ARC Review: Side Trip

Side Trip by Kerry Lonsdale
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing • Publication Date: July 7, 2020

Happy publication day to Side Trip by Kerry Lonsdale! A few years ago, I discovered Kerry’s book, Everything We Keep by pure accident when scrolling through things you may be interested in on Amazon. I read the description, purchased the book and ever since, I have been a huge fan of Kerry’s. The only book I have yet to read even though I own it is All the Breaking Waves, and I’ve been saving it since I have to wait until July 2021 for No More Words, so I needed to have something else of Kerry’s to read in between.

Kerry’s books always make me run the gamut of emotions, and Side Trip was no different. Side Trip may just replace the Everything series as my favorite of Kerry’s book to date! I could not read this book fast enough because I needed to know what happens for Joy and Dylan.

Joy sets off on a road trip from California along Route 66, determined to cross every item off her deceased sister Judy’s bucket list. While stopped at a diner, she meets Dylan, a songwriter who’s car has died and is traveling in the same direction as Joy. Dylan convinces Judy to allow him to travel with her, and they set off on a 10 day road trip from California to New York. Once they reach New York, they will go there separate ways, but as they travel cross country and exchange stories and experiences together, their feelings for each other begin to grow. Can Joy easily forget these 10 days and live her life with her fiancé Mark in New York? Has Dylan been wrong in his thought about relationships?

I loved the characters of Joy and Dylan. You feel their pain and happiness right alongside them, and you cannot help rooting for them. The book follows Joy and Dylan all along their road trip and on the 10 years that follow and the story easily flows with the back and forth.

And that ending, I don’t want to say much because of fear of spoiling, but Kerry punches you in the gut. I did shed some tears, but keep reading because the epilogue is worth it!

Thank you Kerry Lonsdale, Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

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