Night Road

Night Road

Book - 2011
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For a mother, life comes down to a series of choices.

To hold on...

To let go..

To forget...

To forgive...

Which road will you take?

Night Road

For eighteen years, Jude Farraday has put her children's needs above her own, and it shows--her twins, Mia and Zach--are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi Baill moves into their small, close knit community, no one is more welcoming than Jude. Lexi, a former foster child with a dark past, quickly becomes Mia's best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable.

Jude does everything to keep her kids on track for college and out of harm's way. It has always been easy-- until senior year of high school. Suddenly she is at a loss. Nothing feels safe anymore; every time her kids leave the house, she worries about them.

On a hot summer's night her worst fears come true. One decision will change the course of their lives. In the blink of an eye, the Farraday family will be torn apart and Lexi will lose everything. In the years that follow, each must face the consequences of that single night and find a way to forget...or the courage to forgive.

Vivid, universal, and emotionally complex, NIGHT ROAD raises profound questions about motherhood, identity, love, and forgiveness. It is a luminous, heartbreaking novel that captures both the exquisite pain of loss and the stunning power of hope. This is Kristin Hannah at her very best, telling an unforgettable story about the longing for family, the resilience of the human heart, and the courage it takes to forgive the people we love.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2011.
ISBN: 9780312364427
Characteristics: 385 p. ;,25 cm.


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Apr 11, 2021

So many emotions! Such a great book! realistic. Great ending!
Love Hannah's books.
I read it in one evening.

Jul 10, 2020

I found reading the Large Print Version of "Night Road" to be enjoyable, and it is a good story for taking one's mind off of everyday problems and concerns. The characters are well-developed, and the writing is very descriptive.
As the novel carries you in to the plot, the characters are found to be relatable. The story itself has twists and turns, and unexpected events that stir emotions.
There is an important moral to the story presented in a powerful and gripping manner.

Jun 27, 2020

read this book June 2016

Jul 14, 2017

I'm listening to this one on Playaway, so I can't tell how close I am to the end, but it feels like it's been going on forever, and I can't wait for it to be over. Based on reviews I just read, I think it's going to have a pat, tear-jerking ending.
A couple of things that bugged me: Mia and Lexi meet on the first day of 9th grade for both of them, but Lexi already know the ropes of being the new kid in high school? Lexi has bad teeth, but the school golden boy falls in love with her at first sight? Come on . . .

laurauk May 04, 2017

Troubled teen Lexi, who is emotionally mature despite being parentless and abandoned befriends a set of extrovert/introvert twins who seem on the surface to live a charmed life. The twins are controlled by 'helicopter Mom' Jude who withholds love and manipulates to get what she wants. Tragedy hits and Jude loses the plot until she learns from saintlike Lexi (almost overnight in the final chapters) how to forgive. An interesting perspective on grief, a well written beach read.

Mar 02, 2017

While reading this book and finishing it, I feel as though I've been through an emotional rollercoaster. My whole body ached and tears filled. I love this book so much. This book was so character-driven and I feel that just about anybody could relate to someone in the story. I would recommend this book for anyone over 17 years + as it talks about different aspects of young love and high school and how mistakes can happen in an instant. I'm a 35 year-old woman and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a page turner beginning to end. I love that the setting for this book is in Western Washington.

Feb 08, 2017

Not for young readers. Descriptive love making. Well written but not entertaining.

I found the writing simplistic and the plot line was shallow. This is a morality tale aimed at a young adult reader, albeit from the point of view of the helicopter mother. A real eye-roller.

Nov 24, 2015

I was not a big fan of this was repetitious...not to give anything away the ending was a tear jerker...will try reading her earlier books

Sep 11, 2015

This is a book of mistakes, one right after the other! No matter how tight the apron strings are tied, you cannot live your children's lives for them and it is wrong to try. There were times i couldn't stand Jude. Had she taught her twins to work, to be self-reliant, to soar like eagles this story would have been sooo different! But her mother made her the fragile emotional cripple that she was. Lexi's mother was the extreme opposite and no less an emotional cripple. In a word this book is melancholy!

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