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Down the Hidden Path

The Roads to River Rock, Book 2
Narrated by: Amy McFadden
Series: The Roads to River Rock, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
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Jeremiah McKinley is the first of his enlisted brothers to return home to River Rock, Missouri - their sleepy but charming hometown in the Ozarks - in the wake of their father's death in combat. While he's grateful to be home with his sister nearby, his grief over losing the man known as Major Mack proves almost overwhelming, especially without his brothers around.

After years of guilt and tireless effort, Mary Grace "Gray" Smith finally has her life on track. The last person she wants to see is Jeremiah: her former best friend, former crush, and the man who could easily destroy the one thing she holds most dear. But after one of Jeremiah's brothers returns home with a head injury, Gray becomes his therapist - and a long-kept secret threatens to reveal itself and alter the course of several lives forever. Could this secret also give Jeremiah and Gray the chance to finally have the future together they always longed for?

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 05-30-18

Soldiers Don't Quit

Soldiers do a lot of things . . . stupid stuff . . . but ONE thing they don't do is QUIT . . . they aren't wishy washy . . . once they make their mind up, its pretty much a done deal . . . that's why this second in the series has me perplexed . . . the son of a career soldier, a soldier himself and a brother to a household of soldiers can't make his mind up . . . and a twelve year old is the only one in the story with his head on his shoulders . . . I LOVE this author . . . am wondering what she was thinking when she wrote this story . . . it is way heavy on the romance and way too shy on the substance . . . had the potential to be a GREAT story . . . but for me, it fell short . . .

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Down the hidden path

The

Best book ever so good had me guess in till the end loved it

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What a witch...

Spoiler alert: seriously

So you start out caring about the situation. Then, the mc turns into some self righteous 'hurt' person who has the 'right' to be mercurial. Smothering mom or *itchy ex. She denies a soldier knowledge of his son, denies his parents their only grandchild prior to death, but clings to how only she can raise the child. She lied to the open adoption parents, there's the 1st clue, then puts on her big girl mom jeans to steal the child away again from the father. Because she'll miss so much if he has custody. Really? At no point before chapter 10 does she do anything but think of herself. She runs cold and hot, constantly trying to wrangle more for herself.

And the shameful thing is, I know women like this. The poor guy puts up with her bs because he has no clue what she's up to. This might be ok for daytime drama, but by chapter 10 you'd think she'd have grown up a bit. Nope. She's still the same smothering self centered nauseous witch.

Somehow, I don't think the author planned her behavior to manifest a gag reflex. If I were that soldier, I'd have kicked her to the curb and sued for parental rights. This wounded mommy routine is getting old. Times are tough for most people. If your own decisions make it tougher, then so be it. Stop whining about it. The author tried to paint a scenario bad enough to justify this behavior, but it doesn't quite work. Sure she had it bad, but child support outside of marriage was a viable option. The guy's family had mega money, he was a great guy except for 1 time and it was her own lies that caught her out. His people could have raised the boy, but nooooo. She had to be selfish. Sorry, the scenario doesn't jibe and I'm tired of listening to her whine and manipulate at the same time. This could have been a great story....

Don't get me started on how only white collar parents take their children to museums. How a battle tough soldier can't negotiate middle school politics, or how a 12 year old boy needs even more smothering.

Enough.

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Nothing Like A Happy Ending

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Thirteen years ago 18 year old Jeremiah got drunk (this author is all about kids drinking) and slept with his best friend Grace just once. The next day he left town leaving her pregnant. Even though he came back 3 months later she decided not to tell him. He joined the army and was gone again. She gave up their child to an open adoption assuring she would always have a place in her son's life.
Now Jeremiah is back and he runs into his best friend from childhood. She won't have anything to do with him because even though she still loves him he can't find out about his son. How oh how can we overcome this obstacle?
Fortunately the adoptive parents die in a car accident leaving their son to be raised by his birth parents. After Jeremiah forgives Grace for robbing him of the first 12 years of his son's life and Grace forgives Jeremiah for ditching her 13 years ago they all live happily ever after. Sure David lost his mom and dad of 12 years but kids are resilient right?

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great

not as good as the first one but still made me tear up. again... great storyline, great narration, great love story, and great characters.

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Romance

Great sequel with a more romantic thread to this story and a totally different problem. Loved the cameo performances by the artists colony residents from the first book. Great characters. I cared about them all. Very well paced plot and great imagery. Highly recommend.

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Good til end

I consider myself a faithful Christian but...The writing, characters and plot were deeply engrossing, until last two chapters ruined it for me. It repeated "Eye of God" just too many times, so that it interrupted the bubble the author had created. It really took away from the story for me.

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  • sharon
  • san diego, california, United States
  • 05-09-16

Skip This One!!!

Having read "One Lavender Ribbon" by the same author,I had high hopes for this book but the narrator was horrible! I gave it @ an hour and really could not go on. Her male voices were very scratchy sounding. It was so distracting I could not get a good sense of the plot.
I will NOT get another book with this narrator!

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Wrong focus

Instead of the artificial and forced love tension between the adults, the more complex but neglected story should have been with David and his losses and everything he had to come to terms with.

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  • Sam
  • Aurora, CO
  • 05-18-17

Couldn't stop listening

All of it. Story, reading....really captivating and great story. Definitely will listen again. Loved David in the story...

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