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The Road She Left Behind

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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.

©2019 by Christine Nolfi. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“A dreaded homecoming leads to personal discovery and forgiveness of past grievances. Christine Nolfi’s cast of irresistible characters drew me in and held me captive. Her attention to detail brings her lovely setting to life. A novel of familial love you won’t soon forget.” --Ashley Farley, author of the bestselling Sweet Tea Tuesdays and Magnolia Nights

“Nolfi creates a beautiful, touching story with compelling characters reminiscent of the deep love and friendship found in Steel Magnolias…At the very heart of The Road She Left Behind are the powerful lessons of humanity: forgiveness, healing, and letting go, all woven together with the threads that bind family and friends. You will laugh, you will cry, you will root these characters on, and miss them profusely when they’re gone. I know I do.” --USA Today bestselling author Rochelle Weinstein 

“Christine Nolfi has outdone herself this time. The Road She Left Behind masterfully knits together the past and present, showing us a fractured family, grave misunderstandings, and heart-wrenching betrayals. I connected with the flawed but lovable characters, and found myself enthralled from the first page to the last. Bravo!” --Karen McQuestion, bestselling author of Hello Love 

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-11-2019

The Road She Left Behind

I Most enjoyable book about a young woman who left home after the deaths of her father and sister. The Way she is brought back and the reasons that unfold weave a Story of lives torn apart by lies and assumptions. Our author weaves a lovely tale of the characters and how they come together. Very good read.

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  • Isia
  • 30-10-2019

Unconvincing

Although I found the writing style pretty good and engrossing, the storyline left me unconvinced. I found the main character, Darcy, difficult to believe in. She initially seems like a strong character, but then she confronts her mother, and becomes a quivering mess. The 8-year old nephew is also full of contradictions, and not like any 8-year old I've ever come across. The mother starts off bitter and unrelenting, and she is kind of interesting at this stage, but then suddenly becomes quite kindly, and no, it's not character development. It's like a different character altogether. The big family secret, which is supposed to be at the heart of it all, is really no secret at all, since you can see it coming a mile off, but keep thinking that there must be something more to it. All in all, this was not a bad book but I cannot understand how it got so many good reviews

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  • Sally Green
  • 26-11-2019

Very predictable

The story was not believable.
The narration was poorly done.
I would not recommend this audio book to anyone.

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  • Terri
  • 08-11-2019

Adored this book

The characters were well written and believable. I loved the complexity of their relationships . I really hated for this book to end.
The narrator did a fabulous job!

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  • KC
  • 17-06-2019

enjoyable book

Characters are well described and believable. Story keeps your interest and has a few twists that make it interesting. It is a fast read that will keep you motivated to keep going till the end. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.

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  • amazon2
  • 22-11-2019

don't bother

I struggle to finish this book. it is poorly written. The love story was pretty silly. A lot of the writing made me cringe.

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  • Pat
  • 13-02-2020

What else she left behind<br />

The audible for the story was good. The story left you stranded. Left me wondering.

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  • @ntmc
  • 05-02-2020

not interesting

Gave this a long time to get into... cant get into it. Not interesting, too much detail given on things that dont matter. felt like reading a teenagers diary.... Just not great.

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  • Staci
  • 03-02-2020

Excellent read

This book started off interesting and ended up even better it was an awesome story. The audio was excellence and the story was very compelling wanna see what happens next wish there were a part two.

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  • Monica
  • 23-01-2020

I enjoyed this book

I wasn't sure if I would like this although it sounded interesting however I'm glad I read it. I enjoyed the characters and I felt the family secrets unfolded at the right times. The book does leave you wanting a bit more for closure, however I wasn't too disappointed by the end.