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Stormi's Review: The Road She Left Behind by Christine Nolfi


APC PUBLISHER: Lake Union Publishing RELEASED: June 11, 2019 GENRE: women, friendship LENGTH: 316 pages FORMAT: EBOOK, PAPERBACK, AUDIBLE

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Three women. Two families torn apart by secrets.

Crushed by guilt over the car accident that killed her father and sister, and torn apart by her mother’s resentment, Darcy Goodridge fled her family estate eight years ago and hasn’t looked back. Now an unexpected phone call threatens to upend what little serenity she’s found. Her nephew, Emerson, who was just a baby when his mother died, has gone missing. Darcy must return home and face her past in order to save him.

Once back in Ohio, Darcy realizes there’s more to Emerson’s disappearance—and to the sudden retirement of her mother, Rosalind—than meets the eye. As she works to make inroads with Rosalind, Darcy begins to unravel a decades-old secret that devastated her family and forced a wedge between her and Michael Varano, the man she left heartbroken when she vanished after the funeral. After carrying the scars of that fateful night for almost a decade, Darcy is determined to find closure, healing, and maybe even love where she lost them all in the first place—right back home where she belongs.

FIVE BOUNDLESS STARS

Darcy is on the move again. When an unexpected call comes in, she finds herself on the move to the one place she never planned to go back....home. She spent her life moving around, never staying in one place long and never making connections, running from her past and running from her grief. Now she's back home dealing with the past she ran away from and hoping to have a brighter future with a family she left behind. This was the first book by Christine Nolfi that I had the honor of reading and it was awesome. It was such a heartwarming story of family and at the center is heartache. This story has such a strong set of characters. Emerson, of course, was my favorite. For a young boy, he is so bright and a little handful and so fun to fall in love with. Darcy, Latrice, Samson, and yes, even Rosalind spin a tale of heartache and family that you can't help but love. It was full of love, heartache, drama, and family. This book was one I can say that I could read and reread even though it gave me a roller coaster of emotions. It was sad and happy all at the same time. I caught myself in tears and then a bit later I was laughing. It was written in a way that is easy to love and get into. Once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. After reading this book, I can say with 100% honesty that this will not be my last book by this fantastic author. If you love a book centered around family and a tearjerker that will have you on the edge of your seat, then please get this book. You will love it just as much as I did.


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