08 March 2024

the road before us | first line friday + the friday 56

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happy friday!

a bright spot in this dreary week has been my book mail—including this not-yet-released giveaway-win book by janine rosche (via librarything). very excited to go on a route-66 adventure soon!

first line: miles from any high-rise, the generations-old asphalt crumbles beneath the soles of my borrowed boots, and i wish my story would fall through the hot cracks of route 66 along with it.

page 56: i've never known a man who could french braid. i can only imagine what other surprising facts i might learn about him.
(quotes taken from an advance reading copy)


about the book

How far would you go to fix the mistakes you've made and regain the trust you lost? For Jade Jessup, the answer is 2,448 miles. Once one of Chicago's significant financial advisors, Jade lost her credibility when her fiancé (and coworker) stole millions of dollars from their clients in a Ponzi scheme. Now she's agreed to help one of them--an aging 1960s Hollywood starlet named Berenice "Benny" Alderidge--seek financial restoration.

Jade sets off along Route 66 with Benny and her handsome adult foster son, Bridger, who is filming a documentary retracing the 1956 trip that started the love story between Benny and her recently deceased husband, Paul. Listening to Benny recount her story draws Jade into memories of her own darker association with Route 66, when she was kidnapped as a child by a man the media labeled a monster--but she remembers only as daddy.

Together, all three of these pilgrims will learn about family, forgiveness, and what it means to live free of the past. But not before Jade faces a second staggering betrayal that changes everything.

release date: may 21, 2024

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  1. Funny. Now that I think of it, I've never known a man who could french braid, either.

  2. Yay for book mail! I love the opening of The Road Before Us. Now I want to know what her story is! I hope you have a great weekend!

  3. Fantastic teasers! I'm trying to think if I know any men that can french braid . . . I'm not sure! Happy Reading!