The Road Leads Back

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Pub Date 22 Feb 2019 | Archive Date Not set

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***The Road Leads Back is Book#1 of the Stonehill Series***


Sometimes the only place left to go is home.

Kara Martinson always thought her high school crush was out of her league, but they did share one night she’s never been able to forget. Nearly three decades after being disowned by her parents and forced to raise her son on her own, Kara’s made it—her art is being toasted at a gallery opening. Even better, she and her son are finally on stable ground. Until Mr. One-Night Stand himself crashes her party.

Harry Canton always knew Kara would make it as an artist. Almost thirty years after high school, he still considers her the one that got away. But the surprise reunion doesn’t quite go to plan when Harry discovers he left her with more than just memories when he went away to college. Desperate to connect with the family he never knew existed, Harry convinces his son to move cross country for a fresh start with his father—and pleads with Kara to come home, too.

Kara hasn’t stepped foot in their hometown since the day she was sent away. But her son desperately wants the father he never had and denying him that may cost her everything. Can love heal old heartaches so Harry and Kara can have a second chance at the future they were robbed of so long ago? Or will the pain of the past be too much to face?

***The Road Leads Back is Book#1 of the Stonehill Series***


Sometimes the only place left to go is home.

Kara Martinson always thought her high school crush was out of her league, but they did share...


Advance Praise

“This is a heartfelt tale of second, and third, chances. Kara and Harry liked each other when they were in school together, but were both too shy to approach or tell one another. They spent one night together that irrevocably changed Kara's life. Instead of college, she was homeless and sent to a community for unwed mothers. She learned to survive and raise her son, Phil. Twenty-seven years later, Harry reunites with Kara and is floored by the news he missed his son's life. Harry wants to reconnect and convinces Kara and Phil to return to her hometown. The hometown she never returned to after being forced away and hurt by those adults in whom she should have had support. Everyone has much to be angry about and no one can seem to keep their tempers. Read this journey through the pain, anger, and maybe enough forgiveness for those third chances.” (5/5) – Coral Mitchell

The Road Leads Back is the first book I've read from this author and most certainly won't be the last. I absolutely LOVED. THIS. BOOK! The book … hooks you fast. It was nothing that I expected it to be. I loved it because it was unique… and very believable…There were so many twists that it kept me engaged throughout the whole book. … This book stayed with me long after I finished.” (5/5) – Itsy Bitsy Book Bits of ItsyBitsyBookBits.com

“[Marci’s] writing talent shines with her sweet romance The Road Leads Back. This all-too-true storyline evolves through vivid description and masterly written character development. The Road Leads Back gives us an in-depth view of the joys of love and what it really takes to find happiness. I recommend this book, even if you aren’t a romance reader.” (5/5) – Sloane Taylor of SloanTaylor.com (Author of French Tart, French Twist, French Delight, and 28 other works.)

“This is a heartfelt tale of second, and third, chances. Kara and Harry liked each other when they were in school together, but were both too shy to approach or tell one another. They spent one night...


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Kara and Harry spent one night together which resulted in Kara being left alone and pregnant. Her family rejects her and so she leaves town and gives birth to a son Phil with the help of Harry's mother who promises that she will tell Harry.  Twenty seven years later they meet again at an art exhibition and she realises that Harry never knew about Phil and that he is now also a grandfather. Phil ask them all to move back home with him but they all have a lot of emotionss to work through - Harry is furious with his mother for not telling him and Kara has not been back since her family rejected her. This is a great story of family emotions and how hard it can be to forgive and forget and move on

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Loved this emotional, heartwarming, engaging and relatable second chance romance filled with longing, regret, family dram, forgiveness and passion.... This is a thrilling and sweetly sexy romance filled with witty banter, lovable charters and life altering, regrettable miscalculations. Loved this journey and looking forward to more from this series.

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This beautifully written second-chance romance immediately pulled me in and I held on for a rollercoaster ride of emotions, unable to put the book down until I read the last word. I laughed, cried, sighed, rolled my eyes, and I loved every minute of it! I felt a real connection to smart and independent Kara and enjoyed her dynamic with the other characters especially her granddaughter, Jessica, and Harry, who she hadn't seen in 27 years when he shows up at her Seattle art gallery opening. The Road Leads Back is the perfect debut for the Stonehill series and a must-read for fans of this genre. This is the first book I have read by Marci Bolden and I look forward to reading more by this gifted author. She far exceeded my expectations with this heartwarming and at times heart wrenching contemporary romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and this is my voluntary and unbiased review. I liked it so much, I purchased a copy for my keeper library.

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This was so good! I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I really enjoyed. I would most certainly recommend. Will be looking to see what else Ms. Bolden has written.

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Kara and Harry have a huge crush on each other all through high school. However, they are both painfully shy so, they never act on those feelings until Graduation night. Kara wakes up the next morning, to find herself alone in her friends bed and, Harry is nowhere to be found. When Kara realizes she is pregnant, she tells her parents, only to be literally thrown out and, told to NEVER come back. She finds Harry's parents' address and, goes to this home. When she tells his mother about her problem and his mother ships her out the next day to a commune on the West Coast that cares for pregnant young girls. This becomes home to Kara and her son for the next 27 years. When Kara feels all the anger and resentment bubbling up again, she moves on then, always returns sooner or later. When Kara has her first art show in an Oregon Gallery, who does she see but Harry. Harry, who is shocked when he sees her but, even more amazed when he sees the 27 ear old man standing next to Kara, who is his spitting image!!! Harry manages to talk Kara and Phil into returning home with him because,, he truly believes that they all need to face the past and put it behind them. This is a story about a second chance with the love of your life. It is a uniquely original, perfectly paced ebb and flow, story that you do not want to miss!.

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This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy. I just need to say that this is not a typical romance - which is not a bad thing - just different. There is a lot of pent up anger that both Harry and Kara have to work through and it is not a quick process like - confront, forgive, then live happily ever after. If you want a quick fall in love story then this is not for you. Harry and Kara are older, 30 years past their high school graduation, and Kara has been hoping that Harry would show up and claim his son, but Harry didn't know he had a son, thanks to his manipulative mother. There are just so many chains and interconnections that keep Harry and Kara stuck - if Kara's parents had not thrown her out of the house, if Harry's mother had not sent her away, if Harry had not sneaked out of bed with Kara, if Kara had ever come back to her hometown, just on and on but they have to face the realization, that the past cannot be changed so can they live with what has happened!? There were so many things that I loved - when Harry told Phil to stop the bitterness toward his mother, yeah Harry! When they had their best day at the amusement park! Wow, when Harry and Kara got into a bitter discussion after they got married, I thought for sure that would break them. It was not until Kara's father died that things fell apart and she took off. Good thing that Harry did NOT listen to Phil and went after her. I really enjoyed the story, the characters, and the emotions that I felt as I read this book. There were times that I just felt so sad for all of them (Harry, Kara, and Phil) as they wanted to be a family but were denied for 27 years and trying to get it right now was hard work!

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If There's one thing I really love, it's a second chance romance. Add in a secret baby, even if he is a grown up himself, I was hooked from the first. The family dynamic was very real and heartfelt. This is a book I ate up and I will be recommending it to anyone who asks.

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I received a copy of THE ROAD LEADS BACK on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher and author for the opportunity. FIVE STARS! And here’s why: MARCI BOLDEN’S story captivated my interest from the very first page. It has all the elements of a great women’s fiction book: family drama, regrets, second chances, and a story shrouded in passion and forgiveness. If you love sexy romances with witty banter and realistic characters, then this book is for you. Well written and engaging. Highly recommend.

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A Seasoned Romance Genre short read bonanza, set within the fictional confines of a quaint picket fence Iowa city, The Road Leads Back is the first offering of the Stonehill series, crafted by Marci Bolden. The opening delivers a punchy cute-meet set at a local watering hole, with our heroine Kara, an otherwise commune-living organic loving chemical-phobia type, knocking-back tequila shots served by “a walking tattoo” bartender when lo and behold, there he is: Her high school crush who left our Kara with an unknown bun-in-the-oven and skipped town twenty-eight years ago. Within moments, Harry’s eyes explode at the discovery that Phil, the twenty-seven year old doppelganger now standing at Kara’s side, is indeed his son. Bonus, there’s a granddaughter, too. You’ll cheer at young Jessica’s character introduction and applaud the author for her diversity inclusion. We’re rapidly immersed in a roller coaster world where everyone’s wet-cat mad at everyone else, all for good reason. That special treat awaits, a Peeping Tom skirmish, as we get to watch adults behave like spoiled children and cry their eyes dry. Harry rises to the occasion and becomes the tonic by “using his thumb to brush the tear away” in darn near every chapter as our super-talented albeit independent grown-ass woman Kara spends the majority of the book awash in tears while she tries to grapple through past hurts. This is not an understatement. Mind you, even during an expertly crafted love scene that encompassed not only how the “parts” fit together but also provided a hefty realization that our characters honestly loved one another…the type of love scene you read over and again to remand to memory…our poor befuddled Kara finds another reason to cry. Meanwhile our handsome hero Harry is aptly named as he doesn’t seem to be able to keep his hands out of Kara’s hair, said hair till the exact same color and style since high school, with nary a pesky gray in sight. My prayer for a passage encompassing how the twenty-eight years of changes wracked their mid-forties bodies went answered. My longing to hear Harry pay homage to the faded tiger-stripes on the flabby skin of Kara’s once tight lower abdomen that carried the son of his dreams? Yeah. It didn’t happen, either. But that’s okay. Blam! Out of nowhere Harry busts his self-righteous bottle of tonic image by declaring war on his own recently widowed mother. Watching him pull his foot out of his ass and wriggle back to normalcy just in time to save the day and provide our happily ever after? Priceless and nicely done. Marci Bolden’s teaser for her next offering in the series involves Kara’s and Harry’s once high school acquaintances; a Lothario pain-in-the-ass husband Mitch and his sweet yet spineless easily-duped wifey-poo Diana divorce…and I can’t wait to meet her alpha male hero and strap my eyes to their roller coaster. Marci Bolden…where have you been all my life? I received a complimentary copy of this book from publisher PinkSandsPress via NetGalley and this is my voluntary and unbiased review.

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This is my first time reading this author and I was very impressed. The story is about former high school sweethearts who find each other almost 30 years later. Kara was 17 when she was found pregnant and thrown out of her home. She immediately went to find the father and he was off at college and instead his parents sent her away. Now 27 years later she is an artist and runs into Harry, the father and discovers no one told him he was a father. 27 years later he has a son and a granddaughter so its a big homecoming for the entire family. This is astory about forgiveness and going home again. The truth is the life Kara lead is the life she wanted. She is a bit of a hippie and is happy being one. Harry owns a company and is a little more set in his ways. He is very stable witna ahouse and business and people who rely on him. He wants his family back and he will do anything to make that happen. This was an amazing story and I truly loved every seicond of it.

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I need to start off by saying this is my first book by this author. I was a little hesitant at first due to the little bit older ages of the characters then I am used to. But that truly did not impact the story at all. Yes, it was a bit odd at first to be talking about there son... who was 26.... that awkwardness didn't last long though. This is a true love story that had me feeling all sorts of emotions. Mad.... sad... happy... nervous... I had to cheat and read the last few pages of the book to make sure I wouldn't be disappointed in the end! I highly recommend this one!

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wow! what an amazing read! tons of twists and turns and full of suspense. held my attention right from the first page to the last page. just when I think I have figured out what is going to happen I am proved wrong. can't wait for more from this amazing author!

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