Jarrod Wentworth is a handsome and athletic eighteen-year-old who is on the path to a wonderful and fulfilling life. But when a horrific car accident takes the life of his best friend and leaves him badly injured, his life will never be the same. With physical injuries that are so severely disabling that his dream of playing professional baseball is all but extinguished, he begins to spiral into emotional turmoil.
In the depths of despair, Jarrod can't seem to climb out of his depression, even as his body begins to heal. That is until he meets Angelise Skyler. Like a light from heaven, Angel, as he likes to call her, brings clarity, strength, and love back to Jarrod's life, all while steering him back toward the path to a better life. But when Angel is taken from him, Jarrod will stop at nothing to bring her back safely. Forced into a desperate search through a menacing web of danger, Jarrod is led further into the unknown than he ever thought possible. But for Angel he'll do anything, because he knows how lost he was before he met her, and more importantly, because she taught him that through love, faith, and perseverance, you can always find a way off the broken road.
Jarrod and Angelise's dramatic yet tender story in Broken Road is one that illustrates how important and encompassing love can be. Jarrod's rise from the depths of depression at the hands of Angelise proves to be equally heartwarming and inspiring. Yet it's the extremes that Jarrod will go to rescue his Angel that readers are truly shown the appreciation, devotion, and perseverance that he possesses inside. With rage and agonizing despair over losing his saving grace, Jarrod's heroic efforts to bring her back make for a truly gripping experience. Its drama, despair, romance, and Jarrod's inspiring ascension back from depression make this enchanting novel by Elizabeth Yu-Gesualdi possess a little something for everyone to appreciate and enjoy.
Broken Road is a captivating romantic fiction novel that emphasizes the importance of faith, love, and perseverance. Geared towards a more mature young adult audience, the novel doesn't hesitate to broach heavier themes than most other novels in the young adult genre. Filled with as much drama as romance, this engaging story has a crossover appeal that defies classification, and readers of all types will be hooked from the very beginning.
Broken Road is Yu-Gesualdi's debut novel. Originally from New Jersey, Yu-Gesualdi moved to Connecticut in 2005. For the past sixteen years, she has been a stay at home mother for her two sons, Jarrod and Alec. Shockingly, outside of an A+ in high school creative writing, her captivating debut novel is her first writing experience. She currently lives in Connecticut with her husband, David, and their two children.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was hooked to this story from page one! By chapter 3... I was already in tears! Broken Road is the story of Jarrod Wentworth ~ A handsome 18 year-old high school senior / aspiring baseball player on the verge of realizing his dream of taking his athletic talents to the next level. Then there's Angelise "Angel" Skyler ~ A beautiful (but slightly naive) 18 year-old girl who dreams of going to college and making her parents proud. A mixture of tragedy and fate conspire to bring these two together but in order to stay together they will need to overcome past traumas, lying ex's, and a danger that neither saw coming. I loved how Jarrod's story was built up from the beginning. I felt his and his family's struggle every step of the way. It was heartbreaking but so beautifully written that even through my tears I wanted more. By the time the Jarrod and Angelise finally meet, I was so ready for some happiness that I found myself wishing for an "insta-love" moment... but I didn't exactly get my wish. At least not the way I thought I would... Some crazy events take place that end up taking this story in a direction I didn't expect. For me, some of the craziness was a little unnecessary but overall the writing was beautiful and I just couldn't get enough of the secondary characters. I loved Ileana (Angelise's best friend) and Alec (Jarrod's younger brother)! I thought they were great throughout the book. They were funny, supportive, and, most of the time, they were the voice of reason. The heat factor in this story was mild but the chemistry and sexual tension between Jarrod and Angelise could not be denied. This story will take you on an emotional, intense journey and is a definite must read! * I received a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review*
A must read, this is a story not to be missed, it will have you laughing, crying, biting your nails and sitting on the edge of your seat.Elizabeth Yu-Gesualdi writes with such detail and so descriptively, I felt I was actually in the places the action was taking place! A must read for those who love, baseball, families, young love and suspense! Great for teens and up...would love to see a movie made out of this one ! Looking forward to the next novel from this talented author!
Broken Road by Elizabeth Yu Gesualdi, is a gripping coming of age tale that revolves around young adults who have their safe, naïve and happy existence thrown upside down when life hits them with adult force. An accident that results in both death and life-changing injuries, young deep seeded love and a plan of revenge thrown in motion by an obsessive, selfish antagonist, that soon spirals out of her control. The author has gotten into typical eighteen-year-old mind with perfection. The dialogue and the ‘act then think’ behavior of her characters makes this story so realistic. As the story progresses, it takes a darker turn and even has a small splash of the paranormal, which combined with the dynamic plot made this a very enjoyable read. Ms. Gesualdi has woven a fast moving story brimming with intrigue, deception and suspense that both YA fans and romance lovers of any age will enjoy.
I am always on the hunt for a good book that I can't put down, and I found just that in Broken Road. Mixing romance, real-life family relationships and suspense that will take you on the ride of your life, Broken Road contains everything I look for in a book. This is truly one of THE best books I have ever read. I do hope the author is working on a sequel because I fell in love with so many of the characters. I have recommended it to all my family and friends!
My mother ordered this book for herself and I didn't even give her a chance to read it. I started it on Friday and couldn't put it down until I was completely done with it! The author does an incredible job drawing her readers into the world of her characters. I felt like I knew each and every one of them by the time I was finished with Broken Road and I absolutely fell in love with the hero, Jarrod. His brother Alec ain't so bad either! Speaking of Alec, I really hope Ms. Yu-Gesualdi is planning on writing a sequel and that the story be focused on Alec. Let me tell you I was really sad when Broken Road was over!!! I can definitly see a sequel in the making...please, please, please give us a sequel! This is also a perfect book to be made into a movie. I will be passing the word on to all my friends that this book is a MUST-READ!!