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The Mother Road

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  413 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
A New Road Home--or Another Dead End?

Within the course of a week, marriage expert Natalie is dumped by her husband, receives an urgent call home from her father, and discovers her estranged sister, Lindsay, is pregnant.

A road trip on Route 66 may not help, but it sure couldn't hurt. Or so Natalie thinks, until Lindsay's boyfriend starts stalking them. Will their trip down
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Abingdon Press
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Roger DeBlanck
Aug 10, 2015 Roger DeBlanck rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Jennifer Allee's heartwarming novel, The Mother Road, offers a portrait of how reliance on faith can help someone through life's unexpected challenges. When Natalie, a bestselling author and marriage expert, finds out that Tony, her husband of almost twenty years, has cheated on her, she's the last person to think how anything good might be salvaged from her spouse's betrayal. Allee's novel focuses on Natalie's decisions and a number of other storylines concerning familial relationships. Natalie ...more
Paula  Phillips
Jun 15, 2012 Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing
I am a huge judge by the cover person, I know I shouldn't be but I go author first , then cover and then blurb. I didn't know the author but the cover screamed road trip to me as I guess if I had been American, then the title would have been an obvious as apparently Route 66 in America is also known as The Mother Road.
In Jennifer Allee's book , we meet Natalie who has spent her whole life writing books about relationships and marriage -only now eighteen years to discover her husband has had an
Jul 25, 2012 Jinky rated it really liked it

I'm a sucker for books about sisters so I was thrilled to catch this for free at the Kindle Store (Amazon). I wasn't disappointed. It dealt with rough situations (infidelity, infertility, divorce, misconceptions, Alzheimer's) but as expected, the road trip to the mother road (Route 66) gave these sisters the bond they needed to square their lives. See, Natalie, the older sister, the marriage expert novelist who just got dumped by her husband for a younger woman (his assistant, no less) needed a
Jul 19, 2012 Mareena rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Christian fiction
Recommended to Mareena by: Dorothy Thompson
Within a week, best-selling author and marriage expert, Natalie Marino is dumped by her husband, receives a desperate phone call from her father and discovers that her estranged sister, Lindsay, is pregnant. A trip down Route 66 to visit their parents, may not be the most ideal bonding experience for the sisters, but it surely couldn't hurt either of them. Or so Natalie thinks, until their car and belongings are stolen and Lindsay's boyfriend begins to stalk them.

Will their trip down The Mother
Lisa Carter
Dec 02, 2012 Lisa Carter rated it really liked it
Jennifer ALlee just gets better and better. If you haven't read The Pastor's Wife and The Mother Road, you have a treasure awaiting you. I love the imperfect people—including Christians like me—in Jen's books who struggle with difficult situations in their lives. But her books always leaves me with hope and with food for thought on how I might respond to the challenges I face.

Lots of humor. A great, thought-provoking read.
Jane Hayse
Mar 06, 2016 Jane Hayse rated it it was amazing
Fun- lighthearted read!

After starting this book I went to look at reviews out of curiosity. I was surprised that many People attacked the main character, Natalie for being judgmental. I disagree completely. I felt she acted out of love for her sister & her character was a realistic interpretation of a newly divorced woman trying to make sense out of her life. I enjoyed this book a lot. I liked that as a Christian book it did not have an unrealistic outcome of a husband who cheated, not every
Jan Lewis
Jan 04, 2016 Jan Lewis rated it it was ok
This Christian novel about two estranged sisters who take a trip to visit their aging parents was ok, but not great. The trip was taken via Route 66 as one of the girls is afraid of flying. I was prepared to take in the sites and vistas of Route 66, but was disappointed that the road trip was such a very small part of the overall read. This was more about divorce and self-discovery, patching estranged relationships, and dealing with a parent with Alzheimer's. Main character is an irritation.
Oct 24, 2015 Jeanette rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
My favourite parts of this book were the times spend on route 66. I really want to go visit Oatman and the Grand Canyon now. I wish there had been more stops along the road. I found it hard to like Natalie. She was very judgemental of her sister's boyfriend and stuck to that opinion even after others tried to show her differently. When she thought she lost both her marriage and her career, she didn't seem to fight for them, just gave up. The sudden crush on Adam after only meeting him briefly an ...more
May 14, 2012 Melanie rated it it was amazing
I just loved The Mother Road, named for Route 66. I loved how Jennifer Allee took actual places on the road to incorporate into her book, leading us on a virtual tour along with Natalie and Lindsay! Some of the out of the way places and people they met were great in keeping the story moving.
Natalie and Lindsay have been estranged sisters for much of their lives, a large age difference separating much of their lives from each other. Now as they drive the Mother Road they have time to talk, to ven
Kathleen Kelly
May 24, 2012 Kathleen Kelly rated it really liked it
The Mother Road by Jennifer Allee is a book about Natalie who is cheated on by her husband and tells her one evening that he wants a divorce. He not only had an affair with his assistant but he has gotten her pregnant. Natalie is of course devastated by this news and of course is angry, angry at her husband, angry at herself and angry at God. Natalie is a published author and expert on marriage so she feels because of the divorce she will be jobless as an author. She gets a phone call from her f ...more
Aug 06, 2012 Joel rated it really liked it
Motivational speaker Natalie Marino is suddenly crestfallen when her husband of 18 years leaves her for another woman. A divorce appears inevitable, and Natalie proceeds to cope by traveling cross country from her home in California to her roots in Illinois. Natalie and her pregnant young sister Lindsay take the days long drive retracing the historic Route 66 (Hence, The Mother Road). Upon arrival in Illinois, Natalie discovers that significant changes are taking place in the lives of her parent ...more
Ruth Hill
Dec 21, 2013 Ruth Hill rated it really liked it
I honestly had no idea what I would think of this book, but the author immediately got my attention with the terms writer and divorce. Imagine a Christian romance novelist and marriage author/speaker who is blindsided with her husband's affair and divorce. Being a Christian divorcee myself, this instantly struck a nerve with me. And although my ex never cheated on me, the whole issue of
Christians getting divorced struck a nerve with me.

I absolutely loved the characters Natalie, Lindsay, and Ada
May 15, 2012 Kathleen rated it really liked it
Natalie Marino is a top selling Christian romance novelist / motivational speaker, aka "the marriage expert." Life as she's known it comes crashing down when Tony, her husband of eighteen years asks for a divorce. He confesses that he's had an affair with Erin, his administrative assistant, for the past two months and she's pregnant. Natalie is at a crossroads, unable to continue with her motivational speaking career, she doesn't know what to do next. Her father suggests she come home to Illinoi ...more
Apr 10, 2016 Margarette rated it really liked it
I loved this book! It has a lot of humor but it's very serious too, not the fluffy chick-lit book I was expecting.

It begins with Natalie's husband telling her he wants a divorce, he's been having an affair and his girlfriend is pregnant. Natalie didn't see that coming. She thought they were happy, and in fact she earns her living writing and speaking about how to have a happy marriage. Then she talks to her dad and he tells her to come home because her mom's Alzheimer's is getting worse and tha
Dwayne Fry
Oct 28, 2013 Dwayne Fry rated it liked it
"The Mother Road" by Jennifer AlLee is a quick paced, fun read for the most part. Its biggest flaw is a missed opportunity to teach a lesson so large you could fit all of Route 66 into it. I will explain in a moment.

Within the novel, protagonist Natalie and her sister Lindsay take a road trip up Route 66 from Santa Monica to Illinois. The sisters have not gotten along in the past and have not spoken in years. Natalie has become a successful Christian writer and lecturer, focusing on Christian ma
Lori Twichell
Sep 19, 2013 Lori Twichell rated it it was amazing
Natalie is a professional on marriage. She’s written several books on how to keep your marriage alive and she has speaking engagements all over her calendar to prove her worth in that arena. Unfortunately, this doesn’t stop her from having marital difficulties. When her husband leaves her for another woman, Natalie is devastated. And not only does it destroy her marriage, it takes her career down with it.

It’s not exactly what Natalie was planning, but when her father calls to tell her that her m
Jun 02, 2012 Ibjoy1953 rated it it was amazing

The Mother Road by Jennifer Allee

Natalie had it all, a thriving author and motivational speaker on marriages, she and her husband making a comfortable living, a nice home, and most of all, a storybook marriage with the love of her life. That is until her husband comes home from work one night and tells Natalie he wants a divorce. But that couldn’t be, could it? Natalie spends her life helping other ladies keep their husbands home and keep their marriages together. And to
Julie Barrett
Apr 30, 2012 Julie Barrett rated it it was amazing
The Mother Road by Jennifer AlLee
First thing that interested me about his book was Route 66. Tom Brockaw had done a special on TV about the places on that route.
Natalie Marino married for 18 ears had the perfect welcome home dinner ready on the table when her husband came home from his business trip. Instead he informs her he's with his assistant and she is pregant and he, Tony wants a divorce.
She is a Christian romance writer, how to books about marriage and how will others see her now that sh
Nov 09, 2012 Rayni rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rayni by: Inspired Reads
I debated between 3 & 4 stars. I enjoyed the book. It was an easy read. I really didn't have much of a problem putting it down to go to bed.

I've always been fascinated with Route 66, the Mother Road. We drove a short distance on it a few years ago through Oatman, Ariz., but didn't stop. We did see some burros (donkeys). I would enjoy a road trip along Route 66 the way Natalie & Lindsay did, slowly, with a video camera. But, the way we would do it, would be to drive as far & as fast a
Feb 19, 2013 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
This book was surprisingly good. On the surface, the plot seemed typical, husband cheats on wife, gets girlfriend pregnant and leaves wife. But it's much more than that. The wife is a self-help author of religious marriage books, so not only is her marriage DOA, but so is her career. She ends up going home to visit her parents with her estranged sister on a road trip and the protagonist learns to let God do the driving in her life.
A very important part of the book is her mother has early onset
Apr 23, 2012 Katie rated it liked it
Another good read by Jennifer AlLee - kept me really interested the whole time!

After reading two of her books (this one, and The Pastor's Wife), I have to say that I appreciate her style of writing Christian Fiction without making it too Christiany. Maybe that doesn't make sense, but I'm really tired of too much schmaltzy, fake situations and dialogue in Christian novels. Jennifer seems to make her books pretty realistic. I love that.

The only beef I had is with the sister's boyfriend. I feel l
May 14, 2012 Kathy rated it liked it
I did not realize this book is "Christian Fiction" before I downloaded it to my Kindle which is a good thing because I probably would not have chosen it if I had realized it. CF is just not a genre I generally choose.

The story starts out being about divorce and infidelity so I was ready to dislike it. However, the characters drew me in pretty quickly. I decided to stay with it.

It develops in to a wonderful story about sisters and family and discovery. It has humor and tenderness. The Christian
Sally Andrews
Mar 08, 2014 Sally Andrews rated it it was amazing
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I loved this book on so many levels.....the faith, family, relationships and struggles were all real. Don't just read it it now!
May 27, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it
“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” ~ Greg Anderson (American best-selling Author and founder of the American Wellness Project)

How I wish the story had stayed with the journey of two very different sisters. Route 66, aka the titular 'Mother Road' is full of vibrant and quirky history.

The ending for the main character was kind of pat and dry. I wish we would have seen more of her coming into her own, but that would take another b
Norma Huss
Jan 04, 2013 Norma Huss rated it liked it
Shelves: saga
This is one of the first books I selected when I first got my Kindle. It was described as two sisters taking a road trip on Route 66 (the Mother Road) and working through their relationship (at least that's how I remember it). There was that and a whole lot more, actually. It is definitely a relationship story, with the sisters going through their relationships with soon-to-be ex spouse, boy friend, parents, and a possibly soon-to-be failing business. Since it is Christian literature, there was ...more
May 22, 2012 Stacy rated it liked it
A freebie I got for my Kindle and really enjoyed! I had read one other book by this author (The Pastor's Wife) and enjoyed it, and this one was just as good. It's about a Christian woman's writer, who writes about happy marriage. The book opens as she finds out her husband has cheated on her, is fathering a child with the other woman, and wants a divorce. Her mother has Alzheimers and she and her much younger, much different sister embark on a road trip down Route 66 (The Mother Road) from Calif ...more
May 10, 2012 Vicki rated it really liked it
What a fun read this was! Nothing’s better than a road trip. My brothers girlfriend and I used to take them all the time. We had no idea where we were going, but always…always, had a blast. I’ve never taken a road trip with one of my sisters, but would love to.

This book has emotional pain and family drama, but what it has the most of is humor. This is a VERY funny book!

I’ve traveled Route 66 and reading this brought back some great memories, even though my trip wasn’t as funny as the one Natalie
Feb 10, 2016 Mary rated it really liked it
free kindle ebook -- fast, uplifting read
Within the course of a week, Natalie is dumped by her husband, receives an urgent call home from her father, and discovers her estranged sister is pregnant. A road trip on Route 66 may not help, but it sure couldn't hurt.
S.M. Johnson
Oct 19, 2012 S.M. Johnson rated it really liked it
As soon as I realized The Mother Road was Christian fiction, I groaned out loud, because it's not a genre I would ever choose on purpose.

However... I liked Natalie right from the beginning, and as the story kept moving at a steady pace along Route 66, I remained very content to ride along while Natalie and her sister tried to find some kind of family in one another.

If Christian element was overpowering or the author witnessed her faith to me through her book, I would have put it down, but it nev
Mary Shipman
Jan 15, 2013 Mary Shipman rated it it was amazing
Natalie Marino, best selling Christain marriage advise author, is met by husband Tony, asking for a divorce.
Her sister, Lindsay, is a single mother to be. Her boyfriend Ben, wants her, but not a baby.
The sisters are on a road trip, home to Illinois see their mother before she slips farther into the deep valleys of Alzheimers.
I lived for a while quite near the 'Mother Road' and it's appeal to me was once again piques by This book.
I enjoyed the awakenings of the characters, the trials and triumphs
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Jennifer AlLee was born in Hollywood, California, and spent the first 10 years of her life living over a mortuary one block away from Hollywood and Vine. An avid reader and writer, she completed her first novel in high school. That manuscript is now safely tucked away, never to see the light of day again.

She has worked in numerous fields, including as a church secretary and as an administrative a
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