Book Review (and a Giveaway!): The Road Before Us by Janine Rosche

Posted May 20, 2024 by meezcarrie in 5 stars, Book Review, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Janine Rosche, romance, women's fiction / 60 Comments

The Road Before Us book review

The Road Before Us by Janine RoscheTHE ROAD BEFORE US by Janine Rosche
GENRE: Romantic Women’s Fiction
RELEASE DATE: May 21, 2024
PAGES: 328

How far would you go to fix the mistakes you’ve made and regain the trust you lost?
For Jade Jessup, the answer is 2,448 miles.

Once one of Chicago’s significant financial advisors, Jade lost her credibility when her fiancé (and coworker) stole millions of dollars from their clients in a Ponzi scheme. Now she’s agreed to help one of them–an aging 1960s Hollywood starlet named Berenice “Benny” Alderidge–seek financial restoration.

Jade sets off along Route 66 with Benny and her handsome adult foster son, Bridger, who is filming a documentary retracing the 1956 trip that started the love story between Benny and her recently deceased husband, Paul. Listening to Benny recount her story draws Jade into memories of her own darker association with Route 66, when she was kidnapped as a child by a man the media labeled a monster–but she remembers only as daddy.

Together, all three of these pilgrims will learn about family, forgiveness, and what it means to live free of the past. But not before Jade faces a second staggering betrayal that changes everything.

Y’all. The Road Before Us checked all the boxes for me. In fact, I would dare to call it a ‘perfect read’. It has wit, it has heart, it has depth, it has Old Hollywood, it has Route 66 and a cool car, it has a swoony Samoan hero, it has KISSES!! And that’s honestly just a drop in the bucket. I picked it up, intending to read a couple of chapters before I went to sleep, and the next thing I know it’s 4am and I’ve read the whole thing. I already know my review won’t do it justice, but that’s not going to stop me from trying.

The three main characters in The Road Before Us are so beautifully layered and they continue to become all the more compelling as we dig into those layers. These backstories are revealed to us in stages as Janine Rosche’s brilliant storytelling alternates effortlessly between the present day, 1956, and 2003, and it all came together just perfectly. Jade, Benny, and Bridger are each at a critical juncture in their lives, and the intersection of these separate life-changing events (in addition to the one that connects all three of them) not only makes their shared road trip down historic Route 66 both poignant and Providential, it’s also one of my favorite aspects to this story. Rosche tackles some sensitive issues in this book, ranging from racism to elder care and a host of things in between like parental kidnapping, adoption fraud, Ponzi schemes, addiction, and sexual harassment. But wow, does she ever do a fabulous job presenting these topics with grace and insight, making us love these characters even more in the process, and balancing the ‘heavy’ with well-timed humor and romance.

My other favorite part of this story? The banter – and sparks – between Bridger & Jade. Oh my goodness. I laughed out loud several times (“He’s celibate.”), I swooned A LOT, and I even shed a few tears once or twice. They are so cute together, despite (or I should more accurately say ‘due to’) being apparent polar opposites for most of the book. There is so much more to these two, though, than his ‘doing yoga in an elevator’ free spirit and her buttoned-up heart, and I absolutely loved getting to know their true selves and watching them fall for each other. I can’t stop grinning at how much I enjoyed these two, their shared journey, and their respective relationships with precious, feisty Benny.

Bottom Line: The Road Before Us by Janine Rosche is everything I want a road trip story to be – and more. Not only did it sweep me up in a profound exploration of the complexities of love and family and life in general, it also played triumphant tribute to finding our purpose & place. I experienced all the emotions as I rode down Route 66 with Jade, Benny, and Bridger, sometimes with laughter and other times with tears but always with joy in the story itself. The same story that let me play tourist, treated me to two swoony love stories, left me pondering some newfound perspectives, and kept me thoroughly entertained! These three characters have permanently etched themselves on my heart, and I’ll be thinking about them for a long time to come.

(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 more than one occasion

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Janine Rosche

Janine Rosche is the author of With Every Memory, as well as the Madison River Romance and Whisper Canyon series of novels. Prone to wander, she finds as much comfort on the open road–including Route 66–as she does at home. This longing to chase adventure, behold splendor, and experience redemption is woven into her stories. When she isn’t traveling or writing novels, she teaches family life education courses, produces The Love Wander Read Journal, and takes too many pictures of her sleeping dogs. Connect with Janine at her website.

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What about you? What makes you want to read The Road Before Us by Janine Rosche?

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60 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): The Road Before Us by Janine Rosche

  1. Anne

    This story sounds captivating, intriguing but most of all filled with life, feelings and adventure. What a treasure which I will be reading and enjoying.

  2. Jane Squires

    I would love to learn your books. I review print books. I’m from Decatur, Il. I lived there 29 years until I married. God bless.

  3. Sandy Avery

    I picked this book up on my bookstore shopping trip today. Now I’m really excited to start reading it!

  4. Kathleen Bylsma

    Well, now…our FMC has certainly had a life so far…a new to me author and I’m going to enjoy getting to “know” her.

    Excellent review!

  5. Winnie Thomas

    I love Janine’s stories! She’s so talented and always puts so much thought into them! Thanks for the lovely review and giveaway!

  6. Perrianne Askew

    I Would enjoy traveling Route 66 and I’m quite sure my Daddy has but riding a motorcycle (his fave mode of transportation). It needs to go on my bucket list and I’m sure Janine’s book could give me lots of great ideas for points of interest.

  7. Nancy

    I would like to read The Road Before Us by Janine Rosche because I have not read any of her books yet.

  8. Terrill Rosado

    I loved Janine Rosche’s With Every Memory. It was What Alice Forgot (a favorite) with a Christian worldview. The Road Before Us sounds just as promising.

  9. Jessica

    Well, your description had me sold. I now need to read this book! I have recently been intrigued with Route 66.

  10. Joe Titone

    Looks like a very interesting read! The details make me want it to be my next read.

  11. Regina

    Carrie, if the fact that it’s a road trip book didn’t get me hooked your wonderful review did. I’m super excited to read this book! 😊📚💗

  12. Sonnetta Jones

    I love Ms. Roche’s books. Her stories takes you places that are not comfortable but it allows character spiritual growth.

    I want to read this because I love banter between the characters.

  13. Lynn

    MeezCarrie, I love, love, LOVED this book! Thank you so much for the recommendation and I am so pleased that I stumbled onto you, I’m a fan for life!

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