Kara Martinson always thought her high school crush was out of her league, but they did share one night she’s never been able to forget. Nearly three decades after being disowned by her parents and forced to raise her son on her own, Kara’s made it—her art is being toasted at a gallery opening. Even better, she and her son are finally on stable ground. Until Mr. One-Night Stand himself crashes her party.
Harry Canton always knew Kara would make it as an artist. Almost thirty years after high school, he still considers her the one that got away. But the surprise reunion doesn’t quite go to plan when Harry 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 move cross country for a fresh start with his father—and pleads with Kara to come home, too.
Kara hasn’t stepped foot in their hometown since the day she was sent away. But her son desperately wants the father he never had and denying him that may cost her everything. Can love heal old heartaches so Harry and Kara can have a second chance at the future they were robbed of so long ago? Or will the pain of the past be too much to face?
This is the first time I read a book on a secret baby trope where the child is completely grown-up, old enough to have been divorced and even have a child of his own. It is clearly a breath of fresh air because in their story, we see another perspective of how the reconnection unfolds – not just between the couple but also with their full-grown child. Acceptance and healing do not only revolve around the parents’ but the state of how the reunion settles also lies with another person’s opinion and feelings about this situation.
I like how The Notebook-esque the storyline is but more logical. The reaction of each character and the choices they make is plausible in real life. My favorite part of Harry and Kara’s story is them not having a complete happy-ever-after. (Nope, that’s not a spoiler. You’ll see.) It is very realistic. And that is why I gave this book a five-star.
RELEASE DATE: February 22, 2019
The Road Leads Back (Stonehill Series, Book 1) by Marci Bolden is available for purchase in e-book and paperback format.
PUBLISHER: Pink Sand Press
MY STAR-RATING: Goodreads