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One Wrong Turn

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  998 ratings  ·  94 reviews
Author Deanna Lynn Sletten returns with an unforgettable novel about one man’s crisis of self and his greatest act of love.

The words “I’m her husband” roll off Clay Connors’s tongue, but with his estranged wife lying in a coma—and no assurance that she’ll awaken—he knows he’s perilously close to losing everything. A singular, terrifying accident has left Jess Connors suspe
Paperback, 204 pages
Published June 20th 2017 by Lake Union Publishing
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Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Sometimes an author can take the simplest plot and it will pack an emotional punch that resonates with the reader to their core. You follow normal, flawed people and you cry, get mad, become disappointed, have empathy, have sympathy, laugh and feel joy. That was the journey I took with Deanna Lynn Sletten’s novel ONE WRONG TURN.

Jess Connors is renovating her grandparent’s old home into a B&B as she raises her two daughters, Madison
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One day at a time....
The story on the face of it, is so simple. Jess Connors, mother to Maddie and Jilly, separated from her musician husband Clay, has an accident with brain trauma and is in coma. Clay, a recovering alcoholic, nearly two years sober, has to rush home to his family. His girls need him. And then it's a total uphill for him, staying in hope that Jess will get up, winning over his daughters, who have not seen him in two years and maintaining his sobriety in such moments of stress.
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

I always tend to one-click books if I read that there are children involved. I liked One Wrong Turn, even though Clay hadn't been around for two years, I understood his reasoning for it. Did he made the right decision by staying away? Who knows! When his wife is in a car accident and is lying in a coma, he comes back to his family. His eldest daughter Maddie, who is twelve years old, holds a grudge and doesn't want anything to do with him. She feels abandoned by him and makes sure to te
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. In One Wrong Turn Deanna Lyn Sletten explores a family wounded and hurt by one of their members struggling with alcoholism. Clay has struggled for years with this disease, he loves his wife and two girls very much, but every time he endeavours to overcome it, some stress or other sends him over the edge. Now he hasn't been home with his family for two years, yet he has managed to stay sober for almost two years. However he is afraid to return home in case he falls into old patterns.

Jun 04, 2017 rated it liked it
When Clay gets a phone call to tell him his wife has been in a car accident and is now in a coma, he rushes home to be with his children. There’s just one problem. He hasn’t seen his family in two years and not everyone is ready to welcome him back with open arms.

Clay is an alcoholic and while he’s been sober for a few years now, he’s never felt strong enough to go back home, fearing he would let his family down again. But now he doesn’t have a choice. Will he be strong enough to resist the beer
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Jilly stood and looked at him with sad eyes. ‘I don’t really remember you enough to hate you.’ … ‘Oh, Jilly-bear. I think that’s worse than if you hated me.’

One wrong turn. One wrong choice. He understood the devastation that one moment could cause.

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The story begins with a woman’s (Jess’) inner musing while driving, her mind wonders to her To-Do List and family members instead of the rain-slicked road. An accident leaves her in a coma and her estranged hus
Debbie DiFiore
Okay story

This was just okay for me. I still don't understand why he didn't come home for two years if he really was sober. I don't think he cheated on her but that was never addressed. But I know that alcoholics forget their morals sometimes. Worked in a bar for several years and saw way too much heartbreak. I don't think he was a cheater but two years away is a long long time. I loved Maddie and her honesty. She calls it like she sees it and she isn't afraid of calling him out for his past neg
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, romance
Deanna Lynn Sletten’s new novel, “One Wrong Turn” tells the story of Jess and Clay. The book begins when Jess is rushing home and has a car accident that results in her becoming comatose.

Jess is living with their two daughters, twelve year-old Maddie and seven year-old Jilly, working to open a bed and breakfast in a home left her by her grandmother. Clay is summoned to the hospital, where he sees his comatose wife and two daughters for the first time in two years.

The story goes back and forth i
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a story. This was a very touching and emotional book. It had me from the start and I could not put it down. A car accident that almost broke a family apart pulled them together. A family who love each other even more than they know.
Clay, a recovering alcoholic, came home as soon as he got word that his wife was in the hospital after a car wreck. She was in a coma. Clay and their daughters, Maddie and Jilly, would not give up hope that she would find her way back to them. Maddie had lots of
Amy Crick
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A young mother, Jess, has plans of opening a B&B when her life changes in the blink of an eye. Jess has a wreck and is comatose. Her estranged husband, Clay, hears of the wreck and rushes to be by her side. Clay is a recovering alcoholic who went to rehab three times and after the 3rd rehab stent, he doesn't return to his family because he's afraid he can't keep his promise of staying sober. Clay has a hard time reconnecting with his 12 yr old daughter Maddie who remembers Clay leaving and not c ...more
Vikki Vaught
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Musings

What an amazing emotional journey. The he girls are so realistic and steal the show. I loved Maddie, so much read and pain. I loved it when she finally realizes she need her dad. Happy ☺reading 📚!
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading One Wrong Turn - smiling with tears streaming down my face. The characters are well developed. Ms. Sletton nailed the personalities of both the girls. Their attitudes and reactions are spot on for their ages and the situation. The story line is interesting and believable, and the ending makes the reader feel good about this family's future. These are characters I would like to see again in a sequel.

I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.
Kim Cano
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great story about second chances. The husband, Clay, is a good man, but his alcoholism causes his marriage to deteriorate. When his wife is unable to care for their children, it forces him to step up to the plate and find inner strength. I liked the ending. It made me shed a few tears. Read One Wrong Turn if you like books that tug at your heart strings.
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Karen A.
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Goes to show it's never too late ...more
Sally Brown
May 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Read!

Loved this book! The relationships were real and the power of love seeped out of the pages! Good for families that have experienced trials with substance abuse.
Jessica Higgins
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
All it takes is one wrong turn to change a life. One moment perfect, the next moment shattered.

When Clay gets a call that is wife Jess has been involved in a vehicular accident, he races from Los Angeles to the Victorian home in northern California that his wife has been converting to a bed and breakfast. Due to the impact of the accident, she is currently in a coma. Things might go easier when he sees his daughters, Maddie and Jilly, except that he hasn’t talked to them in almost two years. Cla
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was first introduced to Deanna Lynn Sletten’s work when I reviewed Maggie’s Turn in 2013, and I’ve loved her writing ever since. She creates wonderful stories with vivid settings and vibrant characters, and she always leaves you feeling like the world still holds hope – something we all really need right now.

This novel, One Wrong Turn, is no exception. A family drama, it takes place in the present on the Northern California coastline, and in the past (via flashbacks and memories) mainly in Sou
I want to thank Deanna Lynn Sletten, author and Goodreads First Giveaway for the Kindle copy I won of One Wrong Turn in the Giveaway.

Clay and Jess Connor are married, have two daughters and now after being gone for two years Clay returns when Jess is in a coma from an auto accident. The split was so he could get control of his drinking and come back to his family and be the man he expected of himself and that his family needed.

The stress of the situation for an alcoholic is handled with a depth
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jess and her 2 daughters have moved away to fix up her grandmothers home to become a B&B. They leave Jess's husband and the girls Dad, Clay behind as they have been apart for the last few years.
Clay had issues with alcohol and they took over his life. He was in numerous rehab centers and tried a lot of things to get help, but nothing really seemed to "fix" the problem and after disappointing his family so many times, it just seemed easier to stay away and not hurt them anymore.
Clay gets a call
Susan (The Book Bag)
I love Deanna's stories and I get lost in them as soon as I start reading the first lines. One Wrong Turn grabbed my heart from the start and I loved my roller-coaster journey through the lives of Jess and Clay and their two wonderful daughters, Maddie, the spunky teenager, and Jilly-bear, the seven-year-old, who is wise beyond her years.

This story was such an emotional read that tugged at my heartstrings. It broke my heart watching this family struggle as they tried to deal with the reality of
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I thought this was a fantastic book about second chances! Clay is a good man but he has let his addiction to alcohol cause his marriage to fall apart. Driving home one day, Jess was in a hurry to pick up her daughters, Jilly and Maddie, but all it took was one wrong turn of her steering wheel as she was rushing to pick up her daughters after school to change all of their lives.

I enjoyed reading about Clay and Jess' meeting, their cou
Nancy Timmerman
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: print-books
A very sweet, but sad story written by Deanna Lynn Sletten; the book “One Wrong Turn” gave me such heartbreak at times, yet it tells the reader that hard times can make a family stronger and closer. It was a sweet story, but it was a little predictable to me.

The main character, Clay, is a musician but has this battle in his life that keeps him away from his family. He needs to fight this darkness to be with his daughters after his wife is in a terrible car accident. “One wrong turn. One wrong c
Sally Coles
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
When Jess has a car accident and is in a coma the hospital contact her estranged husband Clay even though she hasn't seen him for two years. Clay is a recovering alcoholic and after a time in rehab he still couldn't face his family and so stayed away - Jilly is now 7 and doesn't really remember him that clearly but Maddie does and she cannot forgive his absence.

Now back with his family Clay has to try and make things work for their sake as they are all he has, even though Maddie says she hates h
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this Kindle version from Goodreads Giveaway.

Jess is a busy single mom on her way back from the grocery. She has a numerous things on her mind that include the final touch ups on the B&B, what to make the children for dinner, etc. Jess is running a little late picking up her children from school when she swerves on the wet road to miss hitting an animal. Her vehicle flips several times...Jess is in a coma and her estranged husband, Clay, is back to help with her care and the care of their d
Christine Moore
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Jess and Clay's marriage has had many ups and downs due to Clay's alcoholism. After Clay's 3rd time in rehab, he decides to live apart from Jess and their 2 daughters as he is scared to disappoint them again. Jess has a terrible car accident and Clay rushes to her side at the hospital. As Jess lies in a coma, Clay must try and rebuild his relationship with his daughters. This is a beautifully written book about the effects alcoholism has on a family. It is a story of love, family, and redemption ...more
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For me, knowing you enjoyed a book is not wanting it to end... wanting a part 2 (or part 3) - when the epilogue isn't enough. That was this book. It's the story of a family that is torn apart because of addiction and how after years apart an accident brings them back together. Under the worst of circumstances, young children must learn to trust their Dad again and Dad has to learn to trust himself. It's a story of love, loss, forgiveness, starting over and overcoming any obstacles put in front o ...more
Susan Duthie
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
I loved this modern family story. It's a feel good novel, with a few tears along the way. Clay and Jess are married and have two children, Maddie age 12, and Jilly age 7. Clay is a singer guitarist and an alcoholic and has been living apart from the family for two years. He has been in rehab and building his strength to live without alcohol. Jess and he speak often however she will not let him speak to the children until he is strong enough to commit to family life. Jess has a car accident and i ...more
Sandie Scott
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A True Love Story

I really enjoyed reading this book even though I teared up throughout the reading! I had to put the book down a few times to compose myself. Very emotional story of a wife and mother Jess, in a coma while her husband tries to gain the trust of his daughters after leaving them previously for rehab. He's back taking over the parenting as Jess remains in a coma, not knowing if she will ever regain her health and mind back. Many ups and downs make this a must read!
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was quite an emotional story. Jess has a car accident and lies in a coma. Her estranged husband, Clay, is called and he comes. He had been in his third stint of rehab, then hadn’t been home for 2 years. He was afraid he’d relapse again. But his daughters needed him, even if his oldest wouldn’t trust him. But as weeks go by and Jess doesn’t wake up, they come to rely on each other. I loved how the author used Clay’s flashbacks to tell their early story. And the raw emotions, dealing wit his ...more
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Deanna Lynn Sletten is the author of THE ONES WE LEAVE BEHIND, MISS ETTA, THE WOMEN OF GREAT HERON LAKE, MAGGIE'S TURN, THE LAKE HARRIET SERIES, and several other titles. She writes heartwarming women's fiction and romance novels with unforgettable characters. She has also written one middle-grade novel that takes you on the adventure of a lifetime. Deanna believes in fate, destiny, love at first ...more

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