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Coast Road

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  8,987 ratings  ·  306 reviews
Life's greatest gifts come to us by accident. Barbara Delinsky has always had a gift for creating tales of extraordinary emotional power and depth. Now the New York Times bestselling author of Three Wishes surpasses herself once again in a novel that takes readers on a journey as richly textured, colorful, and poignant as the northern California landscape in which the book ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Pocket Books (first published 1998)
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Rachel Keats and Jack McGill had been divorced for six years when he got the call. She was in accident and at the hospital, would he come?

Bitter, Jack thought he would drive up from San Francisco -Rachel lived in Big Sur- settle his daughters, see that Rachel had everything she needed and return to his previous lifestyle. After all, she had left him once before. Except when he arrived she was in a coma.

Through painstaking flashbacks, Jack had time to reckon his marriage, career and
Dec 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
I have read a few Barbara Delinsky- and in the few I have read, admire her for taking on wounded women. Let me amend that and say: wounded but strong women. In this book, Rachel is in a coma. Her best friend Katherine is a breast cancer survivor. In other books, one was in a wheelchair from a snow mobile accident. Another had a near paralyzing stutter. A third escaped an abusive relationship to start anew. The men are realistic, too. It's refreshing to read "romance" or "women's fiction" where ...more
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story about life, loss, love and second chances. My favorite by this author.
Mar 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Enjoying this. Can lend it to another Nook reader if anyone wants it.
Apr 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very touching story that could happen to anyone in these times. Jack, husband and father, gets caught up in his career and his wife and daughters feel neglected to the extent that his wife leaves him. When Rachel is left comatose in a car accident Jack's life is turned upside down by having to face his responsibilities to his daughters. He soon discovers what is important in life . . . that being family, not career. I love the way he changes to be the father that his girls need and the husband ...more
Janelle Jansson
Nov 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
I have read many Barbara Delinsky novels. This wasn't one of her best.

This will probably be my last Delinsky novel. I found many grammatical errors throughout the book. Wasn't impressed at all. I also found that many of her sentences were worded oddly, and didn't make sense.

Looking past the grammatical errors and oddly worded sentences, the plot was ok. Nothing special. I feel like Rachel's coma was dragged on a little too long. I also think her ex-husband, Jack, was a snob. I feel like the
Dec 23, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First world problems sap-fest. Lots of repetition as to what the characters are thinking, as if we listening to their minds mull things over and over and over. Jack McGill’s ex-wife Rachel is injured in an auto accident and he moves into her house in Big Sur to care for his two daughters until Rachel recovers. He meets with lots of hostile resistance from one of their daughters and Rachel’s friends. “But she left me!” is the oft-repeated mantra. Every day that Jack has to stay in Big Sur costs ...more
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When all you have to do is drive all day, you listen to audio books! Was in the car a lot today and I spent it listening to Coast Road by Barbara Delinsky. The book was a good novel, and it ended unlike how I thought it would, which is always good. The struggles of a divorced family that makes it way back to each other and all the inbetween of a car accident besides. I was hoping Jack would make his way back into their'll have to read it to find out!
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
What went wrong? As Jack waits at the bedside of his comatose ex-wife, he has a lot of time to reflect on his relationships. He learns more about Rachel from his daughters and her friends.

Will Rachel recover? Can this family be brought back together?

I found the characters and situations to be believable, if not predictable. I loved the descriptions about Big Sur and its lush scenery.
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really Loved This Book. Coast Road Celebrates those things in life that matter most. The Kinship of neighbors, the companionship of Friends, and the irreplaceable time spent with children and family. In this masterful new novel, Barbara Delinsky depicts with exquisite accuracy the ties that bind each of us to those. People and places we hold most dear. I Highly Recommend This Book. ...more
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I devoured this book. I usually give a high rating to books that make me cry, and this one had me in tears more than once. Jack McGill is an architect and Rachel Keats is an artist. They have been divorced for six years. Rachel left because Jack, in climbing the corporate ladder, spent too much time traveling and neglecting his family and responsibilities at home. She also felt her art was stifled in the city. So Rachel packs up her two daughters and moves to Big Sur while Jack remains in San ...more
Joy Marie Blasco
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I have ever read. Right after reading this, I vowed to myself that I will start collecting Delinsky's books.
Though the plot seemed predictable but the way she presents the story made it a page turner. I woke up 2 AM just to finish reading this book, and yeah, it was worth it. I just can't stop myself from crying. Deslinsky has a superb way of making you feel like you are in the shoes of the main character,
Lisa Janssen
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a good book from the male perspective even though the main character was in a coma for the entire book. Even though I kind of knew where it was headed, it was nice to get a different view of the struggles of the family.
Feb 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
One of my favorite books! I read it over and over again. I just love that it is told mainly from the man's point of view and the amount of growth that he goes through during the book.
Judy Churchill
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This is a thoughtful, sensitive study of love and family. How many relationships die from sheer neglect. How often does this happen by accident. When Rachel ends up in a coma after an auto accident, Jack comes to assess damage and take care of his two daughters. After sitting at Rachel’s bedside for 16 days before she wakes up, Jack realizes he’s still deeply in love with his ex-wife. It’s a tender post mortem on their marriage and a hopeful new beginning. I recommend this book.
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
One thing I learned from this novel is: Don't take life for granted. Things change in a flash. Life and Love is precious. Don't waste it. Its told by a husband point of view. Good read.
Nanette Buccola
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Easy good read!
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Delinsky fans, anyone looking for a soothing read
I liked Coast Road a lot.The thing about Delinsky is that she writes about every-day people in a simple, true way that is impossible not to understand. This book had a wide variety of characters surrounding Rachels coma. Jack is her ex-husband, who chose his career over his marriage six years prior to Rachels accident on the coast road, but he hasnt been happy since the divorce. Katherine is her BFF, an amazing woman with a story of her own. Samantha and Hope are Jack and Rachels daughters, who ...more
Mar 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Michael and Rachel have been divorced seven years when she is in an automobile accident which leaves her in a coma. Although a neighbor would have taken care of their daughters, Michael comes to live with the girls, and visits Rachel in the hospital every day. As he meets Rachel’s friends as they come to visit her-- all members of her book club -- he learns much about her and has plenty of time to reflect upon their marriage and the causes of their divorce. There are several subplots that are ...more
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, fiction
In this story, Jack McGill, who has chosen his career over his family numerous times gets a wake up call when he discovers that his ex-wife Rachel is in a coma after a car accident. Jack never stopped loving Rachel, and for the first time in his life he puts his career on hold and goes to Rachel's bedside, and to his two daughters. He discovers both his daughter and his wife are not the people he always thought them to be and that he somehow "missed the forest for the trees". With verbal abuse ...more
Peggy Parsons
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Both Jack and Rachel made mistakes in the marriage. Jack by focusing on work more than his family and Rachel by not communicating effectively what she needed from Jack and by misinterperting some of Jack's actions. The tragic accident that put Rachel in a coma has Jack racing back to be by Rachel's side and tending to his girls. He wants his family and Rachel back. Will Rachel wake; what condition will she be in if she wakes, and will she want the same things Jack wants?

This story could've been
Mar 22, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
Haven't read a Delinsky book yet that I didn't enjoy.

"Jack McGill chose his architectural career over his family, and returned home from yet another business trip to find that his wife, Rachel, had left him. But now, six years later, a car accident has left Rachel clinging to life, and she and their two daughters desperately need him. Putting his work on hold for the first time in his life, Jack decides to sit by his ex-wife's bedside. As he meets Rachel's many new friends, and is trying to cope
Jun 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well written book about a couple who have divorced 6 years previous. Daughters are now 13 and 15. Mom has a car crash that lands her in the hospital in a coma for 3 weeks. Dad has come back to help with the girls and finds himself desperate for his ex to wake up ... realizing he never stopped loving her and needs to be with her again. Many new surprises for him...dealing with a rebellious 15 year old girl...learning his ex has many, many wonderful friends, learning that he loves where she has ...more
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is one of my favorite Delinsky books so far. When Rachel is in a car accident on Coast Road in California, her ex-husband comes to the aid of their two daughters. When he learns during the 16 days his former wife is in a coma is that he is still in love with her and everything about her.

His architecture business has all but consumed him and all his time. But when he realizes he may lose the one person who means more than money or success, and alienate his daughters, he chucks it all and
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Coast Road is beautifully written. The characters have depth and complexity, and I quickly found myself caught up in their story. I felt all of the emotion of their regrets, mistakes, and yearnings as Rachel's ex-husband and her two daughters faced her coma and the possibility of having to go on without her. Just as captivating was Coast Road's setting. Delinsky masterfully weaves Big Sur into the storyline so that it becomes like an ever-present character in its own right, not distracting or ...more
Feb 11, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: drama, delinsky
Rachel and her ex-husband Jack live far away from each other; the only thing that still links them is their 2 daughters.

However, that all changes when Rachel gets in a car crash and goes into a coma.

Jack is forced to go care for his daughters and keep an eye on his ex-wife in the hospital.

He leaves behind his girlfriend and his booming business.

Will he want to go back to his new life or will he find that he was never meant to leave his wife & 2 kids? Will Rachel ever come out of her coma?

Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Six years after their divorce, a couple is reunited when the wife is in a serious car accident, and her ex-husband returns to care for her and for their young teenaged daughters. In the process, he learns a lot about her new life, about himself, and about why their marriage fell apart, and realizes he’s never stopped loving her. Both daughters -- fairly typical fifteen and thirteen year olds -- reminded me a lot of Dana and Erin, both in their interactions with one another, and in their ...more
May 21, 2014 rated it liked it
This book had all the ingredients; a strong woman. sensitive man, a divorce, good kids, breast cancer, a tragic auto accident, coma, an artist and an architect plus Big Sur, Carmel and the Monterey penisula. I am certain that I have forgotten many more dramatic points, but if this book doesn't strike some tender emotions then you can give up looking. It created a few tears but had a little too much selfishness in everyone trying to find themselves at the expense of their children, careers and ...more
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rachel and Jack had the perfect marriage....Until he began to climb the corporate ladder. He had a heavy travel schedule; she had two small children and felt like a single parent. One day she just has had enough and loads up the girls and leaves. Jack comes home to an empty house and divorce papers. Six years later, she has car accident, rolling down a rocky coastal road. Jack gets a phone call at 2 AM and heads to Big Sur, to his daughters, 13 and 15, and to an ex-wife in a coma. Becoming Mr. ...more
Anne Marie
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a good read. I liked the story, in a nutshell about a divorced couple who get back together after the mom wakes up from a coma due to a car accident. I liked how it wasn't "fruity", with everything being "perfect." It was more real. I was hoping throughout the book that Rachel would wake up already, but it didn't happen for a while. We got to know her daughters, her ex-husband, and friends. By the end of the book, I really liked this family and her circle of friends. I would move to Big ...more
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