“Until I found Gideon’s journal in the tool shed—locked in the cedar box where I’d once hidden my old diary—I’d believed my brother to be dead. But the contents of his journal changed all that.”
The Road to Discovery..
Two years ago, Aurora Gray’s world turned upside down when her big brother Gideon and his best friend Jeremy disappeared. Now, during the summer of her 18th birthday, she unexpectedly finds her brother’s journal and sees that it’s been written in again. Recently. By him.
The Road to Danger..
There are secret messages coded within the journal’s pages. Aurora, who’s unusually perceptive, intelligent and a natural puzzle solver, is hell bent on following where they lead, no matter what the cost. She confides in the only person she feels can help her interpret the clues: Donovan McKracken, Jeremy’s older brother and a guy she’s always been drawn to—even against her better judgment.
The Road to You..
Reluctantly, Donovan agrees to go with her and, together, they set out on a road trip of discovery and danger, hoping to find their lost brothers and the answers to questions they’ve never dared to ask aloud.
“In that expectant space between silence and melody, our trip began…”
4 star review!
**ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**
This is not one of my usual reads but it is definitely something I’m interested in. Have you ever watched National Treasure? I’ve always wanted to be able to solve mysteries and this book took me on a journey that I know I would never experience in my own lifetime.
Aurora is left reeling after finding her missing brothers diary. With recent entries after being told he has been dead for two years, she enlist the help of Donovan to track him down. Though Donovan also has a stake in this search as his own brother went missing right along with Gideon. They take off on a journey that leads them to multiple places as they discover that their brothers may have gotten themselves tied up with the wrong people before they disappeared. They not only find the answers they are looking for but they also find themselves along the way.
This novel is based in the late 1970’s, and though I don’t usually read books that are based in the past, I really enjoyed getting a glimpse of life back then when pay phones were used instead of a mobile phone and the only search engines they had were the use of a library and not a simple Google search.
With this book came twists and turns and a whole lot of code cracking that I found to be fun and interesting. I could only hope just for a little more romance in the novel but nevertheless I really did love it! :)
About the Author:
Marilyn Brant is a national bestselling and award-winning author of contemporary fiction. For Kensington Books, she wrote ACCORDING TO JANE, a new adult contemporary that won RWA’s Golden Heart Award, as well as the Aspen Gold and Booksellers’ Best; FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE, a Doubleday Book Club and Book-of-the-Month Club pick in women’s fiction; and A SUMMER IN EUROPE, a romantic women’s fiction story featured by the Literary Guild and BOMC2, as well as by the Rhapsody Book Club, where it was Top 20 Bestseller in “Fiction & Literature.”
She’s also a #1 Kindle Bestseller and has written a series of fun and flirty contemporary romantic comedies, including ON ANY GIVEN SUNDAE and PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT MATCH, both of which were Amazon and B&N Top 100 bestselling novels. She was recently named the 2013 Illinois Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English and lives in the northern Chicago suburbs with her family. She’s a big fan of travel, music and chocolate of all varieties, but she’s not so fond of celery or snakes. Or doing laundry.