"A simple road trip turns into something very special"
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted September 16, 2022
Holiday | Romance Holiday | Women's Fiction Contemporary
TTHE ROAD TO CHRISTMAS is actually a family tale that has them all driving toward the same location in three separate vehicles. Three pairs, each having very different journeys. And in each car, the dialog describes their feelings and gives us a look into the past. Car one has mom Michelle and dad Max. Car two has grandma and grandpa. And car three are sisters Audrey and Shyla.
If you had any questions about the sisters' relationship, just hearing Shyla talk about the origin of Audrey’s name makes you laugh. A sure sign that Sheila Roberts has a good sense of humor, and her movie references are spot on. She infuses her characters with that same sense of humor and irony.
The family is heading to young sister Julia for Christmas. This is decided during Thanksgiving dinner when the Turnbull family realized they missed having Julia with them. So the solution was for them all to go to Julia, even if it meant facing certain road issues at this snowy time of the year. Brave souls. But the drama takes place in automobiles, and the dialog provides the plot.
The folks in each of the three cards are going through very different phases of their lives. Dissecting their pasts, wondering about their future. At different ages and stages of their lives. At so many points I could totally relate to these characters. Child of the fifties, teen in the sixties, young mother in the seventies I totally identified with the grandparents. But could equally appreciate what all the inhabitants of the other cars were mulling over.
Sheila Roberts takes you on a journey. At face value, it’s a simple road trip, but you quickly realize THE ROAD TO CHRISTMAS is so much more. Be prepared to be affected on so many levels by these characters and their plight.
Michelle and Max are not planning on a happy holiday. Their marriage is in shambles and the D word has entered their vocabulary. But now their youngest daughter, Julia, wants everyone to come to her new house in Idaho for Christmas, and she’s got the guest room all ready for Mom and Dad. Oh, joy.
Their other daughters, Audrey and Shyla, are driving up from California and hoping to meet a sexy rancher for Audrey along the way. What they don’t plan on is getting stranded on a ranch when the car breaks down.
The ones with the shortest drive are Grandma and Grandpa—also known as Hazel and Warren. It’s still a bit of a trek, and Hazel doesn’t like the idea of driving all that way in snow, but Warren knows they’ll have no problem. They have a reliable car—and snow tires and chains if they need them. They’ll be fine.
Surprises lie in store for all three sets of intrepid travelers as they set out on three very different adventures, all leading to one memorable family Christmas.
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