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Along the Broken Road

(The Roads to River Rock #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  2,287 ratings  ·  161 reviews
Armed with only a journal and a promise, soldier Ian Carlisle returns home to fulfill his friend’s dying wish: to find the man’s daughter and read her his journal, one page at a time. The woman he finds in River Rock, Missouri, is just as warmhearted, artistic, and feisty as her father described. Ian had fallen in love with Charlee McKinley before he even met her, but he ...more
Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published June 16th 2015 by Montlake Romance
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Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It is about Charlee McKinley, a young woman who owns and lives on an artist's commune with a bunch of quirky & creative artists. One day, a soldier just back from war shows up at the commune looking for work. It turns out that the soldier, Ian Carlisle, was stationed with Charlee's dad before passed away, and Ian brings with him her dad's journal, which her dad asked him to read to her page by page. Over the summer, Ian starts to fall for Charlee, but she resists ...more
Lori Sanders
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
From the haunting opening scene to the satisfying conclusion, Heather Burch’s newest novel, Along the Broken Road satisfies like a big comfortable quilt. This tale of loyalty and friendship envelopes the reader and, like the story within the story, reveals the patience of true love, one glorious page after another.

lissa augustino
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Broken road

I chose this rating because this book makes me look at my own life and the things I need to change.
Crysa James
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chic-lit
An emotional read. But I expected such, since the title included 'Broken Road'. Still, I enjoyed the story, the characters (all the quirky, charismatic. eclectic characters), and the premise of redemption. Quite an inspirational read, and, I have to say, this story touched my heart.
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Make sure you have tissues!!!

What a heart wrenching beautiful story.

It was very slow at first, but once it picked up it never took its foot off the gas. I was listening to the audible version in the car to work and when I walked, but I hit a spot where it all hit the fan and I had to finish.

I loved Ian. I really did. He had his mission and he put his whole heart and soul into it. I also love a man who can show his emotions yet stay a man. His story was heart wrenching and my heart went out to
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful story about love and loss and trying to understand how to cope with those feelings left behind. I loved the quirky characters and the small town setting that gives you a sense of comfort. Ian, a young soldier returns from Afghanistan with a mission and a hope filled heart. Charlee is the woman he has feelings for but has never actually met. The story does have romance but it is really about so much more. Just a really lovely book that evoked many thoughts and feelings. I plan on ...more
Jeanne Adamek
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Comfort reading very well done.
Vikki Vaught
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with all Ms. Burch's books, she gives her secondary characters delightful personalities which add tremendously to the overall enjoyment of her books. While I did enjoy Along the Broken Road, although at times, I wanted to shake Charlie.She hung on to her fears too tightly, and I began to think she was not going to move beyond them. I do recommend this book, along with her others for the amazing secondary characters and heartfelt moments. Happy reading!
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Love is a gift. It is to be cherished. It is to be nurtured. And most of all, it is to be enjoyed. If I could give my children one piece of advice, it would be this. Find it. Capture it. And never, ever let it go.”

Beautiful! My first book of Heather Burch. Wanna read more.
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book makes you think about your own life's story.
May 07, 2015 rated it liked it
3 "No More Running" Stars

Along the Broken Road is a story of starting over, of moving past loss, and of finding oneself. It is the first book in a new series by Heather Burch about a young man recently discharged from the Army and a young woman running an artist's retreat. These two have more in common than either of them know.

Ian, fresh out the military, has one goal. Find his commander's daughter Charlee and give her the journal her father wrote. A journal that she has no idea about. Charles
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Although I was very touched by what the author tried to do with this book, I don’t think that the execution of it was successful. Truly, I love stories of returning soldiers, who try to pick up their lives after what they've been through in the war, but here it lacked depth. I wish the author had given more dimension to all the characters.
We meet Ian Carlisle, a returning soldier with a specific mission: to read the diary of his fallen Commanding Officer, McKinley, to his estranged daughter of
Lynne Ernst
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Love love love the book.

Ian is just home from Afghanistan to bring a journal to his commander's daughter....but he must read it to read one letter at a time. Charlee has been left behind in the hills of Missouri after her mom died and her dad and brothers went off to war.

While there is a romance the book is about loss and trust/ broken trust and growing up and life. Charlee owns an artist retreat with some fun loving if a bit crazy older artists that have become her family.

This book is the
Stephen Walton
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a very fluent and cleverly written story. Dealing with the very emotive subject of deep seated insecurities caused through death and broken love relationships , the author very smoothly takes us through the path of recovery to the happy ever after the two main characters Ian and Charlee deserve. There are more than just the one story in this book and how each troubled relationship pans out is quite illuminating. Definitely recommended if your genre is good love stories
Nancy Heflin
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Story

This is the first time I have read a book by Heather Burch but it will not be the last time. I enjoyed this book
very much. She reaches the depth of emotions of her characters and brings them to a self awareness that is fascinating to read I certainly recommend this book.

Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A very sweet book

Bordering on the line between romance novel and a nice work of fiction. Great characters, a different setting for the action which I enjoyed. Perhaps the main character s personal demons were a little sappy, and perhaps it was a little Nicholas Sparks-ish ( I don't read him on principle) but none of that detracted from my enjoyment of the book.
Michele bookloverforever
a dead father and military hero leaves behind 4 sons and an estranged daughter. he has sent her a gift from beyond the grave...if she'll only accept it. a journal of letters to her..all the things he couldn't say and it comes with a soldier whose life he saved at the cost of his own. tearjerker.
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Along the Broken Road: The Roads to River Rock Book One was written by Heather Burch. This is a fabulous book and luckily it has at least one book following it and possibly more. The book revolved around a family with four boys and one girl. The little girl was twelve when their mother died and she took over her Mother’s role of nurturer. She tried to make a meaningful place for their Father in their world; but it proved elusive for Charlee. Their Father was a commander in the army and his ...more
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Along the Broken Road” (The Roads to River Rock Book 1) by Heather Burch

A novel that captures your heart, your emotions, and your spirit from page one. A moving and captivating novel of a young soldier returning to civilian life with one more mission to accomplish and the woman the last mission involves.

With a cast of characters that will make you laugh and make you think and add such joy to a novel that is beautifully written and will warm your heart. And have you rooting for the young
Sherry Bledsoe
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was totally invested in this book!

I've become, possibly, jaded in reading romance novels. The formula is always the same...the settings vary....the out come always the same. For reasons that I can't quite grasp yet, even though this, too, may be a formulaic love story...I got caught up and rather skimming through the book (which has happened far to often lately), I actually read and re-read portions of the book before finally coming to the end. Maybe it was because it a love story from a
Bev (GrayBbee)
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Oh my, one of the best and most emotional books I have read/listened to in a long while. I laughed, I cried, my stomach hurt, my heart ached, I smiled, I yelled, I rejoiced and so on. Every emotion one could feel I did. I read along as I listened to the audio book. I just love Ian, the soldier, who made a promise to his dying CO and even though he knew his heart would break, he kept his word. And Charlee, while at times, really annoying, I totally got because who of us women haven't had our ...more
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A deep and touching love story

The characters in this novel are all broken in their own way and all lean on each other and gain strength to heal. A soldier returns from the horrors of war and the loss of his CO. He was always a disappointment to his father. A young woman who mourns the loss of her mother and who is trying to fulfill her dream. She felt that she always has to be strong for everyone else and make her soldier father
Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charlie is a drunk. When the going gets tough she runs away to drink and sleep with anyone she finds. She has been doing this since she was a teenager. (This author seems to think teenagers drinking is normal and acceptable. All the teens have drinking parties in this series.)
Luckily her father has posthumously sent her a knight in shining armor to save her from herself. If she would stop letting herself into his house, looking through his stuff and listening to his phone messages they might
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Healing Love Story

Ian has served his country and now he faces the toughest challenge of his life. The Major has sent Ian to do a job no one has been able to accomplish to date.

Charlee is running an Artists Retreat. She's been through more than any one person should in a lifetime. Charlee's Artist's are a mixed lot of eccentrics , just the way Charlee likes them. Her need of a Handyman and both their needs of healing will take you on a journey you won't soon forget!

I couldn't put this book
Deb Andrison
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Like so many stories I've read, I thought this was going to be another "Hallmark movie" tale with stereotypical characters painted in a wide swath of warm colors only to be tied up in a tidy package with a neat bow at the end. But, it wasn't. Oh, the multiple characters fared well and the prose contained a healthy sprinkling of warm fuzzies but it was more, so much more, than that. The characters were flawed and damaged and came along individual broken roads. They also challenged and
Linda Rogers
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book tells the story of a young woman who's father was recently killed in battle. One of the men in his unit who was with him when he died, has come to the area where his only daughter lives in an artist retreat in honor of her late mother, to keep a promise to his commanding officer that he considered his dad. As the story continues, we find the young woman doesn't really know her dad and the journal that the soldier has brought and reads one page at a time to her, she learns more about ...more
Judy Jacobs
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mesmerizing- You Are There

Ms. Burch is a master story teller.A gifted wordsmith, she paints beautiful pictures of each setting and intricately builds each character, revealing motivations and emotions exquisitely, so that we, too, see and understand the significance of the cover picture and the title, but not too soon.... She truly placed the reader in the setting as well as the hearts and minds of each character. This reader was sorry to finish, and looks forward to her sequel.
Kathryn Paquin
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Living life

This book surprised me with its depth. It touches the fear and the strength and most of all the trust and love needed to live life. It cuts to the core of our essential fears. This is a very special story that may take several readings to appreciate more fully the truths and lessons there to absorb. Initially the reader may think it is just another boy meets girl story. It is so much more. It is about the universal truths of living life.
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Splendid book but...

Along the Broken Road is a splendid book. A tear jerker at times, at other times, it caused me to chuckle. I would rate it 5 stars except for the fact that it’s in the Christian category. I would caution anyone who expects a Christian message here. Our hope is in Jesus, not anyone else. I can’t say further without a spoiler so I’ll leave it at that. I loved the book though with that one exception.
I really liked the story line of this book and I guess just expected a bit more. There was just too much drama, going from one setback to another and then, in between, the main characters seemed to be ONLY thinking about their physical attraction.

There was so much potential here but, for me, it just came up a bit short and I wound up skimming through the second half of the book.

I also listened to some of it through Audible and I did think the narrator did a really good job.
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