Review: The Road Home by Krista Sandor
This book, y'all. This book had legit everything I want in a good book. Okay, minus the horses, but I'll let that slide. Exhibit A: hot, single dad. Exhibit B: suspense with a twist Exhibit C: Strong family Exhibit D: Did I say hot dad yet? The Road Home is a beautiful story about two people who are equally damaged with pasts that continually haunt them. It's the story of two broken souls who end up being each others saving grace.
Story Line: Jenna is a teacher who comes from an awful home life. She escaped a torturous past and never looked back. Until she got a call saying her mother needed her. And like the good, sweet girl she is, she comes running back home to help. Enter Ben. The single dad who lost his wife in the most tragic way possible. He's guarding his heart - for good reason - but with Jenna back in town and their previous connection still lingering between them, it doesn't take long for sparks to seriously fly. But there's so much more to this story than that. There's lies, assault, stalking, near death experiences, sprained ankles and a big ol' twist in there to give this story ALL THE FEELS.
Interaction: Jenna is so haunted by her past, so to say she's guarded is a huge understatement. And honestly, so is Ben. But every time these two are in the same vicinity, there is electricity everywhere. Their undoubted connection is so beautiful. Page after page we read as their walls crumble brick by brick. And once their hearts are open to the idea of happily ever after there's no stopping them. But the best interaction of all in this book? It's between Jenna and Kate - Ben's daughter. Seriously some of the sweetest scenes I've ever read in my life.
Laundry: Can I just say I am so freaking mad I don't have a pantry in my kitchen? Because MAN. My laundry life is seriously missing out. Ben and Jenna are couple goals here. They are hot, spicey and oh so toe tingling when they hit the sheets. But of course, their laundry doesn't just happen on sheets. It's in pantries and other creative places which makes it so much more delicious.
Depth: I think the majority of this story's depth comes from Ben's family and Jenna's family. Jenna has a stalker - I will say that. Who this person is, you'll have to read to find out. But it's a curve ball, that's for sure. I loved that I could not predict where this story line was going. But regardless of what was thrown at these two lovebirds, their love held on for dear life. And in the end, after all the drama, the assaults, the intensity - it was worth it because Ben and Jenna got their perfect happily ever after.