Title: Gravel Road
Author: Stephie Walls
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 28, 2018
As soon as I started reading Randi and Austin’s story, I knew I was going to thoroughly enjoy it. There was something about this author’s writing style, her descriptive language and her humour that drew me in and gave me such a good feeling. It made me happy and I was hooked. I was so pleased it was written in dual point of view too, as it’s my favourite. Call me nosy, but I find it much more interesting getting into the heads of both characters, rather than everything being one sided.
Ms Walls’ writing was flawless and chapters slipped easily between the past and present, from their carefree childhood and teenage years, hanging out with friends, to their adulthood and all the hard work and responsibility that brings. Inseparable since they were children, Randi and Austin believe their future is mapped out for them. Their love for each other shines bright throughout this book. However, it’s all fun and games until one innocent act of rebellion and a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, brings their world crashing down around them. It’s unclear through most of the story what brought about this turn of events, although we get close to a reveal on a number of occasions. This author’s storytelling ensured that I felt sympathy towards Randi, without actually knowing the full facts. What was clear was that something dramatic had to have occurred to make her change her life so completely. However, when the truth did finally come out, I was shocked at the circumstances and the vitriol thrown her way. It didn’t seem to make much sense and it didn’t sit well with me. If I could have changed anything, it would have been this. I was disappointed that we didn’t get to see the perpetrator make amends and weren’t privy to any acts of contrition on their part. This was just a slight grumble in what otherwise really was an excellent read for me. An emotional storyline with well written, well rounded supporting characters, I would certainly recommend Gravel Road for those lovers of second chance romance.
I fell in love with Austin before I even knew what the word meant.
Miranda was the only girl who ever had a chance at owning my heart.
Defined by the land we grew up on—ranches, pastures, lakes—Mason Belle, Texas, wrote our story. And then it tore out the pages.
Six years later, Miranda had managed to slip away again. But this time, I refused to let her run.
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Stephie Walls is a lover of words—the more poetic the better. She lives on the outskirts of Greenville, South Carolina in her own veritable zoo with two dogs, three cats, the Mister, and Magoo (in no preferential order).
She would live on coffee, books, and Charlie Hunnam if it were possible, but since it’s not, add in some Chinese food or sushi and she’s one happy girl.