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Publisher's Summary

The instant Sunday Times best seller from the author of The Flatshare 

Addie and her sister are about to embark on an epic road trip to a friend's wedding in rural Scotland. The playlist is all planned and the snacks are packed.

But, not long after setting off, a car slams into the back of theirs. The driver is none other than Addie's ex, Dylan, who she's avoided since their traumatic break-up two years earlier.

Dylan and his best mate are heading to the wedding too and they've totalled their car so Addie has no choice but to offer them a ride. The car is soon jam-packed full of luggage and secrets, and with four-hundred miles ahead of them, Dylan and Addie can't avoid confronting the very messy history of their relationship....

Will they make it to the wedding on time? And, more importantly, is this really the end of the road for Addie and Dylan?

©2021 Beth O'Leary (P)2021 Quercus Editions Limited

Critic Reviews

"O'Leary's best yet." (Gillian McAllister)

"Joyful and uplifting." (Sheila O'Flanagan)

"This book is perfect." (Rosie Walsh)

"A charming, heartfelt story of love found and love potentially lost." (Laura Jane Williams)

"Completely fresh and unpredictable, The Road Trip is so compelling." (Paige Toon) 

"Beth is quite rightly earning her title as 'Queen of Uplit.'" (Prima

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Strange story but kept me interested

I loved the two narrators of this one. Loved the beginning. I personally didn’t enjoy the darker characters, maybe they would’ve read differently if it wasn’t narrated and read off the pages but I found it dark at times and didn’t feel it needed that. I prefer The Switch, that is a lovely and complex story in every way!

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I loved this book

I totally fell in love with all of the characters, I wanted to listen to more. The past & present was so cleverly done. A sweet romantic love story.

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Love this book!!

Brilliantly written! Hilarious and heartwarming! Narrators did an amazing job, every characters voices was perfect!

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Awesome listen

Fell in love with Addie and co. Easy story that sucks you in and makes you feel all warm and fuzzy.

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Loved it!

Loved it! Another amazing book by Beth O’Leary. Loved the characters and the story line!

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Disappointing

I liked O'Leary's previous two novels but unfortunately this one missed the mark. The main characters didn't have any chemistry. The relationship seemed to be based mainly on lust as there didn't seem to be any particularly remarkable qualities about either character. The plot was simplistic and unrealistic at the same time. I was hoping for it to get better but when I finished it, I felt the same way that I did from the start.The narration for the female voice was occasionally over the top for my liking too which sometimes made it difficult to listen to.

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Fabulous...Beth gets better and better

Loved Flat Share and The Switch and now Road Trip
Fabulous story full of love and giggles. The character development is wonderful. Thank you Beth O’Leary can’t wait for your next book ❤️

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Disappointing

I really tried to like this but the characters (except for Addie and Deb) just weren’t very likeable, felt impossible to properly connect with them or see what Addie loves so much about Dylan. Storyline was also surprisingly dark - not what I expected.

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Sorry Beth!

I so enjoyed your last two books but could not seem to engage with any of these characters. They all seemed self obsessed and out of touch with reality. Still I look forward to the next.

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Not up to scratch!

I loved the previous two books by Beth O'Leary (and ordered this book months before release). The other books were fun and different. I guess I had high expectations. That this book did not meet. I pretty much had the story line worked out in the first couple of chapters.

The ending kinda leaves you wondering... Could have done with an epilogue or something.

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  • A C Burrows
  • 06-05-2021

Struggled to finish.

Irritating predictable characters: the troubled posh boy, the geeky office weirdo, the rough and ready lorry driver and the bolshy but supportive sister. Half way through i went back on audible to see if I had bought something from the teen fiction section by mistake!

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  • Rae M.
  • 11-05-2021

Utter drivel

I've always been told 'If you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all,. So I won't bang on about this book needless to say that after reading Beth O'Leary's prior books I awaited the latest with bated breath. I did what I call a 'Mastermind' on this book, I've started so I'll finish, in the hope, something would happen, it didn't. So if I save just one person from this tiresome story, my job will be done.

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  • Sarah E Hewitson
  • 03-05-2021

Binged it!

I loved this book from start to finish! It was so captivating, funny and heartwarming.
Great great great read

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-05-2021

Waist of a Credit

I found this book to be annoying to listen too. I couldn’t get past 3rd chapter. It’s not an enjoyable listen.

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  • Miss L Owens
  • 01-05-2021

Wow

I have had this realise date saved since reading Beth O’Leary’s other 2 brilliant books. It didn’t disappoint and was worth the wait. Story and narrators were amazing

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  • mamalou3
  • 10-05-2021

Well written but lacks the spark of previous books

I really enjoyed her other books but found this boring sadly. I didn’t feel invested in the characters and gave up after three hours of listening. Disappointed !

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  • Jo C.
  • 09-05-2021

disappointed

Loved the author's last two books (the switch, flatshare) however this book was very different. The characters were harder to invest in and the only one I enjoyed was "Rodney".

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  • Irene Adler
  • 26-05-2021

Even the scenic route would be less frustrating.

The narrative is split but I found 'Then' to be nauseatingly fawning and irritatingly reflective to the point of long winded dissection of feelings that embodied all things stereotypically millennial. The 'Now' narrative is frustrating and implausible ...a journey that lingers on. Characters are reasonably well penned but the storyline is weak and the dialogue predictable and at times cliche. Such a shame as I thoroughly enjoyed, The Flat Share but feel this novel was born from lockdown and stagnated accordingly.

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  • Ali
  • 21-05-2021

Miscast narrators

Why does the “posh boy” have a normal voice, and the “normal girl” a really clipped, posh accent? I found her miscast voice very irritating and nearly returned the book because of it.

The story was ok but not as enjoyable as The Flat Share or The Switch.

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  • Loes
  • 12-05-2021

Generally bad

*sort of spoiler, but also very obvious*

I've never been one for rekindled romances. You break up for a reason that doesn't magically disappear. But what I really hated was that mental illness was used to develop the plotline without any substance or even minor understanding. And not just one form of illness, but an entire DSM was needed to keep the story going. I also dislike how O'Leary creates love triangles, but it's very clear who we are supposed to root for. The other guy is simply there as a puff piece, but never a real option, lest we actually begin to root for the other team.

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