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Within the course of a week, Natalie is dumped by her husband, receives an urgent call home from her father, and discovers her estranged sister is pregnant. A road trip on Route 66 may not help, but it sure couldn't hurt. Or so Natalie thinks until Lindsay's boyfriend starts stalking them. Will their trip down the Mother Road bring the two sisters closer together or turn out to be the biggest wrong turn yet?

©2012 Jennifer AlLee (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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"Relationships are the backbone of The Mother Road, and AlLee gives us real ones, conflicted and complicated. I alternated between cheering Natalie and wanting to smack her upside the head. Not that her younger sister is perfect. Not by a long shot. But I fell in love with these characters and wished the road trip hadn't ended so soon. Novel Rocket and I give it a very high recommendation. It's a must read." (Ane Mulligan, sr. editor, Novel Rocket)
"With a compelling, fresh voice, Jennifer AlLee blends Americana with the trials of a modern-day family. The Mother Road's a simply smashing story. Not to be missed!" (Patti Lacy, author, Reclaiming Lily)
"I felt like I was right there in the car with estranged sisters, Natalie and Lindsay, as they motored down The Mother Road toward a future free from heartache, loneliness, and fear. You don't want to miss this fun story that will tweak your every emotion (and a few you might have forgotten about)! I'm making space on my 'keepers shelf' for this one!" (Loree Lough, best-selling author of more than 80 award-winning books, including reader favorite From Ashes to Honor)

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  • Anita--AZ
  • 03-01-21

Interesting story premise

The author was brave to address hard topics of a failed marriage, infertility, strained/absent sibling relationship, sister’s unplanned pregnancy, and the mom’s Alzheimer’s.
I found myself really frustrated with the main character, Natalie—for about the first 3/4’s of the novel. Although she had good reason to be depressed, self-absorbed due to her husband’s adulterous behavior—her supposed career as a marriage and family author and speaker just did not at all ring true to her character or problem solving abilities. She appeared obtuse to relationships—including her sister, parents, and certainly what failed in her marriage (initially)—not at all consistent with a supposed “expert”. Her character just felt superficial, and lacking in any depth of faith until the end. However I appreciated the author’s attempt to develop all the characters towards the end, without just giving a fairy tale kind of resolution to a very hard season for all the characters.

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  • Audicted
  • 12-06-21

Enjoy the journey

Wasn’t sure what to expect but I’m glad I listened.
Very enjoyable. Good story...humor, love, tension.
Great narration, too. Hated for it to end. I’ll check out more of author’s and narrator’s books.

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  • Teresa D
  • 01-05-21

Great story, great performance!

I'm so glad I chose this Audible book to enjoy. It is a great story of God's redemption and His new mercies every morning!

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  • Sally D Busekist
  • 26-02-21

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I was really enjoying this book until the end. I loved the story line about the Mother and sister bond. I could relate having three sisters and having been personally impacted by Alzheimers disease in my family. It just seemed like the Author ended the story without finishing it. If there was a sequel I could almost get it but since that isn't the case it feels like she just got tired of writing so just said "the end". I was left very unsatisfied.