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Publisher's Summary

The instant Sunday Times best seller from the author of The Flatshare 

Addie and her sister are about to embark on an epic road trip to a friend's wedding in rural Scotland. The playlist is all planned and the snacks are packed.

But, not long after setting off, a car slams into the back of theirs. The driver is none other than Addie's ex, Dylan, who she's avoided since their traumatic break-up two years earlier.

Dylan and his best mate are heading to the wedding too and they've totalled their car so Addie has no choice but to offer them a ride. The car is soon jam-packed full of luggage and secrets, and with four-hundred miles ahead of them, Dylan and Addie can't avoid confronting the very messy history of their relationship....

Will they make it to the wedding on time? And, more importantly, is this really the end of the road for Addie and Dylan?

©2021 Beth O'Leary (P)2021 Quercus Editions Limited

Critic Reviews

"O'Leary's best yet." (Gillian McAllister)

"Joyful and uplifting." (Sheila O'Flanagan)

"This book is perfect." (Rosie Walsh)

"A charming, heartfelt story of love found and love potentially lost." (Laura Jane Williams)

"Completely fresh and unpredictable, The Road Trip is so compelling." (Paige Toon) 

"Beth is quite rightly earning her title as 'Queen of Uplit.'" (Prima

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Disappointing third book

I absolutely LOVED Beth's first two books but this one drove me insane. Just not a great storyline. Absolutely wonderful audio book performance - main reason I finished the book haha.

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  • Rae Radford
  • 05-11-21

Utter drivel

I've always been told 'If you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all,. So I won't bang on about this book needless to say that after reading Beth O'Leary's prior books I awaited the latest with bated breath. I did what I call a 'Mastermind' on this book, I've started so I'll finish, in the hope, something would happen, it didn't. So if I save just one person from this tiresome story, my job will be done.

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  • A C Burrows
  • 05-06-21

Struggled to finish.

Irritating predictable characters: the troubled posh boy, the geeky office weirdo, the rough and ready lorry driver and the bolshy but supportive sister. Half way through i went back on audible to see if I had bought something from the teen fiction section by mistake!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-02-21

Waist of a Credit

I found this book to be annoying to listen too. I couldn’t get past 3rd chapter. It’s not an enjoyable listen.

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  • Loes
  • 05-12-21

Generally bad

*sort of spoiler, but also very obvious*

I've never been one for rekindled romances. You break up for a reason that doesn't magically disappear. But what I really hated was that mental illness was used to develop the plotline without any substance or even minor understanding. And not just one form of illness, but an entire DSM was needed to keep the story going. I also dislike how O'Leary creates love triangles, but it's very clear who we are supposed to root for. The other guy is simply there as a puff piece, but never a real option, lest we actually begin to root for the other team.

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  • Ali
  • 05-21-21

Miscast narrators

Why does the “posh boy” have a normal voice, and the “normal girl” a really clipped, posh accent? I found her miscast voice very irritating and nearly returned the book because of it.

The story was ok but not as enjoyable as The Flat Share or The Switch.

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  • Maiiisie
  • 08-31-21

I recommend this book

Beth O'Leary is one of those authors that can just rope you into the story, with ease, humour and a tangle of emotions. This story did not disappoint in those areas. whilst I agree with some of the other reviews, that this is not her best book, I wholeheartedly disagree with those saying that this book is bad. this book takes a 2 day journey and turns into hours of listening, romance, frustration, admiration, and a whole catalogue of other feelings. Both voice actors were very pleasant to listen to too. Please give this book a try.

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  • mamalou3
  • 05-10-21

Well written but lacks the spark of previous books

I really enjoyed her other books but found this boring sadly. I didn’t feel invested in the characters and gave up after three hours of listening. Disappointed !

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  • Irene Adler
  • 05-26-21

Even the scenic route would be less frustrating.

The narrative is split but I found 'Then' to be nauseatingly fawning and irritatingly reflective to the point of long winded dissection of feelings that embodied all things stereotypically millennial. The 'Now' narrative is frustrating and implausible ...a journey that lingers on. Characters are reasonably well penned but the storyline is weak and the dialogue predictable and at times cliche. Such a shame as I thoroughly enjoyed, The Flat Share but feel this novel was born from lockdown and stagnated accordingly.

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  • Miss L Owens
  • 05-01-21

Wow

I have had this realise date saved since reading Beth O’Leary’s other 2 brilliant books. It didn’t disappoint and was worth the wait. Story and narrators were amazing

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  • Jean
  • 07-19-21

Did not enjoy. It book

I would like to return this book. I just could not get into it at all. Only read a few pages. Can I return it? ,

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-20-21

Disappointing

I liked O'Leary's previous two novels but unfortunately this one missed the mark. The main characters didn't have any chemistry. The relationship seemed to be based mainly on lust as there didn't seem to be any particularly remarkable qualities about either character. The plot was simplistic and unrealistic at the same time. I was hoping for it to get better but when I finished it, I felt the same way that I did from the start.The narration for the female voice was occasionally over the top for my liking too which sometimes made it difficult to listen to.

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  • Jabs
  • 05-16-21

Strange story but kept me interested

I loved the two narrators of this one. Loved the beginning. I personally didn’t enjoy the darker characters, maybe they would’ve read differently if it wasn’t narrated and read off the pages but I found it dark at times and didn’t feel it needed that. I prefer The Switch, that is a lovely and complex story in every way!

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  • Carli Van Wyk
  • 04-26-22

Struggled to root for couple, fell a little flat

The story was lovely, not as funny as her previous books but entertaining enough. My one issue was that I didn't feel invested in Addie and Dylan's relationship. It felt like I had to root for them simply because they had history but without showing me why they are actually good together. Character traits were mentioned but not proven through actions so it felt quite prescribed to me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-08-22

Loved it

Great characters and a great listen, thoroughly enjoyed this book and how the book went from past to now. It was an easy listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-29-22

The narrators ruined it for me

The narrating is terrible, feels like they are practising at drama school. Could not connect to the story line or characters at all. I loved all of Beth O'Leary's other books but this one was very disappointing.

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  • Ash
  • 10-23-21

Deeper than your average rom-com

A beautiful story of complex characters intertwined with lightness and humor.
Highly recommend. Can’t wait for another story by Beth O’Leary 😄

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-13-21

Easy listen.

Another good story by Beth O’Leary but not as great as The Split or Flatmates. It seems a little less complete plus the female narrator’s “posh” accent didn’t match Addie at all IMO.
The ‘odd wedding guest’ (trying not to spoil here) storyline felt like a a bit of a non event really.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-12-21

Loved Beth’s books but not this one

I found this book annoying self indulgent characters. I hoped the book would start to have some meaning but after 3 hours of listening had to return it. With the other books I laughed and cried this one I felt like I was waiting for something interesting to happen. In fairness maybe I am not the demographic being 51 and happily married.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-21

what can I say. I loved it💖💖💖💖

This is a roller-coaster ride like no other. People in the car are: Two people that fall in love. But not together( Dylan and Addy). One over the top friend ( Marcus). One sister. That is straight to the point and knows what she wants( Deb's). And one guy that no one knows ( Rodney). I love every minute of the story. 5 stars😀😀💖💖

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-04-21

Brilliant. Beautiful.

Thoroughly enjoyed every part: so many laugh out load moments, sharing of the characters frustrations and feeling their joy. Loved the story and the narration. An easy listening audible favourite.