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A Curve in the Road

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  3,922 ratings  ·  360 reviews
From USA Today bestselling author Julianne MacLean comes a suspenseful, emotionally charged novel that explores the secrets and hidden truths within a seemingly perfect marriage.

Abbie MacIntyre is living the dream in the picturesque Nova Scotia town she calls home. She is a successful surgeon, is married to a handsome cardiologist, and has a model teenage son who is only m
Kindle Edition, 266 pages
Published August 14th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing
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Jul 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley for an e- ARC in exchange for an honest review

Set in Nova Scotia, A Curve in the Road follows the women's lit pattern of a wife discovering her recently deceased husband has a whole whack of secrets. But I found myself reeled in by the relatable characters and the fast paced storyline.
A CURVE IN THE ROAD by Julianne MacLean is a suspenseful, emotionally charged novel that explores the secrets and hidden truths within a seemingly perfect marriage, set in picturesque Nova Scotia.
Abbie MacIntyre's life will never be the same after a car accident caused by a drunk driver. The paramedics rush her to the hospital, but in the darkness of night they cannot find her dog Winston.
This book was a page-turner. It grabbed me from the start and didn't let go. Although there were several t
Bette Crosby
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again Julianne MacLean has created a story that will stay with you long after you have finished the book. It is a tale of betrayal, love, soul-searching, and forgiveness. There are twists and turns around every corner and through it all you will find yourself rooting for Abbie MacIntyre, a wife, mother, a woman betrayed, and truly likable protagonist.
Terri Lynn
Aug 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
I'm not understanding what all the ravaging reviews are about.
It is told from from Abbie's perspective. And it was boring! I stuck it out because it has so many good reviews.
It is basically reading a females/mother/wife life problems! With occasional problems life throws your way.
There is no character development.
I think this story focused to much around the son.
Abbie's point of view was boring AF.
She loses her husband who cheated on her and the other woman ended up having a baby.
Abbie's problem
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Abbie’s life will never be the same after the fateful night she gets hit by a drunk driver. She is thrown a curveball and her storybook life begins to unravel.

I engaged immediately in this well-paced intriguing story and its’ interesting characters. The author excels at building character relationships and sprinkling in twists I never saw coming. I loved Abbie’s awesome dog Winston who enriched the lives of his ‘humans’ Abbie and her son Zach as they attempt to rebalance their lives. Thanks to
How well do you know your spouse? When Abbie and her husband are in a tragic car accident, Abbie uncovers her husband's secrets while dealing with the aftermath. I went through so many emotions in this book...shock, grief, anger and happiness. A Curve in the Road was very well written and the story flowed easily. I had a hard time putting this one down!
Barbara White
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I was sucked into the story from page one and couldn't stop reading. After Abbie's car is slammed off the road by a drunk driver, everything in her life unravels. A CURVE IN THE ROAD is a fast-paced, tightly plotted page-turner; an intricate tale of family secrets, unexpected twists, the resilience of the human spirit, and the coolest dog since Enzo.
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
After a car accident, secrets are revealed and Abbie's life is changed forever.

This was a nice, light listen perfect for audiobook. Unfortunately, I didn't connect with any of the characters and after the car accident, I was more worried about the welfare of the dog, Winston, than the husband. Overall, the story line was much too predictable for me, but fans of women's fiction might enjoy it more than I did!

Location: Nova Scotia
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
This was quite a fast paced, complex story with a mystery or two. My first good (but not great IMHO) read from Julianne MacLean of love, loss, and second chances.
Kristin Jenkins
Sep 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I thought that after the first couple of chapters, it became little predictable.
Isha Coleman
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
A Curve in the Road by Julianne MacLean  
Life can change on a dime. It's the tests that teach us how strong we can be. A Curve in the Road is a tale of heartache that breeds courage. Abbie is a woman that has it all, until one tragic moment changes everything. Will she weather the storm and reach that hard earned rainbow? MacLean takes a moment in time and turns it into an uplifting journey of hope. The pain has a realism that is heartbreaking as well as relatable, but it's the message beyond t
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four emotional stars to A Curve in the Road! ⭐⭐⭐⭐! This emotionally engaging book was hard for me to put down. Abbie is driving home on a lonely stretch of road one evening when a car approaches. That car swerves into her lane, creating an impact that will forever affect her life. In the fallout after the accident, Abbie learns she was hit by a drunk driver. She cannot reach her husband and as a result, learns shocking secrets about his life. The husband, and the life she thought she knew, has b ...more
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Abbie is living the life of a fairytale, she loves the life that she is in. If anything can be anymore perfect than a daunting husband and son, she still has yet to found it. However her life falls apart that leaves her in a dire situation and life life becomes even more complicated after that unforgettable night.

Honestly this book was really hard to rate because I really loved the story. However, I felt that it was too rushed, too many loopholes was not adding up. For instance it will have hin
Christie Sitterly
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book starts off with a bang and doesn't let up! An unimaginable tragedy strikes main character, Abbie. Author, Julianne MacLean, does a superb job portraying nightmarish circumstances and I felt like I was in Abbie's head, experiencing her anguish and confusion. Circumstances unravel a mystery surrounding Abbie's husband, sending her into further turmoil. Although things seem dire, an unexpected friendship does lead to a happily ever after. I highly recommend this book!
I can confess without guilt that the cover of this book sucked me in, and when i read what it was about i was even more interested!
I love a good family story. Especially if it is about someone tries that starts new after something bad happens!
This book promised to be a great one for me!

It sadly wasn't.
The writing didn't work that great for me, since it sometimes felt very stilted and at the next moment as if it was rushing through the plot.
The plot itself wasn't that great for me either.
It sa
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a book that grabbed you into the story from the very beginning! I love books that start like that. And this one just kept going, twisting my emotions, page by page.

You never know when life is going to throw a big curve your way. And the characters in this book went through so much. Grief, sadness, shock, secrets, happiness, forgiveness...this book had it all. And the author definitely had me not wanting to put the book down.

I've heard so many good things about this author and her books
Bette Crosby
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Lindsey Gandhi
Holy Rollercoaster Ride Batman!!! Hang on to your seats folks! The emotional journey you will go on in this book is insane. It was so hard to pull myself away from the story, but alas - I had to sleep.

So, what do you do when a curve in the road flips your life upside down? Not just once or even twice, but multiple times. To the point you feel like you're in a NASCAR race and can't get off the track. This is Abby's new life. I say new because the life she knew really wasn't the life that was real
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
A Curve in the Road by Julianne MacLean is a so-so romantic drama.

Abbie MacIntyre thought she had the perfect family. She is a successful surgeon who is married to a handsome cardiologist. Zach is a model teenage son and the family has a beloved golden retriever named Winston. Then she is in a car accident that changes her whole world. One unthinkable challenge after another is thrown at her and she has to try and find a way to cope and work through her challenges, anger, and grief while still b
Amy Koster
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, contemporary
A beautiful story about love, loss, and forgiveness. This story will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions. The characters are strong and well developed. The writing is superb! I truly felt so many different feelings while reading. I have not felt that while reading a book for a long time.

The character Abbie really pulled on my heart. She is so strong to face all that was set before her. She has strength and courage. I love how after everything she discovers herself and finds fulfillment in he
Deborah Blanchard
This is a moving story of loss and grief. Of lies, betrayal and also, of forgiveness and moving forward. This book captured me from the first page and kept me turning the pages till the very end. The characters are richly developed and believable. I was a part of Abbie's life. I felt such a wide range of emotions. From fear to heartache, from sadness to hope. This book is classic Julianne MacLean. It takes you into its pages and you become a part of this family. Well written and flows well from ...more
Barbara Sissel
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A CURVE IN THE ROAD is gripping and suspenseful from page one. But on a deeper level it’s a story of how a horrendous tragedy exposes a trail of secrets that have a devastating impact on one woman’s life and all that she has believed in. Compellingly written with a lovely cast of characters, including the most endearing dog ever, A CURVE IN THE ROAD, is ultimately a tale of forgiveness and the indomitability of the human spirit.
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wowsers - what a story! It's so real, all the experiences, thoughts and emotions that Abbie goes through - a journey with so many pieces that most readers will easily find something to relate to. I was drawn in so much that I wanted to be there for Abbie too. Julianne has seriously amazing style and superb flow with her writing! I really enjoyed that I felt "Canadian" when I read this story and I thought the title for this narrative was perfect. There are a few other comments I would like to mak ...more
Sue Fernandez
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Net Galley and Lake Union Publishing for an advance read of this title in exchange for my honest review. I'd never read anything by Julianne MacLean, and it looks like she might've just moved over to Lake Union. If so, I think her books will be those I'm seeking in the future. After I read this, I sought out some of her others, and I'm not sure I'd love them. So, based on this one, I'm definitely hoping for more. This story deals with grief, the messiness of families, empty nests an ...more
The Cats Mother
I requested this from NG because it was about a surgeon whose life is turned upside down by an accident, which sounded interesting, and it’s good to read something other than thrillers for a change. I was a bit worried when I discovered that the author writes predominantly romance novels, as it’s a genre that annoys me too much. However, it was published this week, so I thought I should get on with it, and I ended up enjoying it more than expected.

Abbie is a general surgeon from Halifax, Nova Sc
Roberta Ideus
Aug 18, 2018 rated it did not like it

What is up these days with using first person? Anyone can write in first person. I,I. Me,me. No character development. No other points of view. Boring. It’s like an essay. If books like this are now “Best Sellers” then we are truly in trouble.
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
** spoiler alert ** This is the first book I’ve read by this author, I must be living under a rock.
Abbie’s life is turned upside down when she’s leaving her mom’s home after their ritual Sunday dinner. She’s on her way home to watch her son’s hockey game when her SUV is clipped and finds herself trapped in her vehicle which has tumbled down off the highway and lands upside down in a ravine. She’s terrible shaken, she’s concerned about her dog, Winston who was with her but unfortunately he was t
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Lake Union and NetGalley for an ARC of this book.

It will send you reeling right from the start. Abbie, the main character is hit by a drunk driver and her life is never the same afterwards. She had just left her mom’s and a drunk driver clipped the back end of her SUV and sent her life spiraling out of control. The family dog, Winston, was with her and she was very worried about him. She goes through so much and then loses her husband, Alan,of twenty years. Many secrets come to surf
Bambi Rathman
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book had me taking a crazy ride with the main character, Abbie MacIntyre. My emotions were pulled into the deepest of tragedy only to find that they weren't quite at the bottom yet as the story progressed. (tissues required) My emotions ranged all through the spectrum from deep sadness, to heartache, to anger, to unbelief, to love, to forgiveness, to happiness.... My heart went out to Abbie so much. I found myself pulling for her to come through each event finding strength and courage to fa ...more
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A Curve in the Road was a dramatic and emotional book! I enjoyed the way that the story evolved. Abbie is a successful surgeon and married to a cardiologist. They have a son who is a senior in high school. Then one night, Abbie is in a car accident. It is at this moment that her life is shattered. Her life will change in serious ways as the days go by after the accident. Her life will quickly spiral out of control and nothing will ever be the same. Secrets will be revealed. She must deal with he ...more
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Julianne MacLean is a USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including the contemporary women’s fiction Color of Heaven series. MacLean is a four-time Romance Writers of America RITA finalist and has won the Booksellers’ Best Award, the Book Buyers Best Award, and a Reviewers’ Choice Award from the Romantic Times for Best Regency Historical Romance of 2005.

MacLean has a degree in
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