.
I think the author was in too much of a hurry to get to book 66 (the jacket claims that she'd written 65 novels) to clean up the errors in a final draft. I'm sure this book will be loved by fans of soap operas and supermarket fiction, but I doubt that discerning readers will make it to the end.
I give it two stars for the idea and for the good use of detail when it's accurate.
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I was fascinated by the way the author, Barbara Delinsky, captivated me. She managed to write the feelings of Jack McGill in a way I thought only another man could understand. She took layer after layer of the outer self from each identity in the book, revealing the inner being in each. This was even true of Rachael, who was in a coma for 90% of the narrative, to Rachael's friends, and to Jack. It was interesting, and fun, getting to know the individuals, molding my impression of each.
It took some real talented writing to make me like Jack from the get-go, while leaving Rachael to be respected first, and liked only after more than half of the book was gone.
This was the first book of Barbara Delinsky's that I read... and her writing style has captured me, making me look for other books by her. I almost immediately found "Lake News" and found it to be just as "readable and enjoyable."
It is always a pleasure to find new authors to search for and enjoy. I believe I will read many more "Delinsky's!"
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Coast Road is one of Barbara Delinsky's best, although it took me some time to realize it. I read the back cover many times before I decided to read it, based solely on the fact one of the two main characters was in a coma for much of the story. I was never a fan of flashbacks, but Coast Road is a unique book.
Divorced for 6 years, Rachel Keats and Jack McGill followed different paths that ultimately would lead them to the same a roller coaster ride of emotions that were solely Jack's. In the middle of the night, Jack is awakened by a phone call informing him that the mother of his two daughters is in a coma following a car accident. He rushes to be with his daughters, but as they struggle with the idea of life without Rachel, Jack realizes he still loves his former wife. The format of the story is filled with vivid memories--(I don't want to call them flashbacks)--and present day pains: the understanding that love is a fleeting thing that you must catch it while you can.
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