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A Turn in the Road

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A Turn in the Road

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Sometimes, where you think you're going isn't where you end up...

In the middle of the year, in the middle of her life, Bethanne Hamlin takes a road trip with her daughter, Annie, and her former mother-in-law, Ruth.

They're driving to Florida for Ruth's 50th high school reunion. A longtime widow, Ruth would like to reconnect with Royce, the love of her teenage life. She's heard he's alone, too....

Bethanne needs time to reflect on a decision she has to make--whether or not to reconcile with her ex-husband, Grant, her children's father.

Meanwhile, Annie's out to prove to her onetime boyfriend that she can live a brilliant life without him!

So there they are, three women driving across America. They have their maps and their directions--but even the best-planned journey can take you to a turn in the road. Or lead to an unexpected encounter--like the day Bethanne meets a man named Max....


Sometimes, where you think you're going isn't where you end up...

In the middle of the year, in the middle of her life, Bethanne Hamlin takes a road trip with her daughter, Annie, and her former mother-in-law, Ruth.

They're driving to Florida for Ruth's 50th high school reunion. A longtime widow, Ruth would like to reconnect with Royce, the love of her teenage life. She's heard he's alone, too....

Bethanne needs time to reflect on a decision she has to make--whether or not to reconcile with her ex-husband, Grant, her children's father.

Meanwhile, Annie's out to prove to her onetime boyfriend that she can live a brilliant life without him!

So there they are, three women driving across America. They have their maps and their directions--but even the best-planned journey can take you to a turn in the road. Or lead to an unexpected encounter--like the day Bethanne meets a man named Max....
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    I think Dad wants to get back together." Bethanne's daughter, Annie, spoke with studied nonchalance. "He still loves you, Mom."

    Bethanne's spoon hovered over her bowl of soup as they sat at a window table in their favorite cafe. This wasn't actually news and shouldn't have come as any surprise. Didn't come as any surprise. She'd seen the signs, as recently as this morning. These days Grant was inventing excuses to call her.

    Six years ago her world had imploded when her husband confessed that he'd fallen in love with another woman. With barely a backward glance, Grant had walked out--out of their home, their marriage, their lives. And now he wanted back in.

    "Don't you have anything to say?" Annie asked, toying with her fork. She watched her mother intently.

    "Not really." She swallowed the soup and lowered her spoon for another taste.

    Annie, it seemed, had forgotten. But not Bethanne.

    The morning Grant told her he wanted a divorce would stay in her mind forever. He couldn't seem to get away from her fast enough. He'd retained a lawyer and advised her to do the same, then coldly informed her that all future communication would be through their lawyers. The less contact with her and their children, the better, he'd said. A clean break was best.

    Grant's decision had struck Bethanne with the force and unpredictability of a hurricane. She'd stumbled blindly through the next few months, trying to hold her family together, clinging to the semblance of normality while her world disintegrated around her. "You really don't have anything to say?" Annie prodded.

    "No," Bethanne said shortly. She swallowed another spoonful of soup and reached for the herb scone. "What disturbs me is that your father would let you do his talking for him."

    Annie had the grace to look chastened, but she pushed her food away as if she'd suddenly lost her appetite.

    At one time Bethanne had dreamed Grant would regret what he'd done, that he'd seek her forgiveness and come crawling back to her. She'd wanted him to suffer for the way he'd treated her, for the hurt he'd inflicted when he'd turned his back on their children.

    But in the years since the divorce, Bethanne had gradually found her footing and, in the process, discovered a self she didn't know existed--a stronger, independent Bethanne, a woman forged in the fire of despair. Now her two children were on their own; her oldest, Andrew, was engaged to be married in a few weeks, following his graduation from law school. As for her daughter, Annie was a year from obtaining her MBA. She worked part-time with Bethanne on the creative end of the party business Bethanne had established in the wake of her divorce.

    During her twenty years of marriage, Bethanne had become known for her lavish and inventive parties. She'd taken pride in making Grant look good by hosting unforgettable events for clients and potential clients--an invitation to Grant's home became a sought-after privilege in certain circles. Her birthday parties for Andrew and Annie were legendary. But never once had she

    dreamed that her party-giving skills would eventually be parlayed into such a success.

    She'd started the business, which she called simply Parties, as a way of making enough money to continue living in their family home, although she'd had to take out a substantial second mortgage to get Parties off the ground. Grant had paid the required support, but depending on that would've meant moving to a smaller house in a different neighborhood. If ever her children needed stability, she knew, it was in the period after the divorce. She'd since paid off both mortgages.

    To Bethanne's astonishment, the...

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  • Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and a leading voice in women's fiction worldwide. Her work has appeared on every major bestseller list, with more than 170 million copies in print, and she is a multiple award winner. The Hallmark Channel based a television series on Debbie's popular Cedar Cove books. For more information, visit her website, www.debbiemacomber.com.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    March 14, 2011
    Perennial bestseller Macomber serves up another heartwarming entry in her popular Blossom Street series (Hannah's List, Summer on Blossom Street). Bethanne Hamlin's ex-husband, Grant, wants them to reunite, but Bethanne isn't sure she can ever trust Grant again, since his infidelity destroyed their marriage. On a whim, Bethanne agrees to go on a road trip with her daughter, Annie, and Grant's mother, Ruth, who's driving across the country to attend her 50th high school reunion and hopefully connect with a lost love. Along the way, Bethanne meets Max Scranton, a mysterious biker with a painful past. Bethanne feels an instant, undeniable connection to Max and longs to follow her heart, but everyone else wants her to get back together with comfortable, familiar Grant. Themes of forgiving old hurts and finding new love will resonate with readers in search of a gently romantic tale.

  • Publishers Weekly "Debbie Macomber is...a bona fide superstar."
  • Publishers Weekly "Popular romance writer Macomber has a gift for evoking the emotions that are at the heart of the genre's popularity."
  • New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs Debbie Macomber writes characters who are as warm and funny as your best friends."
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Debbie Macomber is one of the most reliable, versatile romance authors around."
  • Publishers Weekly "As always, Macomber draws rich, engaging characters."
  • RT Book Reviews on The Shop on Blossom Street "Macomber is a master storyteller; any one of these characters could have been a stereotype in less talented hands. Instead, these women and their stories are completely absorbing."
  • Publishers Weekly on Twenty Wishes "Macomber's assured storytelling and affirming narrative is as welcoming as your favorite easy chair."
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