Armed with only a journal and a promise, soldier Ian Carlisle returns home to fulfill his friend's dying wish: to find the man's daughter and read her his journal, one page at a time. The woman he finds in River Rock, Missouri, is just as warmhearted, artistic, and feisty as her father described. Ian had fallen in love with Charlee McKinley before he even met her, but he has no idea if she'll ever return his feelings.
Charlee loved her father - but she didn't like him very much. Regimental and strict, Major Mack never approved of his daughter's choices. So when a down-on-his-luck soldier arrives on Charlee's doorstep, she'll give him the benefit of the doubt, but not her heart. It isn't until he starts reading to her that the beautiful, touching words begin to unlock something deep inside. But when Ian reveals a secret that shakes Charlee to her core, will she close herself off to love out of fear?
©2015 Heather Burch (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
I battled a myriad of emotions while listening to Along the Broken Road . . . I've got army in my blood . . . I'm the mom of two war veteran sons and the wife of a retired soldier . . . I've watched PTSD up close . . . I've been the one trying to hold a family together while the soldier is deployed . . . my heart went out to Charlee, the too strong, independent daughter of Major Mack . . . and her soldier brothers . . . and to Ian Carslisle, the soldier who returned from battle to read the journal to Charlee . . . and no mother to pull them to her and make it alright . . . a twelve year girl trying to replace a mother . . . more than enough brokenness to go around . . . but as the days go by and Ian slowly gets closer to Charlee, and the pages are read, one by one to her from her father's journal, the healing begins . . . the strong outer veneer cracks, and all the ugly comes out . . . and it has to . . . for all of us . . . or it will rot us, from the inside out . . . well, written, thoughtful story with a beautiful ending . . .
I would recommend this to anyone. This book has wonderful characters that are very realistic -- I wanted to know these people and talk to them.
I enjoyed Ian. He had a fine line to toe to follow his friend's wishes to take the diary to Charlee, and to give her the time needed to accept the gift. His emotions went all over the place -- frustration, joy, love, compassion. He accepted the lessons learned from the errors of his younger days, and the days in the army to become a very good and wise man.
Definitely! I had a hard time putting it down. I don't listen to many books a second time, but this is one that I believe I will.
After thoroughly enjoying listening to Heather Burch's book One Lavender Ribbon, I immediately searched out other books by her and found this one. It is the start of a series, and I look forward to getting to know the rest of the family!
Broken Road reminded me of the importance of friendship, the strength derived therefrom. I read One Lavender Ribbon before I read Broken Road (same author), and gave 4 stars for Broken Road and 5 for One Lavender Ribbon. Ribbon really touched my heart just a bit more. Both books were great.
Poorly written story and characters - a struggle to continue to listen as there was nothing interesting worth listening to. Check off every romance story cliche and done in the must uninteresting way.
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