Book Review (and a Giveaway!): The Roads We Follow by Nicole Deese

Posted April 30, 2024 by meezcarrie in 5 stars, Book Review, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Nicole Deese, romance, women's fiction / 60 Comments


The Roads We Follow book review

The Roads We Follow by Nicole DeeseTHE ROADS WE FOLLOW by Nicole Deese
SERIES:
Fog Harbor #2

GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: April 30, 2024
PAGES: 399

 

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“I’m so thankful the answer was you.”

Y’all. I was so proud of myself for not bawling all the way through The Roads We Follow like I did through The Words We Lost. In fact, while I was just as profoundly moved by this story as I was by its predecessor, I thought I was actually going to make it to the end without crying this time. And then… those seven words had all the tears I’d apparently been storing up since page one spilling down my face. The scene it’s part of, the journey these characters have been on, the masterful plot layers culminating in that moment… all of it just touched my heart so deeply. Because just like The Words We Lost (and maybe even more so), Deese’s new Fog Harbor Romance – The Roads We Follow – exquisitely captures the intersection between complicated human relationships and the complete healing that can only be found in Jesus.

Each of the main characters in The Roads We Follow has pain they’re trying to handle on their own, pain that spans the gamut from broken relationships to life-changing secrets and other high-pressure struggles that come with being part of a famous family. And while the ‘forced proximity’ trope works so deliciously in romance because the constantly-shared space makes it nearly impossible to continue suppressing passionate feelings, it also quite nicely does the same thing with family drama. In this book, that comes in the form of an impromptu road trip across the USA that country music legend Luella Farrow springs on her three daughters (including the story’s heroine Raegan) and includes an impromptu bus driver (whose mother helped launch Luella’s career) on a quest of his own. I felt the palpable tension as the Farrow women’s avoided conversations pile up along with the miles, and I loved the character development that Deese weaves throughout this story. Nobody is the same after this road trip, including the reader.

I also loved the relationship that blooms between Micah and Raegan – not only because the chemistry they share is positively swoony but also because of the sweet way they affirm each other. Micah is truly a good sport whose personality I fell in love with immediately – he’s an absolute gentleman in the way he treats Raegan, yes, but also in the way he treats her mother and sisters … and even in the way he honors the memory of his own mother. And let me tell you, I was completely engrossed in her journals that he and Raegan get to read during the trip, journals that tell a beautiful and at times heartbreaking story of a different kind of sisterhood. I thought this was a brilliant plot device on the author’s part because it served as a poignant parallel to the dichotomy between closeness and distance in the current sisterhood and because it also made Micah’s mom an important supporting character, even in her physical absence.

Bottom Line: The Roads We Follow by Nicole Deese takes readers on a gorgeously-rendered journey through a heap of complex family dynamics to grace-propelled authenticity and healing. At the same time, it also treats us to a sweet-and-swoony romance between two dynamic characters with lots to lose but even more to gain. The characters sent me into a range of emotional reactions – laughter, tears, grins, frustration, contemplation, fanning – and Deese once again proves how talented she is at crafting such vivid characters with such layered stories. And only she could take country music, a road trip, a stack of journals, a tell-all manuscript, yurts, Goo-Goo cluster pjs, and The Wizard of Oz … and turn them into an unputdownable and beautiful reflection of Jesus. Move this one to the top of your TBR list right now – it can be read just fine as a standlone so there’s no reason to delay!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 5 stars / in a class by itself

KissingBook Level: 3+ / will forget to breathe on several occasions

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Nicole Deese)

Nicole Deese is a Christy and Carol Award-winning, bestselling author of hope-filled, humorous, and heartfelt contemporary romance novels. When she’s not sorting out character arcs and story plots of her own, she can usually be found listening to an audiobook and multitasking at least four different chores at once. She’s a hoarder of sparkling water, a lover of long walks and even longer talks with friends, and a seeker of fun and adventure at all times. She lives in small-town, Idaho with her happily-ever-after hubby, two freakishly tall teenage sons, and one princess daughter with the heart of a warrior. Find her online at www.nicoledeese.com.

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The Roads We Follow giveaway

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What about you? What makes you want to read The Roads We Follow by Nicole Deese?

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60 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): The Roads We Follow by Nicole Deese

  1. Karen

    I have never met a book by Nicole Deese that I didn’t love! I can’t wait to read this one as well!

  2. Sue Parrish

    Nicole’s books grab you on the first page and never let go. I have loved every book of hers that I have read. This one looks like a keeper too.

  3. Sandy Avery

    I’m looking forward to reading this one very soon. Any book written by Nicole Deese is a must read!

  4. Kathryn Pfeifer

    I love Nicole Deese. I read the first in this series, and I cannot wait for this one!!!

  5. Roxanne C.

    Carrie’s review makes me want to read The Roads We Follow—because it has to be outstanding if she is telling us all to move it to the top of our TBRs.

  6. Janice Moore

    Two things lead me to want to read this book. One is simply the author’s name! The other is Carrie’s 5 star rating and glowing review!

  7. Sarah W

    I read the first book and it was so healing for me in my grief journey. I’m looking forward to finding out what happens in book 2.

  8. Nancy

    I would like to read The Roads We Follow by Nicole Deese because she is a new to me author.

  9. Perrianne Askew

    Considering that I absolutely loved the first book in The Fog Harbor Series, The Words We Lost, I have no doubt that this one will be equally compelling. She’s an award winning author with both a Christy and Carol Award, so I feel like this is a no brainer.

  10. Donna B

    I don’t think I’ve read any books by Nicole Reese but it looks like I need to do so soon.

  11. Hesper Fry

    The book sounds amazing and love the elements of secrets and family in the book. New author for me as well.

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