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Publisher's Summary

As a young girl, Willow watched her mother leave their home in Washington state in a literal blaze of glory: she set the mattress of her cheating husband on fire in her driveway, roasting marshmallow peeps and hot dogs before the fire department arrived.

And, with that, she and Willow set off to New Mexico, to a new life, to a world of arroyos and canyons bordering an Apache reservation. Willow was devastated. Her eccentric mother believed in this new life and set about starting a winery and goat ranch. But for Willow, it meant initially being bullied and feeling like an outsider. Today, as a grown woman, Willow much prefers Los Angeles and her job as a studio musician. But things tend to happen in threes: her mother dies, her boyfriend dumps her, and Willow discovers she is pregnant.

The DeVine Winery and Goat Ranch is all she has left, even if it is in financial straits and unmanageable back taxes. There is something, though, about the call of "home". She's surprised to find that her Apache best friend Darrel, along with the rest of the community, seems to think she belongs far more than she ever thought she did. Can Willow redefine what home means for her, and can she make a go of the legacy her mother left behind?

Told with Kaya McLaren's humor and heart, The Road to Enchantment is a story about discovering that the last thing you want is sometimes the one thing you need.

©2017 Kaya McLaren (P)2017 Blunder Woman Productions

Critic Reviews

"This is a potent coming of true age novel. One that gently leads us to leave behind all we imagined as lost, encourages us to embrace what adventure of the simple day lies ahead. The Road to Enchantment carries us into that place beyond the dark hour where the power of story reigns, truth will not be denied, and all the magic of this life will be remembered." (River Jordan)

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Great!

Loved this book! Great story and perfect narration!


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it.

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WOW

The Road to Enchantment was a wonderfully written book with great characters, the narration was also over the top. I will be reading more of Kaya McLaren books. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy by the author, narrator or publisher

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  • Suzan
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  • 11-27-17

Enjoyed

I enjoyed this audiobook. Amy McFadden did a great job of narrator for this book. At times the book could be a bit long in the tooth. But Amy kept me listening. I was gifted this book with the understanding that I would leave an honest review.

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What a Gem!

This book is like a multifaceted gem, with so many angles. I found myself engrossed in the story. The desert southwest is an enchanting area and I found some of the characters were so interesting. The imagery in this book was so good. Typically I do not like a story with so many flashbacks, but it worked for this one. The narrator added so much to the enjoyment of this book with her distinguishable voices for various characters and the raw emotions she put in her performance. I thought the storyline was original. I requested this audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by both the author and narrator in the future.

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  • Dee
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Mixed emotions

I liked everything about this book but I had mixed emotions (author intended?) Willow, the main character and the one on the 'road to enchantment,' was not very likable. She was 39 and still acted like some angsty teenager.

The story follows Willow's life from high school through middle age, told in flashbacks. She was surrounded by people who loved her but I couldn't see why.

The New Mexico backdrop of this listen was something special. I also loved, loved, loved the Navajo culture and speech that was interspersed. Kudos to the author. If Willow was more likable, this would have easily been one of my top listens this year.

The narration was the absolute best I have ever listened to! Only at the end did I discover that Amy McFadden is a SAG member. Made total sense!!! The variety of voices and tone and feeling and depth was insane!

I loved this listen!! I really, really did. I hated Willow though, hence, the mixed emotions.

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Enchanting

The Road to Enchantment by Kaya McLaren is absolutely enchanting! I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of life, dreams and decisions. It is laced with believable characters, conversations, antidotes and folklore. It is both humorous and serious with life lessons to be learned.

Willow, a young woman who is left with her mothers debt and property when she dies, is pregnant and alone after she was dumped by her live in boyfriend; needs to decide how she is going to live her life. Does she continue pursuing her dreams or can she live a new life?

Amy McFadden is an excellent narrator for this story. She brings each character to life and has the perfect voice for Willow.

This is the first book I have read/listened to with this author and narrator, but it won't be my last!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.