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The People We Meet Along the Way

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Would you be able to grant the same forgiveness that you’re so desperately seeking yourself?

Jillian O’Rourke’s marriage died long before her husband’s tragic accident. Years of battling with infertility and demanding careers melted their once solid relationship. Bearing the burden of guilt over his death, Jillian gets lost in despair and a series of "what-ifs". But one cha
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Published September 17th 2020
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Nova B
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
I have yet to read about a couple miscarriage that didn’t end up with the husband cheating. This one took it further a baby was born. She ends up raising it since the mother dies with the woman brother. At least the heroine did cheat too. 🥴
Three Chicks
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

The People We Meet Along the Way was such a beautifully written story that is not just about love, but also about friendships, and strength and courage. The title perfectly depicts the meaning of this book.

When the books starts we meet Jillian, who has just lost her husband. They did not have the perfect marriage in the end, in fact they were separated for a few months before his death. Jillian has been blaming herself for his accident and is having a hard time with i
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Maria Angie Mendoza
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My first read by this author and certainly not my last!!
This author took me on a heart wrenching and emotional journey I was totally enthralled with.
Emotional, poignant story of second chances and forgiveness.
This is Jillian’s story and her journey as she struggles to overcome the grief and guilt from a terrible loss. When her friends encourage her to take that planned vacation to Europe she embarks on a journey that turns into more than sightseeing and shopping.
During her trip she makes some i
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Sunny Shelly Reads
I can not think of a better title for this wonderful book. The people we meet along the way in this journey we call life each have an impact on us, whether we realize it or not. As Jillian tries to piece her life back together following the death of her husband, the people she meets along the way help her heal and move forward — and affect her life in a way she never could have imagined.

Jillian is struggling with some major grief after her husband dies, even though they'd been estranged and were
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Book Obsessed
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This was a book about loss, being heartbroken, grief, forgiveness, and learning to live again. Beth Rinyu you have written a beautiful story that will truly help someone in the future. The characters you created despite their issues were perfect. Usually I would give a small synopsis, and break it down for you. This book I can’t do that because I really wouldn’t do it justice. If you want a book where the heroine learns very important lessons in life, and meets amazing people along the way. ...more
Beth Rinyu
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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“What if those cracks aren’t really mistakes we made in life but instead something else?”...
“What do you see them as?” he asked.
“People. The smaller ones are people who have come and gone in our life, the bigger ones are people we’ve known for a long time, and the ones that are just beginning to form are the people we’ve just met. All of them intersect in some way or another, shaping us into who we are, giving the flowers amongst
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Jennifer
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the beautiful and emotional story of recent widow Jillian and her experiences when she takes a long-planned trip overseas alone, that she had planned with her husband prior to his death. Still struggling with grief and guilt over things that happened between them prior to his death, Jillian hesitantly heads to the airport and immediately befriends a man named DeAndre who is heading to Munich for the same group tour that she is taking. Once there, they also meet Theo and Kate and the four ...more
PFL
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The People We Meet Along The Way by Beth Rinyu is a stand-alone and is the story of Jillian. As the book begins we learn that Jillian has lost her husband, Evan, whom she had been separated from a few months ago. She blames herself for his death, as they had an argument the last night she saw him. Throughout the story we learn of their struggles and also love for one another.

Jillian decides to take a trip to Europe and on the tour meets and spends time with some of the other tour members. As she
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A.BookNerd.Bookseller&Bibliophile.Blog
The main character, Jillian, decided to go on a trip to the Christmas markets in Europe after the death of her husband. They had originally planned to take the trip together but he had died tragically in September. Jillian decided she would still go on the trip to “get away” for a bit. She meets some new people and ends up making friends with three other people who she keeps in contact with even after the trip ends, DeAndre, a fellow New Yorker and a brother and sister, Theo and Kate, who were f ...more
ines M
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jillian O'Rourke 's husband passed away recently. She's sinking in grief. She misses her soulmate so much and when she notices she has to make the payment for a trip they'd planned together before the tragedy, she finds the strength to take a first step from very deep inside of her.
Once at the airport she meets the first of her new adventure partners, DeAndre. Such a beautiful character!
And then the journey begins.
I liked this book very much. It's a beautiful rendition of what follows after the
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Beth
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was given the opportunity to read this book from Netgalley and absolutely loved it. The author’s writing style has such a nice flow to it that I really enjoyed reading this book about love and forgiveness. The beginning of the book starts with Jillian’s husband Evan tragically dying following a disagreement. Feeling lost and guilty Jillian decides to take the vacation they had planned on going on and meets people that become her life lines and who show her how to not only forgive others but ho ...more
Wendy Livingstone
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This story start off with Jillian who has just lost her husband, and even through their marriage was on the rocks and they had been separated for a few months, she feels guilty for his accident as they had a fight the last time she saw him. When Jillian is encouraged to take a trip to Europe, she meets several characters along the way that are the missing puzzle pieces in her life. DeAndre is a great new friend, Kate is the friend she so needed in her life, and Theo who is Kate’s brother, and he ...more
Heidi Lynn’s BookReviews
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
First, I want to thank Beth Rinyu, Xpresso Tours and NetGalley for providing me this book so I may bring you this review.

People We Meet Along The Way is the perfect title for Beth Rinyu’s latest book. When we first meet Jillian we had no idea where her journey in life was headed. A few special people came into her life and changed her outlook on life.

I absolutely adore the front cover! This cover gave off a homey time vibe that I loved.

You don’t meet people by accident. There’s always a reason.
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Beauty And The Books
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kristen
Jillian lost her husband and now she's having time to look back and reflected on her life with him, what she said, what she did, how they met, what she wished she could redo or undo. I feel like this book is relatable in that sense we all have done something or said something that we wish we could undo or redo, and I really felt for her character. I think the title of the book was a perfect fit for this story in my opinion I feel like this book was about finding yourself after losing such a majo ...more
Amy Dufera
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
The People We Meet Along the Way is an interested novel by Beth Rinyu.
The book is emotional for sure, as Jillian deals with second chances and forgiveness.
Grief and guilt lead Jillian on the trip of a lifetime, and a journey of meeting some extraordinary friends. I love the instant friendship with strong ties aspect.
The author adds some twists to keep the reader on their toes.
Overall, it's an interesting take on the people we meet during our lifetime. Some are there for a brief time, some for
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Rubi
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow!

What a book!

This is my second read by Beth Rinyu and what a change from Miss Demeanor.

This book is emotional and moving in so many ways.

I hurt for Jillian but felt that in the end, I grew with her. Her journey to healing after so many tragedies and mistakes is a wonderful read.

I recommend having tissues with you as you read this book!
Brenda
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
An amazing and complicated story about loss, friendship (in the most unexpected way), forgiveness (how do you forgive someone who has died? And how do you forgive yourself?!), and love. About moving through grief (different characters, different losses, but each dealing with grief) , coming full circle, and moving forward. This amazing and beautiful story had me smiling, had me in tears, and had me smiling through my tears at the end. I loved it!
Lindsey Kramer
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely fantastic! I laughed a lot. I cried a lot. I may have even swooned! This book was filled with lovable characters that I wish I could meet again! I was absolutely hooked from the very first page. This book is a must read!
Kathryn Manzella
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beth Rinyu's The People We Meet Along The Way is an emotional journey of pain, healing, revelation, forgiveness, friendship and love. The story is wonderfully written and definitely pulls at your heart. I needed the box of tissues and let myself feel along with these characters. Beautiful!
Spunky N Sassy
Spunky N Sassy Rating: 5.0

~~~~~~~~~~Lindsey's ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review~~~~~~~~~~

Epic Book

This book was absolutely amazing! I was hooked from the very first page! This book is a must read! I can’t wait for other readers to dive in!
Andrea Britton
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The People We Meet Along the Way is a heartfelt story of overcoming heartbreak, finding friends who become so much more and finding a second love that was meant to be.

Beth Rinyu takes us on an emotional rollercoaster. She gives us all the feels, all the emotions and all the best things we love in fiction.

You are sucked in and you get so wrapped up in the story that it’s hard to put down.

I would highly recommend to any fiction reader. A story that will stick with you long after you’ve read the
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I’ve always been a true believer that people come into your life for a reason. Sometimes it’s for a lifetime and sometimes it’s for a season. The People We Meet Along The Way just solidified that belief for me. There are so many ways our lives can be entangled and impacted by just one chance meeting, one relationship or even one brief encounter.

When Jillian takes a trip that she and her estranged late husband were supposed to take together, she learns all of this and then some. She not only gai
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Jacqualine Davis
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was such a moving story about mistakes, forgiveness, friendship, and moving on after tragedies. Jillian met some wonderful people along her journey, not knowing that they would change her life forever. I had a hunch about how some parts of this book would play out but was completely blindsided by others. I'll be adding this book to my "re-read" list.
Kendra Choy
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for my review and honest opinions.

The People We Meet Along the Way is the story of Jillian, a woman struggling with life. She blames herself for the death of her husband and to try and escape for awhile, she decides to travel to Europe. On her trip, she meets people who's stories and lives touch her. She discovers the beauty of travel and learns that although life is hard, it is still beautiful.
This was a beautiful story full of ever
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Brianna Marie
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
It’s been a while since I’ve read a Beth Rinyu book, so I was thrilled when I was offered an Advanced Copy. I forgot just how much I love her writing. This book had it all. The love between a husband and wife, and the how that love sometimes fades over time. The growing love between friends “we meet along the way”, and a a new love we never saw coming. Beth Rinyu hits every single emotion with her writing and the words she crafts together on a page. You will grow with Jillian throughout this boo ...more
Heidi Marvin
Sep 28, 2020 rated it liked it
The main character, Jillian, decided to go on a trip to the Christmas markets in Europe after the death of her husband. They had originally planned to take the trip together but he had died tragically in September. Jillian decided she would still go on the trip to “get away” for a bit. She meets some new people and ends up making friends with three other people who she keeps in contact with even after the trip ends, DeAndre, a fellow New Yorker and a brother and sister, Theo and Kate, who were f ...more
Konny
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The People We Meet Along the Way is a stand-alone, contemporary romance.
This is Jillian's story. After losing her husband Evan, she can't get over her grief. Eaten by guilt, she doesn't get better. She travels to Europe and there she meets two people who're about to change her life.
I started reading and my heart was reaching out to Jillian, Kate and Theo. But that was about to change when the real reasons for Kate and Theo's trip were revealed. I was so so disappointed of their reasons and thei
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Barb
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest opinion of it. When Jillian's husband dies suddenly in a car accident, she is left with alot of guilt. After years of trying to have a child and both of them turning to careers instead of each other,they end up living together as strangers and they are separated for a few months before the accident. They had a big vacation planned and she is convinced by her friends and family that she needs to have this time after los ...more
Gea
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
After reading this book, I definitely want to tour the Christmas markets of Germany I really enjoyed this book, although it was heart-wrenching at times . For Jillian, this tour of the Christmas markets is a means to try and move forward after the tragic death of her husband and the pain of their last time together. The people she meets on this trip will help her realize that forgiveness and love can give her a happy future.
Kayo
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Seriously cheesy. Read but definitely not for me.

Thanks to publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
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