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The Mother Road

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  472 ratings  ·  85 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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"Good news may travel fast, but scandal rides a bullet train."

Two estranged sisters come together (reluctantly and quite comically) to take a trip down The Mother Road-Historic Route 66 in an effort to mend the past, live for today, and embrace the future and its unkowns.

"Either God has a twisted sense of humor or I've been cursed. Possibly both."

Natalie is a best selling Christian author/marriage specialist/public speaker and has just found out her husband has been "banging his assistant." All
Roger DeBlanck
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 28, 2012 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
Paula  Phillips
Jun 15, 2012 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 07, 2012 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 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.
Dee Renee  Chesnut
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, ebooks
This ebook was free when I downloaded it to my Nook library in 2012. I enjoy most of the free books I have read from Abingdon Press because I enjoy the way the characters are written and the stories that are told here. This also reminds me of some of our destinations and journey when our daughter invited my husband and I to help her drive her belongs to and from California when she attended graduate school at Pepperdine University.
I encourage all readers to take a road trip on Route 66, or part
Dwayne Fry
Oct 28, 2013 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
Janet Friesner
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it
A lovely book. Christian Fiction. All about renewal and second chances. Learning to cope with a mother whose memory is leaving her. A page turner I read in one day. Highly recommend. A really feel good book.
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fun, clean read. It is a bit neat and tidy for life comparisons but a fun story - I'd love to see a sequel but if that never happens I am just as happy dreaming up futures for these characters!
May 13, 2012 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
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Jun 02, 2012 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
Lori Twichell
Sep 19, 2013 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
Nov 09, 2012 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
Julie Barrett
Apr 30, 2012 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
Kathleen Kelly
May 23, 2012 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
Ruth Hill
May 22, 2012 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
Jul 17, 2012 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
Jun 10, 2012 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
May 14, 2012 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
Apr 30, 2013 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
Feb 18, 2013 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
Mar 02, 2016 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
Apr 20, 2012 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 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
May 07, 2012 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
Aug 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
I usually don't give books one star, even if I don't like them, but this book bordered on dangerous.

The author seemed to know so little about pregnancy that I had to flip to the back cover to see if she had any children. She has a teenage son, so maybe she just forgot.

I am pretty sure she didn't know anything about Family Law or Alzheimer's -- the details here were pretty inaccurate on both counts and seemed to have come from anecdotes rather than research or personal experience.

I don't know
May 10, 2012 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
Norma Huss
Aug 20, 2012 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 18, 2012 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
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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