Kara Martinson and Harry Canton weren't exactly high school sweethearts, but they did share one night neither will ever forget. Twenty-seven years later, Harry surprises Kara at an art gallery opening and discovers he left her with more than just memories when he went away to college. Desperate to connect with the family he never knew existed, Harry convinces his son to move to Stonehill-and pleads with Kara to come, too.
Kara hasn't stepped foot in their hometown since the day she was sent away to a home for unwed mothers. Now Harry's back in her life and as they put together the pieces of his parents' betrayal, old heartaches start to feel anew. She wants to be near her family, but returning to Iowa means facing some things...and some people...she isn't quite ready to.
Can Harry convince her to forgive those who betrayed her so they can embrace the future they were robbed of so long ago? Or will the pain of the past be too much for Kara to overcome?
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Romance is her preferred reading and writing genre because nothing feels better than falling in love with someone new and her husband doesn't like when she does that in real life.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What began as a one night stand turns into an absolutely beautiful love story. It restored my belief in the power of true love. Kara at seventeen finds herself pregnant after a one night stand with Harry. Unwelcome at her parents house, scared and afraid she flees to Harry's house hoping his mother will contact him at college. Harry's mother, thinking she is protecting her son, sends Kara away with the promise she will inform her son of the baby. Kara, who has now moved away, continues to send letters and pictures in the hopes that one day Harry will send for them. However, because of his mother's insecurities and fear, Harry is never told about Kara or the baby. Kara and Harry reunite after 27 years, each unaware of the lies and deception that have kept them apart. The story that follows will definitely pull at your heart. It is full of raw emotions and the possibility that love really can conquer all. I look forward to reading the next book in the Stonehill Romance series and would highly recommend this book to anybody who believes in the power of true love.
A wonderful read that is so full of raw emotion... This book is centered around Kara & Henry and what happens when Kara gets pregnant at 18. The author does an amazing job of making the reader feel all the emotions that occur when you feel abandoned by those you thought would love you through anything. It is a book about family, forgiveness, and so much more. Not always an easy book to read but so worth the emotional ups & downs. I continue to think on this story even 2 weeks after I finished reading it. ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
4.5 Stars! Sometimes a book has the power to overtake your world, and as a result, it makes you realize how precious life truly is. The Road Leads Back by Marci Boudreaux had that affect on me. Almost every chapter is its own intense and emotional roller coaster, which kept me on the edge of my seat. I recommend keeping a box of tissues handy, because tearing up due to happiness or sadness is inescapable. Kara Martinson and Harry Canton shared one lustful night at the end of their high school career, and nine months later Phil Martinson was born. Due to her pregnancy, Kara's parents completely disowned her, so she turned to Harry's mom for guidance. Harry had already left for college, and his mother assured Kara that she would not only take care of her, she would tell Harry all about the baby and her whereabouts. Twenty-seven years later they meet again, and Harry is more than astonished to learn that he has a son and a granddaughter. Up until this moment, Kara believed that Harry did not care about her or their son. Overtime, they form a family. What a powerful and heart-wrenching read. Ms. Boudreaux's amazing words drew me right into the book, and I felt like a fly on the wall with each and every high and low. Kara and Harry's grief and healing became a part of me. This isn't just a story, it is an experience; replete with deceit, betrayal, discovery and love. Kara and Harry are well-developed characters, and the author narrates their love story with an impassioned voice. The secondary characters truly add more depth to an already compelling read. There are three more books in the Stonehill Romance series and I can't wait to read them. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
The Road Leads Back, Stonehill Romance Book One, Marci Boudreaux Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction Well, there’s a slew of five star reviews for this story so I really expected to enjoy it, and I did but....in a kind of underwhelmed way. It’s one of those that seemed perfect for me, but in practice just didn’t really work. Its a good book, a great book for many, many readers, just not a great one for me. Kara, oh how I felt for her, pregnant, abandoned by her own parents, and cruelly deceived by Harry’s parents. They gave her some money, sent her away to a mum and baby unit on the other side of the country, promising to pass on letters to Harry and that soon as he’d graduated he’d send for her, but in reality told him nothing. She’s struggled, living by bartering her art, clothes making, gardening, anything to keep them fed, clothed and a roof over their head. Its 27 years on now and baby Phil is grown and a dad himself. I was pregnant at 17 – mum’s reaction “Oh no! What will the neighbours think!!” and rush upstairs to bed. The following days were constant guilt trips and trying to persuade me to get rid of or hide the baby somehow. So I understand a little of how Kara felt, but my boyfriend was with me all the way, and we’ve now been married 40 years. Poor Kara though – what happened to her happens even now, and it scarred her in ways she doesn’t even see. I really liked her strength and determination but Phil’s grown now, Harry knew nothing and yet she still holds very tightly to a grudge. She can’t get past being abandoned, and the years have simply strengthened that. There were times when she annoyed me the way she was to Phil and Harry. Then Phil, he too holds a grudge, he hated the communes, always moving, living in other people’s homes. He wanted his own room in his own house, and to have a stable home and even now that he relies on Kara to help him with his daughter Jessie he still never seems to miss an opportunity to push her about his upbringing. When she’s going through Harry’s cupboards, junking his food and giving lectures about what he should or shouldn’t be buying and eating, she was just short of being a bully in a way. I am careful over what we eat, try to go for unprocessed food, animal welfare meat and eggs and yet her stance bordered on dictatorial. It reminded me of a day out at a local animal sanctuary where every pen seemed to have a “meat is murder” sticker, or posters of horrific images of how some animals in the food industry are treated. When we ate out picnic ham ( British!)sandwiches I felt a little frisson of satisfaction, even though I agreed with many of the messages. No one wants it rammed down their throats. The coffee, hot chocolate and Ice-cream were all awful, even the kids wouldn’t eat it. I’ve had good milk substitutes but that was just foul. Cheap and nasty stuff. If you want to persuade people harassing them, and then charging a fortune for sub standard produce isn’t the way to go. Kara’s stance just brought back those memories. She’s just plain rude about what is essentially another persons choice, trying to force her choice on them. She doesn’t want it done to her, why can’t she give some respect to their feelings too? Harry, he’s perfect. Though he was a jerk to leave Kara they way he did, and I never really understood why he went from two years of plucking up courage to approach her for a date, to that one night and then leaving. Maybe it was