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Side Trip by Kerry Lonsdale
Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin, Sarah Naughton
Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
Release date: 07-07-20

An unforgettable and breathtaking novel of love, loss, and the unexpected routes that life takes from Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kerry Lonsdale.

With her deceased sister’s Route 66 bucket list in hand, California girl Joy Evers sets out on a cross-country road trip to meet up with her fiancé, checking off the bullets along the way.

Singer-songwriter Dylan Westfield has a serious case of wanderlust and a broken-down car. Stuck at a diner between LA and Flagstaff, he meets Joy, his complete opposite. She’s energetic. He’s moody. She’s by the book. He’s spontaneous. She believes in love at first sight. He thinks love is a complicated mess. But Joy has a brand-new convertible.

They strike a deal. She’ll drive him to New York. He’ll pay for gas. Only three rules apply: no exchanging of last names; what happens on the road, stays on the road; and if one of them wants to take a side trip, they both must agree.

A heart-stirring love story that spans a decade, Side Trip explores what-if. What if Joy and Dylan had exchanged last names? What if he’d told her she made him believe love was worth the risk? And what if they hadn’t made that second deal when they couldn’t say goodbye?

I love road trips so this book really appealed to me, and I loved every minute of it… almost. I loved the way Joy and Dylan interacted with each other. I loved that their first encounter was a road trip and that if one of them thought of a “side trip” they wanted to take, they would have to see if the other person agreed to it, and of course they did. The side trips were the most interesting parts of the book for me.

The ending was really sad and I paused to think things through before listening to the last little bit. And here is where the book took a dive, in my opinion. There was another alternate ending which was the complete opposite of the first one. Even though I enjoyed the book up until the end, I didn’t enjoy the dual endings at all.

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  10 Responses to “Side Trip by Kerry Lonsdale”

  1. It’s too bad the ending was not good. I know there have been more than one ending in books and movies but I never read or seen one. I rather not have dual endings, doesn’t sound like a winner.

  2. I love a road trip book and this sounds like a fun way to take a virtual one! I’ll have to look for this one.

  3. It’s always a bummer when you love a book and the ending is disappointing!

  4. It definitely is!

  5. Two endings? I think an author needs to make up their mind even though I sometimes wish the ending was different. Road trip books are fun; they have so many opportunities for adventure.

    • I’ve loved going on road trips since I was a kid with my parents and siblings, and still go on them. I too sometimes wish the ending of a book was different but I’d take one like that over 2 different endings anytime.

  6. Wow, sounds interesting. I love route 66 and road trips. Alternate endings, the few times I encounter them, are frustrating. To me it’s like the writer punts. I am putting this on my list at the library.

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