Thursday, 29 April 2021

The Road Trip by Beth O'Leary

 



Beth O’Leary blew me away with her debut novel The Flatshare as it was a completely new concept that was written in a unique way. She then released The Switch which was another wonderful read which didn’t disappoint so I was excited for her new release The Road Trip.

Addie and her sister are about to embark on an epic road trip to a friend's wedding in rural Scotland. The playlist is all planned and the snacks are packed.

But, not long after setting off, a car slams into the back of theirs. The driver is none other than Addie's ex, Dylan, who she's avoided since their traumatic break-up two years earlier.


Dylan and his best mate are heading to the wedding too, and they've totalled their car, so Addie has no choice but to offer them a ride. The car is soon jam-packed full of luggage and secrets, and with four-hundred miles ahead of them, Dylan and Addie can't avoid confronting the very messy history of their relationship...


Will they make it to the wedding on time? And, more importantly, is this really the end of the road for Addie and Dylan?

 

This was a modern witty read with a bumpy romance along the way. With each chapter alternating between Addie and Dylan’s points of view we begin to build a true picture of their romance and I could see the chemistry between them was intense and that they were meant to be together so I was wracking my mind trying to work out what had happened to put an end to their relationship but what was revealed was not something I had expected at all and it really touched my heart for them both.

Addie and Dylan were both friendly, caring and honest characters who were both from very different backgrounds. Dylan’s friend Marcus was a live wire and I certainly had an air of caution around him as much as he helped to provide some of the humour along the way.

The storyline is uplifting and full of energy flowing at a fast paced with no dull moments for your mind to wander which is surprising considering some of the issues that are touched upon in the storyline. The author has made both her lead characters so life like with both Addie and Dylan having flaws that they both take ownership of and this was quite refreshing to have and made it feel like a more realistic storyline even if it was a huge coincidence that they happened to have a crash on the way to the same place!

I loved The Road Trip just as much has her debut The Flatshare and after three flawless novels I think I can now safely say I am a Beth O’Leary fan and will definitely be pre-ordering her next novel as soon as we are able to do so as her books are definitely ones not to be missed.


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