I’m back! As promised in my last post, I’m here to tell you all about The Road Home by Krista Sandor. This is the first book of her Langley Park Series. Krista Sandor was kind enough to send me her book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
The Road Home
We meet Jenna Lewis, who lives an unsettled life as she moves around every two years for her teaching job. She trains students and teachers to implement the “Gwyer Reading Program” into their school setting. Moving around suits Jenna because it means she can remain guarded and never have to form any lasting connections. Jenna has been running away from her past and is desperate to hide it from everyone, even if that means lying. Jenna’s upbringing by her mom and her mom’s terrible boyfriend was less than ideal, to say the least.
Out of nowhere, after no contact for more than a decade, Jenna gets a call where she learns her mother got admitted to a psychiatric center in Langley Park.
Jenna drops everything and dashes over to Langley Park, which is a town near Kansas City. Jenna is familiar with this area because she and her mother lived there briefly when Jenna was just a teen. Soon after arriving, Jenna bumps into an old acquaintance, Zoe, who warmly greets Jenna. Zoe quickly solves Jenna’s lack of housing issue by offering up her brother’s carriage house apartment. Enter Zoe’s brother, single dad, Ben Fisher. Ben and Jenna had a heated moment together as teens that they both never forgot. Will a spark reignite between the two? They both have tortured pasts that they must put behind them in order to move on…
I’m not gonna say what happens but I will say there is A LOT of sexy time action in this book if you know what I mean. Ya know…they get down. They get dirty. Got it? I’m not mature enough to elaborate anymore. I will never look at a pantry the same, just sayin’.
In addition to plenty of horizontal extracurricular activities, there’s also lots of love. Everything about The Road Home oozes with perfection from the picturesque town (I want to move there!), the lovely friends, and of course, the beautiful lovers. For me, it was a great escape from reality. I cared about Jenna and Ben from the start and rooted for them. I was drawn into the town and the people in it. The town and people remind me a little of Stars Hollow from the Gilmore Girls, which was one of my favorite shows.
If I ever date a guy again and we ever have a little dispute, I will tell him to message Krista Sandor on her Instagram @kristasandor before responding to me. So if a guy says, “Well, I don’t know what to say…” I’ll say, “Put Krista Sandor on speed dial because she will know what to say!” Ben Fisher knows what to say! And I thank him for that.
It’s not all sunshine and rainbows in The Road Home because, throughout it, there’s someone shady who is following and taunting Jenna. Also, Jenna is trying to reconcile with her mom despite the awful upbringing she had with her. The Road Home combines two of my favorite genres- romance and suspense. Who is following Jenna and can her mom be trusted? Jenna is smart and competent but I was a couple of steps ahead of her while reading it. Some suspense books make you feel a bit dim when the big reveal comes, but this one made me feel like I was pretty smart. I like feeling smart! It also made me more invested as I was yelling at Jenna in my head to hurry up and figure it out before she gets herself in real danger. She had me worried!
I definitely enjoyed reading this sweet romance. It was a nice escape that brought my mind to a cool town with great people in it. It’s a good reminder for this single female, how important it is to have good, supportive people in your life.
It should be noted that the book tackles some troubling issues like suicide, abuse, and neglect. Those difficult subjects are handled with care by the author.
If you need an escape and would like a fun, sexy read in a super sweet setting, then I would definitely pick The Road Home up.
To learn more about the author, Krista Sandor, The Road Home, and the rest of her Langley Park Series, head over to her website at kristasandor.com.
Thank you, Krista Sandor, for sharing The Road Home with me! I loved Jenna, Ben, Kate, and the rest of the Langley Park gang!
My reviews of books 2 and 3 in the series will be coming soon! ❤️