The Road before Us
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How far would you go to fix the mistakes you've made and regain the trust you lost? For Jade Jessup, the answer is 2,448 miles. Once one of Chicago's significant financial advisors, Jade lost her credibility when her fiancé (and coworker) stole millions of dollars from their clients in a Ponzi scheme. Now she's agreed to help one of them--an aging 1960s Hollywood starlet named Berenice "Benny" Alderidge--seek financial restoration.
Jade sets off along Route 66 with Benny and her handsome adult foster son, Bridger, who is filming a documentary retracing the 1956 trip that started the love story between Benny and her recently deceased husband, Paul. Listening to Benny recount her story draws Jade into memories of her own darker association with Route 66, when she was kidnapped as a child by a man the media labeled a monster--but she remembers only as daddy.
Together, all three of these pilgrims will learn about family, forgiveness, and what it means to live free of the past. But not before Jade faces a second staggering betrayal that changes everything.
"In The Road before Us, Rosche takes you on a nostalgic trip down Route 66, artfully weaving together the broken pasts of charming and nuanced characters who will have you rooting for their redemption from the get-go. This dual-time journey along the Mother Road is not to be missed."
Amanda Cox, Christy Award-winning author of The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery and He Should Have Told the Bees
"Janine Rosche takes readers on an unforgettable ride complete with twists and turns that make this book into a beautiful journey. This novel is a soundtrack for the history of Route 66. Rosche's writing draws readers into her characters' lives, leaving them invested in the outcome of each one. I'll be thinking about this book for a long time to come. Thank you for taking me on this trip."
Christina Suzann Nelson, Christy Award-winning author
"Janine Rosche gets to the heart of family, friendship, and love once more in The Road before Us. She takes us on not only a literal journey down Route 66--which comes alive through the pages--but a figurative one of belonging and overcoming one's past."
Toni Shiloh, Christy Award-winning author
"Janine Rosche has an incredible way with words! In The Road Before Us, she's crafted real and relatable characters I couldn't help but love. This is a road trip you don't want to miss. I call shotgun!"
Liz Johnson, bestselling author of The Red Door Inn and Summer in the Spotlight
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