• Along the Broken Road

  • The Roads to River Rock, Book 1
  • By: Heather Burch
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (377 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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Battle Worn, Tough Love and Tears

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 . . .

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Delightful Listen -- Great Story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

Any additional comments?

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!

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Pretty Good

I did not like this book by Heather Burch as much as the others. "One Lavender Ribbon" and "Something Like Family"
Basically this book was a story about 2 alcoholics. One Selfish, one Unselfish.
The main character Charlie although a strong kind woman was on the other hand a typical selfish" all about my pain"
alcoholic in denial. I got VERY impatient with her in the last part of the story.
The other alcoholic (reformed) was Mr. Gruber the unselfish older man with many regrets .
The story was pretty good and the main male character was well done.
The sub-plot was interesting and the group of elderly eccentric artists added scope to the book
As I said worth reading but not as good as her other books.
The narration was fine.

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Wonderful friendships

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.

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Ok story

The story was nice, but took forever to get into. The main character Charlie was flaky when she started out as a no nonsense. Overall loved the story but could have been shorter.

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Fantastic!

Great writing, I wish more authors would write clean stories the garbage is not necessary for a good story.

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Along the broken road

This book is a good read book one you will thikk about along time. A must read book

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Secondary Characters Steal The Show

Charlie is a drunk. When the going gets tough she runs away to drink and sleep with anyone she finds. She has been doing this since she was a teenager. (This author seems to think teenagers drinking is normal and acceptable. All the teens have drinking parties in this series.)
Luckily her father has posthumously sent her a knight in shining armor to save her from herself. If she would stop letting herself into his house, looking through his stuff and listening to his phone messages they might have less misunderstandings and less running and drinking. No she's no prize but Ian wants her anyway. Love is blind. Well she is pretty(every guy in town wants her but she doesn't notice.) I guess love isn't blind just stupid.
The worst part of this book is the false hope. Charlie's best friend from high school is stuck working fast food and minimum wage even though he has experience running construction jobs. Ian's family just happens to own a construction company. They could start a company in town giving them both a decent living. But no. After making you feel bad for the fast food friend the author ditches him.
The best thing about this book are the side stories about the artists.

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5 stars all around

I love Amy McFadden as a narrator! So put a awesome narrator with a well written book and you have a hit! I recommend this book to anyone who is dealing with a hard situation in life.

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I CRIED

Mascara alert. I'm not a crier... I grew up on a dairy farm with 2 brothers and all but 1 girl cousin and friends... this book brought back my daddy issues and I bawled like a baby. I loved the well written storyline, the narration, the descriptive pros, the characters, the true love story... EVERYTHING!