Sunny Shelly’s Review: Side Trip, by Kerry Lonsdale

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An unforgettable and breathtaking novel of love, loss, and the unexpected routes that life takes from Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kerry Lonsdale.

With her deceased sister’s Route 66 bucket list in hand, California girl Joy Evers sets out on a cross-country road trip to meet up with her fiancé, checking off the bullets along the way.

Singer-songwriter Dylan Westfield has a serious case of wanderlust and a broken-down car. Stuck at a diner between LA and Flagstaff, he meets Joy, his complete opposite. She’s energetic. He’s moody. She’s by the book. He’s spontaneous. She believes in love at first sight. He thinks love is a complicated mess. But Joy has a brand-new convertible.

They strike a deal. She’ll drive him to New York. He’ll pay for gas. Only three rules apply: no exchanging of last names; what happens on the road, stays on the road; and if one of them wants to take a side trip, they both must agree.

A heart-stirring love story that spans a decade, Side Trip explores what-if. What if Joy and Dylan had exchanged last names? What if he’d told her she made him believe love was worth the risk? And what if they hadn’t made that second deal when they couldn’t say goodbye?

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PURCHASE HERE: amazon.com/sidetrip

 

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

A side trip along Route 66 changes Joy and Dylan’s lives forever. An chance meeting between a tortured singer/songwriter and a tortured young woman carrying out her sister’s bucket list leads Dylan and Joy to spending 10 days together. 10 days that leaves them both wanting more, unable to forget the other, and learning more about themselves thanks to the other’s influence than they ever thought possible.

This was a light read, but one full of “what ifs?” And there is cheating, since Joy is engaged, but there’s really no way around that. The push and pull that Joy feels between wanting to stay loyal to Mark and the intense attraction and connection she has with Dylan is really the crux of this story. So while cheating is usually a no-go for me, I went with the flow on this one because there really can’t be any other way for this story to work.

Side Trip is full of heart and passion, and a lesson in forgiving yourself and those who have hurt you. The chemistry between Dylan and Joy is amazing, right from the start. I loved how the story unfolds over the course of Then and Now, ten years passing with both Dylan and Joy unable to move on, no matter how hard they try.

And that ending! Not your typical ending! I loved that twist. I read previously read Last Summer by Kerry Lonsdale, and wasn’t sure if I should expect another sorta-cliffhanger/unresolved ending. But the conclusion of Side Trip was beautiful.

I received an advanced copy from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily left a review.

 

 

 

 

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