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The Road Leads Back

(Stonehill #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  929 ratings  ·  171 reviews
Kara Martinson and Harry Canton weren’t exactly high school sweethearts, but they did share one night neither will ever forget. Twenty-seven years later, Harry surprises Kara at an art gallery opening and discovers he left her with more than just memories when he went away to college. Desperate to connect with the family he never knew existed, Harry convinces his son to ...more
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published 2019 by Pink Sand Press (first published April 3rd 2015)
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Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
*****I got this FREE today on Amazon US. I definitely recommend. I read the sample and never stopped*****

I just can't NOT give this book 5 stars because it is a second chance romance that is handled in the absolute best way possible. I am amazed!!! The MCs were adults (around 45 years old) who handled things in a mature way that felt true to the characters and true to how I would feel if I were in the same situation. There are also really great secondary characters (their adult son and his
May 23, 2019 marked it as to-read
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FREE on iBooks today (5/23/2019)! ...more
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Road Leads Back by Marci Boudreaux

This is the story of Kara and her adult son Phil, who is (also) a young father. Phil's Father Harry was never part of his life. Actually Harry did not know he had a son for 27 years. Kara is reunited with Harry and they try to form a family relationship.

Beautifully written, the situations they all go through are real. Not everything goes smooth for them. They are faced with many challenges, for Kara and Phil, it is getting to know Harry. For Harry it is
Family relationships are tricky and complicated. Anger and Resentment can fester for years causing deep rifts and hurt feelings, easily setting the tone for a lifetime of regret and disillusionment. Sometimes, reconciliation may be offered, but even that can be a jumping off point for more hateful conversations and even greater disenchantment.

I loved being pulled into Kara’s and Harry’s life as they faced old problems and struggled to make a new family dynamic. Harry and Kara desired a healthier
Dee/ bookworm
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it
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I love angsty reads and all but this one just didn’t cut it out for me. I mean maybe I was expecting too much? I think it’s me more than the author.

The book was VERY VERY well-written and the author has somebody magical skills but I just couldn’t get over the fact that no villain of this book was held accountable and punished for their crimes.

A solid 3 star just because I loved how this author writes!!!
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
When one high school act of desire leads to the unexpected birth of Phil, Kara leans to the people she can and is rejected and heartbroken. Twenty-seven years later, Kara meets the father of her child, Harry, to find out he has been deceived as well. Can they bring back the family they should have all those years ago? Will Kara and Harry ever be able to forgive their parents' rejection and deception?

This heartfelt and sweet novel is written through both Harry's and Kara's perspective. The reader
Bette Stanek
Wow, this one gets a little intense at times. It's full of family relations gone bad, regrets. and trying to rebuild relationships. Kara's perspective is the one that is most dwelt on, but you do get insights into the reasoning of other major players.

Kara ended up pregnant the night she lost her virginity at a graduation party. When she told her parents, they kicked her out of the house and told her never to return. She sat for hours on the front porch, giving them time to cool off and change
Pennie Morgan
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by this author but definitely not the last! Kara and Harry had a one-night stand and when Harry left for college Kara was left with more than just memories. When she went to Harry's mom she was turned away and ended up across the country and now almost 3o years later Harry has discovered he is a father of a grown son. Kara is an accomplished artist and has raised their son, Phil, who is also a father of a 7-year-old daughter, and when Harry shows up and wants to get to ...more
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I really liked this book. This is a second chance trope that's a little different. There weren't just a few years that had passed since Kara and Harry had been involved--there were a lot.
I loved that it started out with Kara running into the father of her son and telling him, "I've been looking for you for twenty-seven years." There was a large volume of water under the bridge when they meet again. There's a son and a granddaughter.
This is a story that is heavy on forgiveness and just how much
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so much more than second chances, the author took us on the journey of unraveling the past. I really enjoyed reading the book because of it.
Kara and Harry really liked each other in high school but neither had the courage to tell the other. On graduation night, they met at a party and had sex. Kara became pregnant and when she told her parents they kicker her out and told her never to return. She went to Harry's parents who decided that they didn't want their son to know and he
Sharon Grow
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful and emotional story of a young man and woman whose one-night stand changed their lives forever. Harrison Canton left for college after his one night with Kara Martinson. When she found out that she was pregnant, she wrote to Harry, but never heard from him. Her parents threw her out and she raised her son, Phil, on her own. Years later, Harry noticed Kara’s name at an art showing and was just in time to see her with her son only to find out that Phil was his son. Kara was always a ...more
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
So much emotion. I held my breath, cried, cheered and gasp. It had so many feels. It was interesting and pulled you in made you part of the story. Things weren't perfect, their was misunderstandings, hurt, bridges crossed,mended and rebroken. The storyline was great. The characters and side characters made this book so wonderful to read. I recommend it to all it is worth the read. I received it from booksprout and this is my voluntary review.
Bonnie Denzer
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book 1 of a Series I'm Going to Read-for sure!

I'm old enough to remember when unwed mother's-to-be were not allowed to stay in school and often sent to "homes" until the baby was born and given away for adoption. Kara was banished from her home by her parents; the father -to-be had left for college, so she turned to his parents for help. I laughed and I cried as I read their story. Wonderful characters, even the judgmental ones, complicated relationships, guilt, and forgiveness, resulting in a
Jeannie Zelos
The Road Leads Back, Stonehill Romance Book One, Marci Boudreaux

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre:Romance, Women’sFiction

Well, there’s a slew of five star reviews for this story so I really expected to enjoy it, and I did a kind of underwhelmed way. It’s one of those that seemed perfect for me, but in practice just didn’t really work. Its a good book, a great book for many, many readers, just not a great one for me.
Kara, oh how I felt for her, pregnant, abandoned by her own
Breen Rdz
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“This book is definitely entering in my favorite list. I simply could not no love it! The story was so full of emotions. The plot made me cry, laugh and took my breath away. I stopped reading until I reached the end.

Both, Kara and Harry suffered through out the story. They also struggled with some misunderstandings and hurtful past memories.

The storyline was simply perfect. The characters were magnificent and special. A wonderful second chance romance that you must read.”
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes I cried, when you reach that part of the book, you too will cry. He left her following graduation. When her parents disowned her she went to his home where his mother put her on a coach to a single mothers commune. 30 years on he sees her name on an art exhibition flyer and sets out to see her and comes face to face with his son.

Enough said, read it and love it as much as I have. With thanks to NetGalley and Pink Sand Press for the free read.
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finding yourself in a tough spot and not having any idea that your plans are being thwarted behind your back. Imagine 27 years later, you find that you never know what people who supposedly love you are capable of. 4 people whose lives are deeply connected and time heals all wounds eventually. This book captures the heart and guides the reader through the history of two people who never knew their lives would be pulled apart to find each other again many years later. This book is an excellent ...more
Laurie Tell
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really sweet romance that drew me in from the beginning. It checks all my boxes of what makes a good book.

I read a crazy amount of romances, and I hate manufactured angst. This book doesn't have any of that. Check.

There are sex scenes, but they are sweet and not over the top. Check.

The story starts right away, and no long, slow background build up. Check.

There are sub stories within. Stories about family, forgiveness, and love.

My only draw back that keeps this book from being
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When Kara and Harry meet again after nearly three decades, their reunion reveals feelings of bitterness, regret and shock. Harry left Kara behind after one night of teenage intimacy. He never knew he had fathered a son, or that his parents had known about his child. All these years Kara has believed that Harry knew about the pregnancy and his son and had rejected both of them. Kara’s parents threw her out of the house when she revealed her pregnancy. When she turned to Harry’s parents for help, ...more
Sarah Peters
Almost 30 years ago, dorky Harry Canton left artsy Kara Martinson after one night of fumbling sex. Twenty-seven years later, he shows up at her art show and discovers he has both a son and a young granddaughter with Down’s Syndrome. Bolden, in the first book of her Stonehill Series, has written an emotionally-wrenching story of betrayal, forgiveness, and a love that can’t be denied. Kara, after a lifetime of running from commitment and the fear of abandonment, has to find the strength to face ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

This is one of those books that, based on my own personal life experiences, I probably should have avoided rather than chosen to review. The story starts out with our heroine Kara at an art show, where she runs into the man who took her virginity 27 years ago. He is also the same man who left her that night, and never came back for her or the son they created. The rest of the book is their
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stephanie by: KaLyn Cooper
This book was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

When I first started reading TRLB, I kind of didn't like it. I don't know if it was something specific or just my frame of mind going into the story.
After the first chapter or so, I began to like it more and more.
When things really started to catch my attention is when everyone moved. That right there was a shocker, but in a good way.
By the end I loved the story of having a second chance, not only in love, but with the
Regan Pierce
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Not happy with the characters

I really liked the premise of the story. Many have done the secret baby trope, but not where the child is already an adult before the parents meet again. And I have always enjoyed older couples. So I had high hopes for this.
I don’t know if the characters were under developed or over developed, but to me they spent too much of the 292 pages in angst and mixed up emotions. One minute they were happy, the next angry and fighting. Then they were crying or running away.
lovely story - makes you sad and happy!
Deborah Holmes
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Roller Coaster Ride...Strap Yourself

A Seasoned Romance Genre short read bonanza, set within the fictional confines of a quaint picket fence Iowa city, The Road Leads Back is the first offering of the Stonehill series, crafted by Marci Bolden. The opening delivers a punchy cute-meet set at a local watering hole, with our heroine Kara, an otherwise commune-living organic loving chemical-phobia type, knocking-back tequila shots served by “a walking tattoo” bartender when lo and behold, there he
Jamie Brydone-Jack
Forty-something hippie chick artist, Kara, is blown away when she is touched on the shoulder by a man she hasn't seen since their one-night stand nearly thirty years ago. They had each had a secret crush on each other during high school, and after a graduation party, acted on it. This resulted in a pregnancy that, through no fault of either of them, Harry never knew about. Their son, Phil, is a father of a young daughter with Down syndrome.

How will this play out for this long-fractured family
NICUnurse Stephanie
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A while back I received a request to review this title. Since it had already been published for a while, I agreed with the understanding that it might take some time to get to it as I had other books waiting in line long before this request came in. I FINALLY had some time to commit to this book, so I dove in. I always go into a book by an author I’ve never read before with half high hopes and half a bit of dread. I love finding new authors and new books I just can fall into and ignore reality ...more
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars! A debut novel that has an absolutely heart wrenching story!

At their high school graduation, Kara and Harry act on the attraction between them. When Kara finds out she`s pregnant, her parents kick her out and tell her that she`s not to come back. So when she goes to Harry`s house, she finds out he left for college ... but Harry`s mom sends to to a place for unwed mothers and tells her that when Harry is done school, he`ll come for her. After waiting 5 years, Kara realizes that Harry is
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As a teen, Marci Bolden skipped over young adult books and jumped right into reading romance novels. She never left.

Marci lives in the Midwest with her husband, two teenaged kiddos, and numerous rescue pets. If she had an ounce of will power, Marci would embrace healthy living but until cupcakes and wine are no longer available at the local grocery store, she’ll put that ambition on hold and

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“Kara Martinson squeezed her way toward the crowded bar, nudging between two kids she couldn’t quite believe were old enough to be legally drinking in public. They should have been funneling cheap beer in a college dorm somewhere. Or sneaking shots from Daddy’s liquor cabinet. Art gallery openings used to be much more sophisticated than this. When” 0 likes
“Sometimes I wonder if they ever worried about what happened to me.” She looked at her hands as she toyed with a ring on her finger. She blinked several times, but she couldn’t hide the tears in her eyes that always seemed to come with speaking of her parents. “I wonder if they ever feared that I’d ended up dead in some back-alley abortion clinic somewhere, my body dumped in the woods to hide the evidence.” Harry closed his eyes and rubbed his fingertips into his forehead. “Jesus, Kara. The way your mind works sometimes.” 0 likes
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