on September 27th, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I fell in love with Austin before I even knew what the word meant.
Miranda was the only girl who ever had a chance at owning my heart.
Defined by the land we grew up on—ranches, pastures, lakes—Mason Belle, Texas, wrote our story. And then it tore out the pages.
Six years later, Miranda had managed to slip away again. But this time, I refused to let her run.
If I start this review with the words I want to use “Stephie Walls never ceases to amaze me” I’ll simply be repeating myself…lets start with “Stephie Walls continues to amaze me!” Gravel Road is simply dazzling, told in both past and present circumstances and in the voices of both our hero Austin and heroine Randi (Miranda). This is a story of love and hope, heartache and forgiveness, and second chances. It’s one of the most heartfelt stories I’ve had the pleasure of reading this year (next to the other Stephie Walls books I’ve read this year).
Gravel Road is a story that will make you reflect on family; on expectations, on disappointments, and on devotion. Set in a tiny ranching town in Texas, we discover how in an instant a family is torn apart and witness how they might go about putting it back together. For the Adams family this will be nothing but a struggle. When Miranda is forced to return home, she faces seeing not only her estranged father and sister, but also the love of her life Austin. All while on the arm of boss and NYC lawyer Eason McNabb.
Every moment between Randi and Austin had me nervous as their interactions are heartbreaking and at times sweet and funny (they bicker and “try” to avoid each other so clearly they are still in love), but Walls cleverly keeps the reason why Randi left town in the first place a mystery. Early on we see the two sides if Miranda/Randi as they battle each other, but again we don’t know why she left, not exactly. It’s brilliant really because this kept me so tied to this book. That and seeing Miranda turn back into Randi and thus back in Austin’s arms. This I wanted to with every molecule in my soul. Not that the city girl side was bad it just wasn’t who she really was.
These conflicting sides made my heart break because when we are in this girls head we know how much she hurts. It’s almost a constant but city life helps her bury it. And what of Austin the hunky heartthrob of a cowboy? Neither time nor distance has swayed his love for her. The man is the epitome of what devotion looks like making him simply swoony.
Gravel Road is another unique and angsty story filled to the brim with the glorious feels. I’ve come to expect that I will recommend anything I read by Stephie Walls books and Gravel Road is among my favorites and one I HIGHLY recommend.
~Review by Cyndi
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About the Author
Bestselling author, Stephie Walls is a lover of words–the more poetic the better. She lives on the outskirts of Greenville, South Carolina in her own veritable zoo with two dogs, three cats, and Magoo (in no preferential order). She would thrive on coffee, books, and Charlie Hunnam if it were possible, but since it’s not, add in some Chinese food or sushi and she’s one happy girl.
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