One Wrong Turn: A Novel

One Wrong Turn: A Novel

by Deanna Lynn Sletten


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ISBN-13: 9781477823170
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 06/20/2017
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Author Deanna Lynn Sletten believes in fate, love at first sight, soul mates, second chances, and happily ever after. When she initially started writing women’s fiction and romance, she decided to self-publish her first three novels. Since then, she has published twelve books—including Finding Libbie, her second book with Lake Union Publishing. She lives in a small town in northern Minnesota and is married with two grown children. When she’s not writing, she enjoys relaxing in a boat on the lake and walking the wooded trails around her home with her beautiful Australian shepherd.

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One Wrong Turn: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Jess Connors takes a wrong turn and she ends up in a tragic accident that results in her in a coma. Clay Connors must return to his family and take care of his girls and hope for his wife to return to them. He had to leave his family two years ago to get himself in a right place and find a sober life, he did but didn't return and now he is back and has a lot of amends to make. One thing I loved about this book is how the glimpses into this couple's past were sprinkled into just the right times. It was the way to get Jess' voice as in the present she lay in the coma.
mertimeAG More than 1 year ago
Jess and her 2 daughters have moved away to fix up her grandmothers home to become a B&B. They leave Jess's husband and the girls Dad, Clay behind as they have been apart for the last few years. Clay had issues with alcohol and they took over his life. He was in numerous rehab centers and tried a lot of things to get help, but nothing really seemed to "fix" the problem and after disappointing his family so many times, it just seemed easier to stay away and not hurt them anymore. Clay gets a call one day stating that Jess had been in a car accident and rushes to his family knowing that his girls need him now more than ever. While the girls need him, they have been apart for 2 years and aren't as ready to welcome him back. This story follows these 3 as they go through a lot of uphill battles of trying to fix their relationships of father and daughters as well as the story of Jess and the battles that she faces of possibly never coming out of the coma she is in. This story is very emotional and will pull at your heartstrings in ways you can't even imagine. Once again Deanna did an amazing job and doesn't disappoint!
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
Deanna Lynn Sletten’s new novel, “One Wrong Turn” tells the story of Jess and Clay. The book begins when Jess is rushing home and has a car accident that results in her becoming comatose. Jess is living with their two daughters, twelve year-old Maddie and seven year-old Jilly, working to open a bed and breakfast in a home left her by her grandmother. Clay is summoned to the hospital, where he sees his comatose wife and two daughters for the first time in two years. The story goes back and forth in time, beginning with the first meeting of Jess, a waitress in beach bar and Clay, a guitarist in a rock band. At first Jess wants nothing to do with a musician, but Clay wins her over. They marry, and Jess becomes pregnant with Maddie. Clay’s career begins to take off, which means he is off touring with bands, in addition to becoming a highly respected and in-demand studio musician. Musicians like to drink, and Clay begins to drink too much. Jess puts up with Clay’s drinking until she returns home one day and finds him passed out when he is supposed to be caring for their baby. Clay’s attempts at sobriety include stints at rehab facilities, and he manages to stay sober for periods of times. Eventually Jess has had enough and she takes the girls and moves away when she inherits her grandmother’s house. They build a life for themselves, and make friends, until the accident. Maddie is old enough to remember good and bad times with her father, but young Jilly doesn’t remember much. Clay vows to the girls that he will care for them, but Maddie fears they will be abandoned by Clay once again. In addition, there is the question of whether Jess will ever come out of her coma. “One Wrong Turn” is the story of a marriage that tries to overcome the illness of addiction, and what happens when the unimaginable occurs. It’s beautifully written, and the characters, particularly Maddie and Clay, are ones that readers will identify and empathize with. Sletten’s last novel, “Finding Libbie” was about love, marriage and mental illness, and she approaches her books with such sensitivity, I admit to tearing up more than once while reading her. Fans of Elin Hilderbrand's books should seek out Deanna Lee Sletten’s books.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Poignant Favorite Quotes: Jilly stood and looked at him with sad eyes. ‘I don’t really remember you enough to hate you.’ … ‘Oh, Jilly-bear. I think that’s worse than if you hated me.’ One wrong turn. One wrong choice. He understood the devastation that one moment could cause. My Review: The story begins with a woman’s (Jess’) inner musing while driving, her mind wonders to her To-Do List and family members instead of the rain-slicked road. An accident leaves her in a coma and her estranged husband of several years (Clay) is contacted by the hospital. The plot was relevant, relatable, and well paced while the writing was emotive with a full range of feels and heart-squeezes across the present and past timelines. Ms. Sletton excels at setting a scene with thoughtful little touches and colorful details that pull in all the senses. Her characters are likable, knowable, and common everyday people whom we may recognize in our own families or circle of friends. The tweenaged daughter was a boiling cauldron of animosity and hostility toward her father for his perceived abandonment, with the resulting girl drama of abysmal behaviors and verbally lashing out at every opportunity, which further stressed the family and threatened Clay’s sobriety. I had made assumptions about Clay, as many of us often do in regards to those battling addiction, but was happy to cast my misperceptions aside as he struggled to maintain his hard-fought sobriety while stepping up for his family, reacquainting himself with his children, and maintaining his own career - which was a tall order and not an easy task as his children had not seen him in two years, and for some reason their mother had not informed them of the why. One Wrong Turn was a poignant, thought-provoking, and engaging story that could easily happen on any street.
Chris721 More than 1 year ago
Jess and Clay's marriage has had many ups and downs due to Clay's alcoholism. After Clay's 3rd time in rehab, he decides to live apart from Jess and their 2 daughters as he is scared to disappoint them again. Jess has a terrible car accident and Clay rushes to her side at the hospital. As Jess lies in a coma, Clay must try and rebuild his relationship with his daughters. This is a beautifully written book about the effects alcoholism has on a family. It is a story of love, family, and redemption. Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for an ARC of this book in return for an honest review.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
Jess had no intention of ever falling in love with a musician, but fall, she did. Clay and his music, became her entire world. After a while, though, Clay began to fail Jess, disappointing her repeatedly. Jess, however, loved Clay, and always seemed to find it in her heart, to forgive him. After being in a rehabilitation hospital for alcoholism three times, Clay should have been ready to go home and start taking responsibility for his life. But, Clay didn’t think he was ready. He was afraid of disappointing his family, so he stayed away, but weeks turned into months and months into years. When Clay received the news that his wife was in a coma, Clay finally came to his senses. The devastating reality of his wife’s condition sank in. It was time for him to go home and do what he should have been doing all along, taking care of his family. Jilly, Clay’s seven-year-old daughter, accepted him back into her life, without question, even though he’d been gone for two years. His twelve-year-old daughter, Maddie, however, was not so forgiving and gave Clay’s patience, along with his fragile sobriety, a thorough workout. This is a poignant and emotional story that describes the pain alcoholics, and their family often suffer when the claws of addiction are in full force. Although I did not find Jess and Clay’s relationship entirely realistic, I was still utterly absorbed in their story. This is a well-written and compelling novel. Very enjoyable. Thank you, Deanna Sletten, Lake Union Publishing, and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.