• The Bend in Redwood Road

  • Missing Pieces, Book 1
  • By: Danielle Stewart
  • Narrated by: Janelle Tedesco
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

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The Bend in Redwood Road

By: Danielle Stewart
Narrated by: Janelle Tedesco
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Most days it's manageable. No more than a quiet wondering around the edges of her mind. What has become of the baby she left behind?

Smiling through the pain and suffering in silence, Leslie Laudon marches forward. Embracing the life skillfully designed by her husband Paul. Living right could be penance for an impossible choice made with an uneasy heart.

Dutiful and anchoring, Leslie poured herself into her other children. Nurturing them through infancy, protecting them as toddlers, guiding them as teens. As her youngest child heads off to college with her suitcases and coordinating dorm room accessories, so goes Leslie’s identity. The chaotic life of a busy working mother threatens to become dangerously quiet. Quiet enough to hear the voices she’s tried to silence for decades.

Gwen Fox was adopted by two perfect people. Noel and Millie have always treated her the same as their two biological sons. Her parents love is strong and unwavering, yet a soul-deep ache still lingers. Plagued by an unnamed, hard-to-explain longing Gwen could never shake.

Riddled with doubt and dragged down by the undertow of unanswered questions, Leslie and Gwen both find their lives suddenly upended. One seeks the truth about the day she was born. The other seeks herself, the woman she was before motherhood. Before she made a choice to leave a piece of her heart lying asleep in the hospital nursery.

In this complex journey for answers, blame is abundant. Guilt is thick enough to choke on. Marriages are brought to the brink of disaster. As the ripples of the past vibrate through their lives, Gwen and Leslie realize there is no turning back. What they have put into motion cannot be stopped. The road toward the truth will be littered with casualties.

©2019 Danielle Stewart (P)2020 Danielle Stewart

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The story was good. However, I did not at all like the men’s voices that were a female deep I g her voice. Didn’t feel or sound natural. I couldn’t connect with the sound of those fake voices.

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Great book

Strong story with multi-faceted characters. I found myself wishing there more pages because I didn't want the story to end.

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great story line and really touch on good points

it left me wanting more info if she found her father. what he felt.

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Book sounded good but it would never progress past the prolouqe. Needs work by technical people.

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Wonderful

What an amazing and twisted story that will captivate you and keep you enthralled to see where it goes. I only wished it didn’t end.

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Gwen and Griffs relationship was immature, it was annoying to listen to given their age

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Not totally engrossing

The storyline here never totally involved me. The action proceeded slowly, with semi-awkward transitions in perspective between a young woman who was adopted and her biological mother who gave her up at birth. I had trouble connecting to either of these characters, who seemed underdeveloped. The pace did pick up during the final chapters, but not enough for me to give this a four star rating.

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An emotional listen

I loved this story. The emotions were so real... two women dealing with the consequences of the decisions that they made. My heart was breaking for them.

This was my first book by Danielle Stewart, and I’m sure it won’t be my last. I love how she wove the two women’s stories together and brought them to a very satisfying conclusion.

Janelle Tedesco has been one of my favorite narrators, and she has delivered another fantastic performance. She drew me right into the story. All the emotions and feelings were so real, I forgot that I was listening to a story... it was more like watching everything unfold.

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

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Couldn't stop listening!

This was my first Danielle Stewart book I've ever "read" or listened to. Wow! I'm hooked! The storyline progressed quickly. The characters are likeable, relatable and believable.
Janelle Tedesco narrated this book beautifully. She was able to give each character their own voice. Janelle is one of my favorite narrators and always portrays the characters in a way that a listener can "visualize".
I cannot wait for book 2!

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Realistic

I’m a fan of Janelle Tedesco’s narration, so I was intrigued when she told me of this book release. The storyline sounded interesting, and so I was chuffed to get a review copy.
The story drew me in right from the start, and I only took breaks from listening for sleeping. I couldn’t put this book down. The language is great, as is the story. The characters are realistic, and a lot of the interactions between Leslie and Paul were very familiar to me. The story doesn’t end with a cliffhanger, although it is clear that there’s more to tell. I hope the sequels will be recorded, too, and I hope Janelle Tedesco will narrate them. She’s an amazing narrator, I completely forgot that it was just one person reading the story, and not a whole cast of characters. Janelle has the ability to to bring the story to your ears, while making you forget that it is a story you’re listening to, and not various people going about their lives, experiencing good and bad things. She is never obtrusive, so you can just dive in and totally immerse yourself in the story. I immensely enjoyed the story and the narration, and can’t wait for the sequel.