A Curve in the Road by Julianne MacLean
Lake Union Publishing: 8/14/18
eBook review copy; 270 pages
A Curve in the Road by Julianne MacLean is a so-so romantic drama.
Abbie MacIntyre thought she had the perfect family. She is a successful surgeon who is married to a
handsome cardiologist. Zach is a model teenage son and the family has a beloved
golden retriever named Winston.
Then she is in a car accident that changes her whole world. One
unthinkable challenge after another is thrown at her and she has to try
and find a way to cope and work through her challenges, anger, and grief
while still being the parent Zach needs.
The writing is certainly good. MacLean follows the five stages of
grief. She handles Abbie's inner turmoil and questions with compassion
and realism. It is an uplifting, maudlin, sentimental novel, and, if you
require a happy ending, it is here. Abbie is a well-developed
Any novel where the description involves a perfect family is bound to be
the precursor to proving it just isn't so. Admittedly, I'm still a bit
surprised at all the high ratings for A Curve in the Road. While
it is not an awful novel, it is very predictable and formulaic. I knew
what was going to happen almost right from the start and the
unimaginable secrets were painfully obvious, which, in turn, made me
feel impatient to get to a surprise or startling secret or... anything I
hadn't already guessed was going to happen at almost the beginning of
I did find several actions less-than-believable. One such
question was when she learned some medical information about her husband
that she could have confirmed rather than simply believing. It is most
definitely women's fiction, but it heads a bit too much toward a
romance novel for me, which I did not expect or I would not have chosen
to review this novel.
My review copy was courtesy of Lake Union Publishing.