Side Trip

Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (186 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2020 Kerry Lonsdale Inc. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Smart, sexy, and unexpected - Side Trip is everything that makes a novel unputdownable, which is why I devoured it in two days. Kerry Lonsdale’s latest demonstrates what fans like me already know: she just keeps getting better and better.” (Camille Pagán, best-selling author of I’m Fine and Neither Are You)

“Route 66, a convertible, a folk singer, and fate combine to make a confection of a novel in Kerry Lonsdale’s Side Trip. Scoot into the back seat to watch what happens. What a wild ride!” (J.P. Monninger, international best-selling author)

“Kerry Lonsdale’s Side Trip is an absorbing, poignant exploration of the road not taken and the pitfalls of failing to follow one’s heart.” (Jamie Beck, best-selling author of the Cabots and Sanctuary Sound series)

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Haunting

Haunting, and Beautifully written! There is so much I love about this story! Kerry Lonsdale knocked it out of the park! You don’t want to miss this sweet, poignant tale. It is RW is ent of the poem...Maude Muller by John Greenleaf Whittier that I memorized in elementary school. (Especially , the line “....it might have been”.)

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Twisted ending

The majority of the story is really pretty good until the last couple of chapters and the author trying to resolve the story to a better ending only to rapidly do a 180 that is lacking... felt cheated somehow

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Wow just wow!!!

Let me start off by saying I loved the narration! Both narrators did a fantastic job! I loved the book majority the way through and then had a I hate this book moment but still ended up loving this book! It was overall a really good listen.

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Almost

Let me just say I almost stopped listening toward the end. Life is rough right now with fires in California (I live in the forest), & Covid-19, & I was saddened by where the story was headed, thinking I can’t listen anymore. I did & thankful for it. Some of character’s thoughts seemed juvenile (Dillon), & didn’t ring true. The story does make me wish I’d been more in tuned with what was best for me, & more courageous when I was younger, instead of letting myself be influenced too much by what everyone thinks. 😬

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slow story and reading

This story was so slow and uneventful, I stopped 3/4 of the way through book.

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loved it

I really enjoyed this book. there was a twist that made me cry but it turned around.

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not an intense book. very pleasant.

very easy listening. enjoyed everything about it. highly recommend it. will suggest it for bookclub

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Not a good side trip.

The narration was flat and boring. Story went on and on. So much could have been better. Not plausible either.

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Buckle up and hold on!

Be ready for twists and turns. This book moves between the past, future, and present, taking you on an emotional roller coaster.

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what an amazing story

Oh how I loved this book! Definitely a must read. From beginning to end I couldn't stop reading it.