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A Turn in the Road (Blossom Street #8)

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  7,888 Ratings  ·  767 Reviews
Perfect for fans of Maeve Binchy' - Candis. Bethanne Hamlin has her life all mapped out. Until her ex-husband, Grant, suggests they reconcile – now Bethanne’s facing a turn in the road.

So, when her former mother-in-law, Ruth, suggests a road trip she jumps at the chance to escape… A long time widow, Ruth is hoping to reconnect with the love of her teenage life so she’s dri
Paperback, 394 pages
Published July 15th 2011 by MIRA (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jackie Lane
Dec 10, 2011 Jackie Lane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this book was so out of the ordinary for the Blossom Street series, I ended up truly enjoying myself.

A road trip to Florida from Oregon helps to find love, hope and happiness.

Bethanne takes a road trip with her daughter. Annie and her ex-mother-in-law, Ruth. During the time the three spend driving to Florida for Ruth to make her 50th reunion, they share experiences that at times are crazy and fun and at other times are bittersweet. Each of them has a decision to make and will take the time
Oct 15, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance

I enjoyed this story of 3 Generations of women driving Cross Country from Seattle to Florida.
Ruth ( the Grandmother and Ex Mother in law ) wants to go to her High School Reunion and possibly rekindle a old romance.

Bethanne is struggling with her decision on whether or not to go back to her ex-husband and decides to take this Cross Country trip, and her
Daughter rides along also.
Along the way they have several adventures, and meet two very nice Gentleman.
A loving story of family and finding love
Jun 28, 2011 Michele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy Debbie Macomber's books. This one didn't disappoint! :) I couldn't read it fast enough. I just wish that I wouldn't have had so many other things going on to delay me. Hahaha! If you've enjoyed the rest of the Blossom Street books, I think you'll enjoy this one too.
Apr 04, 2011 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who doesn't love a road trip! Delightful new novel by Debbie Macomber. I had not read any of her previous books and I was pleasantly surprised to discover what a great storyteller she is. I understand that Bethanne was introduced in a previous Blossom Street novel however you do not need to read the previous books to enjoy this one.

Three generations of women set out on a road trip from Seattle, Washington to Vero Beach, Florida. They have lots of adventures on the way. They discover things abou
Apr 21, 2011 Norma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first heard that I could read this book before it was released I was all giggly like a school girl. I absolutely LOVE everything written by Debbie Macomber. All I have to say is “Hi, my name is Norma and I am a Debbie Macomber addict!!” Yes, I love her writing that much. I had the chance to review The Knitting Diaries last month that had a short story from the Blossom Street Series.

Her Blossom Street series has tons of wonderful characters that I love revisiting over and over again. They
Jennifer Estep
A Turn in the Road by Debbie Macomber is one of the books in her popular Blossom Street women's fiction series.

Bethanne Hamlin has no idea of the adventures that are in store for her when she agrees to drive across the country with her daughter, Annie, and her ex mother-in-law, Ruth, so Ruth can attend her high school reunion. Bethanne goes on the trip to clear her head and so she can decide whether or not she wants to get back together with her ex-husband, who cheated on her and left her for an
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Answers. Bethann needs answers. She’s a creative, decisive, successful business woman, but making a decision about a possible reconciliation with Grant, her contrite ex-husband has her flummoxed. Her daughter Annie and her ex-mother-in-law Ruth are lobbying hard for the reconciliation. Her son Andrew, who never quite forgave his father for leaving them six years ago, is not so gung-ho for it, but says it is up to her.

Hoping to reach a clear decision while making a trip with Ruth and Annie from
Jun 17, 2011 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really, really loved this!!! Some of her books have too little romance for me to really love, but this one was great. The different storylines with all three generations were all enjoyable. I was on edge through a lot of the book because I was afraid Bethanne would make the "wrong" choice!! The author did a great job of keeping us unsure which guy Bethanne would chose!! I loved the author's insights into each family member's emotions and thought processes. This was one of the best books in thi ...more
May 26, 2011 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Six years after he had walked out on his wife and kids, Grant was freshly single again and looking to reconcile with Bethanne Hamlin. To forgive the betrayal was one thing, she did that for herself. To forget was something that she didn’t think she could ever do and she wasn’t sure if she could ever trust him again either. Being willing to at least think about it for the sake of the grown kids, herself, him, she wasn’t sure, but think about it she was. Hearing that her ex-mother-in-law was plann ...more
May 23, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story of three women who drive from Settle to Vero Beach, Florida. What happens on the way, and what happens when they return home.
Jun 13, 2011 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the latest installment of The Blossom Street series. Bethanne is a divorcee of 6 years. She has her own business which is known as Parties. Her daughter is a part of this thriving business. Bethanne and her ex-mother-in-law, Ruth, still remain friends.

Bethanne is on her way to the Blossom Street knitting store where she notices Ruth sitting outside a near-by cafe. Ruth is in deep thought and does not notice Bethanne walking toward her.

Ruth has amazing news. Her high school is having th
Jun 27, 2011 Leslie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Without being mean or snippy I'll say that for a light read, and a clean conscious, this is a good book. Otherwise, I was bored at times. Again, too much repetition of facts I already know about the characters. Honestly, sometimes I think the new age writers, or their editors, believe the readers have trouble comprehending and remembering things we've previously read. It's an irritation for me. For instance, how many times does Bethanne have to repeat to herself,other characters, or to the reade ...more
Jul 02, 2011 Kym rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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From Seattle’s Blossom Street, Bethanne Hamlin, her daughter Annie, and her ex-Mother-in-law, Ruth, take a road trip of a lifetime !

Ruth was determined to drive to her 50th class reunion in Florida. She has secret hopes to also see her high school sweetheart, Bryce. Ruth wants to make amends with her first love, all these years she has felt horrible for the way she left him.

Bethanne agreed to accompany Ruth on the trip, she needed time to reflect on the fac
WOW!Such a wonderful read,excellent second chance read,i felt i was actually with Bethanie,Ruth n Annie on the road trip,such a excellent story about how each woman are trying to find answers and way to happiness

Bethanie liked her a lot but at some places i was irritated with her,taking all the crap things from her daughter though i was glad she never gave in and did what her heart wanted to do,and she took a long time taking the decision but was really really happy she went with Max,i agree Gra
Jul 23, 2011 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 02, 2011 Jo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, romance
Another in the Blossom street series, except off the street and on a cross country road trip. The main characters from the series are: Bethanne Hamlin who we met earlier in the series after her husband, Grant, left her and her two children for a younger woman (after some struggles she became a successful businesswoman); her daughter, Annie; and her former mother-in-law, Ruth. Ruth, is planning to drive from Seattle, Washington to Vero Beach, Florida to attend her 50 year high school class reunio ...more
Sep 15, 2011 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was painful for me to read. The whole book was about whether or not she should get back together with her ex-husband. Her ex cheated on her, abandoned her and their kids, and then decided six years later that he couldn't live without her (after the new wife left him). Yeah, yeah, we need to forgive and all that, but the characters and the plot just bugged me. The only reason I kept on reading was because in the past, I have really liked a lot of Debbie Macomber books.
Oct 21, 2011 Rayni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rayni by: Melissa
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Jun 10, 2013 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a good read. If I could give it 4 1/2 stars I would. If this was a movie it would be called a chick flick. Lots of romance and I have to admit it had me tearing up in many places. Can definitely recommend this "feel good" novel.
Mar 19, 2012 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes, where you think you’re going isn’t where you end up…. It’s impossible to not cheer on the characters in this atypical love story – it’s a classic. Fast, rich, sweet ride of a read.
Mar 29, 2012 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
That had to be the longest road trip of my life. I know that some people can tolerate a great deal when a particular book in a series hits the wrong nerve, but having to put up with Annie, the 23ish year old daughter of main character Bethanne, was almost enough for me to wall bang this book and walk away from this series. If her constant immaturity and whining had been toned down a bit, I would have accepted what she had to say, but she was just too much.

In addition to Annie, other little thing
Vannessa Anderson
A Turn in the Road is a story about a woman in turmoil about whether or not she should take back the husband who wants her back after leaving her for a younger woman and in financial straits. The husband, after his young wife divorces him, wants his first wife back. The first wife meets a man, a good man, whose never cheated on his wife. A man who is honest and who hadn’t had sex since the death of his wife whom he was deeply in love.

Joyce Bean did an excellent job in making us feel the emotion
After the last book in the Blossom Street series, I really struggled to get into this book on the first attempt. My second attempt at reading this though practically sped by. The character of Bethanne, a divorcee choosing between her ex-husband and a new suitor, was a nice surprise and a surprisingly engaging character once I'd got past the first few pages and the story was pleasant. What I didn't like about this novel were the characters of Ruth, Bethanne's ex-mother-in-law, and Annie, Bethanne ...more
Feb 26, 2013 Stacy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well I have mixed feelings about this book. This is the story of a divorced woman coming to a cross roads in her life. Spending time with her "ex" mother in law and her extremely immature adult daughter on a 3 week cross country road trip. Bethanne must come to terms with her ex husband's (and daughter and ex mother in law's) desire for Bethanne and Grant to re-unite after 6 years of being divorced. I rated this so low (only 3 stars) because I was sick to death of this fabulous, strong, independ ...more
Jul 14, 2013 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! I must have been in the mood for a warm, humorous, loving story because it's not that there's anything "meaty" about it, it was just enjoyable. I wasn't sure how it would end and that's always a good thing. Also, I could see myself and some of my family members as the characters. A light, fun read!
Oct 06, 2016 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A entertaining read with some twists and turns but laughs as well.
Dixie-lee Campbell
Absolutely LOVED THIS BOOK !!! It heartwarming, funny, and held my interest !!! ... couldn't wait to find out more about the everyone in this book. The adventure was interesting and enjoyed Ruth's romance adventure to meet her highschool sweetheart ! and her daughter Bethanne meeting a interesting and mysterious character of a man !!! and how he was mad to find her. enjoy this book and recommend it.

This was another could-not-put-down-book... read all night !
Sonja Johnson
Apr 12, 2015 Sonja Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the plot line of a spur of the minute cross country road trip which includes a mother, daughter, and ex mother in law. It was fun to watch their relationships grow and strengthen across the miles. Each character had to face an insecurity that most women could relate to when it comes to loving someone, trust, and their own happiness. Quick read with well developed characters and plot line. A very satisfying ending on so many levels.
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Bethanne Hamlin went through a devastating divorce after twenty years of marriage to Grant Hamlin. Even in the amidst this trying time Bethanne's passion for parties and hostessing created Parties something she didn't think was capable of at first. Now six years later, Bethanne has successful business and a changed woman. As Bethanne and Grant's son Andrew's wedding approaches, Grant wants a chance to win Bethanne's heart again. Bethanne isn't sure about reconciliation with Grant is even possibl ...more
Lisa Diane
I have loved all of Debbie Macomber's books so far. However, I found myself shaking my head throughout most of the book. Bethanne's indecision along with Annie's attitude had me very frustrated. I will continue the series though.
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“Vero Beach,” she said. “That’s where Ruth’s class reunion is taking place.” 0 likes
“Years ago I read that grief is the place where love and pain converge.

For a long time they stood there and simply clung to each other. They didn't feel the need to kiss, and she believed that was because what they shared transcended the physical. This understanding-that they'd both lost what they'd treasured most-brought them together in a more profound way than mere attraction.

But I don't know what my instinct's saying, she muttered. Yes, you do. Just relax, sit back and listen to your inner voice.”
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