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The Forgotten Road

(The Broken Road #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  4,697 ratings  ·  663 reviews

The second novel in the bestselling trilogy from Richard Paul Evans about a man on an inspirational pilgrimage across Route 66 to find his way back to himself.

Chicago celebrity and successful pitchman Charles James is supposed to be dead. Everyone believes he was killed in a fiery plane crash. But thanks to a remarkable twist of fate, he’s very mu
Hardcover, 259 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Simon Schuster
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May 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed the first book so I was looking forward to this one. But the majority of the book is like a Route 66 tour guide. It seemed completely irrelevant and page filling waste of all the small towns, random tourist traps, and a complete description of every meal he ate along the way. Finally towards the very end of the book there was a small glimpse of what I enjoyed in the first book. I'm not sure the reasoning on everything being a trilogy these days, but I'm hoping the third book is ...more

The Forgotten Road is the second installment in Richard Paul Evans' trilogy titled Broken Road. This continuation follows fictional character: Charles James as he finds purpose while using his presumed death to navigate a new life. It follows him as he starts his journey on foot from Chicago to California via Route 66. My personal reading experience had me viewing this book as Undercover Boss meets a Route 66 travel guide manual. Charles' character is very descriptive about his journey on Route
Another beautiful book by RPE! I enjoyed learning some of the history of Route 66, as well. Highly recommend!
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
It started with The Broken Road and keeps getting better. ...more
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Forrest Gump walks Route 66

"That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run. So I ran to the end of the road...I ran clear to the ocean." -Forrest

As i was reading this i couldn't help but think about Forrest Gump.

"I had run for 3 years, 2 months, 14 days, and 16 hours."
" I'm pretty tired... I think I'll go home now."

Not much of a story but the telling of it was good. 3 stars. That's all i have to say about that.
Debbie Waltz
May 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
second book of the series by Richard Paul Evans. I got the book because I was looking forward to the how things ended up with Jesse James and his wife. Little did I know over half of the book was his journey on Route 66. Not much of his personal journey. It wasn't until nearing the end of the book that some of the old characters come into play. At this point I'm really annoyed; I don't know if I will pick up the last book in the series when it comes out. Also, 46 chapters come on.. ...more
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Charles James had celebrity, wealth and success, but all his money couldn't buy happiness. When freak circumstances keep him from boarding a plane that crashed, and Charles is believed to be dead, he is given a second chance. Recognizing his greatest mistake was not appreciating his ex-wife, he decides to walk Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica and ask for her forgiveness.
His journey is filled with tidbits about Route 66 and it's storied history. It's the people he encounters though that are
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
The farther I read into this book, the more the plot reminded me of Evans' previous trilogy, The Walk. Lots of the same themes and incidences, just on a different road. I will finish the trilogy despite this. I like Evans' style and messages. Just a little disappointed in the similarities. ...more
Christine Indorf
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
When Charles hits rock bottom and now has freedom because everyone thinks he's dead he decides to walk Route 66, all of it!! That is 2500 miles. He starts just to see if he can do it but it soon becomes a whole lot more. He has a goal that keeps him walking. Along the way he meets people that would need help from him. He becomes friends with them and each new person is special in one way or another. This book is totally about his journey. The ups and downs, meeting people who you grown and fall ...more
Dec 09, 2019 rated it liked it
The Forgotten Road continues the story of Charles James.

Charles is essentially given a second chance at life when a plane he was supposed to be on crashes and everyone thinks he is dead.

He takes the opportunity, after realizing the impact he made on the world was insignificant, to better himself and to help others. He wants to reconcile with his ex-wife. He realized he was never happy after he became rich and famous and wants to return to the true happiness he had before his life took a dramatic
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I was looking forward to this book which is the second in a trilogy about a man who is given a second chance at life due to the fact that a plane he was supposed to be on crashed. Everyone believes he is dead. He decides to walk to where his ex wife lives via Route 66. Most of the book is about his walk and the sights around the famous road. I was more interested in how he was going to do good things for people along the way. Granted at the last one third of the book he does do,a few good acts o ...more
Kev Willoughby
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Using the backdrop of historic Route 66, Richard Paul Evans makes you think about the road to your own legacy. Imagine showing up at your own funeral and being surprised to find the number of attendees in the single digits. That's what nationally known motivational speaker Charles James finds after "surviving" a plane crash in his hometown of Chicago. As he makes plans to show up at his own funeral and surprise everyone with the good news that he had not actually boarded the fateful plane, he is ...more
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Unfortunately I didn't read the first book but I did enjoy this one anyway. Charles James is supposed to be dead but in reality he isn't. He missed his flight by a few minutes and the plane he was supposed to be on crash. He misses his ex-wife and decides to travel Route 66 to be with her. On foot. He sets off from Chicago to L.A. and meets many friendly people along the way. He also meets with a bicycle gang who robs him of all his money and cell phone. Without options he joins a group of migra ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This book cannot decide if it wants to be a travel narrative of route 66 or the fictional story of Charles James Gonzalez. Much of the space is taken up with the sights, amusements and flavors of Route 66, and Charles story squeezes in around the edges. The nice thing about this is that at the beginning of the book Charles is still not a kind or good person so the reader needs something else to care about until the road, the walk and the people he meets along the way can slowly start to change h ...more
May 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Disappointing. I expect much more from this very good author. No meaningful advance of the story. Seems like it was generated to fulfill a book commitment.
Carol Irvin
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love this storyline!
Katy Binford
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I totally couldn't wait for this book to come out. I even pre-ordered it which I very seldom do. At the beginning of the book there was enough about Book 1 that my memory was refreshed and I wasn't lost as I got into Book 2. At the beginning, when Charles was deciding what to do since he was "dead" from the plane crash that he missed getting onto, I kept thinking you need to tell someone. What about your money and the people that worked for you. He went to his own memorial and was surprised at t ...more
Michael Poeltl
This one seemed to go off track for me a bit but then got back to the deeper story. Enjoyable enough to want to pick up the third in the series.
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
I picked this up in a whim, not realizing it was the middle book of a trilogy. It referred back to events from the first one enough that I don’t think I’m really missing anything by having not read it first. I laughed, almost cried, and enjoyed some interesting conversation with my husband regarding this character and events in the story (he doesn’t like to read, but this really did inspire interesting conversation). There were several chapters that dragged on, like a Route 66 history tour, that ...more
Nancy H
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this story, a man who was at the pinnacle of his success narrowly escapes death when the plane he just missed crashes and burns on takeoff. Everyone believes he was on it, so he decides to remain 'dead' and starts a pilgrimage along the old Route 66 from Chicago to California. He has amazing insights during his journey that make him examine his past life and question everything he thought he knew about himself. This is a quick read and a wonderful story about the quirks of fate and the new op ...more
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the second book first, this is the order i received them when I reserved them. They probably should be read in order to get some of the back story, but not necessarily. I'm half way through the first book which tells you how James got to where he was in the 2nd book. All in all an interesting and captivating story. Sometimes I feel like I'm there with him and other times like I'm observing. ...more
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A beautiful story of a man who is presumed dead and how he finds peace
And himself as he walks Route 66 from Chicago to California. It is an
inspirational tale of himself and several he meets along his journey. This
Is the second book In this trilogy. I would highly recommend this read.
Dec 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: orland-library
I enjoyed this second book in the series but not for the reasons I thought I would. I learned a lot about Route 66 and some interesting facts that I didn't know, such as the inspiration for the Disney/Pixar movie Cars cam from traveling Route 66. Reading this book made me wish I could take off on a road trip!

While there was some reflection on life by the main character, I was hoping for a lot more on his journey, so in that respect, the book fell a little short for me.
Barbara Brodhead
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty interesting book- made me want to see parts of Route 66 for myself. 😉
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Too much info about Route 66, not enough of the story.
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this second book in the Forgotten Road trilogy. Sometimes it takes a 2500 mile walk to truly find yourself. Can’t wait for the third book in the series coming in the Spring, 2029z
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once again Richard Paul Evans writes a beautiful, witty, sad, thought provoking novel that leaves me wanting more. I cannot wait for the final book in this series. My friend and I have been trying to plan a drive on Route 66 for several years and this book only made me want to plan it faster. The book really lets you feel that you are walking along with Charles James (Gonzales). Charles is presumed dead and is now on a pilgrimage to find his way back to himself. He is also walking toward his pea ...more
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you like his walk series you will love this series as well. This is the second book in this series taking place on the famous Route 66, Evans combines history and a great story about self involvement, self awareness and redemption that will leave you anxiously awaiting the next book.
Kim Territo
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really good. My only complaint is having to wait so long for the next one to come out!
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent story by one of my favorite authors. I am already dreading the wait till Spring of 2019 for the last book in the trilogy. This story basically underscores the old adage that “money isn’t everything “.
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