The Road to Youby Marilyn Brant
~Sometimes the only road to the truth...is one you've never taken.~
"Until I found Gideon's journal in the tool shed -- locked in the cedar box where I'd once hidden my old diary -- I'd been led to
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A coming-of-age romantic mystery -- that takes place, in part, along historic Route 66 -- written by USA TODAY bestselling author Marilyn Brant!
~Sometimes the only road to the truth...is one you've never taken.~
"Until I found Gideon's journal in the tool shed -- locked in the cedar box where I'd once hidden my old diary -- I'd been led to believe my brother was dead. But the contents of his journal changed all that."
THE ROAD TO DISCOVERY
Two years ago, Aurora Gray's world turned upside down when her big brother Gideon and his best friend Jeremy disappeared. Now, during the summer of her 18th birthday, she unexpectedly finds her brother's journal and sees that it's been written in again. Recently. By him.
THE ROAD TO DANGER
There are secret messages coded within the journal's pages. Aurora, who's unusually perceptive and a natural puzzle solver, is hell bent on following where they lead, no matter what the cost. She confides in the only person she feels can help her interpret the clues: Donovan McCafferty, Jeremy's older brother and a guy she's always been drawn to -- even against her better judgment.
THE ROAD TO YOU
Reluctantly, Donovan agrees to go with her and, together, they set out on a road trip of discovery and danger, hoping to find their lost brothers and the answers to questions they've never dared to ask aloud.
"In that expectant space between silence and melody, our trip began..."
AN EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER ONE
I could count on one hand the things I knew were true about Donovan McCafferty:
He was twenty-three -- just over five years older than I was.
He'd escaped into the Army at age eighteen and, except for a few quick but memorable visits, hadn't returned to Minnesota until this past winter.
He had an excellent mechanical mind.
And he made me very nervous.
Underneath my skin, every nerve fiber was fast twitching. Just thinking about Donovan always did that to me but, this time, it was also about the trip. I couldn't have been more eager to get on the road to Crescent Cove, and I really didn't want to make a stop at Donovan's workplace. But, awkward though it would be, he knew a few things I didn't and might signal to me (whether he realized it or not) some very useful directions.
It was 7:05 p.m. by the time I got to the shop, and I parked a fair distance from the entrance. They closed at seven, but the work light in the back was on and two out of the three garage doors were still open. I knew he was in there. Not because I'd caught even one glimpse of Mr. Tall, Dark and Intense yet, but because the only other car in the lot was a crimson Firebird Trans Am with the giant bird decal in black and gold across the hood. His, of course.
I pushed open my car door, grabbed my tote bag with my brother Gideon's journal tucked safely inside and inhaled several lungfuls of the cloying summer air. So early in June and already every breath was wrapped in sticky-sweet bugginess.
I didn't make it more than five steps before he came out. A solid, broad-shouldered, six-foot-two mass of frequently impenetrable emotions. Not impenetrable enough this time, though. Even at a distance of half a parking lot, I detected two powerful sensations that crashed, one after the other, into my awareness:
One, he was hugely curious about why I was here.
And, two, he very much wished I hadn't been.
He walked up to me and cleared his throat. "Car trouble, Aurora?" He glanced at my hand-me-down, smoke-blue, five-year-old Buick Century, which had done nothing but purr contentedly during my drives around town. Donovan was the type to have noticed this, so I could tell he knew it wasn't the car.
I shook my head. "I need to show you something," I told him. "Privately."
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Marilyn Brant is a USA TODAY bestselling and award-winning author of contemporary fiction, and she was named the 2013 Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. She wrote ACCORDING TO JANE, the story of a modern woman who receives dating advice from the spirit of Jane Austen (October 2009); FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE, a tale about three suburban moms, their marriages and what happens a decade or two after the "Happily Ever After" (a Doubleday Book Club and Book-of-the-Month Club pick in 2010); and A SUMMER IN EUROPE, a novel about a woman's journey of self discovery as she travels through Europe with her adventurous aunt's Sudoku & Mahjongg Club (a Literary Guild and BOMC2 featured alternate in 2011, and a Rhapsody Book Club Top 20 Bestseller in "Fiction & Literature" in 2012), all women's fiction releases from Kensington Books.
She's also a #1 Kindle & #1 Nook Bestseller and has written a series of fun and flirty contemporary romantic comedies, available as original ebooks. Both ON ANY GIVEN SUNDAE and PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT MATCH were Top 100 Bestsellers on both Barnes & Noble and Amazon. DOUBLE DIPPING was a 2012 International Digital Awards Finalist for Best Contemporary Novel. Her latest book, THE ROAD TO YOU, was a coming-of-age romantic mystery (October 2013) and a Top 100 B&N Bestseller. Her novella "All About Us" was included as part of the new-adult romance anthology, ALL I EVER WANTED (January 2014). Look for PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT BET, coming summer 2014.
As a former teacher, library staff member, freelance magazine writer and national book reviewer for Romantic Times, Marilyn has spent much of her life lost in literature. She received her M.A. in educational psychology from Loyola University Chicago, dabbled in both fiction and art at Northwestern University, studied the works of Austen at Oxford University and is a Lifetime Member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Her debut novel won RWA's prestigious Golden Heart Award� in 2007 and a number of awards since -- including the Single Titles Reviewers' Choice, the Booksellers' Best and the Aspen Gold.
Marilyn lives in the northern Chicago suburbs with her family. When she isn't rereading Jane's books or enjoying the latest releases by her writer friends, she's working on her next novel, eating chocolate indiscriminately and hiding from the laundry.
Visit her website: www.marilynbrant.com
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I received The Road to You from Marilyn Brant via AToMR Tours in exchange for an honest review. The Road to You is so good! Determined to finally find out what’s happened to her brother and his best friend Jeremy, missing for two years, Aurora enlists the help of Jeremy’s brother. The pair sets out on a road trip — ostensibly a college scouting trip — that leads them from Minnesota to Arizona (via Wisconsin and Chicago) on Route 66. Along the way they meet people who can help them and people who are set on hurting them as they work to find the answers they and their parents deserve. I love that The Road to You is set in the late 1970s, which makes things a whole lot harder than the 2013 version would be. Aurora and Donovan can’t just Google hotels, landmarks, and information — or call upon their GPS-enabled smartphones to get them from one place to another. They have to rely on libraries, phone books, and folded paper maps to find what they need. Aurora and Donovan are both likeable characters, which is a good thing because so much time is spent on the road with just the two of them. The mystery of what happened to Gideon and Jeremy is exciting and kept me wondering right up until the very end. I didn’t want to put The Road to You down until I’d finished it, and when I did have to put it down, I often would find myself wondering what would happen next. The Road to You is a satisfying YA/NA mystery with a touch of romance. The cover is a little misleading. The romance is not nearly as prevalent as the cover would have you believe. There are hints of it, with attraction between the two main characters lurking in the background the whole time, but it’s not the focus until the very end. That’s another thing I like about The Road to You. Aurora and Donovan are in a lot of danger for most of the book and spending too much time on romance would have been distracting and possibly would have led them to to let their guards down.
absolutely amazing., could not put it down and never knew what was going to happen next...it was passionate in an young adult manner which match the time frame for 1978..the characters were leading and strong.. and the story line was excellent and stayed on target... it had mystery and suspense and it brought you back in time to a much simple form ... simple put it was a beautiful story and I recommend it as a must read :)
I loved this book so very much. Aurora is a smart, fearless, determined young heroine - someone I admired from the second I met her. I was right there on the journey with her and was *dying* for her to solve the mystery of her brother's disappearance. And Donovan McCafferty? Gosh, how I loved him. Loved watching his relationship with Aurora unfold. Their friendship and romance put a huge smile on my face and the ending is just perfect! Swoon-worthy and gorgeous. I want more Aurora and Donovan, Ms. Brant!
Just had to keep reading... i love books where you dont know what is going to happen next!
What an awesome adventure. The Road To You by Marilyn Brant is a phenomenal young adult mystery set in the 70's and I haven't read anything like it before. I was trying to describe this book to my family shortly after I read it and found I couldn't do it justice but kept telling them they should just read it. That is what I am telling you. Read it! As I mentioned above, the book is set in the 70's. I was born in the mid-70's but know enough about the time period to be able to appreciate the 70's tidbits such as the movie Grease coming out and some of the music referenced. Marilyn does a fantastic job with descriptions of the locations and the overall setting of the book. You feel like you are in the 70's while reading this story. I love that the town I grew up in was mentioned in the book! I have yet to read another book that mentions it. I really, truly, enjoyed the entire road trip that Marilyn takes you on in The Road To You. The story itself and characters are very well done. Seventeen year old Aurora is wise beyond her years but that knowledge is not always appreciated. She does manage to use her maturity to convince Donovan who is five years older than her to help find out what happened to both of their brothers, Gideon and Jeremy. She uncovers a journal that Gideon led her to with clues to figure out why the boys disappeared two years prior. It is a very complicated plot and I can't even imagine how Marilyn came up with all of it. Reading it is easy though. I'm not very good at solving mysteries but I love reading them and following along with the characters as they figure them out. Donovan and Aurora's relationship changed along the way and not in a cheesy typical way, so it fit the book, the adventure and the characters perfectly. The Road To You is a mystery that will have you thinking about things as if the story were real. I went on a road trip shortly after I finished reading it and found myself thinking about the story as I passed landmarks or other travelers. If you like a good mystery, young adult books or road trips, I highly recommend The Road To You.
The Road To You is a brilliant and complex mystery with just the right amount of romance. I absolutely loved every single second of this book. I felt like I was back in the seventies; on a road trip with bad disco, no cell phones, and really cheap motel rooms! The Road To You not only brought the seventies to life on the page, it also had me trying to figure out the puzzle pieces just as diligently (but not nearly so well) as Aurora. If there is one aspect of this book that is absolutely, without a doubt, fantastic, it is the mystery. Marilyn Brant’s skill in devising this incredibly detailed, well thought-out and absolutely mind-blowing! I was amazed by the code in the journal, and Aurora’s ability to decode it. All of the thought put in to how the puzzle fits together is absolutely astounding. You will be completely amazed by this book! The book takes place in the late 70s; before cell phones, caller ID, GPS, etc. The era is really brought to life in The Road To You, through Aurora and Donovan’s road trip. The places they visit and the steps they take to unravel the mystery of Gideon and Jeremy’s disappearance are so interesting. There is a scene where Aurora goes to see Grease in theaters and the author does such an amazing job describing Aurora’s first impression of a movie so many of us have seen over and over again. It’s just fascinating. This book is full of mystery and excitement and even a little bit of sadness. The romance level is there, but it complements the overall story instead of being the focus of the book. I strongly recommend this read for young adults and adults alike. **Digital copy provided by the author in exchange for honest review.
Aurora Gray knows what it’s like to imitate life, she’s been doing it for two years since her older brother Gideon and his best friend Jeremy McCafferty disappeared without a trace. Now in the summer of her high school senior year a new clue brings her hope that the boys are still alive when Gideon’s personal journal miraculously appears with what seems like new and cryptic entries. With her intuitiveness and her inquisitiveness on red alert she begins to de-code these mysterious entries only to discover that they’re leading her to specific destinations. Knowing she’ll need help she turns to the only person who’ll understand her turmoil, Jeremy’s older brother Donovan. Donovan’s not convinced Aurora’s discovery is anything but a coincidence but he also knows that he can’t let her go on this adventure without him, not because he believes their brothers are alive but because the protector in him is yelling not to let her. As they begin this journey they will make discoveries that will change them forever, that will make them question wrong and right, that will take very difficult to believe twists and dangerous turns, that will take them along the path of the mother of all highways, and will also lead them into a personal relationship that may determine their future; if they survive to experience it. Marilyn Brant’s beautifully written new novel takes her talent to a new and darker level. It’s a heartrending tale of loss and of love, a masterful mix of mystery and romance with a good dose of a coming of age tale thrown in. Her meticulous and descriptive narrative paints a perfect picture of landscapes and scenes and gives a realistic look at a crime drama from the 70s, which just happens to be my personal hey-day and a road-trip on the historic Route 66 that will keep readers on the nail-biting edge of their seats until she decides to solve the puzzle and let her audience breathe again. Her characters are all superb but none better than her stars Aurora and Donovan who play their roles perfectly. Those of us who know her well will also see very personal qualities inside these pages and we will be yet again amazed at her talent, her storytelling and her knowledge of the human condition. Marilyn we’ve been on many novelistic trips together and I’ll remember each of them but this one will resonate especially because of its emotion and passion. Thank you for this story and I can’t wait to see where you lead me next.
The Road to You is an extremely well-written novel and a tremendous combination of romance and mystery. The story takes you on a cross-country journey that is both warm and suspenseful. The developments between Aurora and Donovan will keep you guessing and the excitement that comes from them deciphering clues will keep you on the edge of your seat. This book was such a page-turner and I was always looking forward to the next chapter. I highly recommend The Road to You!
A 270 page very well-written narrative free book of intrigue and adventure in the 1970's that starts in a small Minnesota town when a 17 year old girl finds her missing brother of two years' diary with a two week last entry, and enlists the help of an old crush and his interest in his missing brother. A cross country trip ensues of intrigue, danger, and adventure. Some adult language, violence, and descriptive sex scenes.
I've never thought of myself as a big fan of fictional intrigue and mystery until I recalled how much I loved reading Nancy Drew as a child and Encyclopedia Brown. I think I just got caught up in the hype surrounding them. When Marilyn Brant first informed her readers her upcoming book was a YA/NA mystery novel, I was certainly interested, but a little worried about whether or not I was going to enjoy it. I shouldn't have. The story is really very interesting. I had no idea some of the things that happened in this book could happen or even may have happened in the past. It all seemed surreal. The story started off with Aurora finding the journal in a place she knew it hadn't been before and noticing things in it that were suspicious. I love how determined she was to get to the bottom of her brother Gideon's disappearance. Everyone else may have written him off as a runaway or dead, but Aurora knew something didn't add up. The clues were all there but watching Aurora and Donovan piece them together was amazing. I really enjoyed both Aurora and Donovan's characters. Aurora is uber intelligent and well versed in reading people. I did feel like that skill was one that most teenagers wouldn't have, but then Aurora isn't exactly your typical teen. I liked Donovan for accompanying her and believing in her...for the most part. I can see how he thought the journey was a waste of time and then later on too dangerous for them. There were moments when my heart was in my throat because I was worried about what was going to happen, and others where I was horrified by what had been revealed. There were some tears too. Marilyn Brant has written a story that both impresses and captures the imagination. I love how the story is set in the past, making the events believable and exciting. The journey Aurora and Donovan take is one fraught with perils, but it's a journey nonetheless that opens both their eyes. I loved being able to go on that trip with them. I shouldn't have doubted Marilyn's ability to capture not just my interest, but other reader's as well. I do hope to read more about Aurora and Donovan in the future.
The Road To You by Marilyn Brant was a surprise of wonderful delights from the first turn of the page. Already and avid fan of Marilyn and many of her wonderful tales that she has spun for us to read, I was more set back and then happily surprised as she reached outside her normal genre to enter a new era and format for this, her newest literary gift to us. After setting us back into the 70’s and the years of my youth, where I was able to identify very well with the heroine and her trials and tribulations of being almost an adult. Throw in the added trauma of a family in the midst of a great mysterious tragedy and add a generous allotment of a brilliant teenage mind that won’t let things rest, and you have the setting for an action-filled, mystery, that is filled with fast turns, a lot of brain puzzlers, and not a lot of sleep for you, the reader, till you get to the last page. But, Marilyn didn’t let us romantics down, either. She threw in the gorgeous dark, handsome hunk to stir up the story and keep the heart pumping and wondering if she would get her man with the turn of the next page. Or would he be the gallant knight in shining armor and protect her innocent youthful virtue and be the gentleman while escorting her through the tire screeching, blood-pumping storyline that has you dodging bullets and bad guys. By halfway through the book I was beginning to wonder if there was really a good guy out there to be found…. The topping to the whole piece that provided a wonderful scenic back drop and was a lot of fun was watching the storyline follow the old Route 66 from Chicago to out west…. But how far, I’m not going to say, that would almost ruin it. Being from the area and having travelled most of the route, I thoroughly enjoyed the attention to detail and accuracy that Marilyn paid to the locales and establishments along the way. Yup, they really are there and really do exist. And they were really the BIG thing back in the days….. All the way around, The Road To You was a fun, exciting, and enjoyable book that kept me guessing the “whodunit” all the way to the last page. Marilyn, you batted this one out of the park!!!!
I love Marilyn Brant. I’ve always found her writing moving—almost akin to the great romance writers of the past—or the future, I’m not really sure. She’s like that, timeless. But, when I found out her newest book, THE ROAD TO YOU, was set in the seventies, I was even more excited to read it. I loved the 70’s! Being a preteen in that decade was something like going to a Bon Jovi concert and only being allowed to sit outside. Everything was so cool in the 70’s. Society was teetering on the edge of traditional and new. The Vietnam War was over and with its ending, our country began its shift from “Ward and June” to “Mitchell and Cam”. Everything—and I mean everything was changing. The change was palpable, and I wanted to be part of it. Unfortunately, I was way too young. I remember wanting a pair of high-waisted Duckhead jeans so bad I couldn’t stand it. (Never did get them, the style wasn’t exactly enduring). Farrah was more than your usual television beauty, she was downright sexy. And the music…wow, the music! While some was sweet (still remember going to a Shaun Cassidy concert and screaming my lungs out!), it was also sensual and forbidden to a kid my age—sung by long-haired, bearded men who seemed both sweet and dangerous. Confession: I still have a crush on Glenn Frey and Don Henley. I told you all this to say that Marilyn Brant captured Every. Single. Stimulating. detail of this time. Book exeprt from Amazon: ~Sometimes the only road to the truth...is one you've never taken.~ "Until I found Gideon's journal in the tool shed -- locked in the cedar box where I'd once hidden my old diary -- I'd been led to believe my brother was dead. But the contents of his journal changed all that." THE ROAD TO DISCOVERY Two years ago, Aurora Gray's world turned upside down when her big brother Gideon and his best friend Jeremy disappeared. Now, during the summer of her 18th birthday, she unexpectedly finds her brother's journal and sees that it's been written in again. Recently. By him. THE ROAD TO DANGER There are secret messages coded within the journal's pages. Aurora, who's unusually perceptive and a natural puzzle solver, is hell bent on following where they lead, no matter what the cost. She confides in the only person she feels can help her interpret the clues: Donovan McCafferty, Jeremy's older brother and a guy she's always been drawn to -- even against her better judgment. THE ROAD TO YOU Reluctantly, Donovan agrees to go with her and, together, they set out on a road trip of discovery and danger, hoping to find their lost brothers and the answers to questions they've never dared to ask aloud. "In that expectant space between silence and melody, our trip began..." * Not a great fan of YA literature and being accustomed to Marilyn’s mostly romantic-based stories, I will admit I was a little hesitant about starting THE ROAD TO YOU. But let me assure you, my concern was completely unwarranted. Within the first twenty pages, I was astounded at how well she navigated the treacherous road of mystery. The concept in and of itself is enough to make you want to read the story. A young girl who just wants to find out what happened to her brother and somewhere along the way, maybe find out a little about herself too. And, as travelers of this great road, isn’t that for which we all search? I won’t give anything away here, but the fast-paced tempo of the book will keep you flipping the pages until the end. At times, I thought my heart was going to beat out of my chest! A masterful storyteller, Marilyn Brant’s THE ROAD TO YOU will transport you and your Duckhead jeans to a different time and place to discover something eternal—the truth.
Marilyn Brant's The Road to You is a great coming of age story with a bit of romance and a lot of mystery. It took me a little while to get into the book, but once I did I was intrigued by the mystery and the action kept me on the edge of my seat. I was kept me guessing with unexpected twists and turns and an interesting cast of characters. I wouldn't have minded a little more romance, but the interaction and chemistry between Aurora and Donovan was fairly satisfying on its own and the mystery and suspense made up for the lack of romance. The connection between Aurora and Donovan was sweet and real, regardless of how they fought it. One of the most interesting things to me was the setting of the book - both geographic and time. Route 66 is such an interesting and historic stretch of road. It made for a perfect setting for Aurora and Donovan's trip. Set in the 1970s, there were no cell phones or modern technology we take for granted. This story wouldn't have worked nearly as well in a more contemporary setting because of those devices. Overall, this was a compelling mystery that kept my attention for the duration. It was a refreshing break from the books I generally read. I enjoyed Marilyn's writing style and look forward to reading more from her in the future. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.