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When Allison moves her two younger siblings back to Alpine, Utah, she's hoping they can overcome their father's dark legacy. Reuniting all your favorite characters from Makeover and Taking Chances, this inspirational tale of love and forgiveness will remind you that a family consists of the people who love you most and that nothing in the past can dim the brightness of youWhen Allison moves her two younger siblings back to Alpine, Utah, she's hoping they can overcome their father's dark legacy. Reuniting all your favorite characters from Makeover and Taking Chances, this inspirational tale of love and forgiveness will remind you that a family consists of the people who love you most and that nothing in the past can dim the brightness of your future....

Title : The Broken Road
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ISBN : 9781599554198
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Number of Pages : 264 Pages
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The Broken Road Reviews

  • Miriam Reeves
    2019-02-23 07:58

    I am having fun reading the Alpine series!

  • Heidi
    2019-03-15 08:44

    Another fun, clean, read from Shannon..though these Alpine books carry some pretty serious topics. I enjoyed hearing Allison's story and loved getting the update on some of my favorite characters from the previous books in the series. Though this probably wasn't my favorite of the four books...the hero might be. :) Loved him.

  • Cici
    2019-03-03 04:46

    Loved it. The writing and the characters have a lot of depth.

  • Emily F
    2019-03-23 06:33

    ADORE! I LOVE this book! Even though it dreams with some really tough issues, the author tackles them in very respectful and inspiring ways. The characters are so vivid and relateable and have me wanting to go to Alpine and interact with them! The romance was fantastic, sweet and clean. I'd rate it PG. This is at least the fourth time I've read this book and so worth the read. I LOVE this series and this author!!!

  • Melissa
    2019-03-01 10:39

    Certain aspects of this book bothered me. The relationships move forward unrealistically and the men are really bossy! So much cheek kissing going around. I wanted to like this book. On the plus side, it was a fast, easy read and the cover art is cute.

  • Ranee
    2019-02-25 06:54

    Almost a 4 Star until the last part when she gets scared and dumps him and immediately takes up with the girl who still acts like the mean girl in High School? He didn’t even like her then.

  • Darla
    2019-03-16 04:56

    (Genre:LDS fiction/romance) A cute, quick read, this is the story of 3 siblings: Twins Talon and Aspen (age 16-17) and older sister Allison (early to mid 20's). Allison has custody of her siblings because their mother recently died and their father is currently serving time in a Texas prison for fraud. Allison has moved them all back to Alpine, Utah, in order to discourage their dad from following them as he is due to be released soon on parole. Her dad defrauded many individuals/families in Alpine out of their lives savings in a real estate deal while Allison was in high school. Ironically, he isn't serving time for the damage he did in Alpine, but for a Ponzi scheme that he ran in Texas after the real estate deal in Utah went bad. Allison is betting that her father won't show his face in a community where so many people were hurt by his dishonesty. Of course, many of those same people view Allison and her siblings with the same anger and mistrust that they feel for her parents. I really enjoyed the first 2/3 of the story about the siblings and how they were affected by their father's choices. Allison was a strong character who was willing to put aside her own goals and dreams for the moment, in order to help her siblings reach adulthood. The themes of forgiveness and sometimes being discriminated against for your parent's actions, were sprinkled throughout the book. But it was nice to see everything begin working out for the family. It was a fun and enjoyable read overall. My main complaint came from the "romance" of Allison and her former high school classmate. Heavy spoilers ahead, people, so don't read beyond this point if you don't want key plot elements exposed.Allison had a crush on Will during high school. He wasn't one of the rich kids, so he didn't run around with her group of friends, but she was always nice to him and his sister. Upon returning to Alpine, she discovers that Will is there and still single. He has become very successful in real estate and development, so he is the wealthy one now, while Allison and her siblings are barely getting by. Allison tries to put off dating and trying to have a relationship with Will, because she knows how difficult her life is at the moment and her main focus right now is on her siblings. With pressure coming from Will's mother (her boss) and Will, himself, she gives in and begins dating him exclusively and she is happier for it. So far, so good. When the other guy from her high school days (who wants to date her as well) begins telling her that Will has made some of his money on unethical or maybe illegal land deals, she is concerned (although she tells the bad guy she doesn't believe him). Because of the experience with her dad, she decides that she needs to talk to Will and she also asks a neighbor who is banker to see what he can find out. So on her next date with Will she brings up her concerns. Maybe she didn't do it in the best way possible, but she isn't perfect and the idea has her a little panicked. I totally can understand that. Will gets all upset at her and so she says that maybe they should slow things down or back up a little in the relationship. He gets angry and refuses to even be friends with her anymore, so they break up. All her friends get mad at her and tell her what a mess she made of things. She feels bad and goes to apologize to him (next day) and finds him kissing his secretary (her shallow but beautiful former high school friend). She apologizes again, but the guy will not let it go, and throws himself into dating the secretary (which it appears he is doing just to rub Allison's face into it). Really? Am I truly supposed to cheer for her to get this guy back? He is hard and unforgiving and appears to want to cut her up emotionally as much as he can. He doesn't appear to care about the feelings of the secretary, either. Maybe because she is such a snob we are supposed to believe that she doesn't have any feelings to hurt or wound. Maybe he is dating the secretary because he really does like her, which wouldn't say much for him since the secretary is selfish and vain. Can you see why the last part of the book drove me insane?!!! Who would want to be married to someone so immature? This is the type of husband that will be giving the silent treatment to a spouse that he is angry with. What is the message here? I think the author wanted to make the point that just because one person had betrayed your trust, doesn't mean that you should assume that others will. But I think dating is the right time to be asking the questions and analyzing personality traits and life goals and desires. This guy behaved liked a jerk while Allison was just doing the best that she could. Any guy (or girl) that plays games like Will should be avoided at all cost, unless you want a lot of drama and hurtful "games" in your married life. If they behave this way during dating, watch out for how they are after marriage. Sheesh.

  • Kemi
    2019-03-12 10:37

    It was hard for me to rate this book. With the exception of some jarring "Oh my heck!"s (hello, Utah County!), I would have given the first 1/2 of the book a solid 4 stars. The premise was interesting, the characters were fun and likable, and I had a hard time putting it down. There were a few mild annoyances in the beginning, like when people Allison had mistreated in high school forgave her for her behavior within minutes of her return. (If they were well past high school and into their 30's and 40's, it might have been more believable, but these girls were 5 years post-graduation. There is no way forgiveness happens that fast when you're 23. No. Way.) My annoyance continued to build when people who met Allison for the first time were rude and hurtful, and within hours, experienced a change of heart and embraced her as family. Days, maybe. Weeks or months, more likely. But hours? Nope. Don't buy it. Allison's relationship with Will was implausible, too. In fact, I found Will completely implausible in general. In three years (technically five, but subtract two for a mission), he became one of the wealthiest people in the city? Really? Twenty-three years old, driving a Maserati and living in an estate at the top of a mountain? What exactly did he do? Sell off some land? The economy was supposed to be crap for everyone else but him? By this point, the story is doing a fast nose-dive from a 4-star rating to a 2.5.The more I type, the more annoyed I'm getting about the story. I'm going to cut the review short and say that the story starts out well, and then veers into some completely unrealistic storylines and character relationships before it concludes with its inevitable Happily Ever After ending. I would have liked to read more about Allison's relationship (or at least her interactions) with her dad, since there was authentic tension between them. If you can suspend disbelief and forget that these people are in their early 20's, it may be worth reading. I'm not sure if I'd read the other books in the series, though.

  • Kathryn
    2019-03-04 08:56

    An awesome book that stresses how money can't bring happiness and what a blessing "...parents kind and dear..." are. Allison Vaugh is the guardian of her 17 year old twin sister and brother. Her father is in prison for being a con man. Her mother died in an car accident when leaving her children for a vacation with her boyfriend. Her and her siblings have never been show the unconditional love or unconditional acceptance of a parent. She moves her siblings back to Alpine Utah were she used to live while in high school thinking that it will be a place her father will not come looking for them because of his reputation for stealing peoples savings. What she doesn't except is the judgment that they receive for being a "Vaugn." She finds that she is able to mend some broken relationships with girls from school after she tells them how her friends back them were chosen for her by her father and how her life was back then and now. Sophie, shows true forgiveness and acceptance of Allison and welcomes her as a friend. Maggie, Allison's neighbor welcomes her too, but her husband Luke takes a little more convincing and has to apologize to Allison for his judgments. Later he becomes the big, protective, older brother that Allison has always wanted. She is adopted into many families ready to accept her for who she is not her DNA. Allison starts to believe she can have a happy ending too when she dates her high school crush, Will Carson. In HS he didn't have much in material things, but now the tables are turned. He is handsome, rich, and still wanting a chance with Allison. They have there bumps, but find their way. Will even helps Talon with his anger therapy when his father betrays him yet again by using his ss # to get loans in his name. Through the love of the people in Alpine Utah hearts are healed and the broken road is traded for one they start as a new family.

  • McKenzie
    2019-02-25 06:36

    The themes in this book are love, forgiveness, friendship, and dealing with the past. An example of love is when Allison and Will get together and talk about how much they loved each other in high school, and how sweet Allison was to his little sister Bella, who had downs-syndrome. Another example of love is when Allison drops everything to take care of her little brother and sister, and protect them from their dad (who is a scam artist). An example of forgiveness is when Sophie forgives Allison for being mean to her in high school, and making her life horrible. An example of friendship is when Allison, her siblings, (Talon and Aspen) make a lot of really good friends (even when their father practically scammed the whole town). An example of dealing with the past is when Allison, Talon, and Aspen all move on from what their parents did to them, and how the people in Alpine forgive them for what their father did to the town. What Shannon Guymon is saying about these four themes, is that dealing with the past is hard, and so is forgiveness. But, with friendship and love, you can over come the things that hurt you before, and you can be a new person, and your life can transform into something positive instantly.

  • Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
    2019-03-04 07:36

    There are few books that can be both heartwrenching and comical. But the Broken Road acheives that with seemingly ease. The Broken Road doesn't gloss over the sometimes harsh relaties of life, but instead poignantly touches upon them as she explores the themes of overcoming heartache, finding forgiveness, and raising above the expectations others place on you.The protagonist Allison Vaughn moves her family back to her old hometown, Alpine, in order to protect them from their devious and unsrcupulous father. But they are quickly told they are unwelcome. Nobody will believe that they aren't like their father.Allison desperately wants to protect her two siblings Aspen and Talon but can't help but wonder if anybody will give them the chance.This quirky tale of forgiveness and romance will melt readers' hearts and leave them both touched and inspired. This book is a cute read but has a strong undercurrent of a very thoughprovoking and insightful theme.Definitely a book I'd recommend to anybody interested in a cute and easy read.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-22 10:00

    I read Taking Chances, also by Shannon Guymon, and this book has characters that started out in Taking Chances. I enjoyed reading this book, which I managed to finish in two weeks (impressive since I had other books that I also read and a heavy workload). It was a wonderful balanace of excitement, faith, and comedy, something many books in the LDS genre can lack. It tells the story of a young woman who, despite coming from a fairytale background, finds herself having to redeem her family name, while also caring for her two siblings and trying to teach them not to judge, despite many judging them. It deals with a very real threat to our modern society - identity fraud - and doesn't sugar coat the subject. In the end, there is a final twist, and I won't divulge it here.Highly recommended, and a great read for your Sunday post-Sacrament meeting enjoyment.

  • Andrea
    2019-03-16 07:50

    Allison Vaughn's father is a con man, and is nearing the end of his prison sentence in Texas. When her mother dies in a car accident Allison gets custody of her younger siblings. They move back to Alpine, Utah, hoping that their father won't follow them since many people are still feeling the repercussions of his cons from years before.Unfortunately, the Vaughn's have a hard time fitting in as many people judge them for what their father did. Overtime, most people are able to look past what Max Vaughn did, and accept Allison and her siblings for who they are.I really wanted to like this book, but it was a struggle to finish. The characters were pretty well done, but relationships felt rushed, and some of the dialogue didn't catch my attention very well.

  • Brenda
    2019-02-22 08:40

    Ahh,...a trip back to Alpine:) Cute story about the bratty high school girl everyone loved to hate getting her comeuppance- and then you feel bad about it! Alison has come back to Alpine to keep her brother and sister safe from their rotten father. A difficult move for her, as her father swindled half the town out of their life savings. She is brave and consistently puts the needs of her siblings above her own. Even though she is still quite drawn to her high school crush Will, she puts him off because she has no time for love while raising teenagers- even though his obvious wealth (and attraction to her) would solve all of her problems. I loved the new characters, and loved revisiting friends from Makeover and Taking Chances:)

  • Kathy
    2019-03-05 05:57

    I've decide I just really like the way Shannon writes. This is another book that drew me in and kept my attention which is something that doesn't happen very often anymore.The Broken Road is typical LDS fiction, those who enjoy LDS fiction will likely enjoy this one. If LDS fiction isn't for you then you probably won't enjoy this one. Shannon writes characters that come to life for me. The Broken Road is little over the top at times but I still really enjoyed it. I like reading books that make me smile and this one did. A good reminder that judging others is never a good thing, and that there is more to a life than making and having money.Content: Clean

  • Shellie
    2019-03-20 04:52

    Allison comes from a very broken home. Her dad is in jail for fraud and identity theft. Her mom is dead...compliments of a car accident while she was driving with her boyfriend. So, in an effort to pick up the pieces of her life, and to protect her younger siblings, she moves the family to Alpine (on mom's life insurance money). Barely scraping by, she thinks they will finally be safe from Dad. Until dad gets out of jail and comes for more money. In the meantime, Allison must face elements of her past...old crushes, old friends and enemies while trying to mend her future. Mixed in are characters from other Guymon stories; Maggie, Sophie, Jacie. Great read!

  • Megan Swanson
    2019-02-27 04:34

    I love Will's mom! I'm thinking that I possibly should have let my Mom buy this book for herself instead of waiting since she would likely be more inclined to read it. Then I wouldn't be having such a hard time holding it in. Allison is funny, Luke and Maggie are crazy as always(although they don't seem to eat nearly as much in this book as they did in the last), and Sophie and Jacie are even crazier. I'm certainly glad you see a lot more of the last two in this book than you did of Sophie in Taking Chances. I kind of missed her. Shannon Guymon had me laughing as always! (Well, at least the comedies she does-and those are the ones I read again and again!)

  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    2019-03-05 09:57

    I loved reading this book. I polished it off in one day. Well, it was 12:06am when I finished. Technically the next day, I guess. :) Shannon Guymon does a great job of telling a story and make you feel for the characters. I was reminded in this book how painful it is to judge someone without really knowing their hearts. We may think we know about a situation or someone, but in reality, few of us really understand the hearts of most people before we make judgement calls. I'm grateful for the reminder today that kindness is the best path and forgiveness is a gift. The romance thrown in was the icing on the cake. :)

  • Katie W
    2019-03-02 12:48

    I didn't realize that this book had secondary characters who were main characters from previous books. I enjoyed the storyline, although for me, things moved a little slowly in the first half of the book. As unbelievable as it seems, those types of identity theft are possible--sadly. Allison is a young twenty-something girl who moves back to her hometown to raise her younger twin brother and sister after her dad ends up in jail for ripping people off and her mom dies in an accident. Maggie was a favorite character, as was Will and his mom.

  • Lacey
    2019-02-23 12:43

    Finally, a book that has kept me interested. I have been in such a reading rut lately, and disappointed with the last two books I read. Even though some things in this story, tend to be a little cheesy, or almost unbelievable at times, I still really enjoyed this story. Shannon Guymon is probably one of my favorite LDS authors. You can't help but fall in love with the characters in this book. Great, light hearted, read.

  • Susan
    2019-02-25 07:34

    How many quirky people can move in as neighbors? Another Alpine story, light, fun. Allison decides to take her younger brother and sister back to Alpine thinking it is the last place her swindling father will dare show up. When she lived there before she was the wealthy head cheerleader but left when her family moved to get away from the townspeople they scammed. I found it really unbelievable but, hey, I like fantasy.

  • Cheri
    2019-03-01 11:51

    Another great book by Shannon Guymon!! This is part of a series to Makeover and Taking Chances. I want to reread the whole series again!! Allison is determined to sheild her brother and sister from experiencing any more pain and is hoping that their move to Alpine, Utah will give them a chance to start over. Allison isn't so sure when she is given the cold shoulder, by those who remember her when she lived there five years ago and who are not afraid to tell her what they think.

  • Catherine
    2019-03-01 06:38

    This book was a really cute, fun read. I have read two others of Shannon Guymon's books and she had some of the same characters in this book, so that was neat. The only thing that bugged me was that the main character and her love interest both got so stubborn and prideful at certain points. It was like they were determined to be unhappy for a little while. It was kind of annoying. But other than that, it was a neat story with love and intrigue.

  • Danyelle Ferguson
    2019-03-08 12:41

    I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book as I read the first few chapters. But after about twenty pages, I started to get into the plot and flow. I liked the characters, although I thought the romance was quirky. Will was much too eager to just fall right into love and a serious relationship with Allison. Overall, I enjoyed the book though.

  • Susan
    2019-03-18 04:46

    Allison Vaughn goes into the lion's den when she moves back to Alpine with her teenage brother and sister. Apparently, her Dad was quite the swindler, cheating almost every family in Alpine. But, like Daniel, Allison's true character is recognized. I actually loved the way she stands up to former friends who treat her with discust. The ending is obvious, but it was a fun story none-the-less.

  • Natalie Malm
    2019-03-16 08:38

    I love Shanon Guymon books! This one was a great, quick read for me. I love the thought she puts into her books with the relationships, romances and our religious beliefs. I really loved that this brought together my favorite people from Alpine and let me peek into their lives after they got married! Sweet!

  • Michelle
    2019-03-21 09:35

    I found this author when I was looking for books by another author, Rachael Renee Anderson. My library had several by Shannon Guymon. Her writing isn't as good as Anderson's or Melanie Jacobson's. Her books did seem to get better as the series went along. It was a good read if you want a clean story and are out of books to read.

  • Jane
    2019-03-08 08:42

    I hated that she kept calling her siblings "sweetie" and "honey." They're teenagers, like 7 years younger than her. It drove me CRAZY. I didn't love Will either. He was pushy and I didn't like that the author had Allison begging him to love her. She had legit reasons for having a short freak out and I'm sorry, in real life he would have not given up that easy.

  • Holly
    2019-03-01 07:47

    Not my favorite in the Alpine series, but ok. The "danger" element seemed like an afterthought, and not really necessary in some ways. It also seemed to take forever to get "going" and then was suddenly over. However, once again the main characters are well done and believable. Shannon remains one of my "go to" authors where I know odds are I'll enjoy the book!

  • Sharon
    2019-03-14 11:55

    I really loved this series. The heroine in this book is fighting some pretty bad demons. I loved the fact that her neighbor Maggie would not give up on her. Also the love interest in this book was not perfect and needed a little tweaking. Fun fast read.